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The final act of Jonathan Hickman's legendary run! The two-year saga finally comes to a close with the day of the Final Incursion! The guilt-ridden Illuminati destroyed a world while trying to save their own. Namor and his new Cabal have destroyed countless others. Earths barely imagined are now gone. S.H.I.E.L.D. and the shattered Avengers are desperately scrambling to sa The final act of Jonathan Hickman's legendary run! The two-year saga finally comes to a close with the day of the Final Incursion! The guilt-ridden Illuminati destroyed a world while trying to save their own. Namor and his new Cabal have destroyed countless others. Earths barely imagined are now gone. S.H.I.E.L.D. and the shattered Avengers are desperately scrambling to save everything - but we already know that everything dies. Will the sacrifi ces finally pay off ? Will the Avengers, Illuminati and Cabal band together to save what they can - or will they destroy one another? After all the battles, all the loss, the inevitable is here: time will run out. The Secret Wars will begin. Is Earth ready? COLLECTING: AVENGERS 43-44, NEW AVENGERS 31-33


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The final act of Jonathan Hickman's legendary run! The two-year saga finally comes to a close with the day of the Final Incursion! The guilt-ridden Illuminati destroyed a world while trying to save their own. Namor and his new Cabal have destroyed countless others. Earths barely imagined are now gone. S.H.I.E.L.D. and the shattered Avengers are desperately scrambling to sa The final act of Jonathan Hickman's legendary run! The two-year saga finally comes to a close with the day of the Final Incursion! The guilt-ridden Illuminati destroyed a world while trying to save their own. Namor and his new Cabal have destroyed countless others. Earths barely imagined are now gone. S.H.I.E.L.D. and the shattered Avengers are desperately scrambling to save everything - but we already know that everything dies. Will the sacrifi ces finally pay off ? Will the Avengers, Illuminati and Cabal band together to save what they can - or will they destroy one another? After all the battles, all the loss, the inevitable is here: time will run out. The Secret Wars will begin. Is Earth ready? COLLECTING: AVENGERS 43-44, NEW AVENGERS 31-33

30 review for Time Runs Out, Part Three

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    If Secret Wars sucks, I'm gonna be pissed. I mean, I read alllllll of these volumes to get to this FINAL story, and for what?! It's not goddamn over, and I'm not sure it's ever going to be over, at this point. I'm tired. I'm tired of this story, I'm tired of the way all the characters are acting like douchebags, and I just want it to fucking end. Is that so wrong? I mean, Wolverine is dead, Thor isn't worthy enough to lift his hammer (or is he?), Tony Stark is evil (I think? I can't fucking tell an If Secret Wars sucks, I'm gonna be pissed. I mean, I read alllllll of these volumes to get to this FINAL story, and for what?! It's not goddamn over, and I'm not sure it's ever going to be over, at this point. I'm tired. I'm tired of this story, I'm tired of the way all the characters are acting like douchebags, and I just want it to fucking end. Is that so wrong? I mean, Wolverine is dead, Thor isn't worthy enough to lift his hammer (or is he?), Tony Stark is evil (I think? I can't fucking tell anymore, and I don't care enough to go back and check it out), Cyclops is militantly pro-mutant, Black Panther killed another Avenger, Reed Richards & Beast are both responsible for doing some pretty questionably bad stuff, Doctor Strange is selling off chunks of his soul to the devil (or something), and, worst of all, Storm has a MOHAWK again! So. If Secret Wars doesn't re-boot the shit out of the Marvel line-up, I'm not going to be happy. Ok, maybe I'm being a bit harsh because there were some shining moments in this 'final' volume. Really. And as long as they fix all the shit they've broken, I'll happily eat my words. Possibly, my vitriol comes from the bitter taste those last few pages left in my mouth. And it was a very bitter taste, my friend. Some of you may have noticed that I left out one important character in my above ranty-rant. No, I did not forget what Marvel has done to Steve Rogers. In fact, Captain America is probably the reason that I'm spitting and foaming at the mouth right now. *rubs face, takes deep breath* I HATE JURASSIC CAP! This? This is the absolute worst hunk of bullshit ever. One of my favorite superheroes is now relegated to being a crotchety old fart. He's unreasonable, overbearing, dogmatic, and just plain annoying! I never thought I'd say this, but I was truly hoping Iron Man would punch him in the face, and knock those dentures right out of his mouth. Every time he came up in a panel, I wanted to claw my eyes out. Fuck you, old man! Sit down and shut up! I mean, it's the (literal) end of the world, and that grizzled old bastard keeps harping on horseshit stuff. What are you going to do, you ancient idiot?! Put Stark and Richards in fucking jail?! Ugh. Kill him already! Anyway. If someone would be kind enough to point me toward whatever fresh hell I need to read next, I'd certainly appreciate it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    This is it!?! Two years of building up the multiverse colliding storyline, with worlds getting destroyed, heroes dying, lots and lots of punches thrown, a cookout, and this final volume is the figurative money shot? Granted I never tire of Captain America (Viagra-candidate version) and Iron Man (Superior Ass Guy, I Guess) beating the crap out of each other (here, as the universe collision sh*t gets real), but this volume will just leave a dull ache in your nether region. Hickman throws every last This is it!?! Two years of building up the multiverse colliding storyline, with worlds getting destroyed, heroes dying, lots and lots of punches thrown, a cookout, and this final volume is the figurative money shot? Granted I never tire of Captain America (Viagra-candidate version) and Iron Man (Superior Ass Guy, I Guess) beating the crap out of each other (here, as the universe collision sh*t gets real), but this volume will just leave a dull ache in your nether region. Hickman throws every last plotline against the wall hoping something will stick. And for what? It’s a set up for Marvel’s Secret Wars. Whoopee, I say with as much enthusiasm as I can muster. No. It’s not. Warning!! Spoilerish gifs and stuff coming up fast on your left. So, who gets the last laugh, because he’s the man with the confusing plan, that's a sex machine to all the chicks. He’s the cat that won’t cop out, when there’s danger all about. I’m talking about Dr. Doom! Right on!! Who ordered the pink smoke? Dr. Doom, Marvel’s favorite meglomaniacal jerk-face villain, is finally the guy standing at the top of the heap and this, of course, for better or worse, sets up the Secret Wars crossover event. Dr. Victor Von Doom. Call him Vic at your peril. Dr. Doom. Shut your mouth! Bottom Line: This journey takes you through peaks (a few) and valleys (more than there should be), but it’s mostly plateaus – long, mind-numbing plateaus. Two years!!! If he was still charging a nickel, it’d be worth every penny…

