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Champions #1

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Humberto Ramos Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 5, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 43
8.1Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

Following the fallout of CIVIL WAR II, Avengers Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man strike out on their own - joined by Cyclops, Viv Vision and the Totally Awesome Hulk! Six young heroes determined to change the world - and they're only the beginning!
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  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Brunell Oct 8, 2016

    At first I wasn't going to grab this comic, but the clerk at my local comic shop spoke highly of it. She said it was probably the most emotional and well thought out comic she's read this year, especially with everything going on in the Marvel Universe. I guess with everything going on in the world these days this comic could hit close to home for some of us. We all have a voice and just because we aren't as experienced or older doesn't mean we can't have a more sensible and rational way of dealing with things. The Champions is now a "need to have" comic for me! Read Full Review

  • 10 - Matthew Mueller Oct 5, 2016

    As the members of the group allude to, this is a call to action in many ways for a younger generation of heroes, who are tired of fighting the same unwinnable battles just because that's how it has always been done. Champions #1 is a breath of fresh air and provides a much-needed shot in the arm to Marvel's lineup. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 6, 2016

    Kudos to writer Mark Waid and artists Humberto Ramos and Victor Olazaba for crafting a terrific first chapter in what will hopefully be a long run for this new incarnation of the Champions! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Oct 10, 2016

    This issue is nearly the perfect comic as we get almosteverything we could ever want from a comic book. The art is incredible andreally jumps off the page and Mark Waid knows these characters inside and out.The only thing that holds this comic back is the fact that it has to seteverything up and that can usually be a little tedious. However, this book doesit in style and shines from beginning to end. I hope this series continues tohave this kind of quality because this could be the beginning of something reallyspecial. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon Oct 21, 2016

    The status quo has changed folks. I'm hoping that it continues to do so moving on with this book. We still have to see some characters join as well as see what other villains they'll face off. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Leroy Dee Oct 9, 2016

    Which is what I appreciate about this story. At this point we've already read the superhero team up origin story, and for the first half of the book it checks off every trope on the list, but halfway through the book the story takes a hard turn that I didn't see coming with a book of this tone. In fact, the ending of the book wraps up the entire story that some will accuse of being a little preachy, while others won't even catch the context of it altogether. Plus the splash page of potential new members to come has me curious for future issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Critical Blast - Critical Blast Staff Oct 13, 2016

    Waid and Ramos team up to create a pretty close to perfect first issue. Great way to feature some of Marvel's "newer" characters and just a terrific team book. It is a little annoying that this came out before the end of Civil War II and Vision, but that doesn't take away from this great comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comicsverse - Ben Wasserman Oct 9, 2016

    CHAMPIONS #1 is a great first issue for Marvel's latest team of heroes, as well as a great counterbalance to CIVIL WAR II's aftereffects. Does it have its problems? Yes, but they feel relatively minor in the grand scheme of things, never getting in the way of the heart and soul of our characters' goals. It's a diverse and empowering team for a new generation of readers, promoting a message that I think everyone can get behind. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 4, 2016

    I had no idea what to expect going into this series and coming out the other side… it's awesome. It has an energy and vibe that's missing from a lot of comics. It has action, humor, solid banter, and more importantly characters that feel very aware of what they're doing. Marvel has position the series to be the center of what comes next and if this is any indication of what's coming, bring it on. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Superior Spider-Talk - Doug Zawisza Oct 7, 2016

    Champions #1 spins out of Civil War II (which has not ended yet) and gives the younger generation a wider spotlight as Nova, Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales Spider-Man, Amadeus Cho Hulk, and Viv Vision come together in a story written by Mark Waid and drawn by Humberto Ramos. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The GCRN - Daniel Clark Oct 9, 2016

    As much fun as it is to make fun of Marvel for their constant gimmicks and relaunches I have to hand it to them with Champions #1. If you are going to rebrand yourself yet again this is a good place to start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 4, 2016

    Champions is a breath of fresh air when compared to Marvel's stagnant Civil War II lineup, and while not quite as edgy or subversive as Young Avengers, the changing makeup of the Marvel Universe makes this the perfect time to unite this latest iteration of Avengers into a cohesive team. Waid deftly taps into the sheer likability of these kids, and teaming him up with an artist like Humberto Ramos feels like a no-brainer for this promising launch. While the grown-ups are duking it out over an Inhuman precog, the Champions are the ones who are truly stealing the show. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Oct 10, 2016

