Recently, I spent a weekend catching up with Dark Reign. I posted a lengthy rant about some of the problems I have with this event as a whole. But I also noted that some of the individual comics grabbed my attention. One such comic was Dark Avengers. Dark Avengers is actually a book that is at the heart of Dark Reign. As such, most of the problems I have with the premise of Dark Reign also apply to this mini-series. Even so, there were aspects of Dark Avengers that grabbed my attention.
I think the thing I enjoyed the most about the previous issues was watching Norman Osborn form a relationship with the Sentry. The two characters have a lot in common. And Norman has definitely used that to his advantage. This issue pays that relationship off in a pretty big way.
The story begins with Norman calling together yet another meeting of his Cabal. I hate these scenes. There’s no way I can see Loki, Dr. Doom or Namor sitting around a table at the beck and call of Norman Osborn. Even if it were in their best interests to do so, these characters have huge egos. I just can’t see them taking his crap.
That’s why it was somewhat refreshing to see Namor finally act like Namor and storm off in a huff when Norman demands that he turn on a group of Atlanteans that have attacked the surface world. Although I still don’t believe for a second that Dr. Doom would just sit there sulking about being summoned to a meeting that has nothing to do with his interests.
Since Namor refused Norman’s request, he turns to the Sentry. Actually, that’s not entirely true. After months of telling Bob that there is no Void, Norman asks to speak with the Void directly. And it is the Void that does Norman’s dirty work. You know that;s going to have consequences. And I am actually interested to see how it plays out.
The art is good. Sometimes it was even great. But I wish Mike Deodato didn’t draw Norman to look exactly like Tommy Lee Jones. It is extremely distracting.