Well, since I'm pretty engrossed in Dragon Age: Origins right now, I'm not really in the mood to do any reviews. As such, I'm going to be pretty quick with these reviews so I can get back to my game. Sure, that's not a very good excuse for posting sucky reviews, but it'll have to do. Anyway, the books I'm reviewing are two Siege x-overs, and let's face it, if you've read the main Siege books, you're not really missing out on much with the x-overs. OK, with that out of the way, let's see how quickly I can blitz through these reviews.
Dark Avengers #15: Writer: BENDIS. Artist: Mike Deodato.
Last Issue: 7 1/2 out of 10.
If you've read the Siege: The Cabal one shot from a few weeks(months?)back, then you know what went on through most of this comic, because this issue is just a rehash of those events. Here's the short form: Doom and Osborn have a disagreement over Namor being kicked out of the Cabal. Osborn threatens Doom with the Void, Doom doesn't back down, and the Void destroys Doom. We then learn that it wasn't actually Doom, but a Doombot, and the Doombot unleashes a swarm of nanites, which proceed to tear apart Avengers Tower. These events lead to Osborn evacuating the Tower, which is where the new stuff picks up. While evacuating, Bullseye takes the Sentry's wife on a private helicopter, and as per Osborn's instructions, he kills her, tossing her corpse into the Atlantic Ocean. After the mess with Doom is cleaned up, Bullseye returns to the Tower and tells the Sentry that his wife committed suicide rather then be with him, since she was terrified of him. The Sentry turns into the Void, attacks Bullseye, but is ultimately convinced by Osborn that Bullseye wasn't in the wrong. With that, the Sentry leaves to mourn, and Osborn gives Bullseye the, “good job” look, which Osborn's right hand woman, Victoria Hand picks up on, ending this issue.
Meh. There really wasn't NEARLY enough new content in this comic to justify the $3.99 cover price, since most of this comic dealt with events that I've already seen play out in the Siege: The Cabal comic... Not only that, but man was BENDIS in one of his bad dialogue moods... Ugh! Here's an example of what I most dislike about BENDIS'S writing style. During the scene where the Dark Avengers are evacuating the Tower, Moonstone, Venom and Daken have the following exchange about getting the Quinjet airborn.
Moonstone: Why isn't this thing working?? Venom: You have to turn the blue thing. Moonstone: I turned the blue thingy. Daken: I can fly it. Get out of the way. You had it on emergency lockdown. Moonstone: No, I didn't. Daken: Then how did it get in emergency lockdown? Moonstone: I don't even know what that is. Daken: Everyone in your seats. Where to, Ms. Hand?
And it keeps going on from there! It's just inane dialogue that adds nothing to the story... It's simply there to fill up the page, which(to me anyway)is such a waste of my time. Further the story, or develop the characters, don't just put dialogue for the sake of putting dialogue. Exactly what did that exchange accomplish? That Moonstone can't fly a Quinjet, but that Daken can? Couldn't that have been accomplished with much fewer words? And why exactly did we need to know that anyway? I don't know, to me it seemed like BENDIS really didn't have anything to do with this comic, besides killing off the Sentry's wife, so he just filled this comic with scenes from a comic that came out a while ago, as well as throwing in tons of annoying dialogue... On the plus side, the art was REALLY well done, and as most of my regulars know, I hardly ever notice the art in a comic. To me, Mike Deodato's artwork really made this comic tolerable.
Score: 5 out of 10.You've got to love Taskmaster's reaction to the Void.
Thunderbolts #142: Writer: Jeff Parker. Pencils: Wellinton Alves.
Last Issue: 8 out of 10.
This entire issue revolves around the battle between the Thunderbolts and some of the Mighty Avengers(Vision, Stature, Amadeus Cho and US Agent), as they all attempt to get their hands on Odin's Spear, which is on par with Thor's hammer when it comes to ultra powerful Asgardian weaponry. The T-Bolts are under orders to retrieve the Spear and get it to Osborn, while the Avengers want to make sure that doesn't happen. So after many pages of fisticuffs, as well as the reveal that the leader of the T-Bolts, Headman, is actually Nuke, the entire city of Asgard begins to crumble thanks to the Sentry's attack in Siege #3. After all of the dust has cleared, US Agent comes to and realizes that the Spear landed right next to him after the fall of Asgard. Agent goes to grab the Spear, but before he can, Nuke procures it, stabs Agent with it and this issue concludes with Nuke declaring that the Spear is now the property of Norman Osborn and HAMMER.
I enjoy a good all out fight as much as the next guy, and this issue gave me that. The art was crisp, and the dialogue didn't get in the way of the story(unlike in Dark Avengers #15), it added to it. The only thing I can honestly say I didn't like was that tool, Amadeus Cho, defeating Mr. X in battle... The same Mr. X who handed Wolverine his ass... Yeah, that definitely didn't work for me. Besides that, I enjoyed everything else about this comic, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
Score: 7 1/2 out of 10.Jeez, Nuke must be challenging Magneto's record for most times returned from the dead!