Mighty Avengers #20

Event\Storyline: Secret Invasion Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Lee Weeks Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 17, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 4
5.4Critic Rating
6.1User Rating

SECRET INVASION TIE-IN! The funeral of Janet Van Dyne, also known as the Wasp, happens here. Take a look back at the highlights of her life as an Avenger and see the effect her death has on the greater Marvel Universe!

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jan 4, 2009

    I like the use of multiple artists to tell the story. I particularly liked the flashback to the early Avengers when they had just found Captain Americas body frozen in ice. But before we can witness Wanda Maximoff putting all the broken parts together again in two years time, well have to go through another annoying companywide crossover trying to pitch us Black Reign. Im not buying. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Bryan Joel Dec 17, 2008

    The thing about a book like Mighty #20 that makes it so hard to grade is that there are very clear, defined peaks and valleys. Bendis's handling of Hank Pym is as solid as they come, but to me his Janet portrayal is a little less than respectful. Perhaps it's being saved for the Requiem one-shot down the line, but it comes off as a misstep. Your enjoyment of the issue may depend on which character you find yourself caring about more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Dec 22, 2008

    Mighty Avengers #20 was a schizophrenic issue. Everything leading up to the funeral scene was such an enjoyable read. Then the wheels fell off the story and it the funeral scene was a complete mess. I am ready to put Bendis' run on Mighty Avengers behind me and focus on the positive. And there is plenty of be positive about with Dan Slott coming aboard this title with the next issue. I have all the faith in the world that Slott will be able to revive this title and finally give the readers at least one excellently crafted and entertaining Avengers title. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Dec 17, 2008

    (Lee Weeks on art? Yes please! Check out his wonderful flashback scene in CBR's preview!) Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 22, 2008

    Will Jan return? I certainly hope so. And when she does, I hope it's the real Wasp, and not this crude imitation we've been saddled with of late. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Dec 16, 2008

    Ultimately, your enjoyment of the issue will probably depend on your investment in Janet and Hank's relationship, and the extent to which you care about the Wasp's death. Considering how little Bendis has used the characters in his Avengers books, readers might be forgiven for not really caring about the characters, and the writer doesn't do much to encourage such a connection here. To his credit, Bendis avoids the obvious route of dwelling on Hank's best-known moments (such as his incident of spousal abuse, or the creation of Ultron). However, he doesn't really provide much of a compelling alternative, and the whole thing ends up feeling like little more than a footnote to the main Secret Invasion event - with an obligatory tie-in to "Dark Reign" at the end of the issue that tails off to nothing. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 3, 2009

    The main problem I have with this issue is the fact that, once again, the death of Janet is treated as an abstraction, shown only as a tool to get Herr Gruppenfuhrer Stark the serious verbal beatdown that he so richly deserves for the last two years of continuity. There are some moments that show a loving husband missing his lost wife, but mostly Jan is treated as a plot device to get the heroes to the gates of Dark Reign. The multiple artists trick actually works to the advantage of the story, as Weeks handles the flashbacks with warmth, whereas the sequence with the funeral proceedings was strange and alienating. Mighty Avengers #20 earns 2.5 out of 5 stars, as once again more effort seems to be put into setting up the new status quo than cleaning up the threads left over from the plots that got us there. Read Full Review

  • 0.8
    Weekly Comic Book Review - J. Montes Dec 21, 2008

    Read it at your comic store and use your $2.99 on another book. Read Full Review

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