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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US; Har/Psc edition (23 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785168249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785168249
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Dec 2013
Format: Hardcover
The story running through issues #7-11 of Avengers (volume 5) is collected as Avengers Vol.2: The Last White Event. This is a continuation of the previous volume - Avengers: Avengers World - as the multiverse continues to collapse even without (apparently) parallel-universes colliding. This triggers a cosmic defence mechanism that empowers a human as the Starbrand - a defender of Earth with the power to destroy it etc.etc. He also has the power to throw the Hulk into orbit. Anyway, after two issues of the Avengers calm him down by throwing the Hulk and Thor's hammer at him, eventually the New Adam whisks him off to Mars for some exposition, and a revelation that Ex Nihilo's seeds are up to something... and then we have two issues of prodding the seed-sites with big sticks - namely the Avengers and Omega Flight - before someone realises that it is not a good idea.

Anyway, this is more cosmicy stuff featuring the Avengers' big guns at full throttle, with little or no `personal' - i.e. out of costume, or even masks-off - interaction; no human scale stuff, that once was the distinguishing feature of Marvel, as opposed to DC's costumed characters. It is very good cosmic stuff, but ALL the Avengers titles seem to be going down this path all at the same time, and it can become tiresome.

Issue #11 is a complete change of pace, as all the human stuff missing from the previous story is shoved into a `Secret Avengers' mission for Shang Chi and a group of other Avengers who go on an undercover mission to Macau where - apparently - AIM is auctioning off a new bio-weapon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Feb 2014
Format: Hardcover
The story running through issues #7-11 of Avengers (volume 5) is collected as Avengers Vol.2: The Last White Event. This is a continuation of the previous volume - Avengers: Avengers World – as the multiverse continues to collapse even without (apparently) parallel-universes colliding. This triggers a cosmic defence mechanism that empowers a human as the Starbrand – a defender of Earth with the power to destroy it etc.etc. He also has the power to throw the Hulk into orbit. Anyway, after two issues of the Avengers calm him down by throwing the Hulk and Thor’s hammer at him, eventually the New Adam whisks him off to Mars for some exposition, and a revelation that Ex Nihilo’s seeds are up to something… and then we have two issues of prodding the seed-sites with big sticks – namely the Avengers and Omega Flight – before someone realises that it is not a good idea.

Anyway, this is more cosmicy stuff featuring the Avengers’ big guns at full throttle, with little or no ‘personal’ – i.e. out of costume, or even masks-off – interaction; no human scale stuff, that once was the distinguishing feature of Marvel, as opposed to DC’s costumed characters. It is very good cosmic stuff, but ALL the Avengers titles seem to be going down this path all at the same time, and it can become tiresome.

Issue #11 is a complete change of pace, as all the human stuff missing from the previous story is shoved into a ‘Secret Avengers’ mission for Shang Chi and a group of other Avengers who go on an undercover mission to Macau where - apparently - AIM is auctioning off a new bio-weapon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Dec 2013
Format: Hardcover
The story running through issues #7-11 of Avengers (volume 5) is collected as Avengers Vol.2: The Last White Event. This is a continuation of the previous volume - Avengers: Avengers World - as the multiverse continues to collapse even without (apparently) parallel-universes colliding. This triggers a cosmic defence mechanism that empowers a human as the Starbrand - a defender of Earth with the power to destroy it etc.etc. He also has the power to throw the Hulk into orbit. Anyway, after two issues of the Avengers calm him down by throwing the Hulk and Thor's hammer at him, eventually the New Adam whisks him off to Mars for some exposition, and a revelation that Ex Nihilo's seeds are up to something... and then we have two issues of prodding the seed-sites with big sticks - namely the Avengers and Omega Flight - before someone realises that it is not a good idea.

Anyway, this is more cosmicy stuff featuring the Avengers' big guns at full throttle, with little or no `personal' - i.e. out of costume, or even masks-off - interaction; no human scale stuff, that once was the distinguishing feature of Marvel, as opposed to DC's costumed characters. It is very good cosmic stuff, but ALL the Avengers titles seem to be going down this path all at the same time, and it can become tiresome.

Issue #11 is a complete change of pace, as all the human stuff missing from the previous story is shoved into a `Secret Avengers' mission for Shang Chi and a group of other Avengers who go on an undercover mission to Macau where - apparently - AIM is auctioning off a new bio-weapon.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Still building and adding plot lines 11 Aug 2013
By J. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If one was to pick up Vol 1 and 2 and read all 11 issues contained within the story would be incomplete. Hickman has built a lot of different arcs that I assume will eventually be tied together. Some story lines include:

-Expansion of the Avengers roster
-A Multi universe changing event, centralized to the Earth
-An old powerful species known as "the Builders" are failing
-Villain organization AIM is up to something

Thats about it I guess. There is a saying about Hickman's work that he "writes for the omnibus not the trade," its seems true in this case. If you are a trade reader like me, I suggest Hickman's New Avengers book while waiting for this story line to progress further.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Avengers got "bigger" but you wouldn't know it from this book 12 Jun 2014
By Jem - Published on Amazon.com
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I wasn't thrilled with the first volume of the Marvel Now Avengers. It seemed to be setting the Avengers up to be galactic heroes in a space opera. That's fine for the Guardians but so far it's not working here. This second volume expands on the "all universes are ending" apocalypse.

Two creatures from Mars sent "bombs" to Earth to terraform it and all living creatures. Along the way, the Universe became a sentient being and two new superpowered beings were created: Nightmask and Starbrand. The latter two are trying to figure out why the "system" is broken and what can be done about it. The Avengers....well, they don't have a whole lot to do. They confront the newly created Starbrand, whose birth wiped out a college full of people, and get their butts handed to them before he's whisked away with Nightmask. The majority of the book is spent with these two and a lot of technobabble trying to define the plot.

