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The planet-burning cosmic firebird known as the Phoenix Force has returned — and the Avengers are drawn into a globe-spanning battle for ultimate power! In the distant past of One Million B.C., learn the story of one young girl whose only crime was being born with red hair…and whose destiny would change human history forever! In the present, the Phoenix Force searches the The planet-burning cosmic firebird known as the Phoenix Force has returned — and the Avengers are drawn into a globe-spanning battle for ultimate power! In the distant past of One Million B.C., learn the story of one young girl whose only crime was being born with red hair…and whose destiny would change human history forever! In the present, the Phoenix Force searches the globe for a new avatar — and many of Marvel’s most powerful heroes and villains are contenders! As the battle to wield the Phoenix grows ever bloodier and more desperate, Thor leads the Avengers in a fight to contain the Phoenix Force. But the quest is complicated by the Thunder God’s mysterious connection to the cosmic firebird! Who will be the all-new Phoenix?! All will be transformed…but not all will survive! COLLECTING: AVENGERS (2018) 39-45


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The planet-burning cosmic firebird known as the Phoenix Force has returned — and the Avengers are drawn into a globe-spanning battle for ultimate power! In the distant past of One Million B.C., learn the story of one young girl whose only crime was being born with red hair…and whose destiny would change human history forever! In the present, the Phoenix Force searches the The planet-burning cosmic firebird known as the Phoenix Force has returned — and the Avengers are drawn into a globe-spanning battle for ultimate power! In the distant past of One Million B.C., learn the story of one young girl whose only crime was being born with red hair…and whose destiny would change human history forever! In the present, the Phoenix Force searches the globe for a new avatar — and many of Marvel’s most powerful heroes and villains are contenders! As the battle to wield the Phoenix grows ever bloodier and more desperate, Thor leads the Avengers in a fight to contain the Phoenix Force. But the quest is complicated by the Thunder God’s mysterious connection to the cosmic firebird! Who will be the all-new Phoenix?! All will be transformed…but not all will survive! COLLECTING: AVENGERS (2018) 39-45

30 review for Avengers by Jason Aaron, Vol. 8: Enter the Phoenix

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    I’m a big fan of Jason Aaron. He’s the author of some of my very favourite comicbook runs; most notably his truly epic run on Thor. He does occasionally slip up and produce a clunker, though… his short run on Hulk, for example, was truly awful. Unfortunately, I found this volume of Avengers to be another dud. I thought it was an uninspired Contest of Champions-type setup featuring some guest stars that I really don’t care for being included for no good reason at the expense of some of the main ca I’m a big fan of Jason Aaron. He’s the author of some of my very favourite comicbook runs; most notably his truly epic run on Thor. He does occasionally slip up and produce a clunker, though… his short run on Hulk, for example, was truly awful. Unfortunately, I found this volume of Avengers to be another dud. I thought it was an uninspired Contest of Champions-type setup featuring some guest stars that I really don’t care for being included for no good reason at the expense of some of the main cast getting next-to-no screen time. The whole Phoenix thing has been done to death, I’m tired of Namor being villain-ised, the whole shebang being narrated in Wolverine-style monologues got old really quickly, some of the characters seemed out-of-character, the T’Challa power upgrade was unnecessary and stupid, I really dislike the retcon of Thor’s origin and… I think that’s all. The things I did like were Captain America trying to game the system rather than playing along and (view spoiler)[Echo rejoining the team (hide spoiler)] . Oh, and the art was really good throughout. Story: 2 stars Artwork: 4 stars My next book: Blood and Circuses

