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The Avengers #3

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Universal acclaim

Based on 12 critic ratings.

The first Tribulation Event strikes the Earth!

The Avengers fly into action as the Ashen Combine – a collection of the Multiverse’s greatest monsters – descends from the Impossible City to follow their respective appetites. Cityslayers all, pursuing the assassination of metropolitan areas for sport!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
24 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Avengers #3 puts saving the world to the test. It spans the entire Earth with a situation that has a massive magnitude, fitting for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. It’s a superb challenge for the team as the first of a series of huge events that are supposedly coming. The book generates an aura and excitement without even throwing a punch, with drama in the dialogue and magnificent art.

  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    This chapter adds terror, suspense and an exciting sense of race against time to the story.

    The art is highly textured and highlights the facial expressions of all the characters that support the intense narrative. The amount of detail in this delivery is impressive.

  • 90

    It can be challenging to create an adversary worthy of a group as powerful as The Avengers, but Jed MacKay, C.F. Villa, Federico Blue, and Cory Petit are off to a stellar start so far. The spotlight is firmly centered on this new threat in Avengers #3, as fans get to know the Ashen Combine and the extent of their powerful abilities. Avengers #1 captured those classic assembling the team vibes and elements, and issue #3 follows suit with what feels like a classic Avengers set piece, filled with grand stakes, powerful foes, and the surge of hope and safety when an Avenger meets that threat head-on. This is only furthered by the lovely work of Villa and Blee, who bring a distinct energy and threat to each member of the The Ashen Combine. The villains were clearly created with the Avengers’ abilities in mind, but that’s what makes their eventual collision and the tease of more to come so satisfying. MacKay is utilizing the team’s varied skillset while also exploring the interpersonal and leadership dynamics that come with leading a team of leaders, kings, and powerhouses. Carol and T’Challa’s exchanges are especially great, and while a few pieces of dialogue try a bit too hard, it’s a small hiccup in an otherwise excellent issue, and I can’t wait to see these bigger than life battles play out when Avengers #4 hits.

  • 90

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: A tense, exciting and fast paced adventure by MacKay in this issue. I really like the team dynamics in the story and how Carol is acting strategically. The villains seem intimidating enough and I enjoyed how different they are in approach. One of the things that I really enjoyed about the issue is the perspective and who was telling the story. It’s a great twist that I look forward to seeing play out.

    The Art: Villa delivers some fantastic imagery throughout the issue. The visuals are bright, beautifully detailed and enhance the exciting nature of the story.

  • 90

    First Comics News

  • 90

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 87

    Comic Watch

    The Twilight Court strikes! As Earth’s Mightiest faces the group that brought down Kang, can the team survive? The team deliver us a fluffy, filler of an issue that did little to progress the story. Hopefully this isn’t a standard for the run, because I expect great things from these two creators.

  • 85

    Nerd Initiative

    Overall this was another home run for the creative team. Solid visuals and attention to character details makes this one you don’t want to miss. The only downside being the quick exposition dump to introduce the Ashen Combine. However, I have no doubt that we will get more time for these villains to be fleshed out as The Avengers have to deal with them in stories to come.

  • 80


    The plotting does feel a touch slow, and it’ll read far better in the collected format. Thanks to the introduction of each villain and then a chance for each solo hero to meet them, the progress is quite slow. It’s a tough element to judge since it reads well here, but by the end, it ends up feeling like a short read.

    Avengers #3 should get your pulse pounding with a bevy of intriguing and scary new villains. The Ashen Combine are serious contenders for the weirdest and scariest villains in Marvel Comics.

  • 80

    Marvel Heroes Library

  • 70


    There’s not much to this issue. It’s all straight forward set-up for, theoretically, next issue. We’re introduced to each individual member of the Ashen Combine, and then the Avengers split up to face them and issue a cool one-liner. I’m not particularly hooked because the villains are pretty generic at this point. Like I said above, they’re essentially just the Black Order B-Team. Or they’re the various Arakko mutants. The villain template is very obvious as soon as you see them. They’re drawn to look as creepy as possible, and given brooding, haunting names like Idol Alabaster and Meridian Diadem. And that’s all they are.

  • 70

    Graphic Policy

    The Avengers have been tipped off by Kang of major events coming and the first is here. Being that are supposed to be a real challenge have shown up to terrorize cities and overall it… falls a bit short. The new characters are interesting but the setup that they’re a real threat isn’t there.

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