Avengers: The Initiative #20

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Steve Kurth Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 31, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 3
8.1Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Kyle Posluszny Jan 6, 2009

    AvengersThe Initiative #20 is a prime example of why I consider the series to be one of the best that Marvel puts out. If you haven't checked it out already or bailed during Secret Invasion, now would be a great time to get on board. The character work is fantastic, the artwork is almost always strong, the storylines are compelling, and the impressive size of the rotating cast always keeps the series feeling incredibly fresh and unpredictable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jan 3, 2009

    You can see some of Kurth's art in the CBR preview for this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jan 4, 2009

    Kurths work reminds me of Michael Bairs. His characters faces feel twisted and in agony. An inker with crisper lines would have improved his renderings. He does know how to capture emotions and perhaps thats why he was picked for this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 11, 2009

    This was actually fine issue for me, with Dan Slott and Christos Gage delivering a nice script, using the image of the Wasp to great effect, and coming up with some horrifying imagery when Trauma shows Tigra her greatest fear (imagine the birth scene from "The Fly" with a litter of green tiger-hybrids.) The art isn't bad either, from a name I don't recognize, Steve Kurth. His faces are occasionally a bit blank, but the overall effect isn't unpleasant. Some might find troubling overtones in Tigra's decision, but bearing in mind that Greer was a product of the Women's Lib movement of the '70's, her status as Pro-Choice rang fine to me. Overall, this issue was chockfull of moments that enriched my Secret Invasion reading experience, and it hopefully sets up Henry Pym as someone to watch in the New World Order. Avengers: The Initiative #20 earns a nicely done 4 out of 5 stars, setting up new storylines well, and giving us some of the human cost of the interstellar conflict that a Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Steven M. Bari Dec 30, 2008

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  • 7.9
    IGN - Bryan Joel Jan 3, 2009

    There's still the big question mark of how exactly A:TI will work in the coming year, and just how effectively. But for now, its scattershot subject matter and shapeless directive are perfectly indicative of the state of the characters' lives and the overarching premise of the series. Read Full Review

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