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For Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Illuminati, it has all been building to this. After two years of carefully crafting his cataclysmic saga, writer Jonathan Hickman jumps ahead eight months to the grand finale, the honest-to-goodness immediate future of the Marvel Universe...and the day of the Final Incursion! After the revelation of the Illuminati's desperate, world-des For Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Illuminati, it has all been building to this. After two years of carefully crafting his cataclysmic saga, writer Jonathan Hickman jumps ahead eight months to the grand finale, the honest-to-goodness immediate future of the Marvel Universe...and the day of the Final Incursion! After the revelation of the Illuminati's desperate, world-destroying actions, the Avengers are fragmented! What has become of Earth's Mightiest Heroes over the past eight months? What will happen when the Avengers, Illuminati and Cabal clash? And have all the battles they've endured, and the sacrifices they've made, prepared either group for the inevitable moment where time runs out for everybody? The third act of the astonishing climax to Jonathan Hickman's legendary run is here! Collecting: Avengers 40-42 & New Avengers 29-30


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For Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Illuminati, it has all been building to this. After two years of carefully crafting his cataclysmic saga, writer Jonathan Hickman jumps ahead eight months to the grand finale, the honest-to-goodness immediate future of the Marvel Universe...and the day of the Final Incursion! After the revelation of the Illuminati's desperate, world-des For Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Illuminati, it has all been building to this. After two years of carefully crafting his cataclysmic saga, writer Jonathan Hickman jumps ahead eight months to the grand finale, the honest-to-goodness immediate future of the Marvel Universe...and the day of the Final Incursion! After the revelation of the Illuminati's desperate, world-destroying actions, the Avengers are fragmented! What has become of Earth's Mightiest Heroes over the past eight months? What will happen when the Avengers, Illuminati and Cabal clash? And have all the battles they've endured, and the sacrifices they've made, prepared either group for the inevitable moment where time runs out for everybody? The third act of the astonishing climax to Jonathan Hickman's legendary run is here! Collecting: Avengers 40-42 & New Avengers 29-30

30 review for Time Runs Out, Part Two

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Re-read 2016 100% less ranty than the original review! This was easily my favorite volume of this event, so far. Easily! All of the individual stories finally started making real sense (to me), and as it all came together it made a cool and (mostly) coherent story about all this Incursion stuff. So many surprises in this sucker! There were even a few times that I did the GASP! thing out loud. Especially when it came to Namor! Not sure what else I can say without giving spoilers to anyone (like me) w Re-read 2016 100% less ranty than the original review! This was easily my favorite volume of this event, so far. Easily! All of the individual stories finally started making real sense (to me), and as it all came together it made a cool and (mostly) coherent story about all this Incursion stuff. So many surprises in this sucker! There were even a few times that I did the GASP! thing out loud. Especially when it came to Namor! Not sure what else I can say without giving spoilers to anyone (like me) who is reading this stuff late. But...yeah. Best of the bunch, and it got me excited to read the last volume! Review from 2015 Oh...fuck you, Marvel! Fuck you, and your stupid labeling! I just finished Vol. 1: Avengers World & Vol. 2: The Last White Event...just so I could FINALLY read this one. And guess what?! I opened it up, and NOTHING looked familiar. Why didn't volume 3 of the Avengers title match up to volume 1 and volume 2 of the Avengers title? Because THIS! Who the fuck thought it was a good idea to label this shit...like THIS. Why? What the ever-lovin' monkey fuck is wrong with you idiots at Marvel?! Goddamnit! Now I've gotta go back and find the rest of this shit... *snarls, snorts* FINE! I'll do it. But I'm not happy. Real review once I've eventually caught up to this goddamn volume. Fuckers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Hickman’s Avengers Time Runs Out saga is drawing to a close, so you’d think it’d be much simpler to actually follow what’s going on. Right? Nope! At least Melville dumped the whaling industry info crap early on in Moby Dick, here, Hickman just doesn’t know when to quit. Goody. Let’s throw in an even bigger threat to the multiverse. They’re of the I-eat-Galactus-for –breakfast-and-crap-out-nebulas variety. For readers not in the know, Galactus dietary requirement are planets. Lots and lots of plane Hickman’s Avengers Time Runs Out saga is drawing to a close, so you’d think it’d be much simpler to actually follow what’s going on. Right? Nope! At least Melville dumped the whaling industry info crap early on in Moby Dick, here, Hickman just doesn’t know when to quit. Goody. Let’s throw in an even bigger threat to the multiverse. They’re of the I-eat-Galactus-for –breakfast-and-crap-out-nebulas variety. For readers not in the know, Galactus dietary requirement are planets. Lots and lots of planets. And if you think it’s difficult for the reader to follow this obtuse plot, just think how old man Steve Rogers feels. Cap, nobody would blame you if you took a nap. If we’re taking a poll as to who’s the most reliable, stable character to send out into the multiverse to investigate cosmic stuff and have his mind blown, I think it’s safe to say this guy wouldn’t make the top ten: Yep, Hank Pym, who’s had more nervous breakdowns than Stan Lee has gall stones. Other developments: A big ol’ target has been put on our Earth, by its former allies. Kree bastards!! And (view spoiler)[If you’re going to kill Namor and his Cabal, you’d better make sure that they are in fact, dead. Sloppy work indeed. (hide spoiler)] Fashion commentary: The Mohawk looks terrible on Storm, what genius assumes it would be an attractive look for the Hulk. Hulk smash puny barber! Bottom Line: In his efforts to amp the action and suspense, Hickman fails to do either as his grand epic storyline draws to a close. Also: I realize this storyline depicts the possible end of all of existence, but would it kill you to throw in a joke or two. My theory: he lost his sense of humor at band camp.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    At the end of the book, Rocket Raccoon calls the Avengers “idiots” to their faces and I totally agree with his assessment! This whole series has been idiotic. Time Runs Out, Volume 3 is a largely expositional book. Hank Pym’s back from the edges of spacetime or something with a whole load of info to dump on everyone about the Beyonders and what they’re up to - turns out, bad things because they’re the bad guys! What disappointingly generic motivations. Pym’s entire speech is emblematic of Jonath At the end of the book, Rocket Raccoon calls the Avengers “idiots” to their faces and I totally agree with his assessment! This whole series has been idiotic. Time Runs Out, Volume 3 is a largely expositional book. Hank Pym’s back from the edges of spacetime or something with a whole load of info to dump on everyone about the Beyonders and what they’re up to - turns out, bad things because they’re the bad guys! What disappointingly generic motivations. Pym’s entire speech is emblematic of Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers run: convoluted, boring and esoteric - it’s just bad sci fi. There’s the end of The Cabal - Namor, Thanos and The Black Order - at the hands of the Illuminati. Which I don’t understand. It’s like Britain and America allying with Russia in World War Two but, instead of focusing on the Nazis, Britain and America immediately turn on Russia! Wha… morons! You’ve got bigger fish to fry - fight each other AFTER the much more pressing issue of the planet-smooshing! I don’t know why The Cabal had to be taken care of now. And it’s done so poorly too. Namor buzzes off while Thanos and the others stand around gawping instead of doing anything. It’s like Hickman had to write them uncharacteristically brain-dead in order to pull it off. And speaking of writing out-of-character characters, Black Panther comes off as a total douche in this one. Cap’s still dumb as a post except it’s underlined still further just how little he knows is going on and how utterly useless he and his stupid conflict with the Illuminati is. He looks like an idealistic fool instead of the calm pragmatist that Reed and his guys clearly are. It’s indicative of how poorly Hickman writes the heroes that I ended up liking one of the obvious villains the most: Ultimate Reed Richards, aka Maker. He’s come off very cool in this one plus he’s one of the few actually capable of addressing the major problem of universe collapse. It’s a shame there’s not more of this character here. My patience has almost run out with Time Runs Out but then there’s only one more book left so let’s see this mess to the door. Like the preceding two books, Avengers: Time Runs Out, Volume 3 is still more pointless nonsense!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kemper