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Another globe-spanning adventure gives us the backstory of yet another of the Avengers of One Million B.C. The origin of the Stone Age Phoenix is intercut with a tournament in the present day to decide who will be the newest person to merge with the Phoenix Force. There are tons of guest stars plus Aaron visits the many super-teams he has been juggling since the start of the series: Winter Guard, Squadron Supreme of America, Legion of the Unliving, and Defenders of the Deep. So many characters! Another globe-spanning adventure gives us the backstory of yet another of the Avengers of One Million B.C. The origin of the Stone Age Phoenix is intercut with a tournament in the present day to decide who will be the newest person to merge with the Phoenix Force. There are tons of guest stars plus Aaron visits the many super-teams he has been juggling since the start of the series: Winter Guard, Squadron Supreme of America, Legion of the Unliving, and Defenders of the Deep. So many characters! And the final chapter ties into the King in Black crossover aftermath. Overstuffed, but still fun with its Contest of Champions one-on-one matches. Superhero fanboy nirvana!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tiag⊗

    Jason Aaron goes full-on Oprah mode and writes "You are the Phoenix, You are the Phoenix, EVERYBODY is the Phoenix!", the end. In case you've missed it, Marvel editorial is utterly and completely dead, so its no surprise that we keep getting the same brainless character-verse storyline every year, they're easy to write, easy to bait, easy to forget. At this point, Jason Aaron is basically just trying to see with how much he can get away with this absurd hyperbolic drivel, sign me out. Jason Aaron goes full-on Oprah mode and writes "You are the Phoenix, You are the Phoenix, EVERYBODY is the Phoenix!", the end. In case you've missed it, Marvel editorial is utterly and completely dead, so its no surprise that we keep getting the same brainless character-verse storyline every year, they're easy to write, easy to bait, easy to forget. At this point, Jason Aaron is basically just trying to see with how much he can get away with this absurd hyperbolic drivel, sign me out.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    The Phoenix is back, and it's ready for a new host. But instead of choosing for itself, it's holding a tournament of heroes and villains, so that they can prove who is the worthiest of holding the mantle. This was fine? I didn't have half as many problems with it as most people did, it seems. It's mostly just fight scenes for the majority of the book, which isn't a bad thing considering it's meant to be a battle tournament, but it's all a bit stale in terms of character work. There are a few stan The Phoenix is back, and it's ready for a new host. But instead of choosing for itself, it's holding a tournament of heroes and villains, so that they can prove who is the worthiest of holding the mantle. This was fine? I didn't have half as many problems with it as most people did, it seems. It's mostly just fight scenes for the majority of the book, which isn't a bad thing considering it's meant to be a battle tournament, but it's all a bit stale in terms of character work. There are a few standouts, like the Phoenix solo issue from 10,0000 BC, and the actual ending of the arc is a nice surprise, but for the most part this is mindless punching. I guess all Avengers stories can't be massively cerebral, but I could have done with a little more substance over the style. Speaking of style, Javier Garron graduates from Miles Morales to Avengers and manages to design an entire universe worth of Phoenix-powered characters, which is fun to see. Luca Maresca also does a few fill-in issues; he's a bit less detailed, but no less impressive, and the Phoenix flashback issue is nicely pencilled by Dale Keown, showing up again after doing the Starbrand issue a while back. So yeah. Mindless punching, not a lot of plot, but it looks pretty. Sure, why not.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Subham

    It starts off as a sudden emergence of Phoenix powers among various heroes and they fight not among themselves but with others in some other landscape and so you have Cap, BP, Wolverine, Red widow, Namor, She-hulk and others fighting and the whole volume is a series of fights happening and its not that exciting tbh until you get the origin of the first host of Phoenix but then the retcon with Thor was so bad and forcefully inserted but regardless it comes down to a series of fights between BP an It starts off as a sudden emergence of Phoenix powers among various heroes and they fight not among themselves but with others in some other landscape and so you have Cap, BP, Wolverine, Red widow, Namor, She-hulk and others fighting and the whole volume is a series of fights happening and its not that exciting tbh until you get the origin of the first host of Phoenix but then the retcon with Thor was so bad and forcefully inserted but regardless it comes down to a series of fights between BP and Cap or Jen and Namor or others but then the one who becomes the Phoenix is a bit surprising but then again it might be explained later and one issues ties Blade into whatever is going on with KIB and emergence of a vampire nation. Next up: Heroes Reborn! Overall okayish not the best book Aaron has written but clearly he is building towards something with Mephisto and the art was decent for the most part, cool new costumes though.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sebastian