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Alriiiight, Time Runs Out has finally run out of books! Well, I don’t think it was worth it unfortunately – Jonathan Hickman just isn’t my kind of writer and the series has been a mess throughout. One of the best Avengers titles ever written? Pfft – one of the stinkiest! So what’s going on in the fourth and final volume? The same old rubbish that’s been chuntering along in the background this whole time: pointless battles between dullards while Doom and Molecule Man gear up for Secret Wars. Why Alriiiight, Time Runs Out has finally run out of books! Well, I don’t think it was worth it unfortunately – Jonathan Hickman just isn’t my kind of writer and the series has been a mess throughout. One of the best Avengers titles ever written? Pfft – one of the stinkiest! So what’s going on in the fourth and final volume? The same old rubbish that’s been chuntering along in the background this whole time: pointless battles between dullards while Doom and Molecule Man gear up for Secret Wars. Why was Doom calling himself Rabum Alal – what was gained from the deception? Because that’s the kind of silly thing bad guys do? Why are the Shi’Ar intent on blowing up Earth when the entire universe is about to implode?? Because the Avengers need something to punch. Which is the same reason why Thor and Hyperion are fighting the Beyonders. Sigh… None of it’s interesting regardless of how dumb it all seems anyway. Molecule Man’s explanation of what he is and his place in this disasterpiece was one of the few spots where I wasn’t yawning though Hickman’s such an unimaginative writer that he can only express important plot points through artless info dumps. Oh but that stoopid ending – Tony and Cap having a punch up! Hickman’s written both iconic characters awfully and choosing to end a storyline where entire universes are being obliterated by focusing on two morons feudin’ just underscored how crummy and useless this lead-in to Secret Wars was. Anticlimactic and uninteresting, Time Runs Out, hell, the whole of Hickman’s Avengers series, is overrated, badly written, poorly plotted, and barely coherent trash.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kemper

    I thought I'd do a larger review of Hickman's whole run of Avengers here at the end, but since this isn't really the end at all I'm gonna hold off on that until I read Secret Wars which will hopefully be the true finale of this story. Things regressed a bit from the high of Vol. 3 with this feeling more scattered. There's about two to many major plots, and I really would have been happy with one planet ending threat at a time going on. That's part of what Hickman's going for here with battles spa I thought I'd do a larger review of Hickman's whole run of Avengers here at the end, but since this isn't really the end at all I'm gonna hold off on that until I read Secret Wars which will hopefully be the true finale of this story. Things regressed a bit from the high of Vol. 3 with this feeling more scattered. There's about two to many major plots, and I really would have been happy with one planet ending threat at a time going on. That's part of what Hickman's going for here with battles spanning multiverses to try and save all of existence going on, but there's just too much going on here. Some stories work better than others, and sadly probably the least interesting one is Iron Man vs. Captain America. The rift between the two was interesting in Civil War because you could relate to both sides and it seemed like an unavoidable conflict. Cap's earnest sincerity to put principle above all vs. Tony's absolute confidence in his ability to predict the future justifying his whole you-can't-make-an-omelette-without-breaking-a-few-eggs attitude was a real dilemma that left both of them sympathetic even as they were fighting. But angry old Cap caring less about the end of everything and more about his determination to punish the Illuminati for going against his personal ideals seems stupidly pointless while Tony being right but also being more of a dick than usual is exasperating. The difference between here and Civil War is that they the conflict made both of them feel awful about fighting a friend. Here, they're just two jerks who hate each other so much it blinds them to what's really important, and if you're rooting for them to kill each other there's not much left to care about in that subplot.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    It's finally done! Well, except for the Secret Wars nonsense. I think it's pretty telling when there's a story recap as the first page of each issue. There's some neat revelations in this book, but I still don't feel like this story completely gels overall. Hopefully they'll collect the whole thing into one ginormous omnibus when it's all over. Right now, I feel like I need to go read wikipedia to even begin to remember everything that's happened since Hickman basically took over the Marvel Univ It's finally done! Well, except for the Secret Wars nonsense. I think it's pretty telling when there's a story recap as the first page of each issue. There's some neat revelations in this book, but I still don't feel like this story completely gels overall. Hopefully they'll collect the whole thing into one ginormous omnibus when it's all over. Right now, I feel like I need to go read wikipedia to even begin to remember everything that's happened since Hickman basically took over the Marvel Universe.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    Some people spend their entire lives chasing butterflies. They don't even taste good. - An Owen Reece Marvel Comics and their chosen prophet Jonathan Hickman have reached into my chest and torn out my living heart. Now they are laughing as they know I am helpless but to watch it continue to beat. The blood it still pumps drips from their hand in such beautiful coruscating patterns that I cannot help but laugh as I weep. You insane, wonderful bastards... I'll fucking get you back for this, you know Some people spend their entire lives chasing butterflies. They don't even taste good. - An Owen Reece Marvel Comics and their chosen prophet Jonathan Hickman have reached into my chest and torn out my living heart. Now they are laughing as they know I am helpless but to watch it continue to beat. The blood it still pumps drips from their hand in such beautiful coruscating patterns that I cannot help but laugh as I weep. You insane, wonderful bastards... I'll fucking get you back for this, you know...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheese

