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Infinity Tie-In! Deep in space, the Avengers join the Council of Worlds as they declare war on their cosmic invaders. As the Skrull Empire is reborn, witness the first encounter with the Builders! And when betrayal strikes the Galactic Council and the Avengers find themselves prisoners of war, one last desperate plan is hatched! The Builders make unexpected overtures, Ex Ni Infinity Tie-In! Deep in space, the Avengers join the Council of Worlds as they declare war on their cosmic invaders. As the Skrull Empire is reborn, witness the first encounter with the Builders! And when betrayal strikes the Galactic Council and the Avengers find themselves prisoners of war, one last desperate plan is hatched! The Builders make unexpected overtures, Ex Nihilo re-enters the picture, and the final battle for the Marvel Universe begins. Galactic empires fall and rise — and as Earth is targeted, the Avengers race back to their own solar system. But will they be in time to stop the Black Order from making their move? Or will Thanos’ mad plans conquer all life? Collecting: Avengers 18-23


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Infinity Tie-In! Deep in space, the Avengers join the Council of Worlds as they declare war on their cosmic invaders. As the Skrull Empire is reborn, witness the first encounter with the Builders! And when betrayal strikes the Galactic Council and the Avengers find themselves prisoners of war, one last desperate plan is hatched! The Builders make unexpected overtures, Ex Ni Infinity Tie-In! Deep in space, the Avengers join the Council of Worlds as they declare war on their cosmic invaders. As the Skrull Empire is reborn, witness the first encounter with the Builders! And when betrayal strikes the Galactic Council and the Avengers find themselves prisoners of war, one last desperate plan is hatched! The Builders make unexpected overtures, Ex Nihilo re-enters the picture, and the final battle for the Marvel Universe begins. Galactic empires fall and rise — and as Earth is targeted, the Avengers race back to their own solar system. But will they be in time to stop the Black Order from making their move? Or will Thanos’ mad plans conquer all life? Collecting: Avengers 18-23