    I'll do a longer review about the entire Hickman run once I get through the last one, but at this point what started out as seeming like a mishmash of wild sci-fi stuff and B-characters has rapidly turned into a story that I'm really starting to enjoy. Despite how epic the scope is it seems to get better the closer down to the major characters Hickman takes it like how Captain America continues to be in a mouth foaming rage at the Illuminati members for daring to take action he disagreed with wh I'll do a longer review about the entire Hickman run once I get through the last one, but at this point what started out as seeming like a mishmash of wild sci-fi stuff and B-characters has rapidly turned into a story that I'm really starting to enjoy. Despite how epic the scope is it seems to get better the closer down to the major characters Hickman takes it like how Captain America continues to be in a mouth foaming rage at the Illuminati members for daring to take action he disagreed with when faced with the potential end of the Earth and/or universe. There's some good twists and a shocking betrayal here, but all of it feels earned at this point. Bonus points for the Guardians of the Galaxy showing up with Rocket letting all the Avengers know exactly just what kind of idiots he thinks they all are.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    I think I'm finally starting to get the hang of it. I honestly think that this is some of the best Avengers work that Hickman has turned out, and it's partly because this volume pauses to brings things down to a more personal level more than once. And also, I think, because I'm starting to get the feeling that it's all finally coming together. More like 3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up because I have a great deal of respect for what Hickman is trying to do and how much work he's put in to get here I think I'm finally starting to get the hang of it. I honestly think that this is some of the best Avengers work that Hickman has turned out, and it's partly because this volume pauses to brings things down to a more personal level more than once. And also, I think, because I'm starting to get the feeling that it's all finally coming together. More like 3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up because I have a great deal of respect for what Hickman is trying to do and how much work he's put in to get here.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    This series, man! Kudos to Marvel for letting Hickman go full Hickman!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cheese

