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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US; 01 edition (24 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785166580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785166580
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Avengers Arena: Game on (Marvel Now) Volume 2 The history of Arcade is revealed! How did the former punch line become the sadistic scene stealer that now torments Marvel's teen heroes? Find out in this shocking behind-the-scenes story! Plus: what are X-23's secrets? What is Darkhawk's big reveal? Secrets explode, alliances shatter, and Apex - the mean girl you love to hate - makes her move, as the next chapter of the Arena's deadly game begin... Full description


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Just finished reading this, if like me you read the first one and thought it was a bit 'meh,' you might have some reservations about reading the second one. Well it is a lot better, it has more action, better story progression which isn't as disjointed and more character development.
I'm now eagerly anticipating the 3rd installment, which prior to this book I didn't know if I would even continue with the series. (I will normally persevere through a couple of books to give it a chance before giving up if somethings not my cup of tea.)
Solid 4 out of 5 stars and a remarkable improvement over the first book.
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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 14 July 2014
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The story running through issues #7-12 of Avengers Arena is collected as Avengers Arena Volume 2: Game On (Marvel Now). When I read the first volume of this book - Avengers Arena - Volume 1: Kill or Die (Marvel Now) - I was a bit dismissive in my review of it. I had even put off reading volume two for ages. However, having met some of the characters here and there in my reading since (some in pre- and some in post-Arena stories), I eventually picked this volume and found it vastly entertaining! The first issue collected here `explains' Arcade and what he is up to, and why; and then the subsequent story, continuing the adventures of his victims, I found fascinating. Go figure. There was action, adventure, character-development, and even the people I'd never heard of before were really interesting. So, go and read volume 1, and then come back to this.

The plot is that a group of super-powered teens (some mutants, some ex-Avengers Academy, some unknown to me) have been kidnapped by Arcade and taken to a secret location, and they have to kill each other off until only one is left, just like in Battle Royale. A couple are (apparently) actually killed off in volume one, then in this volume, the characters start to band together, though there is a rogue among them (and not the usual suspects either) who decides to carry on the good work... However, as I said above, it was really entertaining, and there was a lot of good character development, some real surprises, and an interesting discovery at the very end.
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The casts of Avengers Academy and Runaways are still in Murderworld, an intricate closed environment filled with deathtraps created by the villain Arcade, and the last man standing deathmatch a la Battle Royale/Hunger Games continues. Some characters died in the first volume, some more die in the second, and probably a few more will die in the third. Dialogue is spoken in between fight scenes. It is a non-comical comic. My edition was printed on paper.

The first volume didn’t blow me away but I didn’t hate it as much as a number of readers did. Yes it’s derivative and totally unoriginal but I hoped it would keep going further, becoming trashier as the series went on. Alas, it hasn’t and now I join the ranks of readers who despise this series. The problem is that it’s trying to seem like a real series with real characters and, because it’s not accomplishing this, it’s become a real bore to read.

One of the biggest obstacles this series has is how unknown most of these characters are going to be for anyone who hasn’t read Avengers Academy/Runaways (like me!). We get Apex’s backstory and I can only say: was laughter the desired response? I don’t know who Chase is but every time he transforms into a lamer version of Iron Man – Darkhawk! – it’s a big deal, and I don’t get why. Dennis Hopeless is trying to make you care about characters you don’t know who’re given the barest of background information in a story about them all dying – it’s not an approach that works or should’ve even been attempted.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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2.0 out of 5 stars Game over... 28 Jan. 2014
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The casts of Avengers Academy and Runaways are still in Murderworld, an intricate closed environment filled with deathtraps created by the villain Arcade, and the last man standing deathmatch a la Battle Royale/Hunger Games continues. Some characters died in the first volume, some more die in the second, and probably a few more will die in the third. Dialogue is spoken in between fight scenes. It is a non-comical comic. My edition was printed on paper.

The first volume didn’t blow me away but I didn’t hate it as much as a number of readers did. Yes it’s derivative and totally unoriginal but I hoped it would keep going further, becoming trashier as the series went on. Alas, it hasn’t and now I join the ranks of readers who despise this series. The problem is that it’s trying to seem like a real series with real characters and, because it’s not accomplishing this, it’s become a real bore to read.

