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The time space continuum is broken! And the Avengers must travel to the far flung future to see exactly what terrible mess their children have made of the world. But maybe, just maybe, Kang didn’t tell our heroes the truth about what has gone wrong. Guest starring the Next Avengers, the Future Imperfect Hulk and the Amazing Spider-Girl! Yeah, you heard us! Another blockbuster issue from Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita, Jr.!

Plus! Another chapter in the untold oral history of the Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis…!

PENCILS: John Romita JR.
COVER BY: John Romita JR.

Price: $3.99
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  1. I really wasnt a fan of the second issue of this. If this one doesn’t step it up some then I’m dropping it.

  2. I’ll finish out the first arc.  However, I’m not sure this is the Avengers I’m looking for.  New Avengers…well, that’s an interesting story.

  3. I have high hopes that this issue will finally showcase some beautiful JRJR artwork of people getting their shit ruined.

  4. The only problem I had with #2 was the concept of why they needed Noh-Var. In #1 Stark points out that, in order to construct a time machine he’d need somebody with antimate knowledge of both time and interdimensional travel.

    If Noh-Var had that knowledge don’t you think he’d have gone back to his own dimension by now? Isn’t the entire point that Noh-Var doesn’t know HOW to get home, and is therefore stuck in the Marvel Universe? That was the impression I was under, anyway.

    The other stupid detail, of course, is that forget about Noh-Var trying to build the tech, Captain Britain (who Steve Rogers offered Avengers membership to personally, in Age of Heroes #1) already has all of the tech in working order in a lab in England, since 2000.

    And when it comes to all things interdimensional there really isn’t any better authority IN the Marvel Universe than Brian.

    Still, Ivan actually enjoying the book by and large. 🙂

  5. Loving this book!

  6. from looking at a preview it looks like the art gets better here

  7. so dropped. Enjoyed nothing in the first two issues. I was really looking forward to this book but it has been my least favorite avengers book.

  8. Sticking with it through the first arc. But i feel the same as ThePunisherMAX. Not really what i hoped for, but damn the JRJR art is amazing. I love how his wolverine is so small and stocky.

  9. I’m hoping for continuous diversions like the Wonder Man fight last issue.  if the Avengers is the epicenter of the Marvel Universe, stuff like that is what makes the book feel that way.

  10. I love both creators, but am hanging on by a thread. I hope they can get into a groove this issue.

  11. This book is still not clicking with me. I’ll stick it out through the first arc and then make a decision to continue at that time.

  12. Been enjoying this so far. Not the greatest Avengers, sure, but still enjoying it.

  13. Hoping for better inking.

  14. @NathanNicdao I know what you mean. JR Jr’s work always looks best when the lines are sharp and defined. They’ve kinda been washed out in a number of places, in the first two issues. A shame.

  15. This book is sooo much better that that awful "Secret Avengers" – bring it on!

  16. Still haven’t made up my mind about this series yet, still hopefully about it’s potential.

  17. @SamMorgan

    I’m loving Secret Avengers. I’m curious what you didn’t like about it.

  18. @Zeppo – It’s a secret, foo.

  19. @Zeppo I too have not been real high on Secret Avengers. I’m just not feeling Brubaker handling all the differant characters. I can’t exactly put my finger on it but I dropped the book after the last issue. I can tell you Deodato’s art is not helping though.

  20. Not impressed by this issue at all.

    The art was horrid. I’ll finished the arc, but no more for me.

  21. I don’t think I like anything about this comic. 

  22. This is issue kind of seemed a little unnecessary no? Like, we could have excised the Apocalypse scenes from last issue and just had them jump into the time-machine and called it a day. This was just a vehicle for characters to make jokes, which is nice… but not needed when we do that anyway. Loved the Noh-Varr scene with Spiders-Man and -Woman.

  23. I’m with @zayaz — JRJR was butchered by Klaus Janson this time around. Why do they keep pairing John with an embellisher who has never done him any favors over the course of his career? His pencil art works so much better with, say, Tom Palmer, or Danny Miki.

