Comic Vine Review


New Avengers #4 - World Eater


Our heroes are forced to make some pretty tough decisions in the latest issue of the current series.

The Good

There are some incredibly powerful moments in this issue; one in particular is at the very start of the comic where Doctor Strange takes on a pretty significant responsibility, one that may even endanger his own life. It's a moment that signals the self-sacrifice of a certain character for the greater good, and it's written in a way that is rather touching. The story moves from that scene and into an action packed moment where worlds are literally colliding, and many of the Avengers are visibly nervous. This story is being played out on such a large stage and the scope of it is so tremendous that it's hard not to feel a little overwhelmed. There's a lot happening here in this moment, but by taking a step back things become much easier to appreciate and understand.

The last few issues have featured these characters sitting around a table discussing what to do to prevent the collision of their world with another, and the result was a series of really interesting (and rather exhilarating moments). Who knew a simple conversation and zero action could make for a good comic book? Now it seems things are really beginning to escalate and time, for our heroes, is running out. So what will happen next? After being issues a warning, these heroes are coming to the end of the line and they will be forced to do something huge -- drastic, even. Even though there isn't a whole lot of action, a lot happens in this issue as far as the plot being pushed forward. There is a lot of set-up for the coming issues and it will be interesting to see how the story unfolds.

The art is absolutely stunning. Artist Steve Epting delivers some truly beautiful pencils, but his work wouldn't be this impressive if it were not for the stunning inks by Rick Magyar. The one scene featuring Doctor Strange features some very heavy inking, and it really sets the tone and mood of the overall story. That moment is brilliantly executed by the artistic team.

The Bad

There are some moments that will force you to go back and re-read what you had just read not because it is written in a way that is confusing, but because so much happens in this issue. This is less of a complaint and more of an observation. Maybe Hickman should have fleshed things out a bit more in the issue previous or in the next one.

The Verdict

This is another great issue in a series that is quickly becoming one of my absolute favorite superhero books released each month. The scope of this story is huge, something I think would be rather difficult for most other writers to depict in a way that is organized. Here, however, we have a story that is both large in scope and also well organized. The result is a comic that will blow you away. Hickman delivers a fantastic story while artist Steve Epting does an amazing job with the issue's pencils. This is not a jumping on point and if you are looking to begin reading this series, I suggest starting from issue #1: you won't be disappointed.

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Edited By spinningbirdcake

First off, all the symmetrical covers are just amazing. Second off Black Bolt snapping his fingers to get their attention was pretty funny. And thirdly I think Hickman writes the best Reed and Strange I've read in a loooong time. I kind of wish this was the Avengers title that double shipped.

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Posted By MadeinBangladesh

The cover is BOSS!

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Posted By Cap10nate

Another awesome issue. I'm interested to see when this really starts to intertwine with Avengers. I just re-read issue 1 of Avengers where Cap awakes from his dream where it shows the other Illuminati members are staring down at him. So I'm guessing that happened after NA 3 when they mind wiped him and he just remembers it subconsciously.

This is starting to top Thor as my favorite Now! title.

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Posted By SavageDragon

Even though I got a little confiused durring this issue, it still kicked major ass. This is the one Marvel Now title that i find myself really wanting the next issue to find out what happens next. Cant wait for Hickmans next installment.

Epting's Black Panther and Doc Strange pencils are great.

Best Marvel Now book? For me yes.

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Posted By Gambit1024

Pretty good, but still not the best of the series, IMO. Really looking forward to the next issue, though.

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Posted By Jacobin_Wisdom

Glad I been reading this series from the very first issue as the way the plot unfolds there really no jump on point. Unless each story arc beginning is a new fresh story which allowed for new readers to ump on, people gonna have to get the back issues just to fully comprehend it all.

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Posted By sparty-dbq

I think Epting's art is the best of any Marvel Now title so far.

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Posted By longbowhunter

This continues to be THE Avengers title to read. The stuff with Dr. Strange and Wong was pretty heart wrenching.

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Posted By csguterres

@spinningbirdcake said:

I kind of wish this was the Avengers title that double shipped.

Same here.

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Posted By Gonzo33

It seems so long since the last issue, I need to go back and read them again to keep up with what's happening. Great series though, I can't wait to see Black Panther and Namor fight it out (around a table) :P

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Posted By K3vinkha0S

Jocks covers are THE BEST in the business.

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Posted By Owie

I agree, pretty good stuff with Doc Strange here, both in the writing and the drawing.

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Posted By secondfallen616

Great series, not for the unthinking though which makes me happy! My only complaint is Hickman is stealing my ideas! He must have had a thought capture implant placed in my brain because he continues to put out stories that make me start over on my own work, that or we're cosmic twins lol. Either way i recommend this book to everyone i know who's even the least bit interested in comics.

Love the new site format! Its soooooo much easier to navigate and loads faster too!

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Posted By JamesKM716

I love this cover. It's astonishing and beautiful.

I find it odd; I adore this story. The tight characterization and plot is fantastic.

That said; I'm hating the flagship Avengers title