This volume hasn't done much to improve my perception of the new direction the series and characters are going in. When it even spends time with our heroes. Perhaps this is a long build of a story arc but it is short on action, humor and heroes - all the things that make the Avengers worth reading. I'll keep reading mainly because I already bought the first four volumes but I probably would have abandoned the series if I hadn't. Sadly, New Avengers is working in parallel to this series, with the same writers, and the same problems. Hopefully, the next volume will make an abrupt turn and bring the heroes back front and center. Though I'm seriously disappointed with these two team series, the individual hero series are so far fantastic. I highly recommend Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Thor and Loki.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Life, the Universe and Everything 30 Oct 2013
By Culleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There may be spoilers ahead...

A new threat that emerged in volume 1 is on the rise, and it spells certain doom for the entire Planet Earth. Can the Avengers, with its new, bigger roster, save the day?

This volume starts in a distant part of the universe(s) in a place called the Superflow. It's quite confusing to begin with, but if I've called it correctly, it's kind of a central monitoring station/hub for all the multiple universes. We were introduced to the Builders in Volume 1 - well this place is connected to them somehow, probably kind of like 'Head Office' of the Builders. Maybe, I'm just speculating at the moment.

Anyway, the Superflow is alerted to the fact that many universes are dying, but we discover that Universe 616 (containing our favourite Marvel superheroes of Earth 616) is also going critical. So they initiate what is known as a White Event.

Cut to Avengers Tower, and Earth's Mightiest Heroes are learning about Nightmask, or Adam, who was birthed in volume 1 by Ex Nihlo, a Builder. He and Captain Universe are explaining the meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything when they are alerted to an incident that has occurred in a nearby college campus. There's a blast radius of 1 mile and over 3000 people are dead.

Racing to the scene, they find a skinny naked youth at ground zero who doesn't have any clue what's going on. His name is Kevin, and he's the most powerful being on the planet, and subsequently smacks the Hulk into orbit and isn't phased when Thor gives him his best wallop with Mjolnir.

Kevin, we learn, is a Starbrand. Each planet has its own Starbrand, created by a White Event - an intervention of sorts (I think) by the Superflow when universes are dying. Starbrand's are supposed to save their planets/universes, but in order to do so, they are given the power to destroy a planet.

Kevin is transported to Mars by Adam where they meet up with Ex Nihlo again, and we learn more of his plan to transform the Earth into a sentient being, whilst the Avengers are left to ponder what to do next, including an undercover mission to Hong Kong to investigate an arms deal with AIM which is all linked to this White Event.

I found this volume slightly confusing at the start. It took me three or so reads (no bad thing) to get my head round it. I wasn't overly impressed with volume 1 in my review of it, but volume 2 is improving now that things are coming together. I would give it 3.5 stars if I could. I'm still getting to grips with this super race of interdimensional beings who can create universes and life etc, but I guess it's no different than the concept of the Magratheans in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, which I love.

The artwork by Dustin Weaver is amazing and is light years better than when he worked on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic a few years ago (and I liked that work too - I'm assuming it's the same guy).

Jonathan Hickman likes his Marvel characters to have their adventures in a more cosmic setting, this is obvious to me. His work on FF two years ago had me flinging those comics away as everything was making my head sore. Now however, I'm starting to enjoy his work on this title and also the New Avengers (which is connected to this storyline as well).

It has been a gradual liking though. I'm reading the individual comic issues so I'm probably somewhere close to the end of volume 3, and it's leading up to Marvel's big event of the year; INFINITY. My taste for the whole thing is improving so who knows, maybe volume 3 will get 4 stars.

But for now though; volume 1 = 3 stars, this volume = 3.5 stars. My favourite part in this book is the Hong Kong trip for the extra half mark.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Who on EARTH 616 is not loving this book?! 15 Oct 2013
By Alee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
So having just completed both of the first trades of Avengers and New Avengers, respectively, "The Last White Event" is so far affirming my giddy excitement about those books and making me realize that I need a collected omnibus of ALL the Hickman Avengers titles when his run is complete. It reads like the Avengers in a Star Trek movie directed by David Lynch. Holy crap.

The scale is staggering. People are complaining about incomplete story lines but I frankly don't get it. Hickman obviously has a plan and seeded lots of landmines for his run throughout the Marvel U, even as early as the first issue. He'd be a full to set them all off too soon. Those who know will be tickled and excited to see where he's going with things. Enjoy the mystery. As things unfold, your jaw just continues to drop.

And OH, THE ART. Special mention must be made of Jerome Opeña's work introducing Ex Nihilo on Mars in the last book but damn if Dustin Weaver isn't up to the same par. More of a traditional comics penciller (Opeña's linework was barely detectable in most cases; almost painterly), his careful lines are complemented amazingly well by Justin Ponsor's eye-popping color. Seriously, this is the sexiest-looking Marvel book on the market, especially for those of you who always wanted the Avengers to be a psychotic science fiction space opera. *raises hand*

Can't recommend this enough. I've gotten so much joy out of it. For those of you who don't mind being strung along by mind-melting mysteries that just get deeper and deeper, this book is for you.
Reading this is a chore 27 Oct 2014
By Edward Ho - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Okay, so I get it that Hickman is trying to build up the storyline to Infinity but it's happening at slugfest pace that leaves tons of holes in the storyline. Nothing is really explained clearly and if it is, I find it too much of a bore to go back trying to understand exactly how everything ties together. It's no fun honestly and the characters are all pretty robotic.
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