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For Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Illuminati, it has all been building to this. After two years of carefully crafting his cataclysmic saga, writer Jonathan Hickman jumps ahead eight months to the grand finale, the honest-to-goodness immediate future of the Marvel Universe -- and the day of the Final Incursion! After the events of ORIGINAL SIN -- and the revelation of th For Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Illuminati, it has all been building to this. After two years of carefully crafting his cataclysmic saga, writer Jonathan Hickman jumps ahead eight months to the grand finale, the honest-to-goodness immediate future of the Marvel Universe -- and the day of the Final Incursion! After the events of ORIGINAL SIN -- and the revelation of the Illuminati's desperate, world-destroying actions -- much has changed for the Avengers. What has become of Earth's Mightiest Heroes during the past eight months? Who comprises the new Cabal? And have all the battles they've endured, and the sacrifices they've made, prepared either group for the inevitable moment where time runs out for everybody? COLLECTING: AVENGERS (2012) 35-37 & NEW AVENGERS (2013) 24-25


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For Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Illuminati, it has all been building to this. After two years of carefully crafting his cataclysmic saga, writer Jonathan Hickman jumps ahead eight months to the grand finale, the honest-to-goodness immediate future of the Marvel Universe -- and the day of the Final Incursion! After the events of ORIGINAL SIN -- and the revelation of th For Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Illuminati, it has all been building to this. After two years of carefully crafting his cataclysmic saga, writer Jonathan Hickman jumps ahead eight months to the grand finale, the honest-to-goodness immediate future of the Marvel Universe -- and the day of the Final Incursion! After the events of ORIGINAL SIN -- and the revelation of the Illuminati's desperate, world-destroying actions -- much has changed for the Avengers. What has become of Earth's Mightiest Heroes during the past eight months? Who comprises the new Cabal? And have all the battles they've endured, and the sacrifices they've made, prepared either group for the inevitable moment where time runs out for everybody? COLLECTING: AVENGERS (2012) 35-37 & NEW AVENGERS (2013) 24-25

30 review for Avengers: Time Runs Out, Volume 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Whew! One more volume down, and I'm closer than ever to finishing my quest to get through all of the Avengers stuff, and finally being able to pick up Secret Wars. Yes. I know I'm woefully behind on my comic book reading... Ok, the point is, I'm almost there! And, as an added bonus, this volume includes not only the regular Avengers issues, it also has New Avengers issues in it. Which is kinda great, because I thought I was going to have to go back and read that title separately. *gets up, does a Whew! One more volume down, and I'm closer than ever to finishing my quest to get through all of the Avengers stuff, and finally being able to pick up Secret Wars. Yes. I know I'm woefully behind on my comic book reading... Ok, the point is, I'm almost there! And, as an added bonus, this volume includes not only the regular Avengers issues, it also has New Avengers issues in it. Which is kinda great, because I thought I was going to have to go back and read that title separately. *gets up, does a goofy really cool dance* *sits back down* Anyway. This was a pretty decent volume, but I'm not entirely sold on Hickman's vision. Kinda crossing my fingers that everything starts to come together a bit more towards the end. Still. There were some very cool stand-out moments for me. I don't wanna ruin anything for those of you who haven't read this yet, but I think most of you know enough about the main storyline that none of what I say next will be a spoiler...hopefully. The title of the volume itself lets you know that the countdown has begun, and as the story progresses you can see the tension ratchet up as the stakes get higher and higher. It looks like some of these guys might not make it out of this event alive! Dum, dum, duuuuum... Yeah, yeah...that's the point of this whole debacle, so it's not exactly a surprising turn of events. But my curiosity is getting the better of me, and I just have to know how this all turns out! Oh, and I have to admit that Hickman had the wool totally pulled over my eyes for one part of the storyline. Maybe I'm stupid, but I didn't see this coming: (view spoiler)[ It also may have been because when I was reading this one, I happened to have been fighting with my husband. So, ya know, I found it totally believable that Sue was hunting Reed down like a dog... *cough* (hide spoiler)] So. Lots of fighting between heroes & friends, lots of mind-bendy stuff, and lots of weird characters that I'm not quite sure I care about all that much. And now...on to the next volume! I should probably mention I'm reading this all on Marvel Unlimited, so it's not costing me a fortune. Not sure if I would recommend buying any of these, unless you just like to collect the stuff.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kemper