    Graphics ok. The story? Horrendous.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    COLLECTS AVENGERS (2018) ISSUES #39-45 Much like "Secret Wars" or "Contest of Champions," a group of heroes and villains have been abducted by the Phoenix Force and forced to fight each other in various one-on-one match-ups. The winner of each contest moves on to fight again, and the last person standing will be gifted with the power of the Phoenix. I haven't loved all of Jason Aaron's "Avengers" run, but this volume really worked for me. It started out a little slow, but got good fast. I'm also COLLECTS AVENGERS (2018) ISSUES #39-45 Much like "Secret Wars" or "Contest of Champions," a group of heroes and villains have been abducted by the Phoenix Force and forced to fight each other in various one-on-one match-ups. The winner of each contest moves on to fight again, and the last person standing will be gifted with the power of the Phoenix. I haven't loved all of Jason Aaron's "Avengers" run, but this volume really worked for me. It started out a little slow, but got good fast. I'm also intrigued by the vampire story teased at the end of this volume. Final rating = 4.5 stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Travis Duke

    Yikes... pretty messy all around. I started off liking the Phoenix background, that went away pretty quick. The whole phoenix battle was a huge mess and pretty lame for me. The idea that everyone gets the powers was watered down to me and takes away from the power itself. The outcome was very underwhelming. Even the Blade mini story was kinda lame, but better than the rest of the book. Namor getting his arms ripped off, that was very cool though.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marco

    I can't believe this is the same person who wrote stuff like Thor, Ghost Rider and Wolverine & the X-Men. I can't believe this is the same person who wrote stuff like Thor, Ghost Rider and Wolverine & the X-Men.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    Anyone who knows me knows about my obsession with Jean Grey and the Phoenix. I even have a huge phoenix firebird (with Jean's Phoenix chest symbol, and her body outline from Uncanny X-Men #125) tattooed on my left inner forearm. So... when it comes to anything Phoenix related, I am biased and usually love it. That being said.... After showing how the first Phoenix came to be (in Avengers BC era), we see that the cosmic Phoenix entity needs a new host (since Jean rejected it after her resurrection Anyone who knows me knows about my obsession with Jean Grey and the Phoenix. I even have a huge phoenix firebird (with Jean's Phoenix chest symbol, and her body outline from Uncanny X-Men #125) tattooed on my left inner forearm. So... when it comes to anything Phoenix related, I am biased and usually love it. That being said.... After showing how the first Phoenix came to be (in Avengers BC era), we see that the cosmic Phoenix entity needs a new host (since Jean rejected it after her resurrection). To figure out who will become the new host, Phoenix pulls lots of people to the White Hot Room and stages a tournament, giving each of them some of her power to use it. This means: WE GET TO SEE MANY OF MARVEL'S FINEST AS THE PHOENIX! Participants: Black Panther, Captain America, Hulk, Doctor Doom, Agent American Eagle, Wolverine (Logan), Luke Cage, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur, Black Knight, Echo (Maya Lopez), Valkyrie (Jane Foster), Shanna the She-Devil & Zabu, Shang-Chi, Howard the Duck, Man-Thing, King Namor, The Orb, Red Widow, Hyperion, Nighthawk, and Iron Fist Winner? Echo (Maya Lopez), who has the ability to copy any fighting style she's ever seen. Why? Not sure... but can't wait to find out. As an add-on final story, the Vampires want a place of their own after assisting in the King in Black fight. The Avengers do give to them, but leave Blade as the new sheriff. Overall, this Volume was really for one purpose, establishing the new Phoenix... but I loved the journey to get there AND the art was very creative. Strong recommend.... but I am Phoenix biased.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Blindzider

