Avengers: The Initiative #5

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Stefano Caselli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 29, 2007 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 1
7.0Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

World War Hulk Tie-in! The Initiative program denies all knowledge of a special Black Ops Team. The Superhuman Armed Forces wishes to dispel all rumors of a 199th mutant. We repeat, there is no Mutant Zero. Mutant Zero does NOT exist. That is all.

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Aug 29, 2007

    Great issue all around and I, honestly, cannot find a single bad thing about this issue, a very rare thing considering it was a mandatory tie-in issue to a huge event. Those types of books are typically the worst of the lot. Probably the best Avengers book on the market today. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Aug 26, 2007

    So overall, another pretty good effort by Slott, Caselli, and Rudoni. The title does a good job managing a large cast of relatively unknowns, maintaining a number of plot threads even in the face of a crossover event, and looks as good as, or better, than most books on the stands. All in all, a superlative effort and an overall enjoyable piece of work. This series hasnt faltered so far after five issues, and shows no sign of tapering off anytime soon. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ariel Carmona Jr. Aug 26, 2007

    Final word: I like the direction this title is taking. Slott is able to manage a large cast with skill, and Caselli and companys artistic rendition of the proceedings is consistent enough to sustain its structured narrative style. This comic offers a refreshing alternative to Brian Michael Bendis use of the two major teams by focusing on lesser known, inexperienced heroes while making the appearance of more established characters like Iron Man and Spider-Man an occasional treat. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Luke Handley Aug 26, 2007

    Despite a certain lack of continuity within the title, this comic still works on several levels. The idea of Gyrich having his own personal commandos becomes more appealing every time I think of it and, within the space of five issues, Dan Slott has successfully fleshed out his newbie heroes. I still have hopes that this title can pull things together and become great, but this issue just isnt quite there yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Aug 26, 2007

    I still find the core concept of the book to be slightly oxymoronic (the whole point of the Registration Act was to avoid untrained, inexperienced heroes being put into situations where they were out of their depth and couldnt be confident of success - but theres no jeopardy and drama in that, so the Initiative recruits keep getting mixed up in situations which are beyond their abilities, despite them being under tight government control. On the other hand, no-one wants to read a dull monthly comic about super-powered kids in training in a safe environment...), and I still probably wont be picking up future issues, but this tie-in to World War Hulk proves that there is life in the Initiative concept, and that Slott and Caselli are talented enough creators to be able to make it work. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Geoff Collins Sep 4, 2007

    Lets hope that we see more issues of Initiative like this. As much as I like the Shadow Initiative, I keep in mind that I like Juggernaut but have hated him in a monthly title like New Excalibur. This dark side of Initiative isnt what is new; in fact its pretty fitting of the series. What is different is a bigger mix of adults into the equation, which is what I hope to see more of in the future. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Bryant Frattalone Aug 26, 2007

    A book that hasnt commanded my attention but that does toss in little gems here and there for older comics fans. Read Full Review

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