- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: MARVEL - US; 01 edition (20 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078515650X
- ISBN-13: 978-0785156505
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.5 x 28.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 705,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dark Avengers Hardcover – 20 Jul 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Bendis dedicates the entire DA run to Ellis, citing him as inspiration for the tone he was aiming for on the series, vindicating what I'd always felt. As another reviewer points out, unfortunately this final collection just rushes through things as part of the general tie-off of loose ends that is 'Siege', when as a title in itself, earlier issues of Dark Avengers were far more interesting than the meta-arc. To my mind, the resettling of the more ambiguously evil characters into prime positions in the Marvel Universe has been the most interesting thing the company has done since the 1970s, vindicating their approach to major meta-arcs that actually make a difference artistically instead of just being commercial constructs of the 1980s and 1990s such as 'Atlantis Attacks' and those interminablly tedious it's only-the-end-of-the-world-(again) crossovers that diminished the X-men books.Read more ›
There's a decent story for Marvel Boy at the start of this volume and I did like the final story showing the aftermath of Siege and the fate of Victoria Hand and Norman however the middle story is not only a huge disappointment but it also features a graphic and really quite nasty murder of a female character that leaves a bad taste in the mouth, of course this is Dark Avengers and they are killers deep down but the whole thing feels cruel and brutal and its hard to argue that the character even deserved such a fate.
I really wanted to enjoy this but the whole thing feels misjudged, the art is gorgeous however but that doesn't save the story, the Sentry was unpopular but I kept my faith that there was a decent explanation sadly it was misplaced faith.
Set initially pre Siege and steadily moving onto these Avenger's fates after their arrest. The writers do a great job of filling in the blanks and at least in my opinion, giving you the opinion that the side stories are better than the main dish!
I just wish that maybe these Avengers had more time at centre stage rather than Marvel's usual rush to move events along at 5th gear.
First off, I should say that the title is a little misleading as there is very little connection to the main Siege series itself which is collected in a separate hardcover edition. Instead, we get the continuation of the Dark Avengers storyline and it is only in the final issue [number 16) collected in this edition that we get a Siege tie in. The book leads off with Dark Avengers Annual 1 which focuses on Noh-Varr and is quite interesting but as we don't see much more of the Kree warrior in this volume, the tale becomes a digression from the main storyline. The story really gets going with the second issue that is reprinted (Dark Avengers 13) and a high standard is maintained with a well paced and intersting storyline. However, when we get to the conclusion, it is pretty much assumed that we have read the Siege series and possibly the related volumes also. After building up the storyline through issues 13-15, issue 16 jumps forward to the post Siege events leaving readers like myself who haven't at the time of writing picked up the Siege volume, pretty much in the dark. I was set to give this a four star rating until I got to the conclusion and perhaps three stars is a little ungenerous. However, I may re-appraise the rating after reading the Siege volume which I'm now going to order.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyable, great to focus the villains and add depth to themPublished on 22 Feb. 2015 by JWZE
Wasn't expecting too much from this other than an action story, but in fact it is one of my favourite marvel titles to date. Huge amount of stories in it and all work well. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2014 by Grey Bee
Siege: Dark Avengers has inspired me to buy the remaining 2 volumes of Dark Avengers!
Having read Dark Avengers #1 in "Siege: Prelude", I instantly fell in love with this team... Read more
amazing graphic novel with awesome artwork, its best to get to this collection book so that you can read the main story arc of the dark avengers from start to finish. Read morePublished on 5 May 2014 by Cameron Keeler
Starting with packaging and delivery i was unbelievably happy with how fast and in such good condition this item arrived in, and the cherry on top is that as a huge marvel fan,... Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2013 by Bilbo
For some reason I found the avengers anti-chirist version so to speak way cooler than the real avengers. Highly recommended.Published on 4 Aug. 2013 by iRead