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The Avengers #1

77
Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 22 critic ratings.

JED MACKAY AND STORMBREAKER C.F. VILLA TAKE THE REINS OF EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES!

The Star. The Icon. The Witch. The Construct. The God. The Engineer. The King.

The world is ever in peril, and a new team of Avengers mobilizes to meet any dangers that dare threaten the planet. But when TERMINUS attacks, a new and insidious danger rears its head: one that the Avengers know all too well, and one that comes to them in the most dangerous of guises – that of a friend.

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
33 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0BWSQKN7H

36%
64%
22 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    ComicBook.com

    Everyone gets to shine in The Avengers #1, and its ending leads directly into bigger conflicts awaiting them, and the basis for the title’s first year of stories, at least. If you are an Avengers fan, there’s no reason not to pick this up and continue reading to see what new villains they will face, and which heroes leave their unforgettable mark on the series.

  • 100

    ComicsOnline

    MacKay and Villa bring us this story from the viewpoint of the new chairperson of the Avengers, Captain Marvel, as she carefully assembles her team of “firefighters” ready to jump in and save the day when needed. Carol’s choices are carefully made, and well-reasoned, in flashbacks as the team faces the threat of TERMINUS!

    In a way, this is The Avengers brought back to the basics. The faces are familiar, but their circumstances have changed. MacKay brings a Captain that is not just trying to assemble a team, but also seeking to right previous wrongs. When I say this is a great jumping on point, it really is, because enough detail is given about where these Avengers have been without bogging you down with too much detail. The mention of these previous storylines is enough to allow you to understand their motivations, while motivating you to go and check out these previous stories. These characters have a lot of recent history, not all of it pleasant, and none of it is left by the wayside. It’s very clear that these past problems will inform much of the story going forward.

    While Villa’s characters don’t break the mold with bold new costumes or over-the-top accessories, they are beautifully drawn characters in classic forms we have grown to love. The fantastic work with these characters probably shines through best in their close-ups, where each character’s unique personality clearly informs every expression and every move. Each character moves in their own way, and it’s obvious a lot of work was put in to ensure that each character’s identity shines through in every panel.

    Avengers #1 provides a bold and provocative new beginning for some old friends. The action starts early and doesn’t let up, but the story is never sacrificed for its sake.

  • 100

    Kabooooom

    This is the best Avengers title I’ve read in recent memory. If this first issue is only a taste of what is to come, I think it a safe prediction that this will go down as one of the greatest runs in Avengers history. Whether you’re a fan of the movies who has yet to get into the comics, or a fan of Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Black Panther, The Vision, Scarlet Witch, Captain America and Thor, you will want to check this out.

  • 100

    AIPT

    It’s a new era for the Avengers, which is a prime time to jump on board thanks to a new lineup, a new perspective, and a creative team. Avengers #1 launched today with Jed MacKay and C.F. Villa at the helm, and Captain Marvel is leading the charge for their team. Regarding superhero comics establishing the team and their focus, Avengers #1 is a clear frontrunner and one of the best to do it.

    (…)

    Avengers #1 gets the team together, has them fight a world-ending villain, and gives readers a resolution. Add in the cliffhanger that ties into the last Timeless issue, and we have a great introduction to a new era of Avengers. It’s no small achievement.

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Avengers #1 starts the new era with vigor, and Mackay brings a refreshing and more streamlined focus. Interestingly, this team has adapted, or reverted, from being a team of enforcement to one of protection. The idea is to be a helping hand, not a boot on the neck. It makes the book uplifting and positive. The cast is classic and full of powerhouses in every form of the word. MacKay has partnered with an absolutely magnificent art team to bring the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes back.

  • 100

    The Newest Rant

    If I’m being honest, I have not read a dedicated,” Avengers,” title for years (besides occasionally checking out an issue here and there). I followed the Avengers-related books religiously back during the era of, “Civil War,” “The Initiative,” and, “Secret Invasion,” but then started to fall off the books quite a bit ago. This first issue by Mackay and Villa definitely piqued my interest and has me thinking I”ll be picking up an, “Avengers,” book again for the foreseeable future as long as they’re doing it!

