New Avengers #51

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Billy Tan Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 25, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 4
7.2Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

WHO IS THE NEW SORCERER SUPREME? Doctor Strange has failed as the Master of the Mystic Arts and all the other mystic characters are the heir apparent. Strange comes to the New Avengers for help as the mystic battle royale begins. Plus, how can the Avengers trust Spider-Man if he won't take his mask off? Rated A …$3.99

  • 8.2
    IGN - Bryan Joel Mar 25, 2009

    Issue #51 seems like business as usual for New Avengers: a briskly paced issue with some nice character moments, and just enough evil villainy to move things along and give the impression that something's been accomplished. It's probably a better jump-on point than the "Dark Reign"-immersed anniversary issue last month, as a matter of fact. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 26, 2009

    Still, so far the story is building nicely, and the Doc isn't dead. Yet. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Mar 29, 2009

    I'm wary of being so positive about the first issue of a New Avengers arc as experience has taught me that these things rarely end as well as they begin, and story elements that seem promising rarely live up to their full potential. However, this issue is a surprisingly enjoyable read that's elevated by Bachalo's great visuals. And, for the first time in a long time, I'm actually interested in seeing where the story is headed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Stephen Joyce Mar 29, 2009

    However, aside from some confusing art, this issue is definitely worth reading. I think it is going to set up some really nice plans--not just for the New Avengers but for the Marvel Universe as a whole. If you are like me and dont care about a new Sorcerer Supreme being chosen, dont let that scare you off from this issue. There is still enough substance here that will entertain you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Kyle Posluszny Mar 25, 2009

    There is a lot I liked about the latest issue of The New Avengers. Chris Bachalo's art was impressive, Billy Tan continued to show improvement, and Brian Michael Bendis made the beginning of the search for a new Sorcerer Supreme quite compelling. While I'm sure some will be a bit irked by the team meeting (or the art team changes), the good stuff ultimately outweighed the bad by a large margin. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Mar 25, 2009

    (Chris Bachalo! Billy Tan! Compare and contrast via CBR's preview!) Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Mar 29, 2009

    As for the story, Bendis is following existing patterns of developing a story. You know your work is either seminal or clich when people can pick up your writing techniques and tricks the moment you introduce them. It feels like I have read this story before in Civil War and Secret Invasion. Its not really what happens that is copied. Its how its presented. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Alexandru Lupp Mar 29, 2009

    Is New Avengers #51 worth the $3.99 price tag? Yeah, if youre a diehard Avengers fan, otherwise dont bother. Also, if you want to know about the next Sorcerer Supreme, you can probably wait until next issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 25, 2009

    Before we go over the issue itself, I have to tell you something that may reveal a bit of bias on my part: I hate Parker Robbins. I hate him more every time he appears, a two-bit minor player who keeps getting the huge push to the main event level without provocation or the chops to really pull it off, sort of a super-villain version of Jeff Jarrett. There's nothing about him that I find in any way interesting. Of course, that does lead to the paradox of the issue: I like the idea of Strange and Robbins fighting over the mantle of Sorceror Supreme. The problem comes when Parker actually wins (as I strongly suspect that he is going to.) The characterization here (much like in Dark Avengers earlier) works a lot better than the action, and the revelation of Jessica's crush on Peter is a wonderful moment of interaction that, unfortunately, goes nowhere. All in all, though, the issue is okay, with Billy Tan's Peter Parker and Doctor Strange really standing out as well-done, bu Read Full Review

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