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Dark Avengers #11 Reviewed!

Will the 'Dark Avengers' be the 'dead' Avengers?!

Will the 'Dark Avengers' be the 'dead' Avengers?!


 
  
 
If you missed out on my written review of the title...
 
 

Dark Avengers #11

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Mike Deodato and Greg Horn
 
I should start off by saying that this issue is really well structured. The fact that the story opens up by referencing Victoria Hand's position as a S.H.I.E.L.D. accountant three years ago is a perfect set up. By starting the issue this way, Bendis allows for two ongoing story lines to occur simultaneously that cross over into one another, but still manage to remain separate, and do not confuse the reader. Victoria Hand is presented as this very weak female character in the beginning of the story, and you can see the way she has evolved and been strengthened as a character over the course of the last three years. This issue is as much about Norman Osborn's assistant as it is about Norman himself. In this issue, Norman is tested by the Molecule Man, who can easily destroy Norman if he wished to, but doesn't. The plot reaches a climax in the beginning of the book, and then reverts, before ending on a high note once again. 

"The only thing I don't understand is...How long did you think you were going to have this job, anyhow? Everybody wants you to fail. Even the people who are rooting for you-- secretly they know what you are and they know what's going to happen to you...They're just waiting! When will he snap? Well, for my purposes, I can't wait. The sooner the better. And if I can help it along...all the better."

Bendis writes a perfectly despicable and resentful Molecule Man, which is perfectly captured in his character narration. Probably the most powerful scene in the entire comic is the interaction between Norman and the Molecule Man, who seems ready and willing to aid Norman in his own psychological destruction. This interaction reinforces the idea that Norman is self destructive, and that in the end, he very well may be his own enemy. His psychological instability seems to be what will more than likely result in his own demise.
 
Scenes which Molecule Man clearly has the upper hand and has invaded Norman's mind are drawn by Greg Horn, while all other scenes are drawn by Mike Deodato, who has been the artist on the book throughout the entire series. The decision to bring on another artist with a completely different style for these specific scenes acts to further reinforce the shift in the story which makes for an interesting dynamic. Perhaps the reason I enjoyed this book so much is due to the Molecule Man's prominent role in the story, specifically because he seems like such an unlikely adversary. A fantastic issue overall, my only complaint is that the interaction that Molecule Man has with the rest of the Avengers (Sentry, Ms. Marvel, Daken...) seems rushed and could have been extended. 
 
4 out of 5  
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Posted by k4tzm4n

Does anyone else think Bendis has an on-going bet of how many times he can "kill" The Sentry in his title? =)
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Posted by sora_thekey
@k4tzm4n said:
"Does anyone else think Bendis has an on-going bet of how many times he can "kill" The Sentry in his title? =) "

YES! 
 
Great review Babs... I haven't read this issue but as far as the series goes it seems to point to a very intresting direction... 
 
As for the cover I just think that when it comes to Deodato he tends to draw Spidey (or in this case Spidey's body) very similar to past art.. so it seems that way.... TW awesome sound effects when coping and pasting!
Posted by Marshal Victory

wow could hear ya clean an loud threw the review! what ever mic ya'll usen please keep that one :) 
good review to the cover osborns head looks a touch to large for the spidey body me thinks.
Edited by FoxxFireArt

 Gen 13#1 Variant Cover4
I made that point about the cover as well. That image has been abused to an almost criminal degree. Just look to Gen13 #1 and one of it's many variant covers to prove the point. It always makes me wonder if Todd McFarlane gets royalties for the use of that image. Is it homage or is it parody at this point?
 
You see, there is just something I don't quite get about Molecule Man. Probably because I don't follow Dark Avengers. What does Molecule Man stand to gain by pushing Norman over the edge? Is he just some sadist that enjoys messing with people's heads?
 
