Siege #1 Review
This book is billed as wrapping up all the turmoil that has gripped the Marvel Universe since Bendis took over the Avengers with Disassembled seven years ago. During that time, we've seen, for better or worse, a different Marvel Universe than we've been used to. Heroes hate each other, the bad guys are in charge, the good guys are on the run. Overall, it has been a darker place, culminating in Norman Osborn, one of the most evil people in the Marvel Universe, being basically in charge of everything. This is it. This is, supposedly, the end of this epic story. The end of an era. If Marvel can pull it off, not only will they succeed in ending something *gasp* BEFORE it has worn out its welcome with the fans, but also in telling one of the most epic stories in comic book history. Can they do it?
Siege moves pretty quickly right out of the gate. We start with Loki explaining his plan to Norman Osborn, or at least what he wants Osborn to think is his plan, in caption boxes as the plan unfolds in real time on the page. Already we can see that this is not your typical Bendis decompression. This event is going to be packed with action and meaningful plot advancements, and that is a good thing, as it is only four issues long.
After things are set into motion, we get some good dialog between Norman and his Dark Avengers. Norman wants them to help him invade Asgard, and the team is justifiably reluctant, showing the seriousness of such an act. However, Norman promises to free them from their obligations to him if they help him. He is putting all his cards on the table. It really gives the feel that this is the beginning of the end, and that no one is holding back.
The final part of the story shows the first strike on Asgard, which is swift and efficient. I won't go into the details, but not only does the team hit Asgard hard and fast, but they manage to take down several big players quickly, most notably Thor. As this unfolds, we see some heroes learning of this and preparing to strike back. Captain America and others should be joining the battle next issue.
Overall, this is a fine first issue story that sets up the event. If the tone set by this issue remains throughout the book, I think we will see a lot of tightly packed action. I also get the feeling that we will be seeing the ramifications of what happens in Siege for a long time in other books. The event will fly by before anyone can really digest what happened, bring all of the characters that had been divided over the past seven years together, shit will hit the fan, and then we will deal with all the issues that have built up over the past seven years in the aftermath. I love it.
The art here is pretty good. Coipel is better than he was on House of M, and does a good job conveying the huge events that occur here. I'm not sure that I bought Coipel as the kind of superstar artist one would expect on this kind of book, but I'm hoping that by the end he proves that he is.
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