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Avengers World #1

Writer: Jonathan Hickman, Nick Spencer Artist: Stefano Caselli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 8, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 33 User Reviews: 12
7.5Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Earth's Mightiest Heroes have returned from the stars-- but on the world they left behind, new threats have emerged, and The Avengers will be tested like never before. In one cataclysmic day, the face of the Marvel Universe will change forever-- and the fight for Earth's future will begin. A globe-spanning epic of empires and armies, and the brave few who stand between them and us.

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - vashmcdash Jan 8, 2014

    An all around amazing start to the Avengers first All New Marvel Now! title and without a doubt this is going to lead to something great. Wonderful set up and beyond amazing art make this an issue everyone should pick up and my pick of the week, go check it out! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Tacopina Jan 14, 2014

    Avengers World #1 was a perfect debut issue. It introduced many plot points, both grandiose and innovative, that should have no difficulty playing out into some intriguing storylines in the near future. It also treated us to familiar faces with more promising threats to encumber the team with. It's an Avengers World baby, we're all just along for the ride! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flip Geeks - Kyle Francisco Jan 19, 2014

    I'm expecting the roster to grow in the coming months, but for now, the first issue of Avengers World seems to promise epic adventures on a global scale, and it looks like the writing and art are more than enough to give this thing legs and ensure that it'll succeed in doing what it has set out to do. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 11, 2014

    It is tough to make an issue that feels believable in terms of conflict, but still has sufficient threat-level to challenge a team with a Norse god, a couple of living suns, three alien-ish powerhouses, an immortal soldier, the greatest combatant on Earth, and 40% of the founding New Mutants, but Spencer and Hickman deliver a tale that hits the mark. Artistically, this issue is a lovely affair, with everyone looking great, and even Maria Hill getting some nice dialogue, supporting the example set by her movie counterpart. In short, Avengers World #1 works as a #1, it works as a story, and it showcases a lot of Avengers doing a lot of various Avengery things. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 9, 2014

    I love a lot of things about the script - the return of strong characters (including a great surprise from one of Hickman's earlier series), a really massive menace, some great dialogue and plenty of surprises - this may end up being another terrific series to follow. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jan 10, 2014

    Great start that shows that this story has a lot of potential. The Avengers is the book you pick up if you want something on a global scale to invest in. They do great with big sci-fi scenarios and have proven so up to this point. Read this for the scale of the books, quality of the writing, and the art is consistently phenomenal. You just hope that as this story progresses that neither Hickman or Nick Spencer lose what makes this stand out from the other Marvel NOW! titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Jan 11, 2014

    The bottom line is that Avengers World is a must read for readers of Avengers that have been hooked since Hickman took over the franchise, but if you are using this issue to try and jump into the franchise you might be a bit lost. It is still a solid comic book, but you won't be nearly as impressed with the book as people who recognize the scenarios and know the newer characters. So in a rare split, if you have been reading and enjoying Avengersover the past year add a half of point to my final score, and if you are looking to this book as an entry point into the current Avengers books then take off a half of point. Overall, I'm excited to see where Hickman, Spencer, Caselli and crew go from here and hope they can balance the scope and character more carefully as the series continues. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 8, 2014

    Stefano Caselli's art is a nice way to round out the strong creative team on this series. Caselli is no stranger to pairing with the writers at this point, and his work helps further cement the bonds between this series and its two sisters. As always, his figure work pops off the page, and his art crackles with a manga-esque energy. We can only hope Caselli will be a regular player on the book, rather than the drifter he's been since leaving Secret Warriors. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jan 7, 2014

    Avengers World is another check in the win column. Hickman and Spencer do more with one issue than most can do in an entire run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GoCollect - @mikebiyad Jan 8, 2014

    Overall Hickman and Caselli do a great job of throwing in another Avengers title into the mix. The writing and art are great, and I think we may have a cool first arc coming our way. Here's to hoping The Avengers don't get too played out. I'm giving Avengers World #1 a 4/5 Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - NateTieman Jan 10, 2014