  24. Is this book legit? It seems to me Bendis and JRJR are parodying themselves here

  25. Man, the inker is coasting through this. Spidey without web? The characters on the background are color blocks? WOW!

  26. Oh! Let’s not forget the color work was also lacking.

  27. This just doesn’t feel like the Avengers. I think it may be time for Bendis to move on and let someone else take a crack at it.

  28. Wow. I’ve always considered Klaus one of the best inkers for John Romita Jr’s work. Diffr’nt Strokes, I guess (‘course, I didn’t read this, so maybe these have just been off weeks/months for the one or two of them). 

  29. Maybe I’m retarded but I really enjoyed this. It was very much how I remember the Avengers being when I was first getting into comics in the late 80’s – early early 90’s

  30. This book is a real disappointment to me, especially with JRJR’s art. I don’t know if it’s him just not meshing well with Bendis or his spread-too-thin deadline status, but he’s just off on so many characters. His Iron Man is too bulky for the new sleek incarnation and don’t even get me started on Spider Woman–what is with that hair? It pains me to say it becuase he is one of my faves, but it’s not working here. Meanwhile, Bendis’ depictions of some of the mainline characters like Tony Stark don’t ring true if you’re reading Fraction’s Invincible Iron Man series, and he cannot write Bucky Cap to save his life. All the characters just quip at each other. Also, thanks for taking a kickass character like Morrison’s Noh-Varr and making him a wooden superhero cutout like The Sentry. I’m sure he will be joining the main Avengers team soon.

    All around, this is a book that on all levels seems to be not geared to the strengths of its creative team. Bendis can’t handle plot driven stories which is all this is, and JRJR is a big, bold storyteller, not a dialogue-heavy kind of guy. All of the higher-end coloring doesn’t really work here either.

    Didn’t want to be a hater, but I’m dropping this one.

  31. I don’t like this series at all.  The storyline isn’t moving in favor of jokes, the characters (besides maybe Thor) all talk like Spider-man, and the art just looks messy.

    This is my first try on the avengers books/Bendis.  Time to drop and stick instead with the surprisingly good Thunderbolts.

  32. I think I’m done with this book now.  I can only read SO many Avengers books.

  33. What’s the point of this issue? Everything is exactly the same as it was at the end of issue #2. Fuck this comic.

  34. Wow, look at all the hate. I don’t even know. I’m enjoying the crap out of this book. It’s been a lot of fun.

  35. I taking this issue by issue. I loved the Wonder Man appearances — and Kang. Most of the team just comes across as wise-acres (kinda like Bendis himself), so once WM is gone, I may be as well. JRJR is a great layout artist/storyteller, but his actual illustration work ain’t what it used to be. He needs to slow down and put some actual time into his drawings — once he’s done with the layout work.

  36. I got a ton of shit for saying I didn’t think JRJR’s art was all that in the issue #1 thread.

    Cats are late on the hate.

  37. The art is being butchered.

    The story is delightful. I buy Bendis books for the dialogue, nonsense or whatever, I love it.

  38. Meh.

  39. It’s Kirby-Colleta all over again.

  40. bleeehh

  41. Dropp’d this and New Avengers. Just not interested in reading Thor as a Gilmore Girl.

    Don’t really like the roster of this or New Avengers. The shared characters dilute both books. The Spider-Man scene was so phony. And characters interjecting parenthetical jokes (like this) in literally EVERY dialogue exchange (and this) grarg!

    Thunderbolts Are Go! at least.

  42. I’m souring bit by bit, but this book had a few really funny (mostly Spidey) moments. My only real gripes are that JRJR’s gettin’ a little wonky here and there and that Bendis seems to have never read a single issue of Brubaker’s Captain America. I know it’s nitpick-y, but Bucky Cap knows that Nick Fury has a shit ton of underground bunkers in NYC; he’s operated out of a few of ’em.

  43. I liked the JRjr art here a lot more than the first two. In particular he seems to be getting Thor down better. I love the humor, especially spider and friends hanging out on the side of a building. The plot is fumbling around a bit. Bendis is trying to give the impression that madness is breaking out everywhere because someone is messing with time, but it shouldn’t make a mess out of Bendis’ story at the same time.

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