    There are so many things about this volume that I don't like. 1) Avengers 1,000,000 BC - Yawn. 2) Phoenix - can we just leave this "character" alone. We've already seen Jean Grey resurrected more times than she should have been. Somehow it's gone from being a mysterious force of nature to a sentient being that can organize a Hunger Games competition to find a new "host". Just have the Phoenix go away please. 3) Part of the origin story of the Phoenix involves a way too similar story of Jean Grey There are so many things about this volume that I don't like. 1) Avengers 1,000,000 BC - Yawn. 2) Phoenix - can we just leave this "character" alone. We've already seen Jean Grey resurrected more times than she should have been. Somehow it's gone from being a mysterious force of nature to a sentient being that can organize a Hunger Games competition to find a new "host". Just have the Phoenix go away please. 3) Part of the origin story of the Phoenix involves a way too similar story of Jean Grey and Charles Xavier. I get the idea of "echoes" throughout time but it just felt like a lack of imagination. So 5 issues just to give someone Phoenix powers and it seemed more like an excuse just to create pretty new costumes and have heroes fight among themselves. One additional issue to move things closer to the coming conflict with the Vampire Nation. Again, I know he's building to something bigger, but I'm just not feeling this run at all.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Not very good. Turning the question of who will be the next Phoenix into a battle royale doesn't really make sense and makes for a kind of boring series. Never mind that there's no reason to have a Phoenix at all, or that I don't care for the thrust towards making the Phoenix unquestionably destructive, it's a random collection of characters, some of whom aren't acting like themselves. And wasn't this happening around the same time as the battle royale over in X of Swords, or at least very short Not very good. Turning the question of who will be the next Phoenix into a battle royale doesn't really make sense and makes for a kind of boring series. Never mind that there's no reason to have a Phoenix at all, or that I don't care for the thrust towards making the Phoenix unquestionably destructive, it's a random collection of characters, some of whom aren't acting like themselves. And wasn't this happening around the same time as the battle royale over in X of Swords, or at least very shortly after? There are maybe three good scenes: Cap trying to game the system, the actual ending that leads to an unexpected Phoenix, and Doom quickly deciding that he has no time for this crap very early on. The ancient Phoenix origin was fine, I guess, and the wrap up issue that serves as an epilogue to both this dumb Phoenix story and the less dumb King in Black story has some good points. I just found this whole story unnecessary and not at all compelling.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Paxton Holley

    This was better than the last volume. Instead of Secret Wars this should have been called Phoenix Wars. It’s roughly the same story. Giant cosmic entity forces the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe to fight each other for supremacy. It’s okay. Essentially just a bunch of Marvel heroes imbued with aspects of the Phoenix Force fighting each other without really any consequences. Some good stuff there, but with Phoenix controlling the battles and not really letting anyone die or ultimately This was better than the last volume. Instead of Secret Wars this should have been called Phoenix Wars. It’s roughly the same story. Giant cosmic entity forces the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe to fight each other for supremacy. It’s okay. Essentially just a bunch of Marvel heroes imbued with aspects of the Phoenix Force fighting each other without really any consequences. Some good stuff there, but with Phoenix controlling the battles and not really letting anyone die or ultimately be defeated it feels stakes-less. I like the final issue in this collection. It’s after King of Black. Dracula asks the UN for his island to be recognized as a sovereign nation. An island of and for vampires. They agree, but make Blade the sheriff. Kind of a great setup. Looking forward to more of that story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    David Edmonds

    This... is not good. The amount of retconning that is involved in this story in order to force the Phoenix to fit into the story is astounding. Most of it is derivative, and wildly reminiscent of Phoenix stories that have already been told, and been told better. All of this to take a predominantly X-Men related character/theme and force it into an Avengers story, along with retconning another Avengers character's parentage, is scraping the bottom of the barrel, IMO. I haven't read any of the Ave This... is not good. The amount of retconning that is involved in this story in order to force the Phoenix to fit into the story is astounding. Most of it is derivative, and wildly reminiscent of Phoenix stories that have already been told, and been told better. All of this to take a predominantly X-Men related character/theme and force it into an Avengers story, along with retconning another Avengers character's parentage, is scraping the bottom of the barrel, IMO. I haven't read any of the Avengers comics in quite a while, and this certainly did nothing to make me interested in reading anything else. I was really looking forward to Hickman being able to do something Phoenix-related in his new X-Men world, but I don't see that happening now anytime soon.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jason Tanner