    Overall, Hickman and Spencer have crafted a fun book, with great interplay, exciting dangers, and great moments for Caselli to illustrate. My main problem is the lack of completion in this issue. I know it's a #1 issue, and I know that it's setting up a six-issue (at least) arc, but I couldn't help but wish there was something that played out in this issue. The entire story was a set-up for the next issue. There was no back story or recap, only a series of half-events that were set up like dominoes. It's a small complaint, and one not limited to Avengers World, but it's still disappointing not to get any closure on anything. Even so, I'm already looking forward to next month, if only to get a better glimpse at a Madripoor dragon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Jan 10, 2014

    Avengers World might not be necessary in the grand scheme of the franchise, considering how many Avengers comics there already are these days, but it looks like Hickman, Spencer, Caselli and Martin are going to make the most out of it. This first issue is a strong balance of adventure and character. Avengers World could become a very entertaining companion series to Hickman's main Avengers comic. Any fans of Hickman's approach to the franchise probably won't mind paying extra to get even more Avengers adventures. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Jan 10, 2014

    Nick Spencer sets Avengers World apart from Hickman's main book, making World a lot fun to read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Jan 10, 2014

    With the onslaught of "Avengers" related books, there was every chance to that this series could be an also-ran or just come off as completely unnecessary right out of the gate. Instead, Hickman and Spencer have made the book feel like a natural part of the larger "Avengers" story, while infusing a level of charm that helps bring this cosmic characters back down to earth. "Avengers World" is the perfect jumping on point for new readers, and, as long as it doesn't become inseparable from the other titles, should remain that way for the foreseeable future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Jan 8, 2014

    Nick Spencer has been a writer that I've been following ever since his stellar work with Morning Glories and upon his first works with Marvel, I had hoped that he would find a book that would launch him into the forefront of Marvel's deep creative bench. It seems that with this, and the sleeper hit that is Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Spencer has finally found his place among the big names at the House of Ideas and it couldn't have come at a better moment. Its about to become Nick Spencer's world and we will just be living in it and that's perfectly fine with me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Jan 9, 2014

    Avengers World is off to a great start. If there must be a book that replaces one of my two Hickman Avengers issues every month, Im glad that this is it. With Casellis pencils and Spencers knack for anything involving SHIELD/Avengers-relations, we appear to be in capable hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jan 7, 2014

    Obviously, we don't want to give away too much with this first issue, but what we can say is that it was a great start to a new series. AVENGERS WORLD focuses on just what you think it would, the Avengers helping out the rest of the world. Writers Hickman and Spencer mesh incredibly well together as a writing team. I love the team we see here, and the art is wonderful. On the downside, this isn't a new reader friendly book. Sure, you could just pick it up and give it a go, but it's better to read a bit of the last volume of AVENGERS. AVENGERS WORLD is exciting and shows a lot of promise. Overall, I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Jan 9, 2014

    The dialogue sings, as you'd expect from Superior Foes' Spencer, with snarky Bruce Banner and the Trek debates being a highlight. Stefano Caselli has to draw just about every active Avenger and manages it well, keeping the Avengers and the reader off-balance with a lot of panels drawn from an angle. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jan 8, 2014

    "Avengers World" #1 brings energy and fun back to the adventures of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, shifting the scope just slightly to provide the members of the team with enough room to breathe and grow. As part of the All-New Marvel NOW! initiative, "Avengers World" #1 sets the world stage for a wide range of conflicts and a worldview from the boots on the ground. This issue sets up a number of plots bubbling with potential, and teases them together just enough to entice readers to join a whole new, yet notably familiar world. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Jan 8, 2014

    An issue that boast some really great art and some great ideas, yet lacks a certain unique approach despite all this. A good issue, but not the kind that manages to excite in terms of first issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Gilad Levin Jan 10, 2014