    The thing is I love Hickman, but to begin with I wasn't so sure on this run. This series is so convoluted, Avengers, New Avengers, Avengers: Time runs out, other Avenger titles, Original Sin, secret wars, it's a bit of a piss take. Why not just say - Avengers. Done. What I do like is the science part. I know most of it is made up, but it seems Hickman has a grasp of basic theoretical science and i love how he incorporates this into the Avengers and even his Manhattan Projects series. Anyway, by the The thing is I love Hickman, but to begin with I wasn't so sure on this run. This series is so convoluted, Avengers, New Avengers, Avengers: Time runs out, other Avenger titles, Original Sin, secret wars, it's a bit of a piss take. Why not just say - Avengers. Done. What I do like is the science part. I know most of it is made up, but it seems Hickman has a grasp of basic theoretical science and i love how he incorporates this into the Avengers and even his Manhattan Projects series. Anyway, by the end of it Hickman absolutely nails it. This is the best Avengers run there is, but there aren't very many good ones to compare it to, but it's still great. He manages to focus different storylines on different avengers throughout the title and incoporates a lot of his Fantastic 4 run which is great. All in all a fantastic run, where it all makes sense in the end. Now I must read secret wars!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    This is the end, except not really. Because this leads directly to Secret Wars, don't expect an actual close at the end of this volume. You won't get one, and you aren't meant to. What you will get, or at least what I got, is that this is all finally coming to the point it was meant to. What I also got is the nearly overwhelming sense, especially towards the last few issues, that I was so far behind, hopelessly so, and would likely miss more of the story than I even knew. This wasn't even frustr This is the end, except not really. Because this leads directly to Secret Wars, don't expect an actual close at the end of this volume. You won't get one, and you aren't meant to. What you will get, or at least what I got, is that this is all finally coming to the point it was meant to. What I also got is the nearly overwhelming sense, especially towards the last few issues, that I was so far behind, hopelessly so, and would likely miss more of the story than I even knew. This wasn't even frustrating to me, oddly enough. Instead, it made me more determined than ever to go back and read Hickman's entire Avengers run all at once. In a year or two, so I can be sure that it will all actually be published and available. I have to admit, though, to be being slightly disappointed with the last two issues. The Shi'ar invasion felt unnecessary and anticlimactic. And didn't we just see that in Infinity? I was also less than enthused that the entire thing all came down to Tony and Steve fighting because... They just were, ok? I'm not sure why it had to be the absolute last thing either man did in the existence of the entire universe, but apparently it was. Not where I would have liked to spend the last issue. But there's some really good and interesting stuff in here, and that does outweigh the mediocre.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A great ending "Dark Knight returns"-style to Hickman's long Avengers run. It was literally a blast!!! Everything dies... We all know after Secret Wars things are coming back the same, but this ending pre-reboot was really awesome. Excelsior!!! A great ending "Dark Knight returns"-style to Hickman's long Avengers run. It was literally a blast!!! Everything dies... We all know after Secret Wars things are coming back the same, but this ending pre-reboot was really awesome. Excelsior!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    A rather anti-climactic ending to the "world as we knew it." Hickman obviously has grand ideas, great ones, that are cinematic in scope. But, just as in so many of the preceding volumes, I'm left underwhelmed. Our heroes are still horrible people, the world is ending, the big bad who is revealed to be Rabum Alal is really not that ingenious (and rather obvious), and quite frankly I just don't give much of a damn here. Next up is Secret Wars and the beginning of the new Marvel Universe. In so man A rather anti-climactic ending to the "world as we knew it." Hickman obviously has grand ideas, great ones, that are cinematic in scope. But, just as in so many of the preceding volumes, I'm left underwhelmed. Our heroes are still horrible people, the world is ending, the big bad who is revealed to be Rabum Alal is really not that ingenious (and rather obvious), and quite frankly I just don't give much of a damn here. Next up is Secret Wars and the beginning of the new Marvel Universe. In so many ways, this has been an updated, Marvelized Crisis on Infinite Earths, and that was never all that successful, in my opinion, either, in meshing worlds together. I don't see how things will improve here, but I guess we will all just have to wait and see. The worst part of the book was the final fight between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark. It was just sad to watch, honestly. Sad and pathetic and a real kick in the guts of Lee/Kirby. Oh, well. Three stars because of nice art, and a really interesting subplot with the alien races trying to destroy the Earth.