30 review for Avengers Volume 4: Infinity

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Fuuuuck. Jeff warned me. He said, "For Jebus sake, don't make the same mistake I made, read these things in order." I thought he meant to read the volumes in order, but (apparently) he meant to read the Infinity event in order (specific issues from different titles), because this thing is a clusterfuck. Shit is just...missing. Yeah, I get the gist of what happened, but huge chunks of the story are just gone. GONE! And the stuff leftover? Well, it barely makes for a coherent story. Things are happenin Fuuuuck. Jeff warned me. He said, "For Jebus sake, don't make the same mistake I made, read these things in order." I thought he meant to read the volumes in order, but (apparently) he meant to read the Infinity event in order (specific issues from different titles), because this thing is a clusterfuck. Shit is just...missing. Yeah, I get the gist of what happened, but huge chunks of the story are just gone. GONE! And the stuff leftover? Well, it barely makes for a coherent story. Things are happening! The universe is under attack by the Builders! And their reasoning is all very mystical and mysterious, with lots of head nodding and winking in the direction of some cataclysmic SECRET about the ending of the multiverse. But, honestly, I just want to catch up on the Avengers so I can get to Secret Wars. I've put off reading this confusing turd for a long time, and now I've got a shitton to catch up on. Boo! Bad Anne. Anyway. So what's this about? The ancient race of the Builders have decided to destroy Earth (and everything in its path), so all the Powers in the Marvel Cosmic Universe (plus a few extras) join forces to stop them. Whee! (view spoiler)[They win. (hide spoiler)] Somehow. Don't ask me how it happened, because most of the important shit seemed to go down off page, and was then recapped in a few panels at the beginning of each new issue. Yay. Then (for some reason I must have missed) Thanos attacks Earth, and everyone bands together again to oust him from our world. Will the Avengers save the day?! Guess I'll find out in the next volume...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    It’s the Infinity crossover event and Thanos is wreaking havoc on Earth. The planet needs all its heroes on their A game. So why are the Avengers, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes a million miles away in deep space, a place where nobody can hear the Hulk break wind? Because universal threats trump planetary threats. And just where is this threat’s ultimate destination: Why Earth of course! The evil Builders of the Universe no longer like what they see, so they’re going to blow up everything. In the spirit o It’s the Infinity crossover event and Thanos is wreaking havoc on Earth. The planet needs all its heroes on their A game. So why are the Avengers, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes a million miles away in deep space, a place where nobody can hear the Hulk break wind? Because universal threats trump planetary threats. And just where is this threat’s ultimate destination: Why Earth of course! The evil Builders of the Universe no longer like what they see, so they’re going to blow up everything. In the spirit of Intergalactic cooperation, the Avengers are forced to ally themselves with some former enemies: the Skrulls, Annihilus, Ronin and the creepy, crawly Brood. That’s the spirit, Cap!! Oh, the Skrulls? Didn’t they capture and impersonate some of Earth’s superheroes during their ill-fated attempt to conquer Earth? Yes, yes they did. Does this mean that there might be a wee bit of tension amongst the pals? Count on it, big, green, brain box, Kree booger in a bubble. Bottom line: I’ll forgo my usual rant about unintelligible cross over event volumes and say this: Marvel does include a page of “catch-up” panels before each issue; however, the complete story isn’t here; they even left out the good Hulk smash parts (mentally giving the finger to Marvel Comics). This collection offers just enough to barely follow what’s going on in a sensible way, but only for someone who’s been reading comics for a couple of decades. Noobs beware!! If you’re looking for Thanos, you’ve come to the wrong place.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Unfathomably powerful aliens called Builders are out to destroy the universe – Avengers gotta punch ‘em! The Nihili (the living Oscar statues) are up to summat and Thanos is on Earth doing his Infinity malarkey. Hmm… Avengers, Volume 4: Infinity is more like the dull Jonathan Hickman Avengers comics I remember! The story alternates between various alien factions standing around talking rubbish and generic space battles with pew-pew lasers. It reminded me way too much of the Star Wars Prequels (o Unfathomably powerful aliens called Builders are out to destroy the universe – Avengers gotta punch ‘em! The Nihili (the living Oscar statues) are up to summat and Thanos is on Earth doing his Infinity malarkey. Hmm… Avengers, Volume 4: Infinity is more like the dull Jonathan Hickman Avengers comics I remember! The story alternates between various alien factions standing around talking rubbish and generic space battles with pew-pew lasers. It reminded me way too much of the Star Wars Prequels (obligatory gagging). The action is kinda boring because it’s rushed, repetitive and unengaging, despite the epic scale – it’s nothing anyone who’s familiar with space operas hasn’t seen before. Despite this book tying into the Infinity event with New Avengers (all written by Hickman), it’s a surprisingly coherent read – it’s just not very interesting. I feel that Hickman’s reputation as a genius writer is overstated. He’s not presenting any new ideas or doing anything original with the form, he’s just a convoluted, slow and clumsy storyteller, and his messy style confuses people so they think they’re too stupid to understand him. It’s really not that complex a story. In fact it feels like Hickman used the boilerplate space opera storyline and rammed in Marvel characters whether they fit or not. I mean, why is anyone listening to or looking to Cap for leadership/advice – yeah he’s a super soldier but he’s still a human; the kind of forces at play here are far, far beyond his abilities! Ditto everyone else on the Avengers! Maybe Hickman’s a Flash Gordon fan – Cap’s basically a quarterback who’s caught up in saving the galaxy! The ending was very flat too – things just stop. That’s the only part that keeps it from being a standalone book, or at least solely part of this series anyway – the reader’s expected to go read Infinity to see how the finale plays out (tediously is the answer). The Builders came off as the blandest of bad guys – out to destroy everything just ‘cos – until their chat with Captain Universe (I know, why is a being that is somehow the manifestation of the Universe at all concerned with human military rankings, and, if they are, why not give yourself the title of General or something higher than Captain – superhero comics, guys) revealed their intentions to be surprisingly similar to the Illuminati’s in New Avengers, which I thought was a clever twist. I also appreciated that this book had consistent art throughout – a rarity in event tie-in books - from the very talented Leinil Francis Yu. And I liked how well Hickman wrote Thor. His speech to Manifold at the end was pretty fucking cool. I’m gonna power through the rest of this series because I want to try to understand what the fanboys consider a modern Marvel masterpiece, but Hickman’s fourth Avengers volume is just another dreary entry in an ambitious and flashy but ultimately very shallow title.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kemper