    Brilliant volume. Here we finally get to see black panther get his revenge on Namor.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Last volume was all about Rogers' populist rage against the technocrats in the Illuminati. This volume is all about T'Challa and Namor and the score-settling that they need to do before the universe ends. Unfortunately, this storyline leads to T'Challa making a series of incredibly stupid mistakes. Even blinded by hatred, I don't think T'Challa would be this adept at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. He even does the dumb supervillain thing where he monologues instead of just pulling th Last volume was all about Rogers' populist rage against the technocrats in the Illuminati. This volume is all about T'Challa and Namor and the score-settling that they need to do before the universe ends. Unfortunately, this storyline leads to T'Challa making a series of incredibly stupid mistakes. Even blinded by hatred, I don't think T'Challa would be this adept at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. He even does the dumb supervillain thing where he monologues instead of just pulling the trigger! This is especially frustrating because I really liked Hickman's Black Panther before this volume. Outside of that, we get some cool plot developments on the Ultimate Universe, which is pretty clearly now going to collide into Earth-616, and we find out some of what the Doctors Strange and Doom have been up to. This is probably the weakest installment of Hickman's Avengers/New Avengers/Let's Blow Up The Universe mega-storyline, but it keeps the story moving, and it hints at many good things to come.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sud666

    This is my 4th volume of this truly epic and wonderful series. It has gotten better and better with each volume. The very 1st one was a wee bit confusing because a lot was going on all at once. Vol 2 began to tie the loose ends together and Vol 3 makes a LOT more sense. The incursion of the multiverses is now down to only a few. The Illuminati have teamed up with SHIELD and have managed to set a trap for the ruthless Cabal. I won't give away spoilers and say who betrays whom but its a stunner. M This is my 4th volume of this truly epic and wonderful series. It has gotten better and better with each volume. The very 1st one was a wee bit confusing because a lot was going on all at once. Vol 2 began to tie the loose ends together and Vol 3 makes a LOT more sense. The incursion of the multiverses is now down to only a few. The Illuminati have teamed up with SHIELD and have managed to set a trap for the ruthless Cabal. I won't give away spoilers and say who betrays whom but its a stunner. Meanwhile it seems that there is a whole lot more going on than originally seemed. This truly magnificently epic tale brings in Celestials, Beyonders (yeah plural), the Living Tribunal and other cosmic entities. There are many substories going on as each major player from the Illuminati and SHIELD to the Cabal and the cosmic entities and the Shiaar Empire all vying for a chance to save their world from destruction. Different earths (the one with the Ultimates universe all the way to ours) are now attempting to survive and be the ONE earth that will make it out of the collapse of the multiverse into a universe. I truly enjoyed this volume. I love stories that involve cosmic entities. The fact that the Beyonders have come into the mix, and the hint that the original Beyonder ffrom Secret Wars I & II was only a child was mind blowing. That Beyonder was able to subdue even cosmic entities with ease. I guess this is all going to be a lead up to the new Secret Wars. I'm certainly in. The artowrk in this series seems to have improved, and I'd thought it to be quite good from Vol 1. But the artowrk is simply gorgeous. Mr. Hickman was written a complex, epic and cunning tale of betrayal, honor, courage and a wide range of emotions. The best part is there are no real good or bad guys. Everyone is a little bit complicit in this-since they all want to survive. I look forward to reading Vol. 4 If you love great stories and great artwork. I can't say enough about this series. Best to get all 4 volumes at once and read them in a row-THEN it all makes sense.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    ***zzzzzzz**** Oh, wait, I'm supposed to wake up and review this book? Really? OK, we have more of the same. Talky super heroes talk and then talk some more, then nothing gets done except the "heroes" try to kill one of their own. Meanwhile, the victim ends up living and then hangs out with some bad guys who are trying to do something about all these worlds crashing into one another. We get a glimpse of how Marvel is going to destroy the Fantastic Four because they bring in some bad version of Re ***zzzzzzz**** Oh, wait, I'm supposed to wake up and review this book? Really? OK, we have more of the same. Talky super heroes talk and then talk some more, then nothing gets done except the "heroes" try to kill one of their own. Meanwhile, the victim ends up living and then hangs out with some bad guys who are trying to do something about all these worlds crashing into one another. We get a glimpse of how Marvel is going to destroy the Fantastic Four because they bring in some bad version of Reed Richards (well, bad is a relative term when the regular RR has been murdering billions of people to save his own Earth) who is very interesting and just might survive the upcoming reboot. Hmmm. Then there is this subplot about the MU alien races going, "Oops! Yes, Earth's heroes saved our collective bacon, but now we have to destroy them because our Brainiac 5 rip-off character was wrong about something!" Yay, can't wait to read all about that. Can you imagine *paying* $7.98 each month to read this snooze fest? Seriously, get a Marvel Unlimited subscription for $9.99, then read a few hundred comics so you're only paying pennies for this pile of shit. Lots of good Marvel comics out there (looking at you Ms Marvel, She-Hulk, Silver Surfer, Daredevil, etc.) where the characters aren't all super duper murdering schmucks. Two stars instead of one because there is some good art here, although Steve Rogers varies from looking like the Cryptkeeper to Jimmy Carter. Meh. back to my nap. ****zzzzzzz*****

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    I liked this volume well enough, though nothing multiverse-shattering going on. The intersection with the Ultimates Universe would've been more appealing...if I knew or cared anything about the Ultimates. I liked this volume well enough, though nothing multiverse-shattering going on. The intersection with the Ultimates Universe would've been more appealing...if I knew or cared anything about the Ultimates.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hicks