    I am enjoying Jason Aaron's run on Avengers a lot, but if I had a consistent critique of it, it would be that some of the connective tissue of the story is missing. He is building to something epic, but sometimes it feels like he is skipping a step here and there. This was particularly noticeable in the Khonshu story last volume. How exactly did Moon Knight become THAT powerful? (Maybe there are tie-ins that fill in the backstory? I don't know because I only follow a couple of current comics.) O I am enjoying Jason Aaron's run on Avengers a lot, but if I had a consistent critique of it, it would be that some of the connective tissue of the story is missing. He is building to something epic, but sometimes it feels like he is skipping a step here and there. This was particularly noticeable in the Khonshu story last volume. How exactly did Moon Knight become THAT powerful? (Maybe there are tie-ins that fill in the backstory? I don't know because I only follow a couple of current comics.) Overall, though, I enjoy the characterization and the energy, and my complaints are minor.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Derek Moreland

    Why is it, despite a seemingly unending stream of (what should be) bonkers ideas and (what could be) a fascinating cast of characters bouncing off each other, the best reaction I can muster for Aaron's AVENGERS run is "Meh"? I will say this in its favor: it is *compulsively* readable. It's my first pick every time it shows up on Marvel Unlimited, and despite my best judgement, I picked up the fist 12 issues as the HC collection that was recently released. But man, it should be SO MUCH BETTER tha Why is it, despite a seemingly unending stream of (what should be) bonkers ideas and (what could be) a fascinating cast of characters bouncing off each other, the best reaction I can muster for Aaron's AVENGERS run is "Meh"? I will say this in its favor: it is *compulsively* readable. It's my first pick every time it shows up on Marvel Unlimited, and despite my best judgement, I picked up the fist 12 issues as the HC collection that was recently released. But man, it should be SO MUCH BETTER than it is.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Davis

    Okay don't get me wrong I LOVE ME SOME AVENGERS! But this isn't it. Loved the graphics, but the way it was written was weird. I use to read all the comic books when avengers first came out way back. So over the years it has changed. Yes, I still love the Avengers movies but these comics aren't like the ones back years ago. Okay don't get me wrong I LOVE ME SOME AVENGERS! But this isn't it. Loved the graphics, but the way it was written was weird. I use to read all the comic books when avengers first came out way back. So over the years it has changed. Yes, I still love the Avengers movies but these comics aren't like the ones back years ago.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell Kukulka

    I might be the only person left in the world who still likes Aaron's "Avengers" run, but I'm not afraid of being right. The previous two volumes focusing on Starbrand and Moon Knight didn't quite grip me as much as I wanted them to, but this tournament arc played to all of this series' strengths in an extremely satisfying way. I might be the only person left in the world who still likes Aaron's "Avengers" run, but I'm not afraid of being right. The previous two volumes focusing on Starbrand and Moon Knight didn't quite grip me as much as I wanted them to, but this tournament arc played to all of this series' strengths in an extremely satisfying way.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dom Nuno

    Is iconoclasm, defeated in religion over a thousand years ago, rearing its ugly head, but this time in comics? Apparently so! What might have been an amazing story with great art is rendered pointless with all the pandering to what we shall politely call “contemporary issues”.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andres Pasten

    Ya no entiendo para donde va esta serie. Ahora tuvimos un battle royale por saber quien será Phoenix, y la verdad es que se sienten como 6 numeros innecesarios, así como la revelación sobre Thor. y ahora viene un tie-in con King in Black?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Westen

    It's official, Black Panther is Marvel's Batman. It's official, Black Panther is Marvel's Batman.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Benji Glaab

    3.5🌟

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sebastián

    Jason Aaron... why?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

  25. 5 out of 5

    Fernando Delgado

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Adkison

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tim

  28. 4 out of 5

    Malik

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Dinges

  30. 4 out of 5

    John Carter McKnight

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