Monday, January 21, 2013

Dark Avengers #185

And this is it, this is the last X review of the week, my ninth overall and the third tonight.  I'll be ending my reviewing week on Dark Avengers, the first issue under the Marvel Now! banner(if I'm correct...).  Well, let's see what we've got going on here...

Dark Avengers #185

Summary:  This issue shows us that the Dark Scarlet Witch has managed to get the Hank Pym of the weird dimension the Dark Avengers were trapped in under her control.  With that, DSW goes about working on the Dark Avengers Iron Man's forces had managed to capture.  Meanwhile, Dr. Strange has decided to use Moonstone and Skaar to start a war between Iron Man and the Thing, figuring he could swoop in and take over both of their territories in the ensuing chaos.  Strange's plans work to perfection as he has Moonstone attack Thing's territory, and then sends Skaar to attack Iron Man's territory, leading to Thing sending his hordes into Iron Man's section, while Iron Man figures Skaar was the first of Thing's invaders.  Iron Man calls all of his forces to the street, including Pym, which leaves DSW alone in Pym's lab.  With no one to supervise her, she wakes up US Agent, who is shocked to discover that his arms and leg had been restored by Pym and DSW, ending this issue.

Thoughts: Okay, first things first, I am a HUGE sucker for dystopian alternate dimensional stories, so this storyline is right up my alley.  With that said, I'm not sure how many other comic fans this kind of book would appeal to...  I mean, there aren't any big name characters, and the characters who are here aren't even in the 616 Marvel U...  So yeah, while I liked this issue, and am enjoying this storyline, I worry that I may be alone there.  Anyway, I liked Strange's plan, setting Iron Man and Thing against each other, I like US Agent getting the use of his limbs back, hell, I liked most everything here.  This was a perfectly acceptable comic book, nothing more, nothing less.

Score: 7 out of 10.


  1. Is this better than the dystopian alternate dimension story Parker had in the last story arc? Or the one before that? I gave up on this series after issue 182 or so, because the plotting and art never rose above mediocre, despite some very interesting concepts and characters.

    1. Out of all the time travel/alternate dimensional stories we've gotten in this series(and it really has been a lot, hasn't it?), I'm enjoying this one the most. The idea of the various heroes lording over their own sections of land like old school warlords makes for a pretty fun read. But like I said, I can definitely see how this series wouldn't be for everybody.