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Avengers: Time Runs Out, Volume 3

(Avengers (2012) (Collected Editions) #9)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  910 ratings  ·  70 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Marvel
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Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix
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?


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
Sam Quixote
May 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel, 2017, superhero, comics
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 ...more
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
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 ...more
Jesse A
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This series, man! Kudos to Marvel for letting Hickman go full Hickman!
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Brilliant volume.

Here we finally get to see black panther get his revenge on Namor.
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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 ...more

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
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People Who Like Their Superheroes Super-stressed Out
Shelves: marvel
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.
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 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) Black Panther, at
Aug 28, 2015 rated it liked it
This was much better than the previous 2 volumes. things seemed to flow better and makes more sense.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Has its ups and downs through the giant ride but I'm hoping the end is near.
May 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-books
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.
Michael Church
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics
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 ...more
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Shannon Appelcline
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-marvel, comics
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 ...more
Ryan Morris
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jordan Lahn
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is really building into a great epic. Definitely not a story that will easily return to the status quo.
Taylor Cayes
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Hickman is doing a masterful job weaving these narratives together toward the finale.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Villain E
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
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
MatterofM M. P. Berger
-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
Ralph Wark
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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.
Todd Glaeser
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Nope reading more didn't help. (See my review of Avengers: Time Runs Out, Volume 2) ...more
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