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Dark Avengers Volume 1: Assemble TPB (Graphic Novel Pb) [Paperback]

Mike Deodato , Brian Michael Bendis
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2 Dec 2009 Graphic Novel Pb
THE DARK REIGN IS HERE! The start of an explosive new era in the Avengers mythos! Who are the Dark Avengers? Who is the Iron Patriot? The answers will shock you! Brought to you by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato Jr. Collects Dark Avengers #1-6.


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (2 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785138528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785138525
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 16.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bendis pulls one out of the hat 29 Aug 2009
Format:Hardcover
It would be quite easy to dislike Brian Michael Bendis. He's omnipresent at Marvel right now...they should rename it the Bendis Universe and be done with it. Almost every major Marvel story arc of the past few years has evolved from his plotlines and he seems to writing everything to do with now multi-franchised Avengers.

However, it helps that his storylines and dailogue are very good indeed. And I have to say that on this particular Avengers offshoot, he really goes to town. Even compared to his work on New Avengers, this is a blast. It seems like writing the bad guys (who are also the good guys...ish) has really brought out the best in Bendis. You can almost sense the enjoyment he gets from penning the interplay between various shades of psychopath. Positively Tarantino-esque, some of it.

Complemented by Mike Deodato's superb artwork, for anyone who feels like dipping a toe into the current Marvel universe, this is as good a place to start as any. For the seasoned Marvel reader, I'm probably preaching to the converted.
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2.0 out of 5 stars meh 16 Jan 2014
By Jane
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's a bit meh to be honest. I am glad I didnt get the collected together bigger version. I had to force myself to finish it. Arts nice tho.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read! 23 Oct 2011
By Angela
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The artwork is great, another masterpiece by my favourite artist Mike Deodato. The plot is also interesting. Norman Osborn, gaining control of SHIELD, now HAMMER, has also gained control of the Mighty Avengers and Avengers Tower. Not wanting to join Osborn, Ms Marvel leaves to join the Secret Avengers, while Ares and Sentry stay (Ares likes war and Osborn tells Sentry he will help him with the Void). And with Iron Man being on the run from Osborn, and Wasp having died during the Secret Invasion, Norman needs more Avengers. So he interestingly promotes his Thunderbolts to Avengers: Bullseye to Hawkeye, Venom to Spider-Man, and Moonstone to Ms Marvel. Osborn also recruits Daken as his father Wolverine and No-Vah as Captain Marvel, and lies to the media and public, pretending his fake Avengers are the real heroes, provoking real Hawkeye Clint Barton of the Secret Avengers to launch a media campaign against Osborn. (By the way, I have been careful not to reveal spoilers, as I haven't told you anything that dosen't either get reveled at the very beginning of the book or Marvel have alreay revealed in advertising).
The plot is also interesting, as the new Avengers go to defend Doctor Doom from Morgana Le Fay's time-traveling army of demons who are attacking him and his castle in Latveria. There are also some interesting sub-plots, including Sentry's struggle against the evil Void inside him, Osborn's Cable and Clint Barton's campaign against Osborn.
Also, a group of Atlantean terrorists attacks New York and Osborn sends Sentry to hunt them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark avengers, sounds a bit silly doesn't it. 22 Aug 2009
Format:Hardcover
That said it is written by Brian Michael Bendis who is one or the most talented writers in comics these days. Where this works, along with much of Bendis' work is that he stays true to characters and continuity and builds on them sensibly.
Post secret invasion Norman Osborne is the man with real power, he sets about making his own super hero team of those loyal to him. Mostly the team is made up of former thunderbolts members in new clothes.
The story here, I will be honest was not that appealling to me, only down the the antagonist being a daft character in most writers hands. It is all well handled and aside from the simple (unappealling) main story it is the characterization and interaction that set this apart.
The art is ecellent, very clear and very dark too.
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