New Avengers: Illuminati #3

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Brian Reed Artist: Jim Cheung Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 30, 2007 Critic Reviews: 1 User Reviews: 6
4.0Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

Years ago a mysterious creature called the Beyonder gathered the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe for the Secret Wars. Now, finally, after decades of mystery, the true origin of this powerful creature is revealed...

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    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Jun 4, 2007

    I'd enjoy the issue more if it had actually had the bottle to commit to its main idea, but the conclusion leaves everything so vague that I'm not really sure why the story exists in the first place. Are Bendis and Reed saying that the Beyonder is really a mutant inhuman? From Black Bolt's reaction, it seems unlikely. Is there an implication that some of the events of the second Secret Wars didn't happen? It's not clear. Yes, the art is pretty - the majority of my enjoyment of the issue is down to Jim Cheung's consistently solid linework - but the lack of conviction that the book seems to have about any of its ideas is ultimately so harmful that it strips the story of any meaning, making it difficult to enjoy on any logical or emotional level. Maybe this story is setting up a plot point which will be explored further in future issues, but as a stand-alone story in its own right, it simply doesn't work. Read Full Review

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