Avengers: Time Runs Out, Volume 3by Jonathan Hickman, Stefano Caselli, Kev Walker, Mike Deodato, Dalibor Talajić Published 26 May 2015
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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-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
"Avengers: Time Runs Out, Volume 3" Reviews
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.
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...
FINE! I'll do it. But I'm not happy.
Real review once I've eventually caught up to this goddamn volume.
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.
This series, man! Kudos to Marvel for letting Hickman go full Hickman!
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!
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.
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.