    Captain America is seriously pissed off in this. I haven’t seen an old man this angry since that time the local Cracker Barrel ran out of hashbrown casserole. Cap’s got good reason to be grumpy though. He’s hunting some of his best friends down for their role in destroying alternate Earths to save our own, the Avengers are in shambles, the world government is cutting deals with super-villains, and he’s finally starting to look like his real age. The shape of Hickman’s run is really starting to eme Captain America is seriously pissed off in this. I haven’t seen an old man this angry since that time the local Cracker Barrel ran out of hashbrown casserole. Cap’s got good reason to be grumpy though. He’s hunting some of his best friends down for their role in destroying alternate Earths to save our own, the Avengers are in shambles, the world government is cutting deals with super-villains, and he’s finally starting to look like his real age. The shape of Hickman’s run is really starting to emerge, and he’s doing a lot of very cool things here. The underlying problem of how to deal with the incursions of other Earths is a great moral dilemma as well as a threat, and he's doing a lot of great character stuff. I especially liked how he’s turning Sunspot into someone I actually enjoy reading about after thinking he was just spoiled brat for years. The subplot that Roberto would just use his family fortune to buy out evil A.I.M. out was brilliant and hilarious.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    There comes a time When we heed a certain call When the world(s) must come together as one Yeppers, Mikey Jackson (et al)! And in the Marvel Universe we’re going to be able to have only one universe/one world and it’s happening a lot faster than those egghead bastards, the Illuminati had forseen. Everyone has ideas on how this whole multiverse mash up should be resolved and the Avengers titles have become a little fractured as a result. But give credit to Jonathon Hickman (et al), he does a pretty There comes a time When we heed a certain call When the world(s) must come together as one Yeppers, Mikey Jackson (et al)! And in the Marvel Universe we’re going to be able to have only one universe/one world and it’s happening a lot faster than those egghead bastards, the Illuminati had forseen. Everyone has ideas on how this whole multiverse mash up should be resolved and the Avengers titles have become a little fractured as a result. But give credit to Jonathon Hickman (et al), he does a pretty decent job weaving the disparate storylines contained here into a fairly seamless whole. In other words, it’s not too muddled. Steve Rogers (formerly Captain America, formerly Nomad, formerly Cap Wolf) is now Old Man Rogers. Somehow he’s now his actual age (90 something) not the dog years/super serum age. Aside from eating prunes every day, he’s also pretty angry at the original Illuminati for playing him for a sucker by having Dr. Strange hypnotize him ("When you wake up, at the sound of a bell, you’ll meow like a kitten"), so he wants to have those smarty pants jerks arrested. “That’s for keeping this whole universe implosion thingy a secret! Rotting in a designated S.H.I.E.L.D. pen is too good for you, you bunch of Mensa rejects.” Although his real response was probably, “F$#@ you”. *Ring-a-ling* "Meow" "Here's a saucer of milk, Cap Kitty!" Namor, that bastard, wants to take a more pro-active approach and he enlists a bunch of villains (Thanos, Maximus the Mad, Terrax, Black Swan, et al), calling themselves the Cabal. The Cabal travel to alternate universes and take matters into their own hands and start wiping them out. Namor is getting kind of queasy with this because the Cabal is starting to enjoy themselves, so he turns to Dr. Doom for help. I’m paraphrasing Doom’s answer here, but it’s essentially: “Bite me, fish boy. Doom says, Shove it!!” You have other groups who have a vague clue as to what’s going on trying to do something as well. My advice: Ask Franklin Richards to whip up an alternate universe (or two). Pronto! “We are the World. We are the…” (insert screeching record skipping noise here)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    The first of the last four books of Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers run before Secret Wars is no less sprawling and largely pointless than the series has been thus far – Time Runs Out, Volume 1 is pretty bad! Captain America is now old because shenanigans from other storylines happening at this time but he’s also devolved into super-authoritarian Cap. He’s not only unlikeable but it’s not remotely clear how he plans to stop the planet-smooshing that’s inevitably occurring. He definitely wants to sto The first of the last four books of Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers run before Secret Wars is no less sprawling and largely pointless than the series has been thus far – Time Runs Out, Volume 1 is pretty bad! Captain America is now old because shenanigans from other storylines happening at this time but he’s also devolved into super-authoritarian Cap. He’s not only unlikeable but it’s not remotely clear how he plans to stop the planet-smooshing that’s inevitably occurring. He definitely wants to stop the Illuminati from smooshing some of the planets to save others though. Hickman’s Cap is just terrible. There’s a lot happening but a lot of it is obtuse and uninteresting. The Ex Nihili are doing stuff, as are Nightmask (who’s doing a Benjamin Button for some reason) and Adam SomeDude. Thor and Hyperion are preparing to find out where the incursions are originating – that might be fun down the line but nothing’s going on in this book - and Sunspot’s bought AIM which is important because…? Hmm. Namor’s teamed with Thanos and the Black Order because I guess the Illuminati weren’t hardcore enough for him – I haven’t been reading the concurrent New Avengers series so I’m not totally sure (but that’s probably right). Wakanda’s fallen for reasons and Doom has Molecule Man because Secret Wars. The stuff with the Fantastic Four was surprisingly the best part – I say surprisingly as I’m not usually a fan of those characters. But Reed and Sue are doing the only interesting (and understandable!) things amidst all the convoluted dross that makes up this otherwise dull book. It’s a re-titled series but, like Hickman’s preceding Avengers books, Time Runs Out, Volume 1 is a messy, slow-moving and boring read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    I'm ready for the time to run out on this storyline. I get it. It's the end of the universe and heroes are going to have to do things they never could imagine. Just hurry up and reboot the Marvel universe already. I'm ready for the time to run out on this storyline. I get it. It's the end of the universe and heroes are going to have to do things they never could imagine. Just hurry up and reboot the Marvel universe already.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cheese

