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Avengers Twilight #1 (of 6)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 15 critic ratings.

In a gleaming new world of prosperity, Captain America is no more. But Steve Rogers still exists, floating through an America where freedom is an illusion, where THE AVENGERS are strangers and his friends are long dead. But is the Dream? How do you assemble Avengers in a world that doesn’t want them? PLUS: A behind-the-scenes look at the making of this issue!

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Kindle Edition
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41 pages
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15 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Avengers: Twilight #1 is a somber story. The story borrows concepts from other superhero dystopias, most notably Old Man Logan. With the way that the villains are taken out and the ancient designs of those that are left, there are similarities. But Zdarsky is a much cleaner writer, with more intricacies and less revulsion. It’s dark, absolutely pitch black in many parts, but love, hope, and determination still trickle down into this grim world. One word keeps popping up in resistance to the restrictions: Avengers. And that word means a heck of a lot within this universe.

  • 100

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    This isn’t just a fantastic new comic. This is the next Kingdom Come. It’s Watchmen. It’s The Dark Knight Returns. This is the first issue of a comic that we’ll be talking about for decades to come. It’s the start of a ground-breaking new move in superhero comics, and Marvel won’t be the same when it’s over.

    Zdarsky, Acuña, and Petit have taken our modern anxieties and infused them with a mythological grandeur. When you read Avengers: Twilight #1, you’re quite simply reading the next step in the evolution of superhero comics.

  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    Amazing new series that takes us to a tyrannical future disguised as a utopia where a Captain America is needed to unmask a large-scale plot.

    Art full of textures and firm lines that give it a dynamism and adequate tone to show a different future with a real and visceral tone.

  • 100

    The Newest Rant

    Chip Zdarsky and Daniel Acuna have created a story about Steve Rogers and other old Avengers fighting against fascism in the future. Through the biggest superpower of all–allegory–it is clear that no matter when this story is set it is an agonizingly recognizable portrayal of our own World we live in today–just minus people in capes. I can’t wait to read more issues of, “Avengers: Twilight,” and think we’ve got the start of something really special here.

  • 100

    Nerd Initiative

    Avengers: Twilight feels like it is going to be a book that is discussed for years to come. The social commentary, incredible art, and hopeful final page makes this one for the ages. Top all of that off with a wonderful back up story and behind the scenes look and this was truly a breath of fresh air. This is what comics are about!

  • 90


    A lot of the appeal of Avengers: Twilight rests on its creators showing us what kind of heroes and villains live in a future that has lost its heroes. It’s a world where technology reigns supreme, and everything our elders do for us is taken for granted. What if those elders had a second chance to remind us of their greatness and right wrongs? Avengers Twilight mixes sci-fi and superheroes in a highly relevant take on a world that has forgotten its past and adores fake news.

  • 90

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 85

    Comic Watch

    Avengers Twilight #1 is familiar yet grand, a perfect example of how pristine craftsmanship in both writing and art can be a little undeserved by a lack of conceptual boldness. However, what is setup is promising, the overall power of this story laying in the hands of what’s to come as opposed to what’s on display here.

  • 85

    Caped Joel

  • 80


    So I’m of two minds about this first issue of Avengers: Twilight. On the one hand, it’s a solid, enjoyable comic. Well written, with awesome, atmospheric art, that establishes the world and the characters very well. Zdarsky and Acuna waste no time in setting up Cap’s current status quo and pitting him against a world that’s gone topsy turvy. On the other hand, I don’t feel like this issue does anything new with the concept. It’s a dark, evil future, where a militaristic Big Brother is in control, complete with jack-booted thugs who beat up innocents. And then our hero gets recruited into the underground resistance movement. It’s all very cliche. It’s a well-written and well-drawn cliche, and I’ll be sure to check out future issues. I just worry it’s going to follow the expected playbook for this kind of story. Granted, I wouldn’t expect Chip Zdarsky to follow any playbook but his own.

  • 80


    I was prepared to dismiss Avengers: Twilight as a half-hearted attempt to ride the cape of a classic story. After one issue, I’m still not convinced it might move beyond its base concept. I will allow, however, that it is a competently executed examination of the same problems Dark Knight Returns presented. I think it also has the potential to become something special.