    I'd already read the issues collected here as part of the Infinity story which had all of the usual problems of a large scale comic crossover so I wasn't thrilled about going through these again. However, I'm trying to read this Hickman run to finally get to Secret Wars, another large crossover event I'm sure I'll also be fairly unhappy about. Wait.....Why am I comic book reader again? Leaving that question aside for the moment, you can read my full thoughts on my Infinity review. While that was I'd already read the issues collected here as part of the Infinity story which had all of the usual problems of a large scale comic crossover so I wasn't thrilled about going through these again. However, I'm trying to read this Hickman run to finally get to Secret Wars, another large crossover event I'm sure I'll also be fairly unhappy about. Wait.....Why am I comic book reader again? Leaving that question aside for the moment, you can read my full thoughts on my Infinity review. While that was OK enough as far as these things go trying to read just these issues without the rest of it makes this collection by itself an unsatisfying mess.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Had no idea what was going on because I haven't read the Infinity series yet. The book could definitely use some warnings to read such and such book first so you'd have a clue as to what is happening. This book probably should have just been collected with the Infinity series instead. Had no idea what was going on because I haven't read the Infinity series yet. The book could definitely use some warnings to read such and such book first so you'd have a clue as to what is happening. This book probably should have just been collected with the Infinity series instead.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ashley DiNorcia

    2.5 I'll be honest, I skimmed the last few issues of this. Not really digging Infinity and I'm really ready to just be past it. I think from here on out I'll just be finishing New Avengers as the overall story line interests me more and I'm ready to move on to the new Secret Wars run. 2.5 I'll be honest, I skimmed the last few issues of this. Not really digging Infinity and I'm really ready to just be past it. I think from here on out I'll just be finishing New Avengers as the overall story line interests me more and I'm ready to move on to the new Secret Wars run.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Subham