    I love what Hickman is cooking up here. I think he might be onto a winner. It's reminds me of civil war. I love what Hickman is cooking up here. I think he might be onto a winner. It's reminds me of civil war.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    It is very probably all my fault that I didn't like this more. I haven't kept up on Hickman's work, much less everything that was intentionally leading towards this exact point. So I'm behind. I didn't really know where we were going in, and I didn't really know everybody who was involved. I've read just enough Marvel books that I had a vague sense of what, exactly, the coming catastrophe was. But I had to catch up as I read, and that's my fault. Maybe I should have read all those other books, o It is very probably all my fault that I didn't like this more. I haven't kept up on Hickman's work, much less everything that was intentionally leading towards this exact point. So I'm behind. I didn't really know where we were going in, and I didn't really know everybody who was involved. I've read just enough Marvel books that I had a vague sense of what, exactly, the coming catastrophe was. But I had to catch up as I read, and that's my fault. Maybe I should have read all those other books, or at least read some decent summaries online before I began. If you're starting out in my position, I would highly suggest that you do what I should have done. All that said, I was not nearly as confused as I probably should have been. I'm fairly sure that I was able to catch up on the most important things, though who knows what nuances I'm actually missing. I may not know all of the involved characters well, but I know enough of them that I can basically follow the action. So even starting way behind, I felt like I was able to keep up with what is actually a fairly complex story. Marvel has really been selling the line that Hickman has been building up to this story for years, and actually? I can't say that I'm convinced that he hasn't. It may be a slight exaggeration, but he's obviously put in an incredible amount of work in laying out this story. This may actually be why Hickman's Avengers haven't really worked for me to this point. I was reading them as I would, say, the average run on X-Men, but this is something totally different. Maybe in a few years, I'll go back and read all of Hickman's Avengers work beginning to end, with no breaks. I'd bet good money that it will hold up a lot better for me. There's a long way to go before this resolves, and who knows if it will pan out. But I'm more than willing to stick around and see how this all goes.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    When I picked this up from the library, I didn't know this was part of a much larger series (seriously why put volume one on the cover?) so I was extremely confused which may have impacted my enjoyment. And I don't know how I feel about huge ensemble comics yet. I might go back and read the others which will be a lot of effort obviously. When I picked this up from the library, I didn't know this was part of a much larger series (seriously why put volume one on the cover?) so I was extremely confused which may have impacted my enjoyment. And I don't know how I feel about huge ensemble comics yet. I might go back and read the others which will be a lot of effort obviously.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sud666

