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The Avengers #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 20 critic ratings.

The time has come! Their ranks shattered by Civil War, their spirits weighted down by a toll both personal and spiritual, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes must find the resolve to stand united one final time against their greatest foe! Captain America! Thor! The Vision! The Wasp! Spider-Man! Hercules! When the dust settles, not a one of these valiant heroes will make it to the final page alive! This is KANG WAR ONE!

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34 pages
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20 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    Let me tell you, my friends, there is a lot to come. Add that to a riveting Avengers read, with a solid, diverse roster that is both new and familiar, and Avengers #1 is as inviting an introduction to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as you’re going to get. At least for 2016. Hope in the Quinjet and have a look around. Waid is writing a fun story, Del Mundo and D’alfonso are making it visually striking and even quite pretty, and Petit is bringing it all home, giving readers a wonderfully complete experience.

  • 95

    Superior Spider-Talk

    The Avengers #1 is a rollicking good time, a blockbuster film in 30 pages, and a beautifully drawn comic that immediately recalls the legacy of Jack Kirby’s iconic Avengers.

  • 90

    Newsarama by Gamesradar+

    Whether or not Avengers #1 is a suitable jumping-on point for new readers remains up for debate. It’s the beginning of a new arc that also sees the formation of a new iteration of the team, which Waid contextualizes early enough in the issue. Still, a first-time reader may easily find themselves lost within the continuation of plot threads from the All-New All Different Avengers. For existing or returning readers, this won’t detract from the effectiveness of the story, but with a big, bold #1 on the front cover, it would be a disservice to not set the proper expectations. However, regardless of which side of that particular fence you fall on, Avengers #1 is a fun, action-packed story, with dynamic sequential art that fully embodies the extravagance that is Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

  • 90


    This series is a nice changing of the guard taking off where the previous series took off and adding new twists such as Avengers striking Kang first. The Kang threat looms as a large threat as the Avengers membership has dwindled since the events of Civil War II.

  • 84

    Chuck's Comic Of The Day

    Still, nice to see a classic version of the team back in action – and you have to love that Alex Ross cover.

  • 83

    Heroes Direct

    The story is basic at the moment, but with Kang’s time travelling we’re sure things will be fleshed out well as the series goes on.

  • 82

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Waid’s narrative offers readers a breath of fresh air for fans of Earth’s mightiest heroes. The updated roster of heroes adds a flavor that makes this a saga to remember.

  • 80

    While the premise is sound, it is something you’ve seen before, so don’t expect to have your mind blown. It’s a standard “assemble the team” type of issue, with some time travel thrown in. Still, it’s expertly constructed by Waid, and it certainly helps that Del Mundo knocks the visuals out of the park.

  • 80

    Newsarama by Gamesradar+

    While Waid’s other big team book, Champions, is on the fast track to superhero success, Avengers doesn’t feel as sure of a bet. Though on a purely narrative level there’s little difference between this book and All-New, All-Different Avengers, the change in art might make this book as easy of a jumping-off point as it is for readers to get on board. Yet All-New, All-Different Avengers had some moments of real brilliance in its short run, with Waid coming up with new and interesting team-ups for a diverse group of Marvel heroes ” and with a challenging new artist and a story that could span all of time, I have faith that Avengers could be gearing up for a bold new era.

  • 80


    If you’re going to Marvel a shot with any of its new titles, I recommend that it be The Avengers #1. The gorgeous cover by Alex Ross is worth the cost alone. The internal art is special too; the penciling by Mike del Mundo is very stylized, but his own coloring creates a great dynamic, with a shimmer that is a bit like that of Alex Ross, but still unique; my one critique would be that some of the facial features have a tendency to look ape-like, particularly those of the Wasp. The writing by Mark Waid isn’t particularly special as of yet, but it’s promising enough to see where the series leads, and he makes sure to keep the personality of the classic avengers team, but with new members.

  • 80


    An excellent appetizer to the coming Avengers feast, Waid and Del Mundo might have brought a second Marvel book to my pull list.

  • 80


    Another intriguing aspect of the new Kang war, is that it was started by one of the Avengers themselves. That twist was built on something that happened during Waid’s last Avengers series; which may be off-putting for anyone who missed that the first time. But it’s also a welcome sign that Waid has long term stories in mind for this series, and there’s even a one-page “trailer” for the next few issues. Minor problems aside, this was a very exciting read, and we’re eager to see what’s next for these Avengers.

  • 78

    Graphic Policy

    And fun is a key thing here. Waid is clearly going for a tone between this series and Champions and that tone is a return to fun comics that don’t linger on the grim and dark. I had gotten a bit tired of the Avengers as a team, but this first issue has me interested again and wanting to see where things go from here.

  • 73

    Multiversity Comics

    A solid start, with art that manages to be both good and too much at the same time, and some fun time travel paradoxes to enjoy. Might not be the most iconic team yet, but it’s got some good characters in its lineup.

  • 73


    Mark Waid’s Avengers saga begins its new stage on slightly rockier ground. The team dynamic definitely suffers from the fact that the younger characters have departed to form their own team, and new recruits like Spider-Man and Hercules don’t do enough to make up for that loss. But at least the Kang conflict is heating up. Plus, Del Mundo’s art is incredibly striking, even if it occasionally gives the issue a more surreal tone than necessary.

  • 70

    Comics: The Gathering

    Both the story and the art on their own are absolutely top notch and amazing. But together it is just not working for me and so it made it hard for me to really get into the story. It may take me time to grow into it, but I do have high hopes for the series.

  • 70

    Newsarama by Gamesradar+

    Mike Del Mundo really is a great artist, huh? And now he’s been given a flagship book which ushers in a new time for the Avengers post teen-hero walkout, but doesn’t necessarily play to his strengths.

  • 60


    Marvel NOW’s Avengers #1 may not be a perfect comic book by any means, but there is plenty to look forward to. I’m willing to cut Mark Waid a break (but he’s on a short leash). The Kang story arc could be pretty cool with him seemingly murdering the children versions of the Avengers. However, if that doesn’t do anything for you, the best part of this comic is the preview section in the back which provides readers with a sneak peek at a handful of future stories to come. Despite this lackluster introduction, I’m still really into this lineup of Avengers and will most definitely be reading this series.

  • 45


    As far as the story goes, Kang tales are always tricky. The guy can travel through the timestream, but still manages to get his ass kicked every time he takes on the Avengers. To Waid’s credit, he gives this go around an intriguing kick (and does an exceptional job tying with Vision’s recent history). But it’s still not enough to keep this from feeling painfully similar to virtually every other Kang story we’ve seen before.

  • 45

    Comic Book Revolution

    Avengers #1 is not a home run. It is instead a close double that an umpire calls safe after looking at the replay. Mark Waid does a good job with executing the story involving Kang’s latest attack on The Avengers. Incorporating Vision so closely to this latest attack gave both sides of the story a personal stake in what is going on. It’s just unfortunate that Waid stumbles on how he decides to characterize a few members of the Avengers. These mistakes are only further hurt by Mike Del Mundo’s artwork, which ends up detracting from the story, especially in the dialogue heavy scenes.

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