  • 75

    Graphic Policy

    Avengers: Twilight #1 shows off a lot of potential. There’s something there as far as commentary about the current state of the world and the road we’re marching down. There’s something there about this particular future. The concept of heroes retired and a world that has rejected them is interesting. What’s teased could be really good. But, Avengers: Twilight #1 lays a lot of groundwork, hinting at the bigger world and story. It’s the setup but what’s to come will be the meat to really determine if this is any good.

  • 74

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Dystopian future stories in comics are becoming more and more cliché every year. I personally don’t know how many more “Last Avengers” storylines I can either read or keep track of, but Zdarsky delivers an entertaining story in this first issue. There are some relevant story elements that the reader will be familiar with and the world is interesting. I just hope the next issue has something new and unique in its narrative to keep me engaged with this dark world.

    The Art: Acuna deliver some fantastic art in the issue. The visuals are brilliantly detailed and perfectly capture the dark tone of the story and its future setting.

  • 60

    Derby Comics

    This was ok? You know you’re always going to get a well-written script from anything Chip Zdarsky touches but this debut issue failed to make me think this is anything other than an “Old-Man X” type of story that we’ve seen played out for other Marvel heroes. None of it felt new, compelling, or interesting to make it standout against other alternate-ending type stories already told. I appreciated the effort from Daniel Acuña’s futuristic approach to art even though it felt like a disparate feel from Zdarsky’s story about a senior Steve Rogers. I get that it was likely meant to evoke a sense of Cap being lost in his new surroundings, but I found it to be distracting. This is one story I may end up finishing in trades rather than picking up issue by issue.

  • 50

    Dystopian stories about the future are at their strongest when they either present a cautionary tale about society’s present ills or use the crumbling trappings of the present to show the fundamental truths about its heroes. While Avengers: Twilight tries to do both, it doesn’t do either particularly well, at least in part because of a lack of purpose presented in its pages. I think this comic has promise (and has a creative team that’s certainly capable of telling a good superhero story), but this issue isn’t a strong opening chapter for what’s supposed to be a marquee limited series.

More From Avengers Twilight (2024)

About the Author: Chip Zdarsky

In the ever-evolving landscape of comic books, Chip Zdarsky emerges as a figure of immense creativity and versatility. Known for infusing his narratives with both humor and emotional depth, Zdarsky has charted a course through the comic book universe that is as diverse as it is compelling. From the groundbreaking humor of “Sex Criminals” to the gritty streets of Marvel’s “Daredevil,” his journey is a testament to a talent that refuses to be pigeonholed.

The man behind the pseudonym, Steve Murray, became a household name with “Sex Criminals,” co-created with Matt Fraction. This series broke new ground with its audacious blend of comedy, romance, and the supernatural. It was here that Zdarsky’s knack for balancing wit with genuine storytelling first shone, earning the series critical acclaim and a dedicated following.

Zdarsky’s portfolio, however, spans a broad spectrum. His unique voice has breathed new life into “Howard the Duck,” where he explored themes of identity and belonging, and his run on Marvel’s “Daredevil” has been celebrated for its moral complexity and rich character development. But Zdarsky’s talents are not limited to writing. As an artist, he has lent his distinct visual style to numerous projects, enhancing his narratives with expressive artistry and dynamic visuals.

In recent years, Zdarsky has ventured into the shadowy alleys of Gotham City, bringing his distinctive flair to the world of Batman. His work on Batman titles has quickly garnered attention for its fresh take on the Dark Knight, blending the character’s traditional brooding intensity with new layers of psychological depth. Through stories that delve into Batman’s complex psyche and the morally ambiguous landscape of Gotham, Zdarsky adds to the rich tapestry of Batman lore, proving yet again his ability to navigate and innovate within established universes.

Beyond his impressive body of work, Zdarsky’s engagement with the comic book community — through social media, conventions, and insightful industry commentary — has made him a beloved figure among fans and fellow creators. His contributions have not only earned him awards and nominations but have also solidified his role as a pivotal voice in contemporary comics.

As Chip Zdarsky continues to explore the darker corners of Gotham City, his journey exemplifies the power of storytelling in comic books — where humor meets heroism, and the human condition is explored in the flicker of a bat signal against the night sky. For those drawn to the art of comics, Zdarsky’s work offers a masterclass in creativity, inviting readers into worlds both wildly imaginative and intensely real.

[Latest Update: April 8, 2024]