    Avengers: Time Runs Out takes place after the events of Original Sin. I am relatively familiar with the events of Fear Itself, and somewhat familiar with Original Sin. But, it seems I shall have to go back and re-read them. This was a slightly confusing tale. It seems that the multiverse is coalescing into one (reminds me of the DC Infinite Crisis). The Avengers and something called the multiverse Avengers are integrated into SHIELD and trying to stop the Illuminati and the Cabal from destroying Avengers: Time Runs Out takes place after the events of Original Sin. I am relatively familiar with the events of Fear Itself, and somewhat familiar with Original Sin. But, it seems I shall have to go back and re-read them. This was a slightly confusing tale. It seems that the multiverse is coalescing into one (reminds me of the DC Infinite Crisis). The Avengers and something called the multiverse Avengers are integrated into SHIELD and trying to stop the Illuminati and the Cabal from destroying universes. At least I think. I just read this rather large volume and am still trying to figure this all out. I am debating whether to halt and see what I have missed, since I seem to have missed quite a bit. Thor for example is missing an arm and has an axe, Captain America is black (is that the Falcon?), Steve Rogers looks like he's 70 years old. I mean I know he's been around since WW2, but in this he LOOKS like it. Oh and he runs SHIELD now. So if this seems familiar to you, then you are one up on me. So bearing in mind my ignorance I decided that this would be a good story (not great) if I knew what the Hell was happening. I will see if the upcoming Volumes shed more light on this. The writing is not bad. The art is good. If this were a stand alone, I might not like it as much since it requires some background. But I will not fault the writers for assuming I would have aforementioned background before starting this graphic novel. May I humbly suggest you do the same?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Well...that was different. If you're looking for persons of impressive anatomy in tight costumes punching evil-doers in the face, this is probably not the comic compendium for you. If, however, you have enjoyed the author's work on Avengers and New Avengers and want to see where all this was heading, and you don't mind heady meditations on expediency, trust, and a whole lot of pseudo-science, as well as some distinctive and visually appealing character-driven art, then go for it! And, oh yeah- I w Well...that was different. If you're looking for persons of impressive anatomy in tight costumes punching evil-doers in the face, this is probably not the comic compendium for you. If, however, you have enjoyed the author's work on Avengers and New Avengers and want to see where all this was heading, and you don't mind heady meditations on expediency, trust, and a whole lot of pseudo-science, as well as some distinctive and visually appealing character-driven art, then go for it! And, oh yeah- I wasn't sure I'd be OK with Old Man Steve Rogers, and I hate how those smartypants Illuminati seem to be trolling him non-stop...but I guess we'll see who gets the last laugh in Vol. 2!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aildiin

    Took me a little while to catch up as this takes place 8 month after the last Avengers/New Avengers book but once I was immersed this was a fun read. I think at this point it's fair to say that Hickman run on Avengers is my favorite Avengers run ever.... Took me a little while to catch up as this takes place 8 month after the last Avengers/New Avengers book but once I was immersed this was a fun read. I think at this point it's fair to say that Hickman run on Avengers is my favorite Avengers run ever....

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Finally, after some laughably mediocre lead-in comics, I'm here to read The Good Stuff. The resolution to nearly all of Jonathan Hickman's career at Marvel - tying together every crazy-assed idea he's committed to the glossy page. (((please don't suck, please don't suck))) Hickman does great jump-ahead, and this book is no exception. Rather than all the tedium of incremental decisions and action, we just get to the meaty changed-state where many of the players have split up, taken on new challeng Finally, after some laughably mediocre lead-in comics, I'm here to read The Good Stuff. The resolution to nearly all of Jonathan Hickman's career at Marvel - tying together every crazy-assed idea he's committed to the glossy page. (((please don't suck, please don't suck))) Hickman does great jump-ahead, and this book is no exception. Rather than all the tedium of incremental decisions and action, we just get to the meaty changed-state where many of the players have split up, taken on new challenges and had kids?!? [That's Izzy post-partum? In the immortal words of my fellow Shallow Comics Reader Anne, ROWR!] Or grew a Thor beard? [Hyperion is going native in the Savage Land - next it'll be a barbed wire tattoo on his bicep] And got new B&W costumes! These days though, who would've expected (view spoiler)[Namor to be less the asshole than Doom (hide spoiler)] ? That's the world as it should be in normal times, but not how it's been lately. And somehow I prefer the lately world to the world-in-balance. Which says something unnatural about me I suspect. Hell, I'm the guy who likes Maximus more and more - he's seeming the only sane one in the crowd, and I guess that means they're coming to lock me in a rubber room. At least Captain Britain knows the score with these douchebag heroes: [You can trust him, he's got a non-hipster beard] I sure do like an arrogant Hank McCoy too: [Grandpa Rogers just involuntarily soiled his leather pantaloons] And apparently Mike Deodato *really* likes to make sure Captain Marvel has maximum curves: Y'know what though? The most compelling thing about this is all the in-the-shadows action that's going on - all of our favourite heroes and villains getting covered in shades of grey, trying to figure out each other while they all run around staving off the inevitable. The *tone* of this book is like some 70's espionage flick, where everyone was still reeling from the implications that their God-president was not only fallible but inevitably a pawn in the big world game. Feels a little like the Bourne universe too - almost no one to trust, no solid clue who's really to blame for all the shit.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    I honestly don't know how I feel about all of this. Back-handed shenanigans, heroes working for SHIELD, worlds dying in order save "ours," it's all iffy to me. At least in this volume, Hickman gives some suspense and drama. I don't quite know what all is going on, or how this is being addressed in the non-Avengers books, so that might explain it. Still, we know there is an endgame in sight: Secret Wars. Going to be interesting going forward. I honestly don't know how I feel about all of this. Back-handed shenanigans, heroes working for SHIELD, worlds dying in order save "ours," it's all iffy to me. At least in this volume, Hickman gives some suspense and drama. I don't quite know what all is going on, or how this is being addressed in the non-Avengers books, so that might explain it. Still, we know there is an endgame in sight: Secret Wars. Going to be interesting going forward.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hicks