I just don't buy that Norman would be all that guilt ridden for the murder of Gwen Stacy. This is the man who already got Harry's girlfriend pregnant and was ready to try and kill his own son for his own glory. It seems like there is a misunderstanding of what makes a person a psychopath or a sociopath. They don't feel guilt the way a normal person would.

You wouldn't be the one who spoiled the Sentry thing. G-Man did that already in one of his reviews already. I've already stated that Sentry is only one more death away from being paired off with Jean Grey on an e-Harmony date.
 
Not meaning to dip into the superficial in your reviews. The hair look rather cute in the ponytail.
Edited by Nova`Prime`

I don't know, I am just not feeling the vibe off of Dark Avengers anymore. What I want to know is why all of a sudden is Molecule Man involved? What is the logic behind that? It just doesn't make a whole lot of sense. And the end was just ridiculous, who does Hand think she is and who gave her the authority to do what she did? (FYI if you're wondering why I am being vague is because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it yet.)
 
To be honest the whole Dark Reign just seems to be going on way to long for my tastes. I hope Marvel sticks to what they said and doesn't do anymore major crossover events after Dark Reign, at least for a year. The jumping from one big event to the next is getting old and you don't have much character development going on.
 
But other then all those complaints I thought the issue was alright, it wasn't my favorite, but I guess its building the story to SIEGE.

Posted by Comiclove5

Babs with short hair............... is it Catwoman inspired?
Posted by Darkmarvel
@Nova`Prime`: 
 
 I don't know, I am just not feeling the vibe off of Dark Avengers anymore. What I want to know is why all of a sudden is Molecule Man involved? What is the logic behind that?
 
***He only got involved when the Dark Avengers sent Sentry into his town...he explained that he wants to be able to live in his town undisturbed.  The lil psycho  was doing just that then here comes Sentry and the Avengers...so he engaged them in battle and pwned them.
 
 who does Hand think she is and who gave her the authority to do what she did?
 
***Hand is in charge.  Once Norman went off the grid as well as the rest of the team...Hand took over as any 2nd in command would do and she mad her decision as head of HAMMER.
Posted by Dane

Yeah I liked it but it's kind of lame that you know every character he appears to kill won't actually die.

Posted by InnerVenom123

Sentry keeps randomly exploding!  
 
And how come no one's said anything about Linda shooting him in the face?!?!! >:o
Posted by SUPER-MAN 23

The story was good Sentry dying was unexpected. 

Posted by drawme

Yeah, Greg Horn is back!

Posted by Nova`Prime`
@Darkmarvel: 
***He only got involved when the Dark Avengers sent Sentry into his town...he explained that he wants to be able to live in his town undisturbed.  The lil psycho  was doing just that then here comes Sentry and the Avengers...so he engaged them in battle and pwned them.
 
I know that's why he got involved in the issue, my question was more about Marvel bringing him in now.
 
 ***Hand is in charge.  Once Norman went off the grid as well as the rest of the team...Hand took over as any 2nd in command would do and she mad her decision as head of HAMMER.
 
I don't care what she is second in command of, she does not have the authority to surrender on behalf of the US.
Posted by buddyblackhawk

2 things 
one who exactly is molecule man? 
 and babs is beautiful

Posted by King Quisling

Sentry raining down on MM was sick buuuuuuuut he dies way too much. :P

Posted by Vance Astro

Take the Sentry out of Bendis' f#ckin hands.He's a failure.All he does is find ways for Sentry not to be in the comic and they are always stupid as hell.He lacks creativity on a serious level.He makes me want to stop reading Marvel altogether..his influence is in most of this event.

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Posted by Media_Master

All I ever hear about the Sentry is how he dies....AGAIN. 
I guess that's his real power, to die and come back over and over.

Posted by Vance Astro
@Media_Master said:
"

All I ever hear about the Sentry is how he dies....AGAIN. 
I guess that's his real power, to die and come back over and over.

"
That's not his real power,that's Bendis' lack of creativity shining through.
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