Heroes Reborn: Heroes Return #1

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Ed McGuinness Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 23, 2021 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 45
7.8Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

An epic, oversize slugfest between the Squadron Supreme and an otherworldly group of Avengers for the final fate of the whacked-out world of HEROES REBORN.
56 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jun 23, 2021

    Heroes Return #1 acts as the grand conclusion to theHeroes Reborn storyline, which serves as Jason Aaron's finest hour on the Avengers title. I'm not sure what the future holds for the Squadron or the Avengers, but I can safely say that I enjoyed this story and wouldn't have minded a little more time in the Squadron's warped world. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 23, 2021

    McGuinness delivers some beautifully detailed art throughout this issue. The action is thrilling and the characters look amazing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 23, 2021

    Heroes Return ends on an epic note with matchups we've all been waiting for. Is it simple in its approach? It is, but it's also satisfying with all the action you want and a devlish cliffhanger. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jun 23, 2021

    The only thing I found as something worth critiquing in this issue was Aaron using Blade as a writer surrogate to espy us with plot points that should have been shown and not told -ideally. Its not a huge flaw and it felt a bit lazy. Jason Aaron finally delivers with the last issue of Heroes Reborn (Heroes Return) after some fumbling with the earlier books and gives us a deserving final issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 24, 2021

    In short, Heroes Return #1 isn't the definitive ending that I hoped for, but it is a good one for the story, featuring very strong art, some wonderful character moments and a knock-down dragout battle that comic book fans have been hoping for since 1996. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller May 10, 2021

    This is a book just having fun, playing with characters and preconceptions, and more power to it. Nice writing, very nice art. What's not to like? Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Jun 22, 2021

    'Heroes Return' #1 is an amazing book visually, but another wasted opportunity giving us a very predictable dust-up between The Supreme Squadron of America and the Avengers. Well, some of them anyway. A series that seems deigned to set up the next big title-wide crossover for Marvel which I'll be giving a miss based on this slim storyline stretched out to breaking point. Whatever the opposite of "Excelsior" is, this is that series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jun 23, 2021

    Heroes Return #1 marks the end of a bloated alternate Marvel Universe story that lacks a point or anything much to say, besides hey wouldnt this be kind of interesting? And the answer to that is yes, but not for two months and eight issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Jun 23, 2021

    It's just okay and it works well enough as an end for an event that I'm still struggling to understand the point of. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 23, 2021

    The most interesting thing about Heroes Return #1 is where it leaves everything. There's some specifics with the Squadron Supreme that will potentially have a big impact going forward. There's things with Mephisto especially that will be huge. But, overall, it's an event that feels more like its point is to get us to that finale as opposed to really telling a solid story. As a whole, it's an event whose concept wasn't bad, it just didn't know how to really execute it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    M.Grayson Jun 23, 2021

    It really is an epic fight, every stroke of the artist is captivating, just great.

  • 9.0
    Psycamorean Jun 29, 2021

    I liked this wrap up. I think this was a fun event story, and... that's it. We know what Jason Aaron sounds like when he's trying to deliver an epic, barnburner story. It's War of the Realms. This is not that. This is just comics being fun for a change, and if you don't like that, you will not like this.

  • 9.0
    AGJ Jun 23, 2021

    An action packed installment, I was really surprised I wasn't betting a lot on this event.

  • 8.5
    RedRonin Jun 25, 2021

    I liked this installment, if it has many failures regarding the follow-up, there are times when you feel somewhat rushed. The confrontation between Thor and Hyperion was the best, I had a lot of fun.

  • 8.0
    MasterComics Jun 25, 2021

    Good story, lots of action, quality art and color, great dialogue, but the narrative was bad.
    this was kind of a DC (with some villains similar to the DC universe) and a very subtle Marvel, obviously from a Marvel point of view, and unsurprisingly our Marvel heroes win. A hidden message. I don't know, but many say that Marvel has more comics with greater sales than DC, others say that DC achieves in a few sales the profits that Marvel cannot (the only great success it has had in these two years was The Joker's War, Some express), and even that some fans with little brain hate one or another publisher, I think that the competition is healthy, they force the other to make an effort. if a other publisher more small does not come to remind more

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  • 8.0
    Fracadactyl Jun 23, 2021

    You can't keep a real hero down in Heroes Return. While I have a couple questions like why Peter Parker was here after getting turned into a bug in another issue, that's not important. What is important is how obnoxious Fix culture can be. You ever see those social media battles where people try to fix artwork or stories people outraged about like Last of Us Part II? Coulson optimizes it all, he willingly hurt and killed people to twist the world into an escape fantasy while holding some people back to see it through. Seeing Carol give him a good smack from her jet felt pretty good. Just because some people don't get their origins, that doesn't mean they can't be heroes. Unlike the Squadron who are little more than fantasies; without Coulso more