    This volume feels like it has a lot of that middle-child syndrome long series arcs suffer from. Volume 3 exists to bridge us from the fallout of Volume 2's big battle, while introducing some new story threads to carry us into the final volume. I will say, though, that Hickman gives one heck of a payoff to the long-standing feud between the Black Panther and Namor. Way back in Avengers vs. X-Men, Namor, while possessed by the Phoenix Force, made a life-long enemy out of Panther. While they've been This volume feels like it has a lot of that middle-child syndrome long series arcs suffer from. Volume 3 exists to bridge us from the fallout of Volume 2's big battle, while introducing some new story threads to carry us into the final volume. I will say, though, that Hickman gives one heck of a payoff to the long-standing feud between the Black Panther and Namor. Way back in Avengers vs. X-Men, Namor, while possessed by the Phoenix Force, made a life-long enemy out of Panther. While they've been uneasily working together in the face of the incursion threats, they've been strange bedfellows with a hell of a lot of tension between them. That finally comes to a head in a pretty wicked sequence here. It looks like the stage is now properly set for volume 4, with all kinds of threats and animosities galore. Onward!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    This as the second-to-last book in the run-up to Secret Wars is building up excruciatingly to the moment when Shit Really Happens, and it's hard to keep straight all the threats to humanity that keep popping up with their Mohawks and helmets. Grrrr. I want this to be over but I don't want to miss any of the great moments in store for me. Nice little moment of poetry and dirty heroism in this book, what with (view spoiler)[Namor finally getting revenged/killed by (hide spoiler)] Black Panther, at This as the second-to-last book in the run-up to Secret Wars is building up excruciatingly to the moment when Shit Really Happens, and it's hard to keep straight all the threats to humanity that keep popping up with their Mohawks and helmets. Grrrr. I want this to be over but I don't want to miss any of the great moments in store for me. Nice little moment of poetry and dirty heroism in this book, what with (view spoiler)[Namor finally getting revenged/killed by (hide spoiler)] Black Panther, at the behest of his sister. I don't say I like what happened. I hate to see well-written antagonists go. Hell, as far as I know I'm someone else's antagonist and I'd hate to see this kind of outcome against *me*. (What, you don't think I could be an asshole? Try me after five hours of meetings. Just try me.) I was pretty damned excited when I saw that (view spoiler)[Ultimate Universe heroes started showing up in this storyline: I mean, I've been waiting for this for a long time - evil Reed vs "good" Reed, our favourite Spideys getting to cross paths again, and the Samuel L. Jackson cool badass Fury coming into the picture? (hide spoiler)] . Fuck yeah. Makes me drool a little (which is stage 2 of Marvel Zombification setting in, after the glassy-eyed state but before the shambling ham-fisted mashing at my tablet to keep turning pages in the Marvel Unlimited app). This is when the event really starts to build as far as I'm concerned. And where it gets unrealistically terrifying. When they start talking about beings that can kill Celestials, that are ultimately behind the incursions and collapse of the multiverse, this is a Marvel-wide threat we can really get worried about. And yet... How the hell deus ex machina are these mere human (and superhuman) Earth-bound heroes and villains possibly going to defeat a power this far above their magnitude? It'd be like an ant colony trying to, I dunno, beat down an army of drones? A nuclear weapon? Or maybe how's about trying to defeat the sun? Where can this possibly go that won't feel completely cheap and too-clever-for-itself? I mean, they killed Eternity: (That's one psychedelic "brain" spatter) THEY KILLED A BEING WE CALL ETERNITY. WHAT. THE. FUCK. HICKMAN?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    This was much better than the previous 2 volumes. things seemed to flow better and makes more sense.

  15. 4 out of 5

    RG

    Has its ups and downs through the giant ride but I'm hoping the end is near. Has its ups and downs through the giant ride but I'm hoping the end is near.

  16. 4 out of 5

    David

    Oh, alright already. I'm getting really impatient with Hickman's Avengers. We've been spinning our wheels for over a year now. And nothing much has happened. Not enough story going on here. Oh, alright already. I'm getting really impatient with Hickman's Avengers. We've been spinning our wheels for over a year now. And nothing much has happened. Not enough story going on here.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael Church