    Overall, I've been hugely impressed with Jonathan Hickman's run on Avengers. For epic, brainy, complex and complicated storytelling in comics, few do it better than Hickman. Throughout his run on both Avengers and New Avengers, he's been telling a massive, multi-year, multi-title sci-fi story on a cosmic scale. The multiverse is collapsing, and a strange sight is appearing in the sky - a second Earth. These incursion events, in which two Earth's occupy the same space, guarantees death. Either bot Overall, I've been hugely impressed with Jonathan Hickman's run on Avengers. For epic, brainy, complex and complicated storytelling in comics, few do it better than Hickman. Throughout his run on both Avengers and New Avengers, he's been telling a massive, multi-year, multi-title sci-fi story on a cosmic scale. The multiverse is collapsing, and a strange sight is appearing in the sky - a second Earth. These incursion events, in which two Earth's occupy the same space, guarantees death. Either both Earth's will perish, or one must be sacrificed to save the other. This is a moral quandary unlike any other threat previously faced by Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and a splinter faction of the Marvel Universe's biggest brains have formed a secret council, the Illuminati, to develop a weapon capable of destroying the alternate Earth's invading our reality. For two years worth of monthly comics, Hickman has been leading the Avengers toward their final end-game. Following a cataclysmic decision by the Illuminati, Time Runs Out, Volume 1 jumps the story forward in time by eight months. The Avengers are now operating under the control of S.H.I.E.L.D, and the Illuminati, led by Reed Richards, are on the run, and Tony Stark is MIA. As the first book in a four-volume cycle that's meant to put a big old pin in Hickman's run (and set the stage for his grand finale, Secret Wars), there's a lot of building to be done in this collection. By jumping readers forward in time and scattering characters to the wind, there's an immediate tension, and a good deal of confusion, as to what's happened in the missing time and where this is all headed. And because so much of this title is about laying that initial groundwork for the story to follow, it's not completely satisfying on its own. This is far from a stand-alone read in terms of the Time Runs Out arc, but readers jumping on board Hickman's run with this particular volume would be woefully lost. It's been a while since I've read the previous Avengers issues, and even I was a little bit lost. Again, though, some of that is due to the time displacement and the nature of the story. Now, onto volume two...

  15. 5 out of 5

    RG

    Has its moments but I feel like its taking too long to get anyhwere.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michael Church

