The thread I couldnt wait for when i jumped the gun on my thoughts on the issue.
as I did here (spoiler tagged as to not take away from the focus of my review0:
http://www.theouthousers.com/forum/view ... ?p=1619271
OK first of all I'm not really the type to give a shit about character deaths that much. Hawkeye bummed me but I didnt give it that much thought, ditto with Vision in Disassembled....cant say Scott Lang moved me much though. OMD.......I really didnt give a shit about a divorce as long as the payoff was worth it. BND had is hiccups but overall i liked it. Batman RIP, I just mentally blocked off everything that went into Final Crisis cus it was stupid but it didnt piss me off per se like it did a hell of a lot of internet peeps.
Start part is kinda padding for spoiler tags and to explain my feelings on past big changes and deaths.
The big death teased in this issue = Ares. He turns on Osborn after finding out he was lied to and is ready to beat the shit out of him till the tide turns suddenly leading to the moment It's fucking brutal, he was literally torn in half (not by the waist, the other vertical way...name escapes me right now) by the Sentry with blood and guts everywhere after getting the shit kicked out of him despite putting up a strong but futile fight. This was easily moment of the week material, Coipel's 2-page spread of his death was gory as fuck and the reactions of everyone priceless.
Why this affected me where so much other stuff failed to over the years? Because I was big on Greek mythology and mythology in general back in the day? Bendis's building of the character to arguably the strongest characterisation he's written in his Avengers run....point out any other character and I'll respectfully disagree no matter who it is. he set all facets of his life from the family man, God of War, his personality...the works. No other character he's written in 616 was as richly developed as Ares. Combined with the fact the character was just awesome all-round I was hoping he'd be around as a long-term character for many more years to come. Throughout his run Ares was slowly evolving into one of the major players of the MU.
The devious fucker made me genuinely care about a character for the first time ever so much and took it all away in a few panels Sad
But....you never know, mythical gods are full of resurrections and such so there might be a grander plan down the line. But thats just speculation and mostly wishful thinking so far.
Oh, as for the rest of the issue? Besides the preview there's not much more to add other than Thor recovering enough to help Maria Hill's getaway, Cap rallying the Avengers and a last page of Osborn turning around us seeing the reflection of a certain shield of the Iron Patriot's faceplate Razz
But it was those handful of pages talked about prior that defined the book for me. it set the bar really high for the other half of this event.
The Sentry must die >:O
Siege #2 delivered. One particular scene stood out and for good reason: the death of Ares. Not just another shock death like the ones in Disassembled or the Wasp's death in prior Bendis stories but one that was woven into the story so well. Ares realising Osborn's big lie coming to a head and finally bringing in that big plot device hardly anyone ever uses for events: the Sentry. It also raises the question off how the fuck can Osborn be toppled if he's being watched over by someone that can tear apart a god with little effort?
It just raised the stakes big time as Osborn's army of registered supervillains was a B-List who's who at best. but seeing a seemingly confident and determined Sentry finally cutting loose instead of running away like a bitch again sells the severity off the situation.
Then there's all the other small awesome stuff like Thor frying Daken, maria Hill firing rockets @ Osborn while saving Thor, Steve Rogers rallying a team into battle, Nick Fury and the Secret Warriors being part of this, the convo with Phobos and that final page of seeing Cap's shield reflected off Osborns faceplate coming in fast just further sealed the deal. Bendis clearly is pulling all the stops in order to make his Avengers endgame as big as he possibly can...and its working.
Coipels art is awesome...no doubt. In every moment listed above, he drew his ass off on it no matter how small it may have been from the scene layout to the facial expressions of the characters (Bullseye looking like he shit himself when Sentry tore apart Ares spoke volumes, it even FELT natural for someone as psychotic as him to be that shocked which you'd never expect from Bullseye). Everything was standout stuff. Its like Michael Bay with a brain in terms of visuals.
My one worry is that the bar may be getting set too high with all this buildup. Bendis's stories always read better when reading them all @ once to get the full picture so right now for one more month I have no idea what to expect. Thats a good and bad thing to me since its just as easy to fail to live up to the hype of a stellar previous issue.
If the Siege story overall is this good though I really have no qualms of rating the whole thing with a 10.