    Well this is finally coalescing into something coherent. The series is a little all over the place, given the subject matter. I put a pin in it a couple of months ago to catch up on everything pre-Secret Wars before diving back in. Avengers and New Avengers continue to cross over so that they really wouldn’t make sense on their own. This has really turned into the event before the event for Secret Wars. It reads like a true crossover, and at this point we are on volume 3 of 4, so you’re either i Well this is finally coalescing into something coherent. The series is a little all over the place, given the subject matter. I put a pin in it a couple of months ago to catch up on everything pre-Secret Wars before diving back in. Avengers and New Avengers continue to cross over so that they really wouldn’t make sense on their own. This has really turned into the event before the event for Secret Wars. It reads like a true crossover, and at this point we are on volume 3 of 4, so you’re either in or you’re out. It continues to get a little more heady and conceptual with how the Marvel multiverse works. There’s also a nice little throwback to Secret Wars and Secret Wars II. It’s decently interesting, but if you weren’t reading New Avengers (and maybe Avengers), I expect you would be able to just catch up with Secret Wars. Time will tell.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    I want to give this five stars. It's an absolutely brilliant read. But it's part of a long-form comic arc that Jonathan Hickman has been tremendously maintaining. I definitely recommend starting all the way back at New Avengers Vol 1 to get the full impact. That said, this volume really upped the game in anticipation for what happens when "Time Runs Out" (answer: Secret Wars). Characters are getting pushed to their extremes and unexpected twists wait with each page turn. More than a few times my I want to give this five stars. It's an absolutely brilliant read. But it's part of a long-form comic arc that Jonathan Hickman has been tremendously maintaining. I definitely recommend starting all the way back at New Avengers Vol 1 to get the full impact. That said, this volume really upped the game in anticipation for what happens when "Time Runs Out" (answer: Secret Wars). Characters are getting pushed to their extremes and unexpected twists wait with each page turn. More than a few times my "mind was blown" when grand reveals happened. I can't wait to get to the next volume and then on to Secret Wars!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    My head asplode. I humbly admit that there are whole chunks of this entire event that my feeble mind does not comprehend. As Hank Pym says, "At some point, the mind... the mind becomes incapable of fully understanding what it's observing." But the odd bits that I do understand are freekin' awesome! If I have one quibble, it's that there are times when I feel like I've missed parts of the story. Whether that's because I'm not reading everything that's being put out, or because I'm having brain exh My head asplode. I humbly admit that there are whole chunks of this entire event that my feeble mind does not comprehend. As Hank Pym says, "At some point, the mind... the mind becomes incapable of fully understanding what it's observing." But the odd bits that I do understand are freekin' awesome! If I have one quibble, it's that there are times when I feel like I've missed parts of the story. Whether that's because I'm not reading everything that's being put out, or because I'm having brain exhaustion, I don't know.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    This series continues to be entirely amazing — one of the best superhero comics ever produced. On the one hand we have the story of the Cabal, an epic story of the sort that usually isn't even attempted in the comic, yet it has great character moments too. On the other hand we have Yellowjacket's report of the multiverse, revealing truly amazing sights, and also giving us our first hints of what happened. The final issue of this volume is a bit weak, because it's primarily setup, but otherwise t This series continues to be entirely amazing — one of the best superhero comics ever produced. On the one hand we have the story of the Cabal, an epic story of the sort that usually isn't even attempted in the comic, yet it has great character moments too. On the other hand we have Yellowjacket's report of the multiverse, revealing truly amazing sights, and also giving us our first hints of what happened. The final issue of this volume is a bit weak, because it's primarily setup, but otherwise this is another awesome volume of this story!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Morris

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Black Panther/Namor hate finally comes to an end and it's great! Pym's quest into the far reaches of the universe reads as a little bit too convenient of a way to provide information to the reader, but still enjoyable. I was never a reader of Ultimate Marvel, but the introduction of that universe's Reed Richards is ridiculously good. Old Cap's wedged that stick out of his ass a tiny bit, but he's still no Captain America. The Black Panther/Namor hate finally comes to an end and it's great! Pym's quest into the far reaches of the universe reads as a little bit too convenient of a way to provide information to the reader, but still enjoyable. I was never a reader of Ultimate Marvel, but the introduction of that universe's Reed Richards is ridiculously good. Old Cap's wedged that stick out of his ass a tiny bit, but he's still no Captain America.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Lahn

    This is really building into a great epic. Definitely not a story that will easily return to the status quo.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Cayes

