An Avengers chapter so special, Marvel had to go to legendary Avengers artist Neal Adams to bring the fire!

It’s THE RETURN OF NORMAN OSBORN! H.A.M.M.E.R. is becoming a force to be reckoned with and the followers of Osborn are ready. The New Avengers/H.A.M.M.E.R. showdown is one for the record books and is the first chapter in the blistering new storyline that will herald the return of the Dark Avengers!

Story by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Neal Adams & Tom Palmer
Colors by Paul Mounts
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Cover by Neal Adams & Paul Mounts

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Avg Rating: 3.3
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  1. Neal Adams and Tom Palmer! The art alone makes this a must-buy but it’s a total no-brainer of a pull since Bendis is writing!

    I can’t wait!

  2. Love this writer. Love this team. Love this book.

  3. For some reason I love Bendis on New Avengers and HATE him on Avengers… the pointless wisecracking and inane banter seems to fit the characters in this book better.

    • I wouldn’t say I hate him on Avengers, but I do agree that his wisecracking and banter is much more suited to this cast.

    • Same, I wouldn’t say i hate his Avengers but at the same time i wouldn’t hate it if someone else wrote it for a while.

    • Wow i thought i was the only one i Completly agree with this statement New Avengers has been awesome before and somehow throughout Fear Itself while Avengers has been horrible or mediocre.

    • I agree. New Avengers seems to be the more natural “Bendis-Style” of comics dialogue and it meshes well with the characters. Adjective-less Avengers doesn’t seem to have it’s own identity and Bendis is trying to make it a half-way house between his NA stuff and the classic Avengers style.

  4. Not getting any Avengers titles now besides Secret, but with Neal Adams. Damn this is tempting. Putting it on the pull list and I’ll decide in the shop.

  5. this book bugged me so much. The art was ok, very 60s-70s, but I really like that. But the plot had giant holes in it. Not one action in it was believable in any way.

  6. This one is kind of a miss for me. I liked the story more or less, though Spider-man’s paranoia about Victoria Hand has long since past being amusing and has become annoying, but the art was (and I’m sorry to have to say this) just plain bad.

    I often had a hard time telling what was going on.

  7. this was great! some of Adams’ characters look worse than others. that said, his trenchcoat Dr. Strange, Green Goblin, Thing, and Spider-Man all look great! the layouts are perfect. the master still has it, and Bendis gave him a perfect story to show it off on.

  8. Neal Adams killed it in this issue. The art was fantastic. I just wish he had drawn something other than Normal Osborn.

  9. I love Neal Adams so much. He’s one of my favorite all-time comic artists and I absolutely treasure my collection of Adams silver age bat-books, but… I just wasn’t feeling the art in this issue.

    I was really excited for it. I just dunno.

  10. A true .1 issue.

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