    This one was epic and focuses on Avengers as they go to cosmos and focuses on them fighting the Builder war. The issues focus on the discord between Galactic council and then Avengers teaming to destroy the Builders and there are character moments which stand out like the one with Thor or focusing on Captain Marvel and her resolve or showing why Captain America is the best leader and strategist when he is able to stand shoulder to shoulder with cosmic heroes and leads them to victory and the fin This one was epic and focuses on Avengers as they go to cosmos and focuses on them fighting the Builder war. The issues focus on the discord between Galactic council and then Avengers teaming to destroy the Builders and there are character moments which stand out like the one with Thor or focusing on Captain Marvel and her resolve or showing why Captain America is the best leader and strategist when he is able to stand shoulder to shoulder with cosmic heroes and leads them to victory and the final issues tying into them going to Earth for one final war! This was a great one and just continued to build on Hickmans run and show why they are the earths mightiest and how every world became Avengers world and showed their resolve not to give up ever even in the face of total collapse. The art was great and just shows the range of artists who worked on this though the facial expressions were somewhere odd and the writing would have been tough to follow if one was not reading the main Infinity event.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    A small part of a bigger story that I haven't read, and this isn't making me feel an urge to go read it, except for the nagging feeling that if I start something I should go finish it. I think I'm starting to see a direct correlation between once a critical number of super heroes are present in a given title the less I find myself enjoying it. A small part of a bigger story that I haven't read, and this isn't making me feel an urge to go read it, except for the nagging feeling that if I start something I should go finish it. I think I'm starting to see a direct correlation between once a critical number of super heroes are present in a given title the less I find myself enjoying it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Welcome to Marvel Event #403: Infinity. Space, multiverses, inter-world wars, and not one crisis but multiple end-times threats to keep us busy. Lorded over by the king of Big Politics, Jonathan Hickman, the three main books were written contiguously by him so I just wrote my effusive review of all three as one. This event in big strokes is cold, masculine, destructive, but also intriguing, political and big-thinking. High concept doesn't begin to describe it - why have one concept and ultimate s Welcome to Marvel Event #403: Infinity. Space, multiverses, inter-world wars, and not one crisis but multiple end-times threats to keep us busy. Lorded over by the king of Big Politics, Jonathan Hickman, the three main books were written contiguously by him so I just wrote my effusive review of all three as one. This event in big strokes is cold, masculine, destructive, but also intriguing, political and big-thinking. High concept doesn't begin to describe it - why have one concept and ultimate struggle when you can have three or four at once? Big. Politics. War. Not much on the personal relationships. Posturing? Down cold. T'challa and Namor standing off is good for the Game of Thrones set. It's all male bravado, honour and quiet sacrifice. While I don't notice myself *smiling* much in Hickman's Infinity books, I'm riveted by the way he creates and weaves the politicking, the big war maneuvers and the moments between while warriors catch their breath. I don't know that this is a particularly male approach to writing, or a form of masculinity when it congeals, but there's something big and not-quite-personal in most every issue he's writing in the three books (Infinity, Avengers and New Avengers), and he doesn't linger on any scene long enough for it to go stale. Instead we're being whisked from one galactic war theatre to another torture prison to a council chamber, and seeing suspense and dread build at a slow, torturous crawl. Big battles and betrayals happen along the way, sure, but the bigger meanings and purposes are painfully withheld. Damn you Hickman, if there's one thing you do well it's keep us from knowing what you already know. The most fascinating part of my experience of reading this Event is how plain spoken and easy to follow the storyline is. Even when introducing new terminology and concepts, the overall high concept of "universes colliding, earths in danger" is incredibly simple, and Hickman's obsession with using visual motifs, illustrative graphics and chapter headings keeps the low-level details from overwhelming the flow of this story. That said, to get full enjoyment out of reading this event I highly recommend following the reading order I slavishly obeyed: http://www.comicbookherald.com/the-co... That reading order is essential to making it through Infinity in one piece - and I really enjoyed the story and its derivatives when read in proper (story, not necessarily publication) order. I was blown away that this event not only had a clear main story but even kept the derivatives from feeling bolted on or shoehorned into the Corporate Profit Projection. The Avengers team are cool in such broad and unusual ways - dudes like Hyperion and Smasher are oddballs I haven't seen much of outside of Hickman, and while Hyperion is just beyond, Smasher is nearly charming under Hickman's hand. The New Avengers/Illuminati aren't exactly Avengers as a public team-up but they're a blast nonetheless. Gotta thank Bendis for coining the concept. A secretive, stains-on-their-souls bunch of heroes trying to keep the planet together (and doing all sorts of near-evil in its name) just has so many depths to plumb and we're not nearly at rock bottom yet. Overall, I liked what this story brought to Marvel: new creation myths, an ongoing universe threat that keeps throbbing, a sense of cohesion between Avengers and Marvel cosmic that I didn't feel before, parallel running stories that didn't end up feeling overwhelming or competitive, and a new perspective on who's worthy just by showing up and making good. (Captain Marvel is just there with no question, Smasher indeed, Guardians yes, and even weaker powers like Hawkeye and Spider-Woman just kept trying even when they're clearly outclassed.) What's awesome about the "end" of this event is the momentum keeps rolling into future stories/mini-events - like this is in an ongoing universe, rather than a reset-and-happily-ever-after tale outside and apart from continuity. God help me, I'm looking at you AvX - it's like Hope Summers died, she's been so absent since.

  10. 5 out of 5

    RG

    This was weird compared to the other volumes

  11. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    Pretty incoherent. It tells a tale in parallel with the latest big crossover story, and I'd honestly kind of hoped it would skip that. What's even more unfortunate is it disrupts the narrative to do so. I remember reading Crisis on Infinite Earths crossovers that were perfectly readable without knowing more than the gist of the main story. But I went into this knowing feeling two steps behind, and at the end I finished going "who's that guy?" Perhap when I... Yeah, that's the problem, isn't it? Pretty incoherent. It tells a tale in parallel with the latest big crossover story, and I'd honestly kind of hoped it would skip that. What's even more unfortunate is it disrupts the narrative to do so. I remember reading Crisis on Infinite Earths crossovers that were perfectly readable without knowing more than the gist of the main story. But I went into this knowing feeling two steps behind, and at the end I finished going "who's that guy?" Perhap when I... Yeah, that's the problem, isn't it? I'm going to read the Infinity book to try to figure out what the heck was going on. And there's probably a Guardians of the Galaxy trade I need to read too. Disappointing. A let down. Feels like a poor return to the story of Annihilation. If this is what the first two and a bit were building towards, it wasn't worth it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dimitrios

    The art is amazing, and I'm enjoying the Infinity story more than I thought I would. But the last two issues seemed to be in-between filler. Hickman, while good, is the master of unnecessary (and sometimes pointless) exposition. The art is amazing, and I'm enjoying the Infinity story more than I thought I would. But the last two issues seemed to be in-between filler. Hickman, while good, is the master of unnecessary (and sometimes pointless) exposition.