One of the biggest obstacles this series has is how unknown most of these characters are going to be for anyone who hasn’t read Avengers Academy/Runaways (like me!). We get Apex’s backstory and I can only say: was laughter the desired response? I don’t know who Chase is but every time he transforms into a lamer version of Iron Man – Darkhawk! – it’s a big deal, and I don’t get why. Dennis Hopeless is trying to make you care about characters you don’t know who’re given the barest of background information in a story about them all dying – it’s not an approach that works or should’ve even been attempted.

I suppose if you’re an Avengers Academy/Runaways fan already then this obstacle doesn’t exist for you, but those titles were both very low-selling comics for Marvel so I can only imagine that the majority of readers picking this up aren’t going to know who’s who and why we should care about their deaths.

There are some fights but unfortunately not enough death. The one series where Marvel could deliver more on their superhero fights than just boring stalemates and they flub it! Even when a certain character does bite it, they come back to life later on! Meanwhile, the ones that do die have been minor blips in the series so far so I barely noticed they’d gone when they had. And when they’re not fighting ineffectively, they’re bumming around on the beach! Is the subtitle, “Game On”, referring to a game of friendly volleyball or something?

I liked the opening issue explaining how and why Arcade came to create Murderworld. He’s definitely gone up in my estimation as a more interesting character because of this series and I wish he’d play a bigger part in the book given that the alternatives are so dreary. But one good issue out of six ain’t enough to recommend this book. It’s definitely not shaping up to be a must-read comic.

Avengers Arena Volume 2 sacrifices the potential craziness and fun of the silly concept to deliver a maudlin, lo-fi, and very dull book. It’s a disappointing addition to a series that could’ve been much more enjoyable if it had been handled a different way. Maybe it’ll mean more to Avengers Academy/Runaways fans but to everyone who’s not, the story is unlikely to make you care about these characters nor make you want to rush out and pick up those other books.

Ho hum, I guess I’ll go read the third volume for completion more than anything…
4.0 out of 5 stars Arcade gets his backstory. The teenage heroes try to survive. One of them tries to win. 30 Aug. 2014
By THowerton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The story set up for this is quite good: take Arcade, the classic Marvel villain who sets up elaborate death trap games for heroes, recovering from a down-on-his-luck spell and who takes his cue from "The Hunger Games" to set up another arena, an island, but instead of it containing a lot of death traps he is able to manipulate the conditions so that the teenage heroes that he deposits there will have conflicts and will turn on each other and try to kill each other. And through this one of the heroes becomes the villain of this storyline even as they try to become the winner of the game. It can be frightening how relationships play out, chaotic. This series still manages to catch that.

The first volume containing issues 1-6 of this limited series were excellent and had weight. Volume 2, which collects issues 7-12, is quite good but it does slow down a bit due in no small part to giving some necessary backstory as to how and why Arcade created this particular Murder World. The heroes also fight amidst each other but agonize some over this, as is to be expected. Some relationships and alliances change and there are surprising deaths and reveals. The story does lose a little steam, though, when the center of attention is taken off of the "contestants" and placed on an emphasis of how they can escape their fate. Still, great stuff overall.
4.0 out of 5 stars great fun - if 20 Sept. 2014
By brooklynRick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
great fun - if, like me, you could do without marvel's mainstream 'iconic' characters omnipresence - new and underused fringe characters are always more engaging when a writer is left alone to play
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty happy with what it recieved 13 Mar. 2015
By Joshua Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
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Pretty happy with what it recieved. It did what it was supposed to do, and that was stay together while I read it. Good job.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hunger Games Meets Marvel 3 Oct. 2013
By Joshua - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great series which I believe to be Marvel's best comic currently being made. Having said that it could be a lot better. It promises to be a story about young heroes forced to fight each other to the death, but in reality this will most likely be a story that had no effect on the rest of the Marvel world with all of the "dead" coming back to life or never being killed in the first place.
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