    Jonathan Hickman is doing a masterful job weaving these narratives together toward the finale.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Collects Avengers (2012) issues #40-42 and New Avengers (2013) issues #29-30 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. In the wake of a big confrontation between the superhero community, time is finally taken for the opposing sides to hear the other people out. This volume starts by letting us know more about what the Illuminati have been up to Collects Avengers (2012) issues #40-42 and New Avengers (2013) issues #29-30 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. In the wake of a big confrontation between the superhero community, time is finally taken for the opposing sides to hear the other people out. This volume starts by letting us know more about what the Illuminati have been up to for the last 8 months. As an added bonus, his volume features a look at how the Ultimate Universe characters are dealing with the Incursions. I originally read these individual issues when they come out month after month. I really appreciate that Marvel is collected both "Avengers" and "New Avengers" together for the "Time Runs Out" event. It doesn't seem like collecting these issues any other way would make sense, but I've seen some collections put together poorly in the past. This one works great. I would love to get a series of omnibuses combining all together the "Avengers" and "New Avengers" from Hickman's run (as opposed to the two separate omnibus-style collections that are coming out for each). Here are my SPOILER-FILLED reviews of each individual issue in this collection: Avengers #40: This is the first issue that finally says, “In 4 Months…Time Runs Out! Secret Wars.” This issue picks up right where New Avengers #28 left off. All of the different Avengers factions are on the battlefield, still stuck in the Invisible Woman’s invisible cells. She agrees to release them if they can all talk things out. Reed has a plan. Steve Rogers says that he will give them five minutes, and Invisible Woman releases everyone. Before he hears what Reed’s plan is, Rogers demands that the Illuminati agree to surrender once the Earth is saved. Namor, Reed, and Beast agree, but Black Panther refuses. Reed moves into plan describing phase, and says the Cabal needs to be stopped. As a reminder, the Cabal is led by Namor and Thanos, so they are a very powerful team. Namor is going to help take them down from the inside. Later, there is another Incursion, and the Cabal goes to fight off the other Earth. Thanos is displaying a bit of caution after Maximus (an Inhuman working with the Cabal) warns the team that their timeline’s clock is running down. When the Cabal reaches the other Earth, they find the multiverse-hopping bad guys, the Mapmakers (who we learned in a previous issue are evolved versions of A.I.M.’s Adaptoids. One good thing about this Incursion is that Mapmaker’s Earths are already dead (void of human life) so blowing it up won’t be a moral dilemma. We then find out Reed’s full plan, and it is kind of surprising. Because the Cabal has become so evil, Reed plans to destroy them along with the Mapmakers and the dead Earth. Namor will make sure the whole Cabal is there, then he will arm the antimatter bomb, and transport back to our Earth. Beast will use a multiversal shield to trap the Cabal on the other Earth, and the Cabal will all be killed with the Earth. All of the different Avengers teams seem to be OK with this which is strange because superheroes don’t typically kill their enemies. So, the plan is going fine when Invisible Woman realizes that Black Panther isn’t with everyone anymore. Where is he? Well, when Namor tried to transport to the place where the multiversal shield was going to trap the Cabal, Black Panther was waiting for him. Without much hesitation, Black Panther stabs Namor in the chest with a knife that is important to his family. In case you don’t know, Black Panther hates Namor because Namor has caused the death of thousands of people in Wakanda. First during the events of “A vs. X,” and then again during the event, “Infinity.” Black Panther has been waiting to get revenge, showing mercy for quite a while, but he finally took action. Immediately after Namor was stabbed, Black Bolt showed up to help Black Panther. I can’t remember why Black Bolt would have anything against Namor, but Black Bolt uses his supersonic voice power to injure Namor further, and Namor is then sent back to the Mapmaker’s Earth. Moments later, that Earth is blown up, and the text at the bottom of the page says, “So ends the Cabal.” If this sticks, that means that this issue featured the deaths of the following Marvel characters: Namor, Thanos, Maximus, Black Swan, Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, and Terrax (but not the 616 version). When I was reading the Namor/Black Panther stuff, and I realized what was about to happen, I gasped out loud, and maybe said some sort of phrase of shock. For that reason, this individual issue gets a 5-star rating. New Avengers #29: In 4 Months…Time Runs Out! Secret Wars! Everyone is working together to stop the threat now when Reed drops a bomb. He tells them that he has been observing the multiverse, and there are less than two dozen universes left (he thinks 22 in total). “We are all out of time.” Reed explains that they’ve used the last 8 months (while being on the run) to try and solve this problem. They tried to use a Cosmic Cube, they tried to get the help of Galactus and the Celestials (the Celestials mysteriously disappeared), they tried to get help from the Captain Britain Corps, and they tried using Franklin Richard’s powers. Nothing worked. In the process, it appears something bad happened to Franklin. As he is explaining all this Hank Pym reappears after having been missing for 8 months. His mission was to find Rabum Alal, the Great Destroyer, but he didn’t find him. Hank says that he found the Ivory Kings, “the white lords from wild space. From out there…from beyond. I found the Beyonders.” Strangely, they don’t look like the Beyonder that we have seen in the past, so I don’t really know what the deal is. In a quick side story, Molecule Man took Dr. Doom someplace. It is a white void, but it is familiar to both of them. I’m not positive, but my guess is (because of the tie-in to the old Secret Wars story) that this place is the original Battleworld that the Beyonder used in that storyline from the 1980s. This issue is really ramping up for the upcoming Secret Wars. It feels like Reed is ready to give up and face the consequences of Armageddon. Avengers #41: The issue opens on Earth-1610. This is the Ultimate Universe. We are told that it takes place 6 months ago, and we see Ultimate Nick Fury talking to Ultimate Reed Richards. In the Ultimate Universe, Reed started out as a hero on the Fantastic Four, but eventually became a villain. After doing a lot of bad things, Reed recently helped do a good thing, so Fury wants to get Reed’s help in preparing for doomsday scenarios. Fury is rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D., and he wants Reed’s help. But not so fast. In a later scene, we see Reed talking to his Artificial Intelligence assistant, and they are talking about the Incursions. The AI says that there is another Incursion projected to occur in the next 2 days. Reed says, “How many worlds have I killed now?” “67,” is the reply. And Reed responds, “I’m getting too good at this.” OMG. Reed’s AI, who he calls City, adds more details. “I