Review by: TheDudeVonDoom

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Avg Rating: 4.3
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Price: 3.99

Bendis had a lot of making up to do in this book, and he surprisingly delivered.
Dark Reign is officially here, and this flagship series is a thing of
beauty. The very first page took me aback, as Morgana seeks out her
ex-squeeze, Victor, who is in the middle of the SI: Dark Reign’s
conference meeting with Norman, Jean Reno, etc. This page alone makes
me so happy to see Deodato on a book of this caliber, if only to see
smiling Norman Lee Jones once again. The art and facial expressions
only get better with each page.

As for Bendis himself: well, I don’t know what to say. He really
knocked this one out of the park. Took him long enough, yes, but it’s
still a home run. For a book that didn’t have much action, I was hooked
for every moment. As far as characterization goes, Norman and his
former Thunderbolts – possibly due to Deodato’s art – all feel like
they’re straight from Warren Ellis’ run on the book. The present
Avengers with which Bendis has familiarity with, Sentry and Ares, are
as respectively crazy quiet and crazy fun as before. Daken and Noh-Varr
round out the likes of Ares and Bullseye – who I imagine will be bosom
buddies in this book – with their own means and reasons to brood and
speak sparsely.

In conclusion? I actually had a lot of fun reading this. I laughed. I
went “oh shit!”. I was satisfied. It seems Bendis has finally reached
where he wants to be, and we don’t have to be reluctant to reap the
benefits anymore.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 5 - Excellent


  1. Great review.  Couldn’t agree with you more.  I was really worried about how he’d handle Ellis’ team.  If this is any indication, should be a good read for a while.  Thanks for pointing out how chummy Noh-Varr and Bullseye will probably be. That prospect makes me giddy.  I even sorta liked Sentry in this issue. Yeah it was a small role, but it made sense and Deodato’s art sold that "I need to do this" look in his eyes.

  2. I actually meant Bullseye and Ares will be buds; Noh-Varr and Bob will probably get along with each other more than anyone else on the team.

     But hey, I’d like nothing more than for this team to end up being one big happy family. 😀

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