  13. 4 out of 5

    GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)

    My Infinity review. My Infinity review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈

    2.5 stars Where to begin... where to begin... So, Marvel was really feeling themselves with this one, huh? "Read our TOTALLY ESSENTIAL, WORLD CHANGING INFINITY ARC! All you have to do is buy 5 issues of Avengers, 5 issues of New Avengers, 6 issues of Infinity and pick up some of these tie ins as well". I'm going to say something I haven't said about any other arc save Civil War: you cannot get by just reading one of these trades. You have to read Avengers with Infinity, at the least! New Avengers 2.5 stars Where to begin... where to begin... So, Marvel was really feeling themselves with this one, huh? "Read our TOTALLY ESSENTIAL, WORLD CHANGING INFINITY ARC! All you have to do is buy 5 issues of Avengers, 5 issues of New Avengers, 6 issues of Infinity and pick up some of these tie ins as well". I'm going to say something I haven't said about any other arc save Civil War: you cannot get by just reading one of these trades. You have to read Avengers with Infinity, at the least! New Avengers is kind of a toss up. You don't really have to read that one to know what's happening here, unless you wanna know about the state of Wakanda and Iron Man. But you cannot understand Avengers without reading Infinity as it was released. So, shell out over $100 (I believe) to read these 2 series just to follow what's going on. Or wait a while and read it all for $10 on Marvel Unlimited... which is what I did. This is confusing to follow. Even reading it all concurrently, I am confused as hell. There's Builders who are sons of Alephs? Who are all children of the Universe... who is a person? As I understand it, there are 2 plots: 1) Thanos attacks Attilan trying to find his son Thane and to kill him (for fucking what?) 2) The Builders are destroying earth... to save the universe? Because somehow, that's how this works? Anyway, Avengers is about the Builders part of it. It follows the Avengers teaming up with the Shi'ar Empire, The Skrulls and other races I can't remember to fight the builders. With less of this really overdrawn plot, this could have been super intriguing because Hickman did something I really liked: he made Captain America a Captain. I know, "what do you mean? he leads the charge in several books". But in this book, Cap is actually leading an army in a war for the fate of the world. He's negotiating with races he used to fight against and working with their leaders to lead a charge against the Builders. He's using war strategy, sending negotiators (Thor) and delegates to work together. It's nice to see because, outside of flashbacks to the 40s and Civil War (to an extent) I haven't really seen this side of him. I really love Thor in these series. I'm reading them all at once so I can't pinpoint which one did the most with him but I think Hickman used Thor really well. Not just his hammer but his battle prowess and strategy. Those are the only nice things I have to say about this. I hate the way women were drawn in this book. It's a shame because I absolutely adore the way Cap is drawn in it. Just FYI, when women know they'll have to do a lot of running and fighting, we don't wear suits that ride up our asses. Just a word fo advice when drawing asses, if it's not something you'd be comfortable running in, it's not something we'd be comfortable in either. So, it's not really a recommend unless you're determined to read Infinity. Then, it's a must. I wish I could say it was super enjoyable...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Trike

    So this was apparently part of yet another goddamned crossover event. Only part of the story is here, and more seems to happen in the single-page “Previously” bits than in the entire rest of the book. Lame. Also, in the Marvel universe “infinity” implies Thanos. He ain’t here. What’s up with that bullshit? At least what story there is has marginally more coherence than the usual Hickman stuff. So I guess I have to go find the big event collection or something. And they wonder why sales suck. This So this was apparently part of yet another goddamned crossover event. Only part of the story is here, and more seems to happen in the single-page “Previously” bits than in the entire rest of the book. Lame. Also, in the Marvel universe “infinity” implies Thanos. He ain’t here. What’s up with that bullshit? At least what story there is has marginally more coherence than the usual Hickman stuff. So I guess I have to go find the big event collection or something. And they wonder why sales suck. This nonsense is why.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christopher (Donut)

    Not a fan. I get that this was a tie-in, and not the complete story; but the last thing I wish is that this... pain... would last longer.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brian Poole

