Avengers World #3

Writer: Nick Spencer, Jonathan Hickman Artist: Stefano Caselli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 19, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 8
7.8Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

• Shang-Chi vs. The Gorgon-- a fight to the death for control of The Hand.
•  20 straight pages of bone-crushing martial arts action, like you've never seen it before.

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Feb 24, 2014

    Hickman's Avengers roster may be one of the largest and most eclectic in recent memory, but even Hickman can't give all of these characters proper time to shine. Now, it seems, thanks to Nick Spencer, he doesn't have to. Hickman may have his wheels within wheels, but Spencer has the power of character on his side and sometimes that is all you need to give us a stellar comic. On paper this comic may not sound like much, but as soon as you see exactly what is on display here, it makes all the sense in the world. You have a compelling lead, a script that understands just why this character is so compelling, and an art team that brings it all together with powerful images. The Master of Kung-Fu has never hit harder. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - vashmcdash Feb 19, 2014

    There isn't enough words to deserve how awesome this book was for me. If this is any foreshadowing to how Shang-Chi's solo series will be then please count me in, this is one issue everyone should check out! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 19, 2014

    The martial arts action in this issue is sublime, thanks in no small part to Stefano Caselli's dynamic visuals. This series only further proves that Caselli is the ideal artist to work with Gorgon and the Hand. But propping up the action is a terrific glimpse into Shang-Chi's mindset. The flashes to his ancestors and mentors as he steels himself for the big fight are effective in both fleshing out his character and further building tension. By the end, you'll be craving a martial arts-themed Avengers book from this creative team. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Feb 20, 2014

    Avengers World #3 is arguably the strongest issue in the series so far, despite it's lack of Avengers or examination of the larger scope of this book. That said, the Shang-Chi story is so strong that the comic cannot be criticized for focusing so closely on a single character. This is a great comic by talented creators and you should get your hands on this as soon as you can. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Feb 19, 2014

    There's not too much you can say about the overall issue for AVENGERS WORLD #3, since it is one long fight scene. However, the issue really plays out nicely and it is a lot of fun to read. Hickman and Spencer, along with the great visual storytelling of Caselli, have put together a book that really compliments Hickman's AVENGERS run, while expanding into a new world that is pretty accessible to new readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Feb 19, 2014

    Avengers World is currently less plot-driven and more about getting into the heads of characters most people havent been exposed to. Shang-Chi is a guy that deserves some attention, especially since hes getting his own summer mini-series. This should bring the hype for a solo story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Feb 19, 2014

    Those looking for plot progression may be sorely disappointed, but fans of well-drawn, well paced and well-colorized martial art action shall be quite pleased with this attention to Shang-Chi and his kung-fu prowess. Very entertaining in terms of action, it makes for a very worthwhile read. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Feb 20, 2014

    Avengers World #3 is the best issue of the series yet. For Shang-Chi fans, this will most likely be a treat to see the character in action in an intense, issue-long fight scene. On the other hand, the comic offers little else besides that fight scene with its lack of story progression. Not much else to say besides definitely give it a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Ben Silverio Feb 23, 2014

    While Shang-Chi isn't exactly in the best of situations following the battle with the Gorgon, his journey to get to the final page was action-packed and a lot of fun. It's almost a bummer that we have to check in with another team in the next issue because I'm anxious to find out what happens to him. I can't wait to follow up with Shang's fate, but I'm also excited to see what the writers have for us next. This title has definitely earned it's place on my pull list. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Feb 21, 2014

    In conclusion, your honour, this was a strange one. One of those issues that comes along and really makes you go “Huh, I wonder why they did that.” While for an issue so early in the series, dedicating the entire thing to just one fight scene after establishing the numerous response teams might have been a strange move, it's hard to deny how entertaining the fight is. This is entirely thanks to Stefano Caselli, who takes Hickman & Spencer's script and creates a genuinely beautiful comic out of it. Without Caselli putting 110% into the artwork of the issue, it's easy to imagine falling completely flat. Thankfully, even thought I couldn't tell you the point of it, we still got an entertaining issue out of it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper Feb 20, 2014

    Avengers World #3 gets some things right and a number of things wrong. A cool fight scene here, great art there, but ultimately being representative of the biggest hindrance on comic book storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Feb 24, 2014

    "Avengers World" #3 has some of Hickman's strengths and weaknesses on display when it comes to the Avengers. He's coming up with huge, brilliant ideas... and then putting them partially or entirely on hold for strange detours. There's a balance between characters and plotlines that it feels like Hickman still hasn't quite mastered, and "Avengers World" #3 shows the end result. This would have been a great half-issue's worth of plot, but without anything else to balance it out, there isn't quite enough to boost the issue overall. Read Full Review

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