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Dark Avengers: Ares #1
I've been going back and forth between excitement and dread for this comic. I'm a big fan of Kieron Gillen's Phonogram, but I hadn't read any of his Marvel work. I really like the character Ares and the original Oeming mini, but post-Ultron Initiative I don't think he's been used in ways that were all that interesting. I was super excited when Cary Nord was announced as the artist on the book, but for whatever reason that ended up not happening. Also there's that 'Dark' word in the title...
All bullshit aside, I ended up enjoying this. I liked Gillen's take on the character and while on the surface the Shades could have very much not worked, but I though it was executed well and I liked the book being from the perspective of one of the soldiers rather than Ares himself. My favorite thing about the book though was that even though it's a 'Dark Avengers' book, I didn't need to have been reading Dark Reign to follow the story.
I was really worried about the art in this after seeing the previews that were floating around. Those things were just all kinds of fugg. Luckily the printed version of the book looked better. Mostly I thought the art was good, but there are some panels in there that are horrid. I couldn't really tell how the inking duties were split up, but Stefano Gaudiano is a badass so I'm thinking maybe the portions of the book that I enjoyed probably had a lot to do with him. Jose Villarrubia always does great work and this was no exception. I'm not sure what Marvel did to frak up his work in those previews.
In a rare turn of events, this will actually be a Review Group pick where I go out and buy the next issue of the series.
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