    A large team of Avengers rocketed into deep space and joined the galactic alliance opposing the devastating attacks of the Builders. The team participated in major cosmic battles that saw several members captured by the Builders, and then tried to help with the numerous refugees displaced by the fighting. The treachery of J’Son of Spartax brought the resistance to the brink of ruin, but Captain America’s legendary strategic ability helped the alliance strike some major blows and also rescue the A large team of Avengers rocketed into deep space and joined the galactic alliance opposing the devastating attacks of the Builders. The team participated in major cosmic battles that saw several members captured by the Builders, and then tried to help with the numerous refugees displaced by the fighting. The treachery of J’Son of Spartax brought the resistance to the brink of ruin, but Captain America’s legendary strategic ability helped the alliance strike some major blows and also rescue the captive heroes. Cap remained in a key role, eventually overcoming the Builders when Captain Universe revived from a comatose state and wiped them out. Later, the galactic coalition returned to Earth with the Avengers to help them break through the defenses Thanos had thrown up after the heroes had departed for their space mission. As with the issues in sister title New Avengers, this stretch is difficult to read without the context of the main Infinity event, with plots flowing freely between Avengers and the primary series. Jonathan Hickman did manage to work in some decent character moments around the edges and continued to develop his grander saga. Leinil Francis Yu was onboard for art duties. His moody, scratchy style smoothed out a bit, but overall provided an apt fit for the suffocating, dark space story. As with New Avengers, all of the issues in this volume were integrated into the Infinity collection, thus making this volume necessary only for fans who don’t intend to read Infinity. A version of this review originally appeared on www.thunderalleybcp.com

  18. 4 out of 5

    Travis Duke

    The marvel universe is in turmoil once again, this time with the creators themselves and there confusing plot. I started out liking Hickmans Avengers but by book 4 its a bit messy. We have a lot of intergalactic players in this series which is normally fine but for this story it was too much. The Avengers themselves lose alot of their spot light because we are bouncing around with to many alien races. I did not get the sense that the Avengers were anymore important than anyone else, in fact less The marvel universe is in turmoil once again, this time with the creators themselves and there confusing plot. I started out liking Hickmans Avengers but by book 4 its a bit messy. We have a lot of intergalactic players in this series which is normally fine but for this story it was too much. The Avengers themselves lose alot of their spot light because we are bouncing around with to many alien races. I did not get the sense that the Avengers were anymore important than anyone else, in fact less so. The story itself is tangled, flat and filled with missing issues (infinity) that help glue the story together. How did the avengers destroy the first wave of creators after they were found tracking J-son, or how after Miss universe saved the day and now Thanos is the main threat. These were never explained in the graphic novel so I suspect missing cross issues. I am sorry to say that Hickman did not deliver on this book. The art is fine but doesnt save the messy flat story

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Was hoping this would have more epic battles being that it is a fight to save the universe, but it was kind of dry, and blah. Beautiful artwork though.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    There are 16 issues tied to the main Infinity story. There's a checklist in the issues that show the chronological order of the plot. So why do you publish 40% of the story in a non-chronological fashion? Just because of the title of the series? The approach does a major disservice to readers and comes across as a cash grab. What's included in this collection is not a story. It is plot pieces shoved into a book with little to no service to plot or cohesiveness or even coherence. It's like sleepi There are 16 issues tied to the main Infinity story. There's a checklist in the issues that show the chronological order of the plot. So why do you publish 40% of the story in a non-chronological fashion? Just because of the title of the series? The approach does a major disservice to readers and comes across as a cash grab. What's included in this collection is not a story. It is plot pieces shoved into a book with little to no service to plot or cohesiveness or even coherence. It's like sleeping through a movie. You've got interstellar battles, which take place off-screen (or more accurately in a separate issue), then blink and you've got refugees on a ringworld. Then blink and you're seeing a gathering of Alephs (who are never explained). Then blink and Thor's standing over a guy with a hole in his chest. In flashback. And there's a second half of the story that takes place on Earth that is only ever alluded to. Infinity as a whole might be a good story. But I'll never know, because the way the story is presented here (and presumably in other places) gets in the way of the story. Decent artwork (although Captain Marvel's hair looks terrible throughout) and okay set pieces can't make up for that.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Avengers volume 4: Infinity. If you have the Infinity hardcover book, you do not need to read this. All of the issues are collected in that, in the correct order within the overall event. Apart from that, it is hard to recommend reading this volume on its own without the larger context of the Infinity event. It’s actually frustrating to read this! Which explains why I bounced of this series when I first read it years ago. You get build up to something epic… and then no pay off. Or the aftermath of Avengers volume 4: Infinity. If you have the Infinity hardcover book, you do not need to read this. All of the issues are collected in that, in the correct order within the overall event. Apart from that, it is hard to recommend reading this volume on its own without the larger context of the Infinity event. It’s actually frustrating to read this! Which explains why I bounced of this series when I first read it years ago. You get build up to something epic… and then no pay off. Or the aftermath of something epic without actually seeing the event itself. Do not read this, read the full Infinity hardcover crossover. At least this has a really cool cover showing Captain America, Thor and Hyperion!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Skanes