  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    This new series begins with an amazing, intense, brilliant and non-stop narrative rhythm.

    Art
    The art is highly textured and highlights the facial expressions of all the characters that support the intense narrative.

  • 100

    First Comics News

    Earth’s Mightiest Heroes usher in a new era courtesy of Jed Mackay and C.F. Villa. It’s not easy trying to follow Jason Aaron after his monumental five-year run. Mackay (Who’s easily becoming the new Brian Michael Bendis) really brings a ton of energy to this title as he hits the reset button with perfection while giving every character on the roster their time to shine. I really like how Mackay handles the characterization of Carol Danvers with perfection as she’s already growing into her role as team leader and because of that, she’s already becoming a fan favorite (Well, in my eyes at least…); Avengers fans old and new will be blown away by what they experience by reading the first issue plus the ending may shock you, especially for anybody who’s been following Mackay’s work, particularly on “Timeless”. Should anyone pick this up? ABSOLUTELY!; With Mackay and Villa at the helm, the future is indeed bright for The Avengers and after you finished reading this issue, you’ll be glad you joined in for the excitement.

  • 95

    Graphic Policy

    There is a question at the heart of Avengers #1 by Jed MacKay and C.F. Villa, the core of the question is this, why be an Avenger? It’s a good question that varies from character to character. In asking that fundamental question we get some interesting answers. Avengers #1 sets out to be a mission statement for the team and this new run more largely.

    (…)

    The art’s no slouch either. Villa with colorist Federico Blee and letterer Cory Petit brings lively and energetic art. The Panel layouts are dynamic and the action fierce. There are times when the art comes together to create breathtaking pages. I mentioned an underlying feeling of hope within the writing of the issue earlier, that same feeling can be found in the art. Something about Villa’s bright, expressive faces strikes me with this feeling of fun and joy.

    It’s a fantastic first issue that establishes a good team and sets out a mission statement for what the Avengers mean as a whole and as individuals. This run is partly spinning out of the events of Timeless (2022) #1, how that one shot will affect this story isn’t entirely clear yet but part of me does worry it’ll become necessary reading to understand the following issues. With that being said It’s still a great first issue which I can highly recommend.

  • 90

    COMICON

    This is a return to form for the Earth’s mightiest heroes, and the creative team have given readers a reason to return month to month already.

  • 90

    Henchman-4-Hire

    This is a great series launch, a great Avengers adventure, and just an all around great comic book issue. It’s not entirely reliant on the stories that came immediately before, but it doesn’t shy away from mentioning them either, for the fans who are caught up. It uses those events to inform and establish our characters and where they are at the moment, and that’s helpful. Hopefully everyone will have an arc and a story, and McKay gets to work settling all of that up. The fight with Terminus is big and bombastic, exactly what the Avengers are for. And it’s a good way to get the ball rolling, and get us to the real story with Kang. So it terms of telling a story, it all works nicely.

    The real strength of the issue — alongside the phenomenal artwork, of course — is the character work. Like I said, McKay does a great job of establishing each of our team members in the recruitment sections. He’s got Captain Marvel at the lead, which definitely works, and then we get a really good look at each individual member. Some have deeper set-up than others, but it all works for each of them. So we know who everybody is, we get to see them in action, and we’re off to the races in terms of overall story. All around complete package of a first issue.

    This first issue is the whole package. From big action to a classic team building segment, everything works flawlessly to get the ball rolling on a new Avengers relaunch.

  • 90

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: MacKay is attempting to take the Avengers in a new direction with this first issue and I like seeing that their individual issues are getting in the way, but not preventing them from being a team. The team has an interesting mixture of old and new and there are some interpersonal conflicts within the team that I want to see explored. The cliffhanger also grabbed my attention with both the character and the implications of his appearance.

    The Art: Villa delivers great character designs and interpersonal moments as well as awesome action and thrilling imagery.

