Marvel Comics continues its domination of the comic book industry with Siege, an event that includes nearly their entire roster of heroes and villains.
I loved the issue's fast-paced action, and huge payoff for long-time Marvel readers.
There are so many details in here that can't possibly be fathomed by new readers (see my reader guide below) but it is great for all of us that have been following the Avengers for years. It's like watching a TV show religiously: Someone who has watched the past four seasons of The Wire is going to enjoy season 5 a lot more than someone who just turns on the TV and starts watching.
Ultra-bad guy Norman Osborn starts off the issue Civil War-style by blowing up Soldier Field in Chicago. Now, I appreciate Brian Michael Bendis' writing here, but it seems a bit lazy to start the event the exact same way as Civil War. Plus, we don't get any public reaction to a whole stadium of people dying. Does the world care at all? We at least need one panel showing that, I think.
Anyways, from Solider Field we get into Osborn completely breaking down and ignoring the President of the United States by planning a full-scale invasion of Asgard. I got goosebumps when Ares gives a speech to hundreds of super-heroes preparing for the battle.
Once the heroes land in Asgard, the Sentry starts destroying the castles and, in general, kicking ass. I couldn't help but feel like I was on Osborn's side here. It was a real "damn the gods" moment with all these humans going after these gods who showed up on their planet without asking them.
Then, Thor shows up. You get the impression that he is about to destroy Osborn, but the Sentry takes him out. The last time you see Thor, he is getting his royal ass handed to him by the Dark Avengers.
Of course, the real payoff for Marvel fans is shots of Captain America and Iron Man (well, Stark is in a coma...sort of) possibly preparing for battle. The idea of these three teaming up again is the real selling point of Siege.
The art in this issue is just brilliant. Olivier Coipel delivers some of his best stuff, and it is great to see him drawing characters from the series he just left, Thor.
Marvel is just dominating here. The other comic book companies can't seem to catch up with their events. DC Comics' Blackest Night is cool, but it is essentially Marvel Zombies all over again. Image Comics' Image United is surprisingly boring and hard to read with so many artists drawing.
Marvel Comics sure started 2010 off right and I can't wait to see where Siege goes.