    This runs like a classic SciFi novel, and that's one of the things that makes it work. I appreciate the social commentary, and the the whole concept of "how the universe was created". I read this a few years ago, but didn't remember any of it. Glad I read it a second time! This runs like a classic SciFi novel, and that's one of the things that makes it work. I appreciate the social commentary, and the the whole concept of "how the universe was created". I read this a few years ago, but didn't remember any of it. Glad I read it a second time!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Darren-lee

    Dull, but the artwork was good...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aildiin

    This is part of the Infinity crossover that took place in 2013. The story is spread between Avengers, New Avengers and a 6 issues comic called Infinity ( 2 of those being double sized so we're talking about a big story here). The only way to read it is to have either bought the Infinity comics as they came ( which I did, and I just bought the Avengers and New Avengers HC 4 months later and can finally read the whole story) or to purchase the Infinity Omnibus that is coming out in the next weeks. This is part of the Infinity crossover that took place in 2013. The story is spread between Avengers, New Avengers and a 6 issues comic called Infinity ( 2 of those being double sized so we're talking about a big story here). The only way to read it is to have either bought the Infinity comics as they came ( which I did, and I just bought the Avengers and New Avengers HC 4 months later and can finally read the whole story) or to purchase the Infinity Omnibus that is coming out in the next weeks. This is not a case of where just reading the 6 infinity issues will give you the whole story as in previous crossovers, the story starts in Infinity 1, then goes on in Avengers 18 and then New Avengers 8 and then it's back to Infinity 2 and so on... The story is divided into two sub-story that happens simultaneously : - The Avengers leave earth to help the galactic council to fight the Builders that are hellbent on destroying the Galaxy. This story happens in Avengers and Infinity. - While the Avengers are gone, Thanos and his forces invade Earth. This story is told in New Avengers and Infinity, the Avengers hop in at the end once the other conflict is resolved. My review here concerns the Avengers part of the conflict so the hardcover mentioned here but the part of the 6 infinity comics that deal with the Builders too. And I have to say for me it is without a doubt the best crossover of the last few years.( Age of Ultron gets a 2 stars by comparison). This is as cosmic as it can get with galactic empires fighting each others and the Avengers led by Captain American in the middle. Infinity 4 and 5 especially have some panels that will stay in reader's memory for a long time ( with a special tribute to the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima in issue 5). It's not about the super-power of the Avengers ( there is actually very little heroes-villains punching each others ) but about what they represent ( hint : it's about hope and not giving up against overwhelming odds) and it's bloody well written by Jonathan Hickman. I can not recommend this enough, once again with the caveat that if you are just discovering this now you are better off waiting for the Omnibus. PS : While being good too, the part about Thanos can't compare to the first story and only get 3.5 stars from me ( which is why I gave New Avengers 2 : Infinity 4 stars).

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aarthika

    This and its preceding volumes are just not good. There are way too many crossover comics that must be read and in a very specific order which I did follow but the whole Avengers run so far was just very bad, and felt useless. None of the characters had a personality, everything was too convoluted and New avengers is miles better than this.