    This one is starting to grow on me. It's a combination of Avengers and New Avengers. Considering I was only reading one of those, I have something of a handicap going in only knowing half of the story. That said, there was also apparently a time jump in there that could've thrown me for a loop anyway. I still like the concept and I like that there are so many different approaches to it. Honestly, I picked the Illuminati series because of the Infinity Gems, but considering they haven't been aroun This one is starting to grow on me. It's a combination of Avengers and New Avengers. Considering I was only reading one of those, I have something of a handicap going in only knowing half of the story. That said, there was also apparently a time jump in there that could've thrown me for a loop anyway. I still like the concept and I like that there are so many different approaches to it. Honestly, I picked the Illuminati series because of the Infinity Gems, but considering they haven't been around since something like Vol 2, the team has become the main focus for me. They're all fragmented and there are new members I had no idea would be getting involved. It's honestly a little old to have the Avengers infighting again (Team A thinks Team B is wrong and will stop at anything to defeat them! Team B knows they are right! And Team C is out in the Savage Land trying to figure out what actually happened!) I'm really excited to see how everything plays out. They've finally started trying to get to the root of the problem. Honestly, I got a little tired of just running into all of these different cosmic entities and groups that apparently had some huge stake in the incursions without knowing what it actually was. That said, I have a sinking feeling that more of them than not will turn out to be regular run of the mill villains with no real depth. There is a lot of very self important talking that goes on, too. Hickman is trying VERY hard to make a book that seems meaningful. It may turn out to be, but at this point it seems like a log of bluster. I am enjoying this. And it's one of those big stories that will actually justify a coming event. Secret Wars is going to be an outcome of this that seems to really fit with what's happened and I'm interested to se how everything plays out. Off to a decent start and eager to keep going.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Eight months have passed since the Earth - shattering (ha ha) events of New Avengers Vol. 4. In the meantime in-between time, the Illuminati are in hiding, Wakanda has been destroyed, the Avengers have split in two, and the Cabal had gotten U.N. approval (!) to keep blowing up planets to their hearts' content. This volume is 90% table-setting for the rest of the "Time Runs Out" story arc, but it's all enjoyable table-setting. Sunspot, Smasher, and Cannonball are the most funny, human, and humane Eight months have passed since the Earth - shattering (ha ha) events of New Avengers Vol. 4. In the meantime in-between time, the Illuminati are in hiding, Wakanda has been destroyed, the Avengers have split in two, and the Cabal had gotten U.N. approval (!) to keep blowing up planets to their hearts' content. This volume is 90% table-setting for the rest of the "Time Runs Out" story arc, but it's all enjoyable table-setting. Sunspot, Smasher, and Cannonball are the most funny, human, and humane of Hickman's Avengers, so it's fun to spend time with them. There's also a hilariously awkward dinner scene between Namor and Dr. Doom (Doom's scheming! Doom's always scheming!). Along the way, Hickman makes some great points about how easy it is to ignore the evils that benefit us personally, and about how nobody is as special as they think they are. Even Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Charlos

    Prelude to Secret Wars! Which would be good if I had been reading the books up to this point, and knew what was going on. But I didn't and don't, so I'm not invested in what's going on here. Maybe it will be more meaningful on the other end? Prelude to Secret Wars! Which would be good if I had been reading the books up to this point, and knew what was going on. But I didn't and don't, so I'm not invested in what's going on here. Maybe it will be more meaningful on the other end?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Lahn

    Lots of catching up on what's happened in the last 8 months. Only just starting to get an idea of what the different groups' plans are. Lots of catching up on what's happened in the last 8 months. Only just starting to get an idea of what the different groups' plans are.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stefan Fergus

