Bill Gladman on the issue
When Bendis first took over the Avengers book with issue #500 and even with the launch of the New Avengers title (up until about issue #26) his work was strong, vibrant, fresh, imaginitive and very entertaining. I felt the first issue of Siege captured Bendis when he is at his best. When he stays in character and paces a story correctly. Siege #1 was a well written and beautifully illustrated book with art by Oliver Coipel, who was until recently working on Thor.
Loki is the man...woman...whatever, as he continues to play everybody for fools to further his own goals. He...she...he is stringing along everybody from Osborn, to Doom, to Balder. This is the best I have seen Loki for years. And the last page with Cap watching the beat down of Thor at the hands of the Iron Patriot, Sentry, and the U-Foes...awesome!
I hope this book delivers, as promised, the fall of Osborn and the end of seven years of non-stop crossover and big event madness.
As good as the book was it's better if you did read Origins of Siege, the freebie that came out last week. There WAS a brand new story in the book...about a five pager I believe that features a very nice conversation between Loki and Norman, and would have been even better if not for a few editorial glitches.
Ares is also written very well in this story, but I don't think he's going to like it when he learns that Norman is using him as puppet against the Asgardians. Norman wants the "Siege" of Asgard to go down without a hitch and makes the Dark Avengers an offer they simply can not refuse.
This story has the pontential to be the best "event" book not only done by Marvel but in comics period IF it holds up to the promises of wide sweeping change in the Marvel Universe AND doesn't fall flat before the end of the story like every event book in the last 10 years for both Marvel and D.C. (with the exception of the Annihilation stuff of course).
I know a lot of people have down played the signifigance of this series, but if you are one of those...I suggest you give the book a try. I mean I'm not even a Bendis fan..and I loved the book. That's got to say something, right?
Can't wait to see Ares cut off Osborn's head. In the armor.
Can't wait until the Sentry is revealed to be Marvel Man Jr.
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Oliver Coipel
Inks: Mark Morales
Colors: Laura Martin
Letters: VC's Chris Eliopoulos
Cover: Oliver Coipel, Mark Morales & Laura Martin
Variant Covers: Gabriele Dell'Otto, Joe Quesada, Danny Miki & Richard Isanove
Published by: Marvel Comics
Beginning with the ravaging affects of Avengers Disassembled and following the aftermaths of House of M, Civil War and Secret Invasion, culminating with the evil Reign of Norman Osborn, the Marvel Universe has been left with its greatest villains holding more power and control than ever before. On the brink of madness, Osborn, in his final bid to take total control, targets the final obstacle in his mission...Asgard. Events are set in motion forcing our heroes to put aside the deep rifts that have grown over the past seven years. Opposing them stand a horde of evil that has begun to take down the gods of the Golden Realm! SIEGE will rock the foundations of every super hero, villain and team in the Marvel Universe. As an era ends, one word will ring above all others..."SIEGE."
IN STORES: January 6, 2010
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