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Avengers Assemble Alpha #1

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Uniting The Avengers, Avengers Forever and Avengers OF 1,000,000 BC in an epic saga that forms the capstone to Jason Aaron’s era on Avengers!

From throughout time and the far corners of the Multiverse, the Mightiest Heroes of All the Earths are assembling as never before for a battle beyond all imaging. A war that will take us from the prehistoric beginnings of an Earth under assault by the greatest villains who’ve ever lived to the watchtower that stands at the dark heart of the all and the always, where an army of unprecedented evil now rises.

The biggest Avengers saga in Marvel history begins now.

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42 pages
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13 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    PLOT The final battle begins, Mephisto's plan works perfectly, as the current Avengers fight against the Avengers 1,000,000 BC, it's a battle full of mind-blowing sequences. As this occurs, Avenger Prime and Mephisto fight, it is a battle between gods, which Doctor Doom takes advantage of and uses his new team of villains. Nothing is certain, everything is about to change in this closing saga. ART Hitch outdoes himself on every stroke, he's mind blowing and unbelievable. It has the most amazing splash pages you can read now.
  • 85


    The years-long setup building toward Avengers Assemble: Alpha #1 is exciting to see unfold toward its finish. Given how many players spanning different universes and timelines, it's impressive how well it all comes together here. There's also enough in the first issue to get your excitement up, even if most of the pages require heroes to fight heroes in a misunderstanding you know will resolve itself in time. But that's superhero comics, and superhero comics don't get bigger than this.
  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    Avengers Assemble: Alpha #1 is the beginning of the end. The comic carries a huge weight with it, containing years of exposition… loyal fans may appreciate the combination of the series, joining three groups and multiple series into one epic. This propels Aaron’s storytelling towards a conclusion of his own power, illustrated by one of the best in the business.
  • 80

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    There are no spoilers here, but the best incarnation of villains has entered the fray as our heroes are trying to sort out issues among themselves. Page after page provides a lot of battles, one-liner comments, and navigation through a story that may be a huge “Control Alt Delete” to an Avengers Universe! So get in line to get your First Issue!
  • 80

    Marvel Heroes Library

    The bulk of this issue is the usual Marvel heroes meet but fight each other before facing the common enemy.
  • 75

    Fortress of Solitude

    + Lots of great action & intrigue - Really predictable trope heavy conflict + Absolutely classic Avengers artwork
  • 70

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Avengers Assemble: Alpha #1 kicks off the biggest story arc for this Avengers run. Everything with Mephisto, the Avengers B.C. team, and the mysterious Avenger Prime converges here as the two Avengers teams meet and have at it with each other. However, this issue’s not exactly a good jumping on point for new readers. The art by Bryan Hitch is good for the most part, with some scenes feeling a little more static than others, but it’s good overall.
  • 70

    Comic Watch

    Avengers Assemble #1 is a slow and rather rough start to what is meant to be the epic conclusion of the Avengers' current era, stretching a clich hero versus hero fight to an unnecessary length.
  • 63

    Major Spoilers

    Even with those issues, Avengers Assemble: Alpha does what it promises, bringing together the cast of thousands from Avengers Forever with the Avengers from 1,000,000 BC and the Earth-616 Avengers team and setting them up against the biggest threat ever to bring Aaron’s run to a smashing close, pulling together for 3 out of 5 stars overall. I’ve been feeling a little bit of multiverse fatigue of late, so I’m very interested in seeing how they wrap this one up and if it actually works as the capstone of five years of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes action.
  • 60

    Geek'd Out

    If this storyline is meant to conclude Aaron’s long tenure with these iconic characters, it’s gonna have to do something a bit more interesting and unique to stand out in the broader Avengers pantheon of stories.
  • 50

    Multiversity Comics

    At the end of the day here, I think Marvel told a story that was too decompressed in “Avengers Assemble Alpha” #1. There’s plenty of room for the story to grow and get more epic as time goes, but this debut script in particular is a little odd. Marvel has made this mistake so many times with stories like “Civil War II,” I would think the House of Ideas would be past kicking off an important crossover with a mindless battle. Back in the day Stan Lee utilized this trope but it doesn’t fit as well in modern day comics. Just because there is a large group of characters in this Avengers comic, does not mean that “Avengers Assemble Alpha” #1 is the biggest Avengers saga in Marvel history. I wish Marvel would have marketed this story differently.
  • 40

    Graham Crackers Comics

    Even with a J. Scott Campbell cover, this is a prime example of what can happen when the multiverse is exploited for no good reason. It also reminds me of why I haven’t picked up an Avengers book for quite a while. First off, the regular Avengers crew seems to have almost as many Defenders as Avengers in the line-up. Prehistoric Avengers?! Multiversal Avengers?! Multiversal Masters of Evil?! This is just a chaotic crossover which boils down to alternate versions of Avengers (who now appear to have enlisted every Marvel hero into their hallowed ranks) battling alternate versions of villains. It reminds me a bit of DC’s most recent Justice League multiverse villiain fiasco. While I will admit that these are most definately not my Avengers, I was willing to take a look and I was not impressed.
  • 30

    The most cliche of superhero tropes weighs upon Avengers Assemble Alpha like gravity as two teams with excellent knowledge of the multiversal, Earth-killing threat that they face still fall into combat with one another over petty grievances and minor misunderstandings.

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