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Avengers #40

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

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30 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comics: The Gathering

    Avengers #40 is the issue of this series that I didn’t know I wanted to read. A certain plot-line that’s been sidelined since August came back to the fore-front in the most satisfying way possible. A truly beautiful way to seemingly end one of the most compelling rivalries in comics. The end is nigh and Hickman is headed towards it in full force.

  • 100

    Comic Vine

    This is an incredible issue in this series, both in terms of how the plot develops and the characters are framed, as well as paying off a lot of threads I was afraid would be left dangling, and it was a doozy of a plot point (the fears that nothing would come of the rivalry between Namor and TChalla were, again, unfounded) so seeing it pay off here the way it does is not only great reading, its deeply satisfying. The one complaint stands out, but hardly ruins, what might be the best issue of this series yet.

  • 96

    Chuck's Comic Of The Day

    Best of all, I have no idea what is going to happen next. There aren’t many comics out there you can say that about.

  • 90


    Hickman is a master of build up and long term planning which has clearly shown in this issue. While I still feel that the inclusion of Thanos has been completely out of place and hope that he ends up making sense here down the line, ‘Avengers’ #40 has taken a ton of details and long term planning and blended it all together to make sense. A stand out issue in the ongoing saga.

  • 88


    Frequent Hickman collaborator Stefano Caselli steps in to tackle the art this month. While the shift from Mike Deodato to Caselli does nothing to help this book’s wildly inconsistent visual style, it’s tough to complain about the final product. Caselli has a real talent for combining sleek superhero physiques with dynamic body language and expressive facial work. All of those qualities are integral to this issue’s storytelling success. If only we could see him settle down on one series for a while.

  • 85


    This is a pivotal issue of Avengers, and the ending will shock most readers. If you’ve been keeping up with the Hickman era, this is a must-read. You’re going to get more of what you’ve enjoyed, with some fantastic artwork from Stefano Caselli. Avengers is a top flight book right now when the art and script gel like they do in #40, and I can’t wait to see what is coming next.

  • 80

    For those invested in Hickmans Avengers epic, this will be a significant issue bound to shock and awe readers as much as the heroes witnessing these events. Despite some flaws on the periphery, Avengers #40 is the story of two characters and the conclusion of that story is executed perfectly. It is tragic and raw and signals the beginning of the end for Earths Mightiest Heroes.

  • 80

    Comic Spectrum

    If you’re not reading the ‘Time Runs Out’ Avenger issues, then you’re missing the real “event” storyline happening in Marvel Comics. An event that will lead into the larger Secret Wars story. Hickman’s years of seeding stories is starting to bear fruit, some of those story beats were planted pre-Infinity and shows that Hickman had all of these planned out from the start. I think this issue would be a great point for lapsed readers of Hickman’s run to return and continue going forward into Secret Wars.

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