    The Marvel Universe has undertaken a lot of changes in recent years - that much is undeniable, regardless of how you felt about said changes. Champions very much reflects that, but remembers what Marvel did back at its start -classic superhero stories with bright and expressive artwork. Waid knows this, and combines with the sense of belonging that X-Men books have made people feel for decades to create an issue that takes a while to get into the thick of things, but when it does, creates a new team doing what you expect from heroes, only difference being there's someone here for everyone to look up to in some way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 4, 2016

    Champions is exactly the sort of book Marvel needs in the wake of Civil War II. Champions speaks to the need for heroes who cut through the nonsense and infighting and simply strive to make the world a better place. This first issue serves as a charming debut and showcases a strong team dynamic. It's unfortunate, though, the the artwork doesn't always hold its end of the bargain. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Oct 6, 2016

    At times, the politics of this first issue is a bit on the nose, but that does not detract from the fact that Champions is a book to watch and a team that could go places no teen team of heroes hasever gone before Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Oct 5, 2016

    The first issue of Champions is a nice rendition of the team formation story. I appreciate the speed and plot, how the characters meld together, and the important values that underlie the story. However, some of these elements feel disparate, and the characters do feel like theyre written by someone who has a disconnect with current culture. Its weird to encapsulate how Champions #1 both gets it and doesnt get it when it comes to age, youth, and colloquialism, but at the very least its a series I dont mind being invested in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hctor A Oct 5, 2016

    All things considered, I'm not sure whether this is any better than All-New All-Different Avengers. Champions has a good premise but even though Waid and Ramos' work here is fine, but this first issue doesn't do anything but the bare minimum. Waid introduces a strong team dynamic but it remains to be seen whether this will be anything other than an above-average superhero team book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Gregory Paul Silber Oct 5, 2016

    While Champions #1 perhaps tries to accomplish too much in one issue, it looks like it's shaping up to be yet another winner from one of the most consistently impressive superhero writers in comics. I don't think I've ever read a comic by Mark Waid that I didn't like, and I'd be shocked if that changed with the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Oct 5, 2016

    Champions #1 is a breathe of fresh air after the dragged-out Civil War II rivalry, and it's perhaps the best time for a new team to join the Marvel universe. These kids are likable and know how to serve their own brand of justice, and for those reasons alone we're all chips in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Oct 8, 2016

    The Champions aren't just the surrogate children of Marvel's icons, but of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and Justin Trudeau. This is a super-hero team book that's not about fighting but about fixing problems. It's about helping people, not pummelling other-dimensional dictators and time-travelling tyrants. While this is a standard gathering-of-the-team issue, it's also about constructing a philosophy for the team. Ms. Marvel is the heart and soul of the group, which is a testament to the strength of the character that G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona crafted. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerdist - Blair Marnell Oct 5, 2016

    It's a shame, because until the clown and his captives showed up, this issue was really firing on all cylinders. It's still one of the best books out this week, it just betrayed one of its own central themes. The team that's trying to be more than just superheroes were quickly sucked into a pretty standard superhero plot. Given Waid's experience, we still feel that Champions has the potential to be a great book, but that's going to require Waid and Ramos to show us stories that we haven't seen many times before. So far, they haven't. That said, we're still very curious to see what they can do with these next gen heroes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 8, 2016

    Waid and Ramos turn in a solid team-building comic for the first issue of Champions. The cast seems like they'll be fun together, and I hope Waid finds a good way to emphasis the teenage nature of the team. He's got the chance to do something unique at Marvel right now, and I hope he can pull it off. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Multiversity Comics - Liam Budd Oct 7, 2016

    These are not the Young Avengers you are looking for. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    411Mania - RobF Oct 13, 2016

    Whereas I can appreciate the message this comic represents the lack of a strong villain and the artwork make this issue difficult to recommend. I think over time this comic has potential but Waid has to do a better job challenging our heroes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerds On The Rocks - Logan Dalton Oct 6, 2016

    A diverse team of young hope bringing superheroes is definitely a good idea for a comic, and Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos create a nice sense of camaraderie and team chemistry between the members of the Champions. But the tone and art style of the book fluctuates between silly and serious, sincere and shallow too many times to make the first issue ofChampions any more than just a mixed bag. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComiConverse - Scott Place Oct 26, 2016

    In the wake of Civil War II a new team of heroes is born. They're young, inexperienced and reckless but theyjust might change the world. In Champions #1, Ms Marvel, Nova, Spider-Man, the Hulk and Viv Vision team up after growing disillusioned with theold guard of Avengers, believing that they can provide the world with a more conscientious team of heroes. But do writer Mark Waid and penciller Humberto Ramos deliver the fresh take on the superhero genre that Marvel promised or is it simply another basic team-up book? Read Full Review

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