  11. 4 out of 5

    RG

    Man I'm glad that ended. It started off really well as a series but then just became a little too long winded for me. Going to cap it off with Secret Wars..here goes. Man I'm glad that ended. It started off really well as a series but then just became a little too long winded for me. Going to cap it off with Secret Wars..here goes.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    The truly epic and Amazing Time Runs Out story ends. The multiverses are collapsing and now there are only two left. Many of the major players from the Cabal to the Illuminati are out of the game. It seems the Beyonders are coming to destroy everything in their "Great Experiment". Dr. Doom (the story jumps around in time) has become the Destroyer and the god the cult of the Black Swans worship. The Ivory Kings are the Beyonders. The Black Priests, led by Dr. Strange, are the multiverses answer. The truly epic and Amazing Time Runs Out story ends. The multiverses are collapsing and now there are only two left. Many of the major players from the Cabal to the Illuminati are out of the game. It seems the Beyonders are coming to destroy everything in their "Great Experiment". Dr. Doom (the story jumps around in time) has become the Destroyer and the god the cult of the Black Swans worship. The Ivory Kings are the Beyonders. The Black Priests, led by Dr. Strange, are the multiverses answer. These various sides (along with the Shiaar Empire, Avengers and pretty much the kitchen sink) all vying for the right to exist make up this enormous and truly multiversal tale. I am amazed Hickman pulled this off. Now, it ends on a strange not but thats because I assume the true outcome will be shown during the Secret Wars. I look forward to finding the resolution to all of this. A wonderfully illustrated and enormous story. I am glad I took the time to read all four volumes of this magnum opus. A must read for anyone who loves a grand tale.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Not really the end. Secret Wars better be good.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hicks

    Time Runs Out, Vol. 4 wasn't quite the huge, slam-bang, grandiose finish I had expected. And yeah, I knew going in this was all build-up for Hickman's BIG FINALE in Secret Wars. But still...such is the curse of massive cross-over events, I suppose. Most of the pressing issues from the totality of his Avengers run get addressed in this final volume - the identity of Rabum Alal is revealed, along with the grand machinations behind the incursion events, and Tony Stark finally makes for a serious pre Time Runs Out, Vol. 4 wasn't quite the huge, slam-bang, grandiose finish I had expected. And yeah, I knew going in this was all build-up for Hickman's BIG FINALE in Secret Wars. But still...such is the curse of massive cross-over events, I suppose. Most of the pressing issues from the totality of his Avengers run get addressed in this final volume - the identity of Rabum Alal is revealed, along with the grand machinations behind the incursion events, and Tony Stark finally makes for a serious presence on the battle-field after his very brief appearance in volume two. This particular volume is pretty much all action. Earth is under attack by alien forces (honestly, though, when is it not?), and another incursion event is right around the corner -- this time from the main Marvel Universe's sister line-up of titles from the Ultimate Universe brand of books. The number of alternate realities have been dwindling through Hickman's run as one Earth after another gets snuffed out, until only these two Earths remain. The relationship between Iron Man and Captain America take center stage here, and it's some pretty good stuff overall. As I said in a previous review, the hero versus hero stuff is a natural outgrowth from the plot and character dynamics. The story itself is rife with conflict, and the splintering of various Avengers factions and Marvel heroes has recreated a sort of Civil War scenario, only much, much richer thanks to Hickman's love of huge, deeply layered storytelling. You really get a sense of how much these characters are hurting as friendships are torn asunder, and the knowledge that their earlier decisions have serious consequences, decisions that have made some of them villains in the eyes of their former comrades. It's pretty powerful stuff, and Hickman handles the nature of sacrifice quite effectively. Although this book marks the end-run of Hickman's work on Avengers (and New Avengers) proper, there's still plenty more story to be told and lots of dangling plot threads in dire need of resolution, particularly since war is now imminent. Given the last page of the book, though, I have to wonder just how secret they really expect this war to be. The final splash art suggest things are not going to be very secret at all...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    ​What a fucking ride. As always, trust in...Hickman? He wraps up a maddening story with some truly INSANE revelations here - ones that will take me too many brain cells to really process, but which makes me feel small and religious under his tutelage. Some kick-ass Doctor Strange action - he really amps up his desperate leadership over magic and the Black Priests to secure Earth-616's existence against Rabum Alal. And what a mind-fuck reveal that is, (view spoiler)[ Doom being the grand ruler of t ​What a fucking ride. As always, trust in...Hickman? He wraps up a maddening story with some truly INSANE revelations here - ones that will take me too many brain cells to really process, but which makes me feel small and religious under his tutelage. Some kick-ass Doctor Strange action - he really amps up his desperate leadership over magic and the Black Priests to secure Earth-616's existence against Rabum Alal. And what a mind-fuck reveal that is, (view spoiler)[ Doom being the grand ruler of the Black Swans: (hide spoiler)] Fan-fucking-tastic. Time for a big-ass battle to be called by trumpets. And in battling Beyonders, some grave consequences are felt, not least of which Odinson loses his metal arm: [Yeah, aren't you the guys orchestrating all the arm-ripping in the New 52 DC universe? What are you doing over here in New York?] And then as the Kree alliance comes to kill the Earth to save the 616, they...pull out a cliche from every modern doomsday movie? [Is there a particular reason everyone hates the Golden Gate Bridge so much? Is it secretly some desire every writer/director has to cut off SF from the rest of the world?] And of course, they lean on cliche #2 from every dumbass villain ever: [When will the villain just kill rather than monologue their master plan first?] [And here's a prototypical Canadian question: why do all world-killing villains visit the White House to negotiate or communicate their intent? Why wouldn't aliens choose the most populous city as the most likely seat of power for the world? I'd love to see Shanghai show up in these one of these apocalyptic plots.] Total spoiler here: (view spoiler)[it was Doom who (hide spoiler)] caused the number of universes to shrink from thousands to less than two dozen? I actually let that factoid go thinking it was just some random thing to up the dramatic tension. What a rube I am, ever doubting Hickman's marionette antics. However, the resolution of the relationship between Steve and Tony is...disappointing. They do *not* have to be at war; they do not have to be upset; Steve does not have to carry a grudge. I don't get that dynamic at all. Maybe I missed some subtle detail that Hickman laced throughout these books, but I missed why Steve has SUCH a hate on for Tony. Sure he had Steve mind-wiped, but then Steve decked Tony back and it could've easily been even. Instead we have to go into Secret Wars with the long-ago mad still somehow being carried in, and Steve and Tony being this broken by it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    The final volume of Hickman's Avengers/New Avengers run is a mixed bag. The Doctor Doom/Molecule Man issue is one of my favorites of the run, offering a hilariously complex explanation for all of our lingering questions about the Incursions. Hickman nails the tone and delivery here; it's both dead-serious and comically ridiculous, internally consistent and head-scratchingly convoluted. In other words, it's the best type of Marvel comic, featuring the very best type of Dr. Doom scheme. I also rea The final volume of Hickman's Avengers/New Avengers run is a mixed bag. The Doctor Doom/Molecule Man issue is one of my favorites of the run, offering a hilariously complex explanation for all of our lingering questions about the Incursions. Hickman nails the tone and delivery here; it's both dead-serious and comically ridiculous, internally consistent and head-scratchingly convoluted. In other words, it's the best type of Marvel comic, featuring the very best type of Dr. Doom scheme. I also really enjoyed the issue where Thor and the rest of the cosmically powered Avengers go full Butch-and-Sundance on a legion of Beyonders. The rest of this volume is a mess. The Shi'ar issue is a boring rehash of Infinity, and the 19th iteration of "gee, Captain America and Iron Man truly are opposing representations of the American character, therefore they should punch each other" brings nothing new to the story, or the characters. Their final battle felt anti-climactic before I remembered that this is really all a prelude to Secret Wars, an event for which I am surprisingly excited to shell out money.