    Don't really know what's going on. Is this the "real" world, or one of the endless alternate universes? Who am I supposed to be rooting for? Decent artwork, though. Just don't know what's going on... Don't really know what's going on. Is this the "real" world, or one of the endless alternate universes? Who am I supposed to be rooting for? Decent artwork, though. Just don't know what's going on...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Collects Avengers (2012) issues #35-37 and New Avengers (2013) issues #24-25 Set 8 months in the future of the current Marvel Universe, various factions of Avengers are attempting to stop the collapse of the Mutliverse. Unfortunately, these factions are sometimes opposed, so this particular volume features some of the heroes being hunted down and incarcerated by other heroes (while us as readers try to get our bearings on what's happening in this future story). We also find out very early in this Collects Avengers (2012) issues #35-37 and New Avengers (2013) issues #24-25 Set 8 months in the future of the current Marvel Universe, various factions of Avengers are attempting to stop the collapse of the Mutliverse. Unfortunately, these factions are sometimes opposed, so this particular volume features some of the heroes being hunted down and incarcerated by other heroes (while us as readers try to get our bearings on what's happening in this future story). We also find out very early in this collection that the world is so scared about what is happening to the universe that they have decided to trust the villainous Cabal. I originally read these individual issues when they come out month after month. I really appreciate that Marvel is collected both "Avengers" and "New Avengers" together for the "Time Runs Out" event. It doesn't seem like collecting these issues any other way would make sense, but I've seen some collections put together poorly in the past. This one works great. I would love to get a series of omnibuses combining all together the "Avengers" and "New Avengers" from Hickman's run (as opposed to the two separate omnibus-style collections that are coming out for each). Here are my SPOILER-FILLED reviews of each individual issue in this collection: Avengers #35: Almost none of the characters featured on the cover appeared in this issue. This issue actually featured a lot of mid-level Avengers. The best part is when we found out that SHIELD now runs the Avengers, and a team of Avengers was trying to capture Amadeus Cho. We found out that they are after him because he is now a member of the Illuminati, and apparently the Illuminati are now fugitives. One of the Avengers after Cho turns out to be Sue Richards, and she asks him where Reed is. Other new Illuminati members that we find out about in this issue are Brian Braddock and Hank Pym. (3.5 stars) New Avengers #24: Most of this issue featured Namor explaining to Dr. Doom that he needed Doom to join the Cabal to rein in the other, more violent members of his secret society. The Cabal are helping to stop the Incursions, but they are doing it gleefully, relishing in the destruction and genocide. Namor is worried that he’s lost control, but Doom refuses to help him. We then find out that Doom has secret plans of his own, including help from Thinker and Molecule Man. (3 stars) Avengers #36: This issue started out slow and then got awesome. It mostly featured characters that some would consider lower level Avengers, but because I've been following these characters during Hickman's run, I'm attached to them. A group of them are making a sacrifice to save Earth. There are several hundred thousand universes left in the Multiverse, and Sunspot has an idea to save Earth. I don't know what his idea is yet, but it involves sending a group of Avengers across the Multiverse. The group includes Odinson (formerly Thor), Hyperion, Ex Nihilo (and maybe a group of his people), Abyss, Nightmask, and Starbrand, and they know that they will not be returning from this mission. Also, I didn't notice this in the last issue, but it looks like Thor's left arm has been replaced by a robotic arm. The Avengers enter through the portal (which looks like Reed Richard's Bridge) and the issue ends. (4.5 stars) New Avengers #25: This issue was a let down. I didn't really learn anything new about what is happening in the future, other than Sue is so mad at Reed that she believes he will spend the rest of his life in prison when she catches him. Sue's interrogation of Amadeus Cho was a long, pointless scene. We did get to know a little bit about the newer members of the Illuminati, but that's about it. One other cool thing about this issue was that there was a brief reference to something that happened in Hickman's S.H.I.E.L.D. series. (2 stars) Avengers #37: As I was reading this issue I had to start asking myself, who are the good guys? I tend to side with the Illuminati, but Steve Rogers is after them, and Steve is the ultimate good guy. S.H.I.E.L.D. runs the Avengers now, so it runs very much like the military. Black Widow and Spider-Woman are said to have went off the grid, so it looks like they aren't on anyone's side yet. I was glad to see that Sue Richards is secretly helping her husband and the Illuminati. I was starting to wonder if that was the direction this story would go, and then it happened. Even though I said about that Steve Rogers is the ultimate good guy, he seems to be losing it a little bit. He couldn't contain his anger in one scene. Maybe his old age is getting to him. (3 stars)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I haven't been following many of Marvel Comics' superhero stories of late, at least in monthly form - from a distance, they all seem to read as a never-ending crossover and I've had my innings with that kind of storytelling. It's not something that overly interests me at this point as a reader. I grabbed Time Runs Out V.1 at our local library however and was impressed with how easily I picked up what's going on. It's a real downer of a story about the end of all universes and how Marvel's stable I haven't been following many of Marvel Comics' superhero stories of late, at least in monthly form - from a distance, they all seem to read as a never-ending crossover and I've had my innings with that kind of storytelling. It's not something that overly interests me at this point as a reader. I grabbed Time Runs Out V.1 at our local library however and was impressed with how easily I picked up what's going on. It's a real downer of a story about the end of all universes and how Marvel's stable of superheroes are reacting to that danger. There were characters I knew… and characters I didn't… but I was able to follow the thread of the story with no problems. Reading that last sentence over, I'm struck at how faint that praise sounds - "I could follow the story without having a PH.D in superhero continuity, well done!" It's true though - Hickman divides up his sprawling cast into three different teams all attacking the problem in a different way - I especially enjoyed the "illuminati" cast scenes including Reed Richards, The Beast, and Hulk hiding out from SHIELD. One of my problems with this book (and at this point, I know I'm in the minority on this, but whatever) is that it's HALF A STORY. I don't understand that as a business model for collecting comic books - you sell half the story in a collected format? Isn't the whole point of the collection to have a complete tale under one cover?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Garrett

