New Avengers #42

Event\Storyline: Secret Invasion Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Jim Cheung Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 25, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 7
7.8Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman, is caught in a web of intrigue. She's an Avenger, a Hydra Double Agent, Nick Fury's informant--the list goes on. Find out what really happened with Jessica and discover what it all has to do with SECRET INVASION.

  • 9.2
    IGN - Dan Phillips Jun 25, 2008

    Much has been said about the way Secret Invasion has been structured, and I think most comic fans by now know they should – no; they have to – read both Avengers books in conjunction with the main series. Seeing that this isn't going to change anytime soon, I guess it's time to just accept that the interesting moments of this ongoing story will play out outside of the main mini-series. And as much as I can't understand Bendis and Marvel's rationale in structuring the event in this way, I will say that I've loved nearly every one of these Avengers tie-ins. The problem is, I've loved them far more than the actual series itself. As long as they are this good, though, I guess I'll keep the complaining to a minimum. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Jul 2, 2008

    Perhaps the best thing about the plot points that Bendis is finally paying off in "New Avengers" now is that it makes you want to go back and re-read all those early issues to find clues. Surely, if a good comic is one that makes you want to read the next issue then the mark of a truly great comic is one that makes you want to go back and read the previous ones. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Kyle Posluszny Jun 26, 2008

    I really enjoyed New Avengers #42, but know I would have been a bit lost had I not caught up with the series when I started really investing in the Marvel Universe. This is a good story, but it's really only a piece of a larger puzzle, so be aware you aren't getting a complete story with this issue. If there's any downside, it's that Bendis expects the reader to do some homework to truly appreciate his story. If you are as hooked on the Secret Invasion as I am, consider this a must read, but make sure to do your homework first. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Jun 27, 2008

    New Avengers #42 was another good Secret Invasion tie-in issues. Bendis continues to do an impressive job seamlessly meshing the Secret Invasion back-story into the Marvel universe history. I still find the Secret Invasion tie-in issues to be more enjoyable that Secret Invasion itself. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Erik Norris Jun 24, 2008

    Overall, I think New Avengers #42 is a worthwhile purchase. I haven't followed the regular series since about issue #20, but with "Secret Invasion" bleeding into Bendis' other books, and my interest peaked, I gave New Avengers #42 a chance, and it paid off. For long time readers of the series, I'm sure issue #42 is another golden nugget in the overall picture that Bendis is crafting. I'm also quite sure a lot of the moments in this book will have even more impact for long time readers than it did for this guy. Also, New Avengers #42 did achieve another goal besides forwarding the overall "Secret Invasion" plot: it made me curious to go back to the beginning of New Avengers and see if Jessica Drew's actions match up with this new twist, if in hindsight she has been acting "Skrully" all along. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Jun 25, 2008

    Nothing really happens. All you needed to know was SpiderWoman was replaced when Hydra was set to give her her powers back. Rest is just filler if you ask me. Read Full Review

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