  17. 4 out of 5

    David

    And that's the ending? Urgh. What a drudge of an ordeal! Too many issues. Too few twists and turns! I had such high hopes for Hickman's run and kept the faith running far past my good sense, when it told me to drop reading this series a couple of volumes ago... should have listened. Feel burned. Years from now this will be viewed as an Avengers low point. And a monumental waste of time. And my money. And time. And ugly chapter in Avengers history, best forgotten as soon as possible. Better yet, And that's the ending? Urgh. What a drudge of an ordeal! Too many issues. Too few twists and turns! I had such high hopes for Hickman's run and kept the faith running far past my good sense, when it told me to drop reading this series a couple of volumes ago... should have listened. Feel burned. Years from now this will be viewed as an Avengers low point. And a monumental waste of time. And my money. And time. And ugly chapter in Avengers history, best forgotten as soon as possible. Better yet, don't bother picking it up in the first place.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aildiin

    This is the end of Hickman amazing run on Avengers. I am of two minds about this book. This is not really an end as it leads straight into Secret Wars. On a positive side there are still a lot of surprises coming up in this book which is credit to Hickman's genius. On a negative side this book is a little more uneven than the previous ones but it still is the best Avengers run ever in my view even if I would have wished the ending was a little better. I have all the Hardcovers for the whole run but i This is the end of Hickman amazing run on Avengers. I am of two minds about this book. This is not really an end as it leads straight into Secret Wars. On a positive side there are still a lot of surprises coming up in this book which is credit to Hickman's genius. On a negative side this book is a little more uneven than the previous ones but it still is the best Avengers run ever in my view even if I would have wished the ending was a little better. I have all the Hardcovers for the whole run but if Marvel releases one day the whole serie in 2 Omnibus I think I would double dip...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

    Yes, I'm one of those people who enjoyed Hickman's Avengers. This volume probably wasn't all 5-star material, but man, the ending in two last issues, I swear it made me shiver a little bit. Looking forward to Secret Wars, it is going to be epic. Yes, I'm one of those people who enjoyed Hickman's Avengers. This volume probably wasn't all 5-star material, but man, the ending in two last issues, I swear it made me shiver a little bit. Looking forward to Secret Wars, it is going to be epic.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Lahn

    Can't really call this a conclusion to the series, since it really just leads into Secret Wars, but what a finale. Nothing can possibly go back to being the same after this. Can't really call this a conclusion to the series, since it really just leads into Secret Wars, but what a finale. Nothing can possibly go back to being the same after this.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Morris

    Rabum Alal revealed: now THAT is how you pull off a grand reveal and origin story! For all of Hickman's 70+ issues of setup I feel like there were still a few unanswered questions, which I suppose is okay since I still got the gist of it all. A little too Ultimate-heavy at the end (I feel like there could have been five more pages of the 616-universe to wrap things up better). Old Cap completed his full-on dick circle (I think that came out wrong), and I really wished he had just let things go by Rabum Alal revealed: now THAT is how you pull off a grand reveal and origin story! For all of Hickman's 70+ issues of setup I feel like there were still a few unanswered questions, which I suppose is okay since I still got the gist of it all. A little too Ultimate-heavy at the end (I feel like there could have been five more pages of the 616-universe to wrap things up better). Old Cap completed his full-on dick circle (I think that came out wrong), and I really wished he had just let things go by the end there. Gotta say, one of my least favorite Captain America iterations here. Also, for his 2 brief appearances in these books what exactly was the point of Cyclops? All in all, I can only say that if Marvel wants to do big events from here on out (and who are we kidding? of course they will), THIS is how I want to see them handled: with years of build-up to the big event in order to make it all seem worthwhile. Congrats Jonathan Hickman for your brilliance. It's meaty, but I think I'll be re-reading your Avengers run many times.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Yay, I'm through this run. Bye-bye Marvel Universe! Yay, I'm through this run. Bye-bye Marvel Universe!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joe Young

