When I first heard of the concept of Avengers Arena I was pissed. I mean, Nico, Chase, X-23, Mettle, Hazmat and Reptil all locked into a death match in the fashion similar to the Hunger Games/Battle Royale. It really is maddening to see them get killed in such a cheap fashion, or so I think. When it first came out, I decided that I would boycott the series and watch it burn to the ground. But, as the series progressed and a lot of characters die, including Darkhawk, Juston, and Nico, I begun to be curious about the series and decided to acquire the issues through other means.
I went in on this series thinking it would be bad, but as I read issue-to-issue my opinion changed. Each issue has something that is lacking in the other books that are currently out there, real risk. I have never been this thrilled for a comic book in a long time. The last time is probably back when X-men: Second Coming is out. After reading this series, I immediately bought the first trade paperback.
Even with all the negative criticism this book is getting I still suggest that Avengers Arena should be given at least a chance. All the characters are written well and some are even improved (I'm talking about you, Juston!).
What did you guys think about this series? Like it or hate it?