Avengers: The Initiative #16

Event\Storyline: Secret Invasion Writer: Dan Slott, Cristos Gage Artist: Stefano Caselli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 27, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 1
7.2Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

The Skrull Kill Krew is back! And they're ready to kill, maim, torture, and butcher every mother lovin' Skrull out there! Also, back at Camp Hammond, Ant-Man is in a giant world of trouble.

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Andrew C. Murphy Aug 27, 2008

    All in all, it's tremendous fun, with interesting characters, a fast-moving, convoluted plot, and lots and lots of action. My only complaint is that, in weaving their tale, Slott and Gage are drawing upon over at least half a dozen different comic series spanning over thirty years of continuity, so it's practically impossible that any reader would truly “get” everything that's going on. Of course, that's also part of what makes it so fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Bryan Joel Aug 27, 2008

    To be honest, if they decided to spin off the Skrull Kill Crew into a separate title featuring 3-D Man and Komodo and call it Skrull *#@%-ers as this issue suggests, I'd be the first in line to buy a copy. At this point, I have such faith in Slott and Gage's leadership on the title that I'm willing bite anything they're dangling in front of me. Certainly one of the better SI tie-ins, by far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Steven M. Bari Aug 26, 2008

    Avengers: The Initiative is a thrilling and energetic narrative that takes its characters seriously but still lets them have fun. When Physique makes an Obi-wan Kenobi reference about Iron Man's post-mortem message, the Baron is at a complete loss. "You've never seen Star Wars?" asks Trauma. "What were you, living in a cave?" "Possibly a bunker," replies the Baron. Brilliant. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Nov 7, 2008

    Visually, this series is strong with strong visual expressions for the characters and great action shots. Its too bad that the artists are assigned to a less important series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Aug 28, 2008

    It's a fun read with lots of action and great art. 3D Man is really growing on me and it was fun seeing Kimodo again. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 14, 2008

    Hmm. This issue has a ton of things going on, and it never quite gels into something coherent. Delroy's new importance to the world is undermined by the fact that he keeps having to be pulled out of danger by the Kill Krew, whereas the events at Hammond and in New York are just little behind-the-scenes bits that, once again, tread water with the main plot until Bendis breaks the internet in half again. Dan Slott and Christos Gage give us some interesting dialogue, but the time switches really don't do the story any favors, and the whole "This has been a commercial for War Machine: Director of SHIELD" sequence did little more than irk me. The issue was all over the place, and I'm waiting for Secret Invasion to catch up with itself and GO someplace, already, and the loss of momentum here really hurts this book. The artwork, by Stefano Caselli and Luca Malisan, is actually quite good, especially their technology, and they've finally managed to give 3-D Man a mask that doesn't ma Read Full Review

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