    Jonathan Hickman - writer Kev Walker, Mike Deodato, Stefano Caselli - illustrators Jonathan Hickman's magnificent, towering magnum opus finally draws to a conclusion. The leader of the Black Priests stands revealed as he charges headlong into a disastrous confrontation with Rabum Alal and the Black Swans. Thor, Hyperion and the remainder of the Multiversal Avengers finally arrive at the end of space and time to confront the architects of the the reality-ending multiversal incursions - the Beyonder Jonathan Hickman - writer Kev Walker, Mike Deodato, Stefano Caselli - illustrators Jonathan Hickman's magnificent, towering magnum opus finally draws to a conclusion. The leader of the Black Priests stands revealed as he charges headlong into a disastrous confrontation with Rabum Alal and the Black Swans. Thor, Hyperion and the remainder of the Multiversal Avengers finally arrive at the end of space and time to confront the architects of the the reality-ending multiversal incursions - the Beyonders, who stand outside of reality as we know it. Dr. Doom and the Molecule Man bring Dr. Strange with them to witness their final strike against the Beyonders - a blow so devastating hundreds of thousands of realities are destroyed in it's wake. The remaining "heroes" of Earth are forced into an alliance as a unified galactic space-fleet bears down on our planet in a last ditch attempt to stave off the inevitable. All the pieces Hickman spent so long painstakingly setting in place are brought into play, as a confrontation years in the making finally plays out with Captain American and Iron Man slugging it out in the street amidst a full-scale alien invasion. In the end, none of it will matter. Everything dies. Now there is only Secret Wars. 5/5 - An incredibly satisfying conclusion to one of the most epic, far-reaching runs in comic book history. Highly recommended for fans of space operas, super heroes, and excellent writing that explores cool ideas.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    And it all ends with Captain America punching Iron Man because... reasons. What an ugly terrible awful chapter of Avengers history this whole Hickman run has been. By a large margin the worst Marvel comics I've ever read. THE WHITE EVENT! CUPCAKE DIORAMAS! MY CAT IS SLEEPING! THE OWL SPEAKS QUIETLY IN THE WOODS AT NIGHT! Also, on a final note. Given this run had a cast of hundreds, every superhero in creation was here, along with dozens who were created specially. But what was the point? I think there And it all ends with Captain America punching Iron Man because... reasons. What an ugly terrible awful chapter of Avengers history this whole Hickman run has been. By a large margin the worst Marvel comics I've ever read. THE WHITE EVENT! CUPCAKE DIORAMAS! MY CAT IS SLEEPING! THE OWL SPEAKS QUIETLY IN THE WOODS AT NIGHT! Also, on a final note. Given this run had a cast of hundreds, every superhero in creation was here, along with dozens who were created specially. But what was the point? I think there was maybe ONE scene of characterisation in the entire god knows how many fucking volumes. Just END OF THE WORLD and precisely zero fucking reasons why we should give a crap because none of these automatons actually seemed like real people with thoughts and feelings. Awful. Just awful.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Salman Mehedy Titas

    Finally, the story we have been waiting for. This run began with a promising intro. "And it started with two men. One was life. And one was death." What we got afterwards, were crappy to half-decent stories. This volume, while not redeeming all that, does at least give a fitting end. The end of the world - no, the end of the multiverse - is here. Time has finally run out. The Avengers find themselves cornered. There is no path remaining. Nothing left, but the fall of the entire multiverse. Finally, the story we have been waiting for. This run began with a promising intro. "And it started with two men. One was life. And one was death." What we got afterwards, were crappy to half-decent stories. This volume, while not redeeming all that, does at least give a fitting end. The end of the world - no, the end of the multiverse - is here. Time has finally run out. The Avengers find themselves cornered. There is no path remaining. Nothing left, but the fall of the entire multiverse.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I only read this and the preceding Time Runs Out books by Hickman because I wanted to be prepared for Secret Wars and know what it was all about. What I found was a pretty much incomprehensible mess. I have absolutely no idea what's going on. Was this even a narrative? I'm not sure. If anyone can explain to me what the hell this book is about then I'm all ears! Two stars because I liked the art. But nothing else. A baffling, ridiculous mess. I only read this and the preceding Time Runs Out books by Hickman because I wanted to be prepared for Secret Wars and know what it was all about. What I found was a pretty much incomprehensible mess. I have absolutely no idea what's going on. Was this even a narrative? I'm not sure. If anyone can explain to me what the hell this book is about then I'm all ears! Two stars because I liked the art. But nothing else. A baffling, ridiculous mess.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Roberts

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have patiently bought all the Secret Wars comics but waited for this trade to come in so I could understand what the heck was going on. And I am proud to say I kinda sorta know what the heck is going on.....this was an interesting read and now I can move on to Secret Wars!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emmaj

    I'm am just so, so confused. Reading just vol. 1-4 was clearly not enough to understand what is going on. I'm am just so, so confused. Reading just vol. 1-4 was clearly not enough to understand what is going on.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mike McDevitt