witnessed something through the Bridge today, Maker. Something beyond our current understanding has occurred. Yesterday there were hundreds of thousands of universes remaining in the Multiverse. Today there are less than two dozen.” After this scene, we flash back to Earth-616, and see the Shi’ar Empire’s Gladiator being told about the Incursions. His people have just figured out what is happening. With little time to brainstorm about how to stop the Incursion, Gladiator realizes that the only option they have to save the Universe is to destroy the Earth. He notifies the Intergalactic Council. Then, back on the Ultimate Universe, we see Reed talking to City in the present day for what we’ve been seeing in “Time Runs Out.” He is creating an Incursion point to go observe a dying Earth. It turns out that he is observing the Earth that the Illuminati left the Cabal to die on. We see that Namor has survived his encounter with Black Panther and Black Bolt, and the Cabal realize that they’ve been trapped. Just then, they are made aware that a second Incursion is happening at the same time. We’ve never seen this before as readers. Three Earths intersecting instead of only two. Black Swan calls this a gift from Rabum Alal, and I am left wondering for the first time if Rabum Alal is actually Ultimate Reed Richards. The Cabal decide to try to escape the antimatter bombs by going to this third Earth, and they come face to face with Ultimate Reed Richards as the issue comes to a close. New Avengers #30: This issue features the explanation to who the Beyonders are. There is a great quote from Hank Pym in regards to the Beyonder that was featured in the 1980s Secret Wars storyline. Hank explains that he was a child from a race of beings known as the Beyonders, and that he just made himself look human because that is who he was playing with. Here’s the quote: “These things cannot be fully comprehended in a human fashion. I could talk about scale, perhaps…the size of it…I could tell you about the child unit from the Secret Wars. Visually modified to mimic what it perceived. It crunched a universe to make a toy…but these things crunch universes and are most certainly not playing games. At this point, I’m going to summarize, because the entire issue is exposition-heavy, with Hank describing how things got worse and worse in his multiversal travels. Here’s the quick summary. They Beyonders are not good guys. They are more powerful than any other being in the Marvel Universe. For example, the Celestials are often viewed as the cosmic gods of the Marvel Universe, and they are near impossible to battle. In each universe that they travelled to, one Beyonder was able to take out every Celestial in that universe. The next thing I’m about to say, I think is correct. The issue got a little trippy, so I’m not positive what happened, but I think this is right. As the Multiverse felt itself being destroyed by the Beyonders, it took on a form for itself to do battle. It appeared in the form of the Living Tribunal, the nearly omnipotent entity that oversees and maintains balance in the realities that constitute the Marvel Mutliverse. He serves as a judge of these realities. So, there was a great battle, taking place in every universe at the same time, featuring the Living Tribunal vs. the Beyonders. The Living Tribunal was defeated, with one shred of his dead body being left in each universe in the Multiverse. As Hank is telling the story, Captain Britain appears and confirms that things are really bad, and that his entire team of multiversal defenders has been destroyed. He is the only one left. Hank’s monologue (and the issue) ends with this quote: “It’s over, my friend. Done. The gods spent billions of years to build something…all of the Multiverse…and these things destroyed it on a whim. What hope does man have now?” Avengers #42: The “previously in Avengers” section of this comic made it sound like the Beyonders are behind the collapse of the Multiverse, when I was starting to think that it was the Ultimate Reed Richards’ doing. Hank Pym clarifies that the Beyonders had to kill all of the Celestials (and the Living Tribunal) in the whole Multiverse before starting the full-scale attack because the Celestials could have stopped them. FOUR DAYS AGO: The Illuminati have decided to use the skin of the dead Living Tribunal as a shield of sorts, since it is made of a material that can withstand the rigors of collapsing multiversal space. THREE DAYS AGO: Sunspot and Cannonball invite Cyclops to join them to save the world, but he refuses, saying that he sees things more clearly now. The new game, he says, is resurrection, and it is well underway. TWO DAYS AGO: Black Panther, Reed Richards, and Valeria Richards discuss their plan to “not lose.” They have created some sort of multiversal lifeboat that will be able to house a limited number of people. They are trying to figure out who gets to be saved on this lifeboat. ONE DAY AGO: Smasher is called back by the leader of the Shi’Ar Empire, and she is instructed to bring her family with. She doesn’t know it, but it is because the Shi’Ar Empire is planning to destroy the Earth in order to save the Universe. In the Ultimate Universe, Black Swan and Namor are talking about moving forward from his betrayal, and he is fully committed back to the side of the Cabal. In space, the Guardians of the Galaxy become aware of the impending attack on Earth, but when they try to warn the Avengers, they are told that they won’t stop the attack. I’m thinking it is because they have Black Panther’s lifeboat, but I’m not sure.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    I really want to love the lavish scale of Jonathan Hickman's run on Avengers, but instead of taking all the dispirate parts of the story and focusing in on specific characters, Hickman keeps throwing more nostalgic continuity at readers, hoping that his new twist on familiar Marvel stories will make up for the fact that the story has been moving at a snails pace since the very first collection. Now there are Beyonders in the mix, warring with the Builders, and the Annihilation wave, and the Shi'a I really want to love the lavish scale of Jonathan Hickman's run on Avengers, but instead of taking all the dispirate parts of the story and focusing in on specific characters, Hickman keeps throwing more nostalgic continuity at readers, hoping that his new twist on familiar Marvel stories will make up for the fact that the story has been moving at a snails pace since the very first collection. Now there are Beyonders in the mix, warring with the Builders, and the Annihilation wave, and the Shi'ar, and the Kree, and the Mapmakers, and the alternate universe versions of The Avengers? And they're not like the Beyonder from the previous Secret Wars, they're more evolved because that Beyonder was a baby Beyonder? There's also some inevitable betrayals, preventable betrayals, characters brooding over their earlier motivations. I would say this volume has 4:1 exposition to action, and that makes it action packed compared to previous volumes. I just don't care about the characters as much as I should, given that about 1/3rd of the Marvel Universe are now Avengers and are supposed to be major parts of this story. I'm afraid that, unlike his Fantastic Four run, the series is not going to coalesce into something I'm glad I read, and I'm going to regret spending all this time reading a story whoe consequences on paper far outweigh my emotional investment.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Villain E