  • 86

    Comic Watch

    Writer Jed MacKay seems acutely aware of the criticism directed towards the preceding Avengers run, as his balancing of adventure with character-based drama feels calculated. Captain Marvel is the focal point, kicking things off with an endearingly vulnerable moment as she lounges on the surface of the Moon, admiring Earth’s beauty before soaring down to chat with Tony Stark. These mundane instances of joy and peace between death-defying missions had become increasingly scarce, but MacKay understands that they are a factor of the franchise’s appeal.

    (…)

    Avengers #1 addresses the team’s lack of direction in recent years and sets them on a more focused path while still providing satisfactory action, adventure and wit.

  • 80

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    An action-packed debut issue that found a way to weave the recruitment of team members into the main battle of the issue. The book ends with Kang, which is we expected, but also with Captain Marvel displaced, which may not have been expected. Compelling story, particularly the cliffhange, and solid art.

  • 80

    Marvel Heroes Library

  • 80

    Razorfine

    The new volume of Avengers launches with the team fighting Terminus intercut with events of the past few days in which Carol Danvers has assembled her new team. Avengers #1 is a fun issue, providing some action with the current battle (with admittedly a mostly throwaway baddie) while providing more character beats and humor in the flashbacks. With the assembly of the team being my favorite aspect of the issue, my only real concern is what the comic looks like without that interwoven story as the team moves onto various threats.

    Our Avengers lineup includes Sam Wilson, Thor, Tony Stark, Black Panther, the Vision, and the Scarlet Witch. with Carol providing some insight, both through narration and dialogue, about her reasons for wanting each for the team (and choosing them over other contenders). It’s an interesting team. Now assembled, let’s see just how this new team functions.

  • 77

    Major Spoilers

    As the first volley of the ninth volume, Avengers #1 kicks things off explosively, combining world-shattering madness with quiet character moments and interactions that show off the deep ties of the character, Captain Marvel’s strong leadership skills, and some pretty impressive art. MacKay, Villa, and company have a tough act to follow in Jason Aaron’s long run, but this issue shows that they’ve got the chops and the ideas to pull it off. It’s well worth checking out.

  • 75

    Comic Book Revolution

    Jed MacKay and C.F. Villa provide The Avengers with a much-needed reset with the start of the new start to the relaunched series. Time was well spent to get lapsed and new readers caught up to speed with each member of this new Avengers roster. Those catch-up scenes never overstay their welcome as the focus for The Avengers #1 is showcasing the team as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Add in the tease of a bigger storyline centered around Kang The Conquerer, The Avengers #1 is a strong start for the new creative team.

  • 72

    Multiversity Comics

    It’s a pretty decent issue, this “Avengers” #1, but it’s the ninth comic to bear that name and number. The vision presented in this issue isn’t grand and operatic, it’s a small office drama. But that may be refreshing to some readers, who grow numb to the reality-quaking stakes of most “Avengers” relaunches. This version of “Avengers” #1 starts small.

    A talented creative team plays it safe, starting off their new series on a relatively quiet note.

  • 70

    You Don't Read Comics

    Avengers #1 is entertaining, but it’s not breaking the formula. MacKay, Villa, Blee, and Petit do a wonderful job together. This book needs to overcome a lot of bad will from the previous run, and this issue succeeds in getting readers hooked.

  • 66

    Geek'd Out

    Avengers #1 is a fun read, with plenty of character interactions and zippy pacing that lets it go down smooth and easily. Focusing the action through a singular character (Carol, in this instance) always helps an ensemble book feel less frantic and aimless, and with her solo title on the way out without an immediate replacement lined up, Avengers is as good a place as any to give her the spotlight. There are also some interesting dynamics on this particular team that could bear fruit later, e.g. Carol and Tony (remember Civil War II?), Vision and Wanda (exes, uh oh!), Sam and T’Challa (they beefin’!). MacKay tends to have a light touch in his comics, so I expect a similar tone for a lot of it. But this issue is also a good showcase for artist C.F. Villa (recently of X-Men and MacKay’s Black Cat), who delivers rather solid superhero art that always looks good on the page with Federico Blee’s colors.

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