    When in doubt, punch everything.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Collects Avengers (2012) issues #43-44 and New Avengers (2013) issues #31-33 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. This volume features the death of many heroes, and we get the final confrontation between the two men that have been at the center of Jonathan Hickman's run on "Avengers": Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. Also in this volume, we fin Collects Avengers (2012) issues #43-44 and New Avengers (2013) issues #31-33 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. This volume features the death of many heroes, and we get the final confrontation between the two men that have been at the center of Jonathan Hickman's run on "Avengers": Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. Also in this volume, we finally find out what Dr. Doom has been up to since the beginning of "Time Runs Out." His scenes throughout this event have been brief and mysterious, but everything comes together here. 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: New Avengers #31: Most of this issue can be quickly summarized. There is a great battle pitting Doctor Strange and his Black Priests against the sisterhood of the Black Swans (worshipers of Rabum Alal). Dr. Strange attacks when a mystical door to the Library of Worlds shows up. He wants to enter to find Rabum Alal, and kill him. Dr. Strange enters through the door, but is defeated by the Black Swans. He is taken to meet Rabum Alal, and we find out his identity. It is the Dr. Doom from Earth-616, however I got the distinct feeling that much time has passed for him (because as readers we had heard about Rabum Alal before Dr. Doom became aware of the Incursions. Molecule Man may have sent them back in time, or he has brought them to a place that exists outside of time). He created a religion in order to fight against the collapse of the Multiverse, with Molecule Man acting as his oracle. Dr. Doom invites Dr. Strange to join them in their fight against the Ivory Kings (the Beyonders). (3 stars) New Avengers #32: The Multiversal Avengers are trying to find the home world of the Beyonders. Nightmask uses the last of his powers to teleport them there, but he is lost in the process. Two Beyonders approach the Avengers, and talk about the experiment they are running. Now that I’ve thought things through concerning Ultimate Reed Richards’ part in all of this, I believe he is destroying Earths to ultimately save the Multiverse (not trying to collapse the Multiverse). So, the Beyonders are the big bads for this story. Ex Nihilo and Abyss have a plan to stop one of the Beyonders after they realize that the Beyonders can change their form. Ex Nihilo and his army, along with Abyss, use all the power they have to transform one of the Beyonders into a tree, and then they disappear into nothingness, knowing that they are heading to their ends with this last heroic act. Next the remaining Beyonder stabs Starbrand through the chest, rips Thor’s left (robotic) arm off, and gouges out Hyperion’s left eye. It is not looking good for these last three Avengers. As he dies, Starbrand’s power become uncontainable, and the explosion of his death destroys the Beyonder. Thor and Hyperion are left, but they are in bad shape. They talk about trying to close the fissure in space, to stop the Beyonders access point, but just then an army of Beyonders come through the fissure. Thor and Hyperion say goodbye to each other in their own ways and decide that they are going to go out fighting. The narrator then tells us that the two gods fell to the many Beyonders. That does it. Every Avenger that left on this multiversal mission has now been killed. There seems to be no stopping the Beyonders. (4.5 stars) Avengers #43: The Multiversal Avengers weren’t listed on the opening page anymore. The Illuminati, having now made a deal with Steve Rogers and the other heroes, go to Tony Stark, still imprisoned in the Cabal’s cage. They tell him that they don’t know if they can trust him, but he asks that they let him die trying to do something good (since he has done so much “mysterious” bad). Black Panther decides to let him free, and Stark runs away from the Illuminati, implying that he may still be up to no good, or just doesn’t see himself as part of their group anymore. That happened two weeks ago. Now, back to present day, the Gladiator of the Shi’ar Empire is sending a message to Earth saying that they unfortunately have to destroy the Earth to save the Universe. The Avengers look on. After Gladiator gives the Earth a 2 hour notice (out of courtesy), the Avengers go to work on how to stop his armada from destroying the planet. Reed Richards and Steve Rogers have a really interesting conversation about motivations. Reed said he is defined by his family. Steve is a good man that does good things. Tony is a man who sees what could be with technology, but is a prisoner, raging against the slow crawl of human evolution. His relationships, morality, and ethics all conform to whatever he sees as the greater good. Reed also mentions that although he is fractionally smarter than Stark, Tony has the ability to work on multiple projects at the same time, while Reed tends to focus in on one particular thing at a time. Reed tells Steve that while they were trying to stop the Incursions, Tony had time to make a weapon out of Builder technology that they acquired during the events of “Infinity.” In a quick scene, Smasher and Cannonball give their baby to Pod to protect inside her armor. Then the Avengers start fighting back against the cosmic armada. Things seem to be going well, but quickly turn back in the favor of the armada. Then, the Illuminati start phasing in the Rogue Planet that inhabits the same space as Earth (seen way back in Avengers #24.NOW). I believe they are going to use the Rogue Planet as some sort of shield. Just then, Tony is seen flying a smaller space craft towards something called Sol’s Hammer, a powerful weapon which can be used to redirect the sun’s energy. The issue ends with the implication that Tony is about to do something grand. Reed and Tony have a conversation about Tony flying too close to the sun, and I can’t tell if we are supposed to view Stark’s actions as him sacrificing himself or just a great save. (3.5 stars) New Avengers #33: This issue is all about how Dr. Doom became Rabum Alal. There is a confusing opening where Molecule Man takes Dr. Doom on a journey through time, shows him how Molecule Man gained his powers, and then talks about events that are going to happen to Dr. Doom in the future. As I’m reading it, I’m wondering how Molecule Man knows so much. I don’t know much about his power set, so having him as such a vital character has