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The Avengers #59

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Based on 8 critic ratings.

THE LEGEND OF RENO PHOENIX AND THE STARBRAND KID! The Avengers’ journey through time brings them to the Old West, where they cross paths with a couple of History’s Mightiest Heroes, whose six-guns are loaded with the greatest powers of the heavens. But is that enough to force a showdown with the forces of Mephisto? Or will the Avengers be lost in time forever?

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Kindle Edition
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22 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 80

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 80

    Marvel Heroes Library

    This is another episode of the Avengers battling Mephisto across time alongside hitherto unknown bearers of their powers.

    Next issue is the Judgment Day tie-in featuring Hawkeye. Even if it doesn’t have any of the regular Avengers this would only sidestep the question of how JD and the time journey fit together.

  • 78

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: The story is interesting and there are some entertaining moments within it. Unfortunately, there’s nothing particularly memorable about the plot beyond Stark’s interaction. The plot feels similar to other stories in the arc and there isn’t much to distinguish it from the others. Also, the western lingo felt really forced to the point of being cliché.

    The Art: Garron delivers some great art in the issue and the rich environments and thrilling action make up for the bland elements of the plot.

  • 72

    Comic Watch

    Impatient pacing and shallow characters make this issue of Avengers a rather unsatisfying wild west adventure.

  • 70

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Avengers #59 takes the Avengers to the Wild West where they meet new users of the Phoenix and the Starbrand. The new characters are alright, nothing spectacular or memorable, but they’re fine for this western story. However, there’s no sense of danger or stakes in this comic, so it feels like it’s only meant to show off the new characters instead of progressing the larger story.

  • 70

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    I am a sucker for a new Avengers story, and I must say that I do like seeing homages to older concepts such as Phoenix or Starbrand. Mephisto is a consummate villain in the Marvel universe, and any timeyou can outwit the Devil is alright with me! Perhaps it is my eye for all things comics in knowing the Old West is a hot thing now, but if everyone is on board, then check out what Jason Aaron is doing in Avengers! Itll be interesting to see if there are any time casualties along the way!

  • 70

    First Comics News

  • 30

    I’m a sucker for Westerns, but the slapdash pastiche-work being applied to Avengers of all eras in the current scattershot arc of stories does the genre no justice here. Starbrand and Phoenix are made into cowboys who fall into the same pattern repeated several times over this summer; they are beset by Mephisto’s forces and just barely saved by the Avengers of Earth-616. It is a dull reading experience that does not even provide compelling rearrangements of these colorful characters as the cowboys primarily bear familiar insignia while a Shi’ar train and Mephisto-powered posse prove unmemorable. That Garron’s storytelling is crystalline offers this story its sole notable redeeming trait. The issue only dares to hint at larger mysteries and plots, which makes the entire affair read like it’s stalling for time. That’s become an unfortunate pattern in The Avengers, and it makes the upcoming A.X.E. tie-in issues appear like a relief.

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