    First and foremost, this is only called Avengers: Time Runs Out because it took place in the pages of the two functional Avengers titles and has now been mooshed together. So that's an editorial titling, because this book has none of the feel of a typical Avengers story, instead having a black, bleak, "so it's come to this" sort of pre-apocalyptic set-up for the "new" Marvel Universe that's coming out of this Summer's Secret Wars. So - it's dark and layered and does not reward new readers; this i First and foremost, this is only called Avengers: Time Runs Out because it took place in the pages of the two functional Avengers titles and has now been mooshed together. So that's an editorial titling, because this book has none of the feel of a typical Avengers story, instead having a black, bleak, "so it's come to this" sort of pre-apocalyptic set-up for the "new" Marvel Universe that's coming out of this Summer's Secret Wars. So - it's dark and layered and does not reward new readers; this is no one's "jumping on point." This is enjoyable homework - you are reading this event in preparation for the next event, and as such, my least favorite kind of Marvel story. I understand the whys and wherefores, but when the status quo fluctuates like it does here and every character exists as a shade of grey, then they come off as somewhat soulless cogs in the machine of purpose-driven story. Because it's Hickman, the writing is extremely well-done, and the art in this favors the small nuance the titanic, and not much in between. If a thing is simultaneously fun and frustrating (funstrating?) it gets three stars. On to chapter two.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    "Yeah, alright. Okay, got it. It's cool. I think....Jonathan, we....Mm kay, I see now. Cabal. Illuminati? Yeah, well, that seems a little....is this shit actually going to sell?" -Editor at Marvel I'm giving this 4 solid stars because my God, Jonathan Hickman knows how to write Doom. Brilliant. Callous. Indifferent. Cool as a cucumber and calm as a fat man in a bowling alley. The way that Victor Von Doom should be written. Marvel needs its villains, desperately, to be written well, by people who "Yeah, alright. Okay, got it. It's cool. I think....Jonathan, we....Mm kay, I see now. Cabal. Illuminati? Yeah, well, that seems a little....is this shit actually going to sell?" -Editor at Marvel I'm giving this 4 solid stars because my God, Jonathan Hickman knows how to write Doom. Brilliant. Callous. Indifferent. Cool as a cucumber and calm as a fat man in a bowling alley. The way that Victor Von Doom should be written. Marvel needs its villains, desperately, to be written well, by people who understand what's at stake-who understand what people like Doom stand for. Hickman writes Doom like a man on a mission. A man who puts everything he has into his work. Unflinching, yet well studied execution of will. Even if that will is malevolent, it has to be respected. That, to me, is what first class villainy is about. I do think Mr. Hickman introduces way too many characters and I'm sure there's a lot more to this story that I have missed, however, he doesn't pull off the over the top cast list as well some other writers. Still a good read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    Public library copy. Boy, have things become dense and confusing in the Marvel universe these days. Every now and then an uninformed, irregular reader like myself cracks a book open and I feel like I understand less than 40% of what has happened, is happening, and will happen. The art is great, but these time travel stories and complexity of plot tapestries by Remender and Hickman make me rush through the work so I can focus on work that demands less of a reader.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    Not a ton of action, but high on tension which keeps you glued to the page! Gorgeous artwork but the Hickman's story is what makes this great. There are a lot of players in this series, which can get a bit confusing at times, but Hickman's characterizations are fantastic. If you're a fan of solid writing and don't need non-stop superhero action then check out this volume! Not a ton of action, but high on tension which keeps you glued to the page! Gorgeous artwork but the Hickman's story is what makes this great. There are a lot of players in this series, which can get a bit confusing at times, but Hickman's characterizations are fantastic. If you're a fan of solid writing and don't need non-stop superhero action then check out this volume!

  27. 4 out of 5

    John

    What the hell is going on? I know where we have been, and I can see where this is all going, but I do not see why the leap forward or any of what happens while we are there is necessary. Confusing and often dazzling, with ardent hope that it makes better sense in retrospect.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Source: Library **3.5 Stars** I'm new to Jonathan Hickman's work, I've seen a lot of people talk about his East of West series but I haven't gotten around to picking that up yet. I did enjoy the artwork in this one but as far as story line goes, meh, just wasn't to my liking. Source: Library **3.5 Stars** I'm new to Jonathan Hickman's work, I've seen a lot of people talk about his East of West series but I haven't gotten around to picking that up yet. I did enjoy the artwork in this one but as far as story line goes, meh, just wasn't to my liking.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarospice

    Hickman is a comic book writer's writer because they think he writes over our heads. But if you read a few of his arcs he actually writes in circles. It's always THE END OF EVERYTHING to bring about the beginning of the next thing. Still, this was an interesting era for the Avengers. Hickman is a comic book writer's writer because they think he writes over our heads. But if you read a few of his arcs he actually writes in circles. It's always THE END OF EVERYTHING to bring about the beginning of the next thing. Still, this was an interesting era for the Avengers.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sonic

    Oooooo Hickman is cookin' some schemes up! :) Oooooo Hickman is cookin' some schemes up! :)

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