been a weak point of the story for me personally. Next, Molecule Man takes Doom to the Library of Worlds, a place created by the Beyonders when they still believed “Life” to be a valuable experiment. So here we see that the mentality of the Beyonders has changed for some reason. The Library of Worlds is outside of the observable Multiverse, and exists on a plane similar to the home world of the Beyonders. Now again, this scene is taking place before the scene we’ve seen in previous issues in which Dr. Strange discovered that Dr. Doom is actually Rabum Alal. In this scene, we find out why Doom took on that name and why he started his false religion for the Black Swans. Molecule Man says, “Your sole concern is the Ivory Kings themselves. You must stop the Beyonders. They are conducting their grandest of grand experiments. The simultaneous death of everything in the Multiverse. You remember your first encounter with the child Beyonder? It destroyed a universe in order to construct a play world out of the ashes. These are its betters, with far more ambitious goals.” I like the tie-in to the original Secret Wars here, but I wonder how people like Ben, who loved the Beyonder as a character, feels about him being ret-conned as a child version of this race of beings. Molecule Man explains that he is not a man like you typically think of humans. Whereas there are various versions of Doom across the Multiverse with different personalities and characteristics, Molecule Man is not like that. He says, “I am their bomb. I was constructed as a singular being across all of space and time. An old experiment of shared minds. A single consciousness shared throughout all my infinite selves.” He says that they charged him up like a bomb, and when he dies, he’ll take his particular universe with him. The Beyonders want to see what will happen when all of the versions of him across the Multiverse go off at the same time. But Molecule Man was originally a human. The moment he got his power (during his origin story) is when the Beyonders charged him up as their bomb. So, Molecule Man tells Doom that he has to travel the Multiverse, and travel through time, killing all of the infinite versions of the Molecule Man BEFORE he is charged up as a bomb. Doom knows that even he can’t do this by himself, and Molecule Man says, “I know. You need to start a religion.” We then see a time-elapsed version of the story, where Doom and Molecule Man are travelling the Multiverse. They have killed hundreds, or maybe thousands, or versions of Molecule Man, and slowly Doom starts to get disciples. He builds up the Black Swans as an army, and they do some of the killing for him. As the story continues, we learn that the Beyonders used artificial intelligence to do research for them. The Mapmakers, or Adaptoids as we also know them as, worked for the Beyonders against their will, now being controlled by the Beyonders. Back in present day, we see that Doom has been telling Dr. Strange this story. Doom says he discovered the Beyonders’ one weakness. While Doom is able to travel back in time to try to stop the Beyonders’ plan, they are unable to travel through time. Although they have immense power, they are linear, restricted to their own sequential timeline. The next scene was confusing to me because I don’t know Doom’s motivation. Doom, Molecule Man, and Dr. Strange transport to the rip in space that we saw in past issues. This is the gateway to the Beyonders’ world. There, Doom calls out to them and promises to wipe their name from history so that no one will remember them. The Beyonders respond by setting off all of the Molecule Man bombs across the Multiverse. Doom, Strange, and Molecule Man are all seemingly killed. Back on Earth-616 we see a scene with Reed Richards and Black Panther in which Reed says that the Multiverse inexplicably went from hundreds of thousands of universes to less than two dozen. We’ve heard this number before, so this scene must be taking place before some of the things that we’ve seen in recent comics. Next: Secret Wars. (4 stars). Avengers #44: This oversized issue jumps all over the place, while tying up the loose ends that will bring this series to a close and open the door for Secret Wars. I’ll walk through the issue as things appear on the page, although some of what happens isn’t in chronological order story-wise. First, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark meet up for a conversation. This is taking place in the past, after Steve is aged to his old man self, and during the “Superior Iron Man” era. Captain Universe shows up during the conversation and accuses Stark of lying all along. He knew that they couldn’t save their universe, but he lied about it and went ahead and created the Avengers Machine anyway. He also allowed the Illuminati to proceed, with other Earths dying in the process. Back in present day, Tony is a hero. Last month we saw him flying in space to stop the cosmic armada that was set to destroy Earth, and in this issue we see Tony use a sun-powered energy blast to destroy the entire armada and save Earth (temporarily). He accidentally blows a chunk out of the moon as well. In the Ultimate Universe, Ultimate Reed Richards tells his version of Nick Fury and Hawkeye all about the Incursions. He introduces them to Thanos and Maximus form the Cabal, and lets them know that they have to prepare themselves for battle with another Earth. Thanos warns Fury and Hawkeye that his universe has great heroes, so they have to be well-prepared for the fight. Fury and Hawkeye also find out that after all of the Incursions and all of the collapse, there are only two Earths left (Earth-616 and the Ultimate Universe). Back on Earth-616, the Avengers and Illuminati are trying to figure out who should be saved on their lifeboat. Then, Steve Rogers leaves to spend his last hours on Earth in a fight. He puts on an armor and attacks Tony Stark. They have a knock down drag out fight while scenes from the past are juxtaposed with the fight scenes. Steve wants Tony to admit that he knew there was no saving Earth, and Tony finally admits it. He says, “I lied. I knew. “ Steve replies, “You knew the whole time! You knew and you told no one!” Tony says, “I know. I know. Do you know what I would have done differently now, Steve? NOTHING!” The narrator then brings back some common words we’ve heard throughout Jonathan Hickman’s run, but weren’t quite sure what they meant until now. “It started with two men. One was life and one was death. And one always wins. Everything dies.” The issue ends, but we see a logo that says, “There is only Secret Wars,” just as an Incursion happens and the S.H.I.E.L.D. from the Ultimate Universe attacks Earth-616. (3.5 stars)

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