I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
There were some things that bothered me - like a whole bunch of storylines that felt a bit disparate, and I wanted them to tie together more quickly. Or not be left as cliffhangers for later. I felt it got a bit slow in the middle, too, and I really wanted to abandon this for the Age of Ultron What Ifs? I'd purchased earlier as part of a sale. Why the hell was Spider-Man such an asshole about eating someone's food - which he tries to pass off as leftovers - and then demanding that those little punks don't call him on it? (Wait, is this Superior Spider-Man, because that would make sense...)
Overall, however, the idea was interesting: threats are getting bigger, so how do the Avengers deal with this? Expansion. Expansion of the team, really. It's an interesting idea, it's a global threat, and it's philosophical and action-packed, and the art is gorgeously realistic, while also being stylistic enough to rely heavily on crosshatching. It's a really great graphic novel.
Why only three and a half stars then? Certainly not the art; based on art alone, this would have garnered five stars. However, graphic novels are a blending of art and story, and like I said, it was dragging in the middle, and one of the storylines - that I won't spoil - still doesn't quite make sense to me. It really seemed like they pulled a Deus Ex Machina in the middle of the story, really.
So, while, yes, this was good and I have volume three waiting, this series and I need a break. AoU What Ifs, here I come!