  26. 5 out of 5

    J'aime

    I’ve not been enjoying Hickman’s universe-ending “Incursion” story arc that dominates both the Avengers and New Avengers series. At first, I thought the prior volumes were all building toward Infinity. But that is not the case. Infinity is really just a break in the action; a standalone event that doesn’t have much consequence beyond the terrigenesis bomb. Despite the lack of consequence, I really enjoyed this volume because it was action-packed and the Avengers were finally able to do something I’ve not been enjoying Hickman’s universe-ending “Incursion” story arc that dominates both the Avengers and New Avengers series. At first, I thought the prior volumes were all building toward Infinity. But that is not the case. Infinity is really just a break in the action; a standalone event that doesn’t have much consequence beyond the terrigenesis bomb. Despite the lack of consequence, I really enjoyed this volume because it was action-packed and the Avengers were finally able to do something! A huge fleet has been detected making its way toward Earth, while laying waste to civilizations along the way. The Avengers head out into space to join forces with the Shi’ar, Spartax, Brood and other races to stop the Builders. But, this fleet is more massive and advanced than anything encountered before and stopping it may well result in a Pyrrhic victory. What I liked about this volume was seeing the Avengers in top form, but still struggling to come out on top. It was cool to see the powers of the new heroes in action, and of course, Cap’s brilliant strategies pitted against the technical and numerical superiority of the Builders. There are tragic losses but also cheer-worthy moments throughout. Overall, I would recommend getting the Infinity and Infinity Companion to read this story. Unless you’ve already committed to the Avengers series, this volume isn’t worth having.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Morris

    This is part of the Infinity crossover event but honestly, if you're not planning on reading the ENTIRE event then you should really just skip Avengers Vol.4 as well. Each issue ends on a cliffhanger, which is then (I presume) picked up on over in the regular Infinity series, so when we come back to the next Avengers issue there are already some resolved plot lines. There's some big fun cosmic adventure stuff in here, though the actual Avengers never really seem to hog any screen time. Too many o This is part of the Infinity crossover event but honestly, if you're not planning on reading the ENTIRE event then you should really just skip Avengers Vol.4 as well. Each issue ends on a cliffhanger, which is then (I presume) picked up on over in the regular Infinity series, so when we come back to the next Avengers issue there are already some resolved plot lines. There's some big fun cosmic adventure stuff in here, though the actual Avengers never really seem to hog any screen time. Too many other characters are in control here that it doesn't even feel like another volume in the series. Also: damn I hate Leinil Francis Yu. He ruined Secret Invasion (well, HELPED ruin it. Thanks Bendis!), and his style seems to have only gotten worse since. I was excited when he first came on the scene - I think it was a 4 or 5 issue run of Wolverine in the late 90's - but his characters are now mostly indiscernible from one another. The New Avengers Infinity tie-ins can still be read without the bigger picture; this one, not so much. At least there is some development of the some of the newer characters such as Ex Nihilo, Abyss and Captain Universe.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    As some have mentioned, this is kind of hard to follow, without having read the separate Infinity series and even New Avengers. A good crossover should be readable as a standalone entity, not so fully dependent on other series as to risk incomprehensibility. This is still fairly easy to follow, but not as good as it could or should be, kind of surprising from a writer of Hickman's caliber. The art is consistently high-level. The other potential drawback to this story is: where can it possibly go As some have mentioned, this is kind of hard to follow, without having read the separate Infinity series and even New Avengers. A good crossover should be readable as a standalone entity, not so fully dependent on other series as to risk incomprehensibility. This is still fairly easy to follow, but not as good as it could or should be, kind of surprising from a writer of Hickman's caliber. The art is consistently high-level. The other potential drawback to this story is: where can it possibly go from here? How do you top this? Almost seems like something to build up to, not start with right out of the gate. I guess time will tell and maybe Hickman really does have more cards up his sleeve...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    What the hell, Marvel?! So we've got an epic battle for the fate of the Universe involving several alien races and tons of Avengers. It should be epic, right? Except that, since the story was spread out over three separate comic book series, we only get about a third of it here. So we keep getting every third chapter of the saga, and have to make do with brief summaries of the missing chapters. This volume is for die-hard Avengers completists only. By reprinting only the chapters that originally What the hell, Marvel?! So we've got an epic battle for the fate of the Universe involving several alien races and tons of Avengers. It should be epic, right? Except that, since the story was spread out over three separate comic book series, we only get about a third of it here. So we keep getting every third chapter of the saga, and have to make do with brief summaries of the missing chapters. This volume is for die-hard Avengers completists only. By reprinting only the chapters that originally appeared in the Avengers title--to be fair, this book never promised anything else--it's been inexcusably crippled. Not recommended.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Will Robinson Jr.

    I wish I really could have gotten into this book. I feel that Jonathan Hickman was a better Fantastic four writer. I probably needed more back story for a number of characters. I have not been reading comics forever so the learning curve is pretty high here. I did like the artwork but please bring the avengers back to earth asap.

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