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• The birth of the New Adam.

• On Mars, the Battle between The Avengers and the Garden comes to a dramatic conclusion.

• “If you want LIFE and all the good things living entails, then you’ll have to earn it.” –Ex Nihilo

Story by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Jerome Opeña
Cover by Dustin Weaver, Daniel Acuña, Adi Granov, & Esad Ribic

Price: $3.99
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  1. All that clutter and the weird perspective on the cover is giving me a headache

  2. Can’t wait for this conclusion, really liked the first two issues & totally loving New Avengers as well!

    I just hope the whole big showdown with Ex-Nihilo, Aleph & Abyss doesn’t seem a little too anti-climatic.

  3. This book is beautiful. I’m really liking the story as well. Great combo.

  4. This has been a very pleasant surprise from Marvel NOW!. There have been some good titles (All New X-Men, Fantastic Four, New Avengers, Uncanny Avengers), some pretty bad titles (Savage Wolverine, Iron Man), and some exceptionally great books that I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I do (FF, Indestructible Hulk, and this). I’m excited to see where this goes and happy that Marvel didn’t do to their most popular team-up squad what DC did to their own (John’s Justice League just plain sucks in my opinion) and mess it up from the get-go.

    • Wow, I just love Justice League. It usually is a top seller too. And the art is wonderful. It sound like Avengers is pretty good too but I haven’t read it yet. I will check it out in trade for sure though.

    • I understand it’s a top seller and people like it. It seems to be written in a very juvenile fashion and that perhaps Mr John’s is focusing more on his other, much higher paying and more stressful, job as Chief Creative Office rather than delivering us something astounding from the MOST ANTICIPATED of the reboots. No J’onn J’onzz but we have to listen to Cyborg?! Green Lantern ask’s Batman, “Whats your power bro? Talking in a deep voice?”. Stuff like that turned me off from it. I heard its getting better with the Thrown of Atlantis arc, but what a let down at the start! Avengers seems to be different (but we never know).

    • It might be that I never read Justice League before the reboot either, so I really never had anything to compare it too. I’m excited to read Avengers when it comes out in trade though. Seems to be getting pretty good reviews.

    • JLA looks as if it should be fun, but it isn’t. It’s trying to hard to be kewl. Johns and Lee seemed like a dream team — until they actually worked on the book. But, yeah, their editorial hats must be interfering with their creative chops.

      I haven’t been wow by Hickman/Opena Avengers, but I’m interested enough to keep reading. I do, however, get a bit tired of the movie Avengers being the center of everything!

    • Cap, Iron Man, and Thor were the center of the Avengers long before the movie came out. Plus if it really bothers you there are always New Avengers, Avengers Arena, Dark Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, A+X, Young Avengers, and probably at least one or two more I’m forgetting. Plenty of outlets for your non-movie Avengers needs.

    • My heart belongs to the Justice League. Being an avenger isn’t even special now. Everyone is an avenger.

  5. If you aren’t a huge fan of the New Avengers then you’ll like this one instead. There’s more action in here than in his other book. Of course we get enough Hickman infographics and weird science in the first two issues.

  6. Why is Iron Man’s “mouth” open on the cover?

    I’ve really been enjoying this. I haven’t bought a single Avengers book since Bendis took over, and now I enjoy two (Uncanny). Goes to show that you can never say never when it comes to comics.

  7. Marvel Now is one of the best things to happen to comics

    • I was leery at first but I have to agree with you. They have put out some really good stuff this last little while. I’ve always been an avengers fan and it has been fun so far but the huge surprises for me are Thor and Indestructible Hulk. Generally. Two characters I don’t read stand alone books of.

  8. I didn’t love issue, one, but #2 really showed Hickman’s grasp on the characters. Very, very excited for this.

  9. Oh yeah we got a White Event coming & a whole New Universe to boot!

  10. I’m expecting to enjoy this.

    I like what Hickman does with the Marvelverse.

  11. Well that was definitely some pretty art and some interesting ideas came out of the story but…honestly, it didn’t draw me in. I had a hard time feeling concerned or invested in the characters, which is strange since I’ve been reading Avengers for a long time. Not a bad issue…just had more of a “setting up an epic” feel rather than an engrossing story.

    • Agree. 3/5 for me. I’m enjoying it but it hasn’t blown me away like New Avengers #2 did.

      I’m definitely going to check out the issues through Febuary.

      Then I will decide to stick with it in issue, switch to hardcover or not buy at all.

  12. Man, this book is gorgeous. This might be Opena’s best work to date. Stunning.

    Well that all wrapped up pretty neatly, didn’t it? Wasn’t expecting such a swift resolution, but it made sense in a way only Hickman could pull off. Aside from the X-Men corner, I’ve been out of the Marvel U for years. Having just jumped back in headfirst a few months ago, I have no idea who half of these fringe characters are, but I’m looking forward to discovering them.

    Looks like I’m in for the long haul.

  13. YES. THIS.

  14. Wtf just happened here?!

  15. Despite the absolute Deux Ex Machina ending, I am still very loving this book. How can you not love something this beautiful?

    • Mayhaps, that was the point? I could be wrong, because I don’t know anything about the Captain Universe history, but it seems like this issue was as much about quelling Aleph and friends, as it was introducing this new Capt. Universe – the character underneath who is obviously a bit flummoxed by whats going on around her – and her own powers. I saw Hickman tweet something along the lines – when you are writing about gods, everything is a Deux Ex Machina. So the defeat of Aleph didn’t seem to be the main point of the book.

  16. Jerome Opeña kicked my ass all over this issue. This series has really Exceeded my expectations.

  17. I loved how all the lesser known members were each given a panel or two to really distingush themselves. If you notice members like sunspot and Nihlo get a lot more panel time then mosre established avengers like Spiderman or Captain Marvel. I loved this first arc.

  18. OK, I thought Marvel was the company of continuity where everything matters. In this issue we have Captain America when he’s supposedly lost in Dimension Z for over a year in his own book. Next up is the wrong Spider-Man. I guess Otto hasn’t taken over Peter’s body yet? You kinda have to wonder why Spidey’s even in these first three issues since he doesn’t really do anything and only appears in a few panels.

  19. I really enjoyed how these 3 issues played out, the art is phenomenal.

    The panel of Hyperion shooting Hulk in the chest with his eye beams…that HAS to become a poster that goes up on my wall.

  20. My mind was blown away by Jerome Opeña’s pencils in this issue; every single one of his panels is so carefully done… his art is just beautiful. I dont know that I like this Captain Universe person; seems too powerful and a little crazy. Too much like Sentry, and we all know how that ended.

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