Avengers #44

Avengers #44

Written by: Jonathen Hickman 

Art by: Mike Deodato Jr. 

Cover by: Dustin Weaver 


While New Avengers #33 wasn’t much of a series finale, The Avengers #44 is more ambitious and all-encompassing when it comes to wrapping up Jonathan Hickman’s long stint on these two titles. It’s an epic way to cap off the book and pave the way for Secret Wars #1.

Hickman divides his attention among several plot threads in this final issue, including the intergalactic assault on Earth, the fate of Namor’s Cabal in the Ultimate Universe, and the Avengers’ desperate efforts to build an ark and allow some remnant of humanity to survive the end of existence. A lot of great character moments crop up throughout as Hickman mines the drama and sense of impending doom to full effect. One standout moment involves Black Panther’s meeting with the Obama administration, highlighting the futility of humanity’s plight and T’Challa’s own disillusionment with a world that doomed his nation to death. Another involves Thanos reflecting on heroes of Earth-616. There’s a real sense of begrudging respect for these men and women who have defied his will repeatedly and lived to tell about it. These moments and others serve as proof that Hickman isn’t allowing the plot to overwhelm characterization even at this late hour. In all I would rate this issue a 8.5/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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