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Royal Reviews: Dark Avengers #16

Written by Royal Nonesuch on Friday, May 14 2010 and posted in Reviews

Royal Nonesuch reviews the grand finale of Dark Avengers, from Marvel Comics!

Comic Review Cover

Credits & Solicit Info:

COVER BY: Mike Deodato
WRITER: Brian Michael Bendis
PENCILS: Mike Deodato
INKS: James Robinson
COLORED BY: Agustin Padilla
LETTERED BY: Jared Fletcher

SIEGE BLOCKBUSTER TIE-IN!! Series Finale!! What?! Marvel's number one ongoing series is coming to an end?! What could possibly happen in the last chapter of SIEGE that is so intense as to bring this crazy chapter in Marvel history to a close??!! Well, clearly we can't tell you here but there will be a funeral and the fate of Norman Osborn Will. Be. Decided!! Rated T …$3.99

PRICE: 3.99
IN STORES: May 12, 2010



"I was right.  The world is a mess and the world needed me to fix it.  And I would have.  I could have.  The world is a madhouse of mutants, terrorists, psychotics, aliens and monsters.  All of them clashing and crashing into each other at every second of every day."

Warning: This review may contain SPOILERS for this issue.

Upon reading its conclusion in DARK AVENGERS #16, it becomes clear just what this book has been all about.  This is one of the more existential superhero comics on the shelves as, really, it forced the superhero archetype to justify its existence.  When the very concept of the superhero, the icon of all that is good and selfless in the world, becomes twisted and perverted to such a horrifying degree, then the superheroes must rise up and show themselves to be stronger. 

DARK AVENGERS #16 is the capstone not only for the series, but the overarching Siege storyline at Marvel Comics.  Writer Brian Michael Bendis ties up the loose ends relating to this book by shifting scenes quickly and briefly showing what will become of Norman's forces, indeed all that he had set forward, upon the failure of his invasion of Asgard.  Certainly, Norman himself gets ensnared in that round up as he learns yet again that the diabolical actions of evil men culminate not in resounding triumph, but with dirt in your teeth and manacles on your arms.   It makes sense, then  that the end of the Dark Avengers is a quiet affair, with the rest of the Marvel Universe ready to move forward. 

Mike Deodato Jr. renders all this issue's events with his customary weight and dynamic sense of layout.  His figures are very solid and real, and his storytelling is really top-notch.  His action scenes get really expansive, testing the limits of the comic book page, while his quieter scenes (of which there are many) are full of emotive body language and clever framing.  Colorist Rain Beredo makes great use of lighting to enhance detail and set the mood for any given scene.

Writer Brian Michael Bendis wrote a great series about villains in the spotlight, and he ends it effectively by focusing on the book's real star, Norman Osborne.  Osborne is defiant until the end, refusing to repent or question a single action he took.  He's come a long way since palling around with the Enforcers and riding around on a rocket-powered phallus in the early days of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.  Now he's one of the greatest villains the Marvel Universe has ever had.  He may cut off from society now in an underground jail cell, but at least he gets to say that he used to run the place. 



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As Senior Media Correspondent (which may be a made-up title), Royal Nonesuch tends to spearhead a lot of film and television content on The Outhouse. He's still a very active participant in the comic book section of the site, though. Nonesuch writes reviews of film, television, and comics, and conducts interviews for the site as well.  You can reach out to him on Twitter or with Email.


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