  • 8.0
    F.T. Wolf Jun 23, 2021

    Heroes Reborn end on a fun note that, while it could've been more, is still a conclusion worth reading.
    After 7 issues, we finally get the Avengers VS Squadron Supreme Fight and it's pretty good. Some smart choices in terms of matchups and leveling the playing field well shown off through the art. The fights are over a bit too quickly but that doesn't take much away from its entertainment.
    The overall conclusion lacks impact, doesn't follow up on intersting ideas the event raised like the possiblity of (most) SSA members bettering themselves, which is dissapointing.
    But again, Heroes Return is still a good issue and worth a read.


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  • 7.5
    redhood Jun 24, 2021

    A very hasty conclusion, the battles were incredible, the art very good. But I think they could have gone a little deeper.

  • 7.5
    DDJamesB Jun 23, 2021

    I mean the ending had some good idea and it wasnt bad but, it just said a lot more than it actually did. Nothing really was shown in terms of what actually happened. Overall enjoyable, but you could go without this "event" and not fell like you missed something important.

  • 7.5
    axdn Jun 23, 2021

    I loved the Vibranium detail! But I think this event need more bone to the meat!

  • 7.0
    Kalaoui Jun 24, 2021

    Not bad but the fun matchups can only go so far without details about why Squadron Supreme of America is better than the Avengers? Details?? What has Mephisto really done here? How Characters end up where they are....too may to count. Again I reaffirm that this could have been addressed properly in the Avengers book where I would have followed along for 24 issues with details instead of getting Moon Knight and Phoenix nonsense for a dozen issues that did nothing for me.
    McGuiness's art, Morales's inks and Wilson's colors were fantastic!!! One of the only redeeming things here. The last page is a slap in the face as if I will follow the Avengers book again after dragging me along for 30 issues about nothing. You can do better than this. more

  • 6.0
    Dali Jun 25, 2021

    And this is the reason why comic purchases are down! Not only is there an economic crisis, it seems that there is a crisis in creativity, it is sad and terrible for us, who buy and like comics.
    In the end I never got the point of all this, great illustrations, many battles. Y? all this riot seems to lack a real point.

  • 6.0
    SenpaifenixJäger Jun 24, 2021

    Visually it is beautiful, the battles incredible. But the narrative is a bit hollow, again a writer running as if a lion were after him.

  • 5.0
    CrazyforRAMU Nov 5, 2021

    It all ends in a big dumb fight, which is just as big and even dumber than I was expecting. Once the Hellahedron (ugh) was revealed in #7, it was of course just a matter of letting the Avenger's 2 biggest guns -- the Starbrand and the Phoenix -- team up and melt it. The world's put right and the lingering consequences bore me. Still, I won't hold the frustration and pointlessness of the whole event against this one issue. It's an almost-acceptable brainless fight comic, mainly because Ed McGuinness invested way more effort than anyone else, including me as a reader.

  • 4.0
    Kreniigh Jun 24, 2021

    Let's see. Blade remembers the previous world because he's supernatural, Coulson is a sociopath who always hated the Avengers, Power Princess can kill Phoenixes, Mephisto can hand out Cosmic Cubes, the Phoenix has protected the Earth for eons, have I got that all right? And the cube that can rewrite reality is only good for shooting zappy blasts in a fight? And at the end the Squadron (including Power Princess, who's more powerful than the Phoenix) are locked up by... the government? For doing nothing wrong in a crossover event no one remembers? Mmm-hmm.

  • 1.0
    Merlyn Jun 23, 2021

    Just pure anti-American crap from Aaron who probably needs medical help at this point. Or some way to deal with his hate. Or just move to another country, it's not like anyone is holding him in America by force. Just move away, dude, if you hate it that badly.

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  • 1.0
    daspidaboy Jun 23, 2021

    Wrll.... what can I say? This is a BLAND, MEDIOCRE, AND FORGETTABLE crossover event from Marvel Comics!

    Jesus christ, at least dc comics can make their crossover events more consistent and entertaining. The art in this crossover is inconsistent, mediocre dialogue, the fights are bland, the squadron Supreme are boring versions of the crime syndicate.

    Day what you want about dc comics but at least they actually CARE AND PIT IN EFFORT for their stories. This story is a rip off of Forever Evil, House of M, an episode of avengers assemble, and age of apocalypse. How do you go from king in black to this???

    Save your money and don't buy this forgettable crossover. Read better crossovers like King in Black and War more

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