Review: Siege #3

Siege continues to impress as characters finally wake up out of their years-long stupor and realize, “Wait, putting a bunch of supervillains in charge of everything was a bad idea, not a good one.”  Admittedly, no rationalization is given as to why this was seen to be a good idea in the first place, but in the spirit of fair reviewing, I won’t criticize Siege for the events of House of MCivil War, Secret Invasion, or Dark Reign.  Instead, I will simply say this: with an excellent art team and a relentless pace, Siege resembles the epic scope and breakneck action adventure of Bendis’ best Mighty Avengers issues, but without thought bubbles or ass-shots.  There’s no impressive narrative trickery and the characters are little more than props for elaborate, gorgeous fight scenes, but that doesn’t stop Siege #3 from excelling at upping the ante of an already-epic action book.

Grade: B+

– Cal Cleary

Siege #2

Siege #1

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10 thoughts on “Review: Siege #3

  1. I desperately wanted to like Civil War and Secret Invasion, as both are absolutely brilliant concepts, easily executable in the setting, and excellent engines of change.

    Unfortunately, both were also extremely sloppily constructed. They were complete messes, narratively speaking, with poor characterization and atrocious plotting.

    Siege lacks the ambition of either book, which normally would cause me to take points off… but after seeing what an excess of ambition did to the conceptually simple Blackest Night, I am willing to forgive its simplicity and reward the fact that it is coherent, does not require ceaseless tie-ins, and is genuinely pretty exciting.

    Because that’s considerably more than most other big events have going for them.

    • I will always take the ambitious failure over mediocrity.

      Civil War didn’t require a single tie-in, and was actually damaged by most of them.

      It was the most discussed comic of all time!

      And it looked better!

      • I would normally take an ambitious failure over mediocrity, but Big Event Comics have removed that standard.

        Before I judge it on anything else, I ask: at a basic level, does this hold together as a story? Secret Invasion and Blackest Night do not. Once you introduce characterization or any sort of knowledge of American government or law, neither does Civil War.

        Siege, on the other hand, does. And not only does it make sense, it has plenty of solid action beats.

        I’m not happy that the scale on which I have to judge Big Events has been lowered to that of a 4th grade creative writing class, but when they routinely fail at BASELINE COHERENCY, there are issues that must be addressed before this particular genre can achieve anything other than ‘Michael Bay’s Wet Dream’ status.

  2. The only thing impressive about Siege is how it manages to be even bigger garbage than secret invasion. Seriously, do you actually read these comics or just automatically say how wonderful they are because Bendis wrote it?

    • Given that I make a point of singling out Secret Invasion and House of M in the review as utter garbage that make the background of Siege hard to swallow, I have to ask: do you actually read these reviews or just automatically hate anyone who disagrees with you once?

      SIEGE is coherent, with excellent art and good action beats. This makes it better than most Big Event comics. I do not like a great deal of Bendis’ output, as you would know if you followed the site. I panned Secret Invasion, haven’t read Secret Avengers, Secret War, Daredevil, the Pulse and Ultimate Spider-Man, and absolutely despised House of M and Disassembled.

      Now, normally, I don’t give a shit if you don’t read a lot of the site, but if you’re going to critique my review on the basis of every other review I’ve written, try reading ANY other reviews I’ve written.

      • You’re such a Bendis apologist!

        And a Johns hater!

        Your finger is far from the pulse of the comic community!

  3. I’m no fan of Siege so far, it’s a crowded, predictable and rushed big-event. But Dark Avengers #15 is really the most offensive and wasteful contribution from Bendis this month.

  4. When all this is touted as the culmination of years worth of storylines, I can’t see how it is anything but that.

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