New Avengers #15

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Simone Bianchi Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 19, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 10
5.7Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

• Meet the Mapmakers, cartographers of the Apocalypse.
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•  Reed Richards and the Illuminati rekindle an old relationship.

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 23, 2014

    I'm all for epic storylines, and I've been enjoying this one - until this issue. I assume it's just a glitch (or perhaps a failure on my part to sort it out properly), and I'll certainly keep hanging on to see how this plays out - but they're not making it easy on us. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Mar 19, 2014

    Pacing issues aside, this book is still one of the most thought-provoking on the shelf with its emphasis on morality and multidimensional theory that feels more genuine and grounded than such things generally do in comics. Much in the same way that gravity has recently been leant to the notion of time travel in the Marvel U, I feel like other dimensions and the consequences of what happens therein havent been the focal point of comics in this way since the early days of Exiles. The visuals are beautifully apropos and, apart from what I mention above, very clear and flowing. This is one of the most thought-provoking superhero books on the shelf. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerds Unchained - Magen Cubed Mar 19, 2014

    Bianchis dramatic style brings action to this otherwise static narrative, heightening the tension that makes it to the page. There is such a strong sense of motion in his character designs, from their exaggerated postures to the theatrical flourishes of the hair and facial anatomy, which makes his storytelling so fun to read. Some pages are stronger than others, but overall his sense of panel composition is compelling with its dynamism and flair. Dallapli does a solid job overall but sometimes his colors a bit muddy, losing character detail in the midst of broad fields of black and brown. This dark color scheme strikes a dark and moody tone, but sometimes it sacrifices the clarity of the artwork, which is unfortunate. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Mar 21, 2014

    One day this Multiversal Cartographer/Black Swan thing will make sense. Today is not that day. Best wait for the complete story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Mar 19, 2014

    However, the slow opening segment take sits toll on everything. For one thing, Simone Bianchi is not an artist well-suited to dialogue-driven comics. He's not particularly skilled at facial work, instead focusing on surreal design work and other elements that don't come into play until midway through the comic. The other problem is that a key fight scene happens entirely off panel because of the lack of space. It makes for a jarring transition, and it's not hard to imagine how this issue might have played out with a more focused, purposeful approach. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Mar 20, 2014

    This book is still awesome. Dont let this issue fool you. Jonathan Hickman is a wonderful writer and Rags Morales is coming to save the art, so feel free to keep this on your pull. Soon enough, well be back to our regularly scheduled awesomeness. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Mar 20, 2014

    New Avengers has been one of my favorite Marvel NOW titles, but after this and more than a few wheel spinning issues previously, it may be time to find a new team of super-jerks to follow. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Mar 21, 2014

    "New Avengers" #15, like "Guardians of the Galaxy" #11.NOW lacks the proper amount of heart and worthy adventure to hold interest. I'm not sure how much longer the looming threat of incursions can be held above the Illuminati before totally transforming these characters into cardboard caricatures of themselves, but it feels like it's getting pretty close. I have no problem with secret enclaves occurring throughout the Marvel Universe, but the collective intelligence represented in the Illuminati should be enough of a preventative to avoid issues like this one. Let's see some avenging, some teamwork, some heroism, not hand-wringing and woe-as-me-ing. That said, if anyone can turn this around and make "New Avengers" #15 transform into an historically important comic book, it would be Jonathan Hickman, so here's hoping. Read Full Review

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