New Avengers #49

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Billy Tan Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 28, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 6
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7.9User Rating

These solicits are classified until the release of Secret Invasion #8. Pick up the free Marvel Previews: Dark Reign Edition in-stores the same day as Secret Invasion #8. Rated A …$2.99

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 5, 2009

    This issue was a very strong one, though it may be my Daddy instincts kicking in. Luke Cage skirted the line, but didn't cross it, even where I might have. The moment where Norman taunts him is incredibly vivid, and the pure rage in Cage's eyes makes me wonder if he won't just squot the Goblin like a punkin. But I'm glad he didn't. Billy Tan's art still maintains a lot of the scratchy "hey, look at all the lines!" hallmarks that I dislike so much in Leinil Yu's art, but has greater clarity and espression, giving us a cocky Bullseye, a resolved Cage, and a Norman Osborn so crazy and soself-righteous that you want to kill him with a crowbar yourself. Even baby Danielle looks good under hispen, and Bendis once again shows why he's so great with stree-level characters, giving Luke dignity, and making it clear thathe's no happy with the depths to which he's sunk, but that he will do anything to save his family. This is a very good issue, easily worth the soon-to-be 4 bucks Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 30, 2009

    This comic really just serves two purposes - it wraps up the dangling storyline, and sets up next issue's battle royale between the New Avengers and the Dark Avengers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Daniel Schmergel Jan 28, 2009

    In other words, someone's about to get beat down. And, thanks to the deft building of anticipation in this issue, I'm excited as hell about it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kevin Powers/David Wallace Jan 27, 2009

    Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of the issue is the fact that this story hasn't been dragged out beyond its natural lifespan. You could argue that the resolution of the plot thread involving Luke and Jessica's baby is a little convenient, as it certainly happened far more quickly than I expected. However, it's one of the first times that I can remember New Avengers setting up a story and following it through to its conclusion without getting sidetracked by unnecessary distractions, or leaving plot points dangling that aren't resolved for months. As such, it can only be seen as an improvement on the pre-Secret Invasion issues -- and those fans who are eager to see tight continuity between this book and Bendis' Dark Avengers title will be pleased by the crossover elements that we see at the end of the issue. I'm still not particularly happy with the "Dark Reign" status quo, but I can't deny that this was a decent read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Jan 28, 2009

    (Billy Tan's artwork continues to get better each month as demonstrated in CBR's preview!) Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Feb 3, 2009

    New Avengers #49 was a pedestrian read that continues to give the reader a stale story. Bendis needs to give the New Avengers an appealing direction in the wake of Secret Invasion in order to set it apart from the rest of the great and interesting titles that Marvel has spinning out of Secret Invasion. Dark Avengers, Mighty Avengers and Thunderbolts are all interesting titles that get the reader excited about the possibilities of Dark Reign. And Agents of Atlas and Secret Warriors both look like neat titles with plenty of potential. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Feb 1, 2009

    Tans work is not bad, but Banning is the wrong inker forhim. He just muddles through the drawings of Tan, making them almost undecipherable.Banning makes Tans work look like a poor imitation of Leinil Francis Yu, whichhimself is not a great artist. Can standards to both writing and art be raiseda bit? Read Full Review

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