    Wait. I've triple-checked and they definitely said that if one of the Earths in the incursion is destroyed, then both universes are saved. And yet they keep referring to the dwindling number of universes. The point of their heinous actions is that they should have saved a bunch of universes by now. We find out in flashbacks that the heroes have in fact been trying to find alternate ways to save the universe. Too little, too late. Then some over the top cosmic stuff. Personally, I think showing a Wait. I've triple-checked and they definitely said that if one of the Earths in the incursion is destroyed, then both universes are saved. And yet they keep referring to the dwindling number of universes. The point of their heinous actions is that they should have saved a bunch of universes by now. We find out in flashbacks that the heroes have in fact been trying to find alternate ways to save the universe. Too little, too late. Then some over the top cosmic stuff. Personally, I think showing a Beyonder firing energy blasts at Eternity is lazy, rather than epic. It's the opposite of what these high-concept characters are supposed to represent. This leaves me underwhelmed for the finale.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Berger M.P.

    -slow start for the final volume ++Back and forth with Beast is great +Dang Black Panther doing Namor dirty -build up of the dagger seemed pointless if it was used that certain way --issue 2 felt a bit underwhelming. ++Seeing other universes never gets old -ok that doing Namor dirty wasn't as epic I guess -beyonders...kinda lame +Big celestial God pretty sweet -Moon landing for cool dude seemed a quick and unfortunate end +Rockets dialogue and the pacing of the final few panels +Final issue was good to see -slow start for the final volume ++Back and forth with Beast is great +Dang Black Panther doing Namor dirty -build up of the dagger seemed pointless if it was used that certain way --issue 2 felt a bit underwhelming. ++Seeing other universes never gets old -ok that doing Namor dirty wasn't as epic I guess -beyonders...kinda lame +Big celestial God pretty sweet -Moon landing for cool dude seemed a quick and unfortunate end +Rockets dialogue and the pacing of the final few panels +Final issue was good to see they have some sort of contingency plans that are rather doom and gloom. --weakest volume in the triliogy so far

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ralph Wark

    Great series Up to vol 3 in the Time Runs Out series, and I am really enjoying it. When Marvel started their multivers series, the possibilities became endless, endless iterations of a Earth, it's own heroes (hello Peter Porker), and outcomes. In this iteration heroes and villains have grouped into cabal, a lot of scheming included, and the number of universe Is down to less than two dozen. And shrinking. These stories are so much mor complex and densely structured than the Marvel I grew mup read Great series Up to vol 3 in the Time Runs Out series, and I am really enjoying it. When Marvel started their multivers series, the possibilities became endless, endless iterations of a Earth, it's own heroes (hello Peter Porker), and outcomes. In this iteration heroes and villains have grouped into cabal, a lot of scheming included, and the number of universe Is down to less than two dozen. And shrinking. These stories are so much mor complex and densely structured than the Marvel I grew mup reading, they are really marvelous. What? There's a vol 4? I am out.....

  29. 4 out of 5

    Keith Jones

    I've asked this before and I'll ask it again? Is there another book where the characters actually attempt to figure out what's going on that I don't know about? This book is very poorly reverse engineered, and half the explanation of what's happening is vomited up in an "oh here's a character we haven't mentioned before and forgot to tell the audience we sent on a mission." Also it is very unclear what happens to the universes that lose the big exploding Earth fight. On the one hand, the book sa I've asked this before and I'll ask it again? Is there another book where the characters actually attempt to figure out what's going on that I don't know about? This book is very poorly reverse engineered, and half the explanation of what's happening is vomited up in an "oh here's a character we haven't mentioned before and forgot to tell the audience we sent on a mission." Also it is very unclear what happens to the universes that lose the big exploding Earth fight. On the one hand, the book says they are fine while also at the same time the book says they are vanishing. It is very unclear

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nigel

    All the various types of Avengers are all together and though they aren't exactly getting along they've at least stopped fighting and are listening to a big plot to take down the nasty Cabal who are blowing up planets and killing all around them. Take that Cabal! Meanwhile doom impends! Someone returns from the other side of existence and there's something afoot in the Ultimate universe and troubling rumblings in the Shi'ar empire. Very doomy and impending. All the various types of Avengers are all together and though they aren't exactly getting along they've at least stopped fighting and are listening to a big plot to take down the nasty Cabal who are blowing up planets and killing all around them. Take that Cabal! Meanwhile doom impends! Someone returns from the other side of existence and there's something afoot in the Ultimate universe and troubling rumblings in the Shi'ar empire. Very doomy and impending.

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