    To be fair, this is an okay story spinning out of an okay event, Infinity. We get to see what happened on Earth as a result of the Avengers leaving it and making a name for themselves across the stars. Hickman didn't invent the wheel with the story but he does manage to deliver an interesting and enjoyable story. I did feel that some of the story was kind of forced and had to happen for no other reason than to move the plot along. Also this issue makes one fact very apparent and doesn't even try to hide it; Maria Hill is being set up as Marvel's version of DC's Amanda Waller. Don't argue, you know it to be true". Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Jan 19, 2014

    Almost assuredly to become yet another big hit in the short lived lifespan of "ongoing series" these days from Marvel Comics (seems like every series gets a reboot within a few years of their "ongoing" status since issue #1s just sell way better than issue #25s), Avengers World will undoubtedly bring the action. Whether it will bring interesting characterization (or stories) remains to be seen. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Jan 16, 2014

    Avengers Word may take a few issues to get off the ground, but this is a decent start. It does however feel a little unnecessary so far as they could have easily saved this story for the main Avengers series. I do however still recommend giving this a try, and especially if you're a fan of the main series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Ben Silverio Jan 11, 2014

    Finally, there are a number of places that this series could go. I imagine that as the issues go on, we'll explore each individual incident and then see how they all connect together eventually, similar to how the first few issues of 'Avengers' went down. But even though a pattern does seem to be emerging in these books, I think that I'll be keeping 'Avengers World' around my pull list for a while to see how it develops. After all, I think I'm already enjoying it more than other Avengers titles like 'Avengers A.I.' or post-'Infinity' 'New Avengers'. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 8, 2014

    Hickman and Spencer do a great job at keeping a lot of balls in the air, even if they don't necessarily catch all of them this time - there are a few plot points that fall flat, and much of the bloated roster of the team still feels fairly underutilized. That said, there is a lot going for Avengers World, as Hickman and Spencer go against the grain in this era of decompression and pack a lot of story into one comic. This book doesn't quite nail its potential yet, but there's a lot to like about Avengers World #1. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jan 8, 2014

    Avengers World #1 is a perfectly acceptable first issue, if nothing else. It is accessible enough for new readers and does do a few things right for a first issue, but has its own problems. The more one has read the previous works that are a part of the same series, the more issues arise and more apparent that this is not a standalone book. Do not buy if you are not prepared to add two more series to your pull list and fork over a bit of cash to do a bit of reading to get yourself up to date. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jan 10, 2014

    This issue is a good read. It's not great but it is first-step good. There is certainly enough here for any reader to want to pick up the next issue and that should be all that any comic aspires towards. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Jan 8, 2014

    This is a worrisome first installment to a new Avengers title that does not prove why it deserves it’s existence. Readers may want to hold off on this book until Spencer and company give readers something deeper to sink their teeth into. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Jan 8, 2014

    If you want your Avengers book to give insight into the personalities of the heroes and deal less with the big, epic storylines, then Avengers World is the book for you. From interviews its been made clear that Nick Spencer is the featured writer, with Jonathan Hickman overseeing the project to make sure everything meshes with his Avengers books. It's only a matter of time before Avengers, New Avengers and Avengers World get caught up in some company-wide crossover event, or perhaps even a smaller one confined to these core Avengers comics. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Jan 10, 2014

    Avengers World #1 is nothing to write home about, but with Hickman's wide imagination, it should be worth sticking around to see what he has up his sleeves to give this title more of a punch. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 11, 2014

    If you love Hickman's Avengers, this series looks like it's going to be the continuity-free place to get general stories of Avengers heroics, with few, if any, ties to Hickman's bigger, weirder ideas. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    GoCollect - @TonyTheGamerDad Jan 9, 2014

    Unless you are a huge Avengers mark, or just curious to see if I was off the mark on my assessment of the book then you may want to check this one out. For the rest of you, I would skip this title until it features a "team" that you really want to see. Personally, I can't wait for Hyperion to get a larger role and become the true Superman of the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Jan 11, 2014

    Oh Avengers, how I miss the days when Bendis controlled you. It's been no secret that I haven't been a fan of what Hickman's been doing to the Avengers since taking them over. Avengers World isn't much different, it just doesn't feel like an Avengers book. Read Full Review

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