New Avengers #44

Event\Storyline: Secret Invasion Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Billy Tan Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 27, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 3
6.8Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

The dark secret of the Illuminati revealed! Marvel's most covert gathering of heroes has a secret so dark that they never speak of it, even to each other. And it could be what has brought about the SECRET INVASION.

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - M. Staples Aug 29, 2008

    With the story's status quo changed a second time, we progress into the second half, in which a mystery that arose in Secret Invasion #5 is answered (at least we didn't have to wait too long!). I'd love to get more in depth about what exactly occurred here, but it would spoil the first half. Suffice to say, this is an extremely essential chapter in the Secret Invasion saga and, more importantly, it conveys this important information with a rather suspenseful tale. Don't miss this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Nov 2, 2008

    The artist has a classical illustrative style that is well adapted to this science fiction story. However, the inking could use a little more weight. The sketchy lines left on the characters face feels sloppier than stylistic. Tan also has a few problems with proportions. His characters head are too small compared with their bodies. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Aug 26, 2008

    The manner in which the Skrulls eventually extract their required information from their clone of Reed's brain is suitably cynical and manipulative, showing an increasing understanding of human nature on the part of the Skrulls and reinforcing the concept of the Secret Invasion event by reflecting the idea that stealth and infiltration can make for a far more effective way to undermine human society than an all-out attack. All in all, this is the kind of tie-in story that I would have like to have seen a lot more of throughout the Secret Invasion event, as it binds emotional character beats to an intelligent, logical premise that plays an important part in the storyline's bigger picture, but probably wouldn't be worthy of an in-depth examination in the core title. Definitely one of the best Avengers tie-in issues yet. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Aug 27, 2008

    This may not be your father's Avengers, or even your Avengers of a couple of years ago, but Bendis still knows how to tell a good story and Philip Tan's art captures the anxiety and uncertainty needed to pull it off. Plus, this issue might enhance your "Secret Invasion" experience, if you're really into Skrulls. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Aug 27, 2008

    Some people might be interested in the "revelation" of why the Skrulls needed Reed's brain to succeed, so I give this a Check It, but I thought this was just another pointless story with a flimsy, paperthin plot that barely explains what it sets out to, leaving more questions than answers. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 8, 2008

    This issue is okay, but could have been a two page flashback in an issue that actually WAS an Avengers story, and not yet another flashback with a New Avengers logo on the cover. Read Full Review

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