Built on an undeniably flawed premise – that somehow, by shooting someone once, a known and medicated sociopath would be given control of the vast bulk of the world’s metahuman forces with absolutely no oversight - Siege #1 nonetheless manages to be Bendis’ most focused work in some time, avoiding most of the traps his earlier events all fell prey to. Osborn, finally going completely off the hinge, follows the advice of Loki and sets events in motion meant to kick start a war with Asgard. Instead of waiting for the President’s say so, which he would almost assuredly get, he uses his lack of oversight and the ramshackle nature of the hastily-assembled HAMMER infrastruction to launch the war himself, gathering his Avengers and the Initiative and storming the gates of Asgard.
Coipel did not impress me in the preview, but his versatility is on good display here, easily handling everything Bendis asks him to. The action scenes are quick and dynamic, while the larger-scale images are often quite memorable, from Volstag riding out of Asgard early in the issue to Thor rocketing down from the skies above near the end. Adept at both epic action and quieter scenes of dialogue, Coipel has proven an excellent choice.
Bendis and Coipel work well together here, and the story moves quickly and believably into place with this issue. Siege #1 pairs an intriguing, action-packed premise with a pair of fine storytellers turning in good work. While there’s still room to go sour, especially given the borderline nonsensical conclusions to House of M and Secret Invasion, this issue nonetheless gives me a great deal of hope. Quick and exciting, Siege #1 delivers exactly what it needs to in order to get you hooked.
- Cal Cleary