Siege #4 Open Thread: Dark Avengers #16 & New Avengers Finale

It seems ‘Dark Reign’ is finally coming to a close this week with ‘Siege’ #4, ‘Dark Avengers’ #16 and ‘New Avengers Finale’, so I am combining all three titles into one convenient open thread…

Siege #4 (preview)
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler: Oliver Coipel
Inker: Mark Morales

From Marvel: “THE MARVEL BLOCKBUSTER OF THE YEAR!! This double-sized finale brings the Dark Reign to a shattering conclusion and brings with it the bombastic new HEROIC AGE. Every single page of this book is a shocker: Lives are changed. Heroes fall. Deaths. Revenge. Villain comeuppance. And when the dust settles, who will be in charge of the Marvel Universe?? You will find out here and only here. This is the one they will be talking about.”

In stores May 12, 2010.

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Dark Avengers #16 (preview)
Writers: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Mike Deodato

From Marvel: “SIEGE BLOCKBUSTER TIE-IN!! Series Finale!! What?! Marvel’s number one ongoing series is coming to an end?! What could possibly happen in the last chapter of SIEGE that is so intense as to bring this crazy chapter in Marvel history to a close??!! Well, clearly we can’t tell you here but there will be a funeral and the fate of Norman Osborn Will. Be. Decided!!”

In stores May 12, 2010.

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New Avengers Finale (preview)
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Bryan Hitch

From Marvel: “In the wake of SIEGE, an ALL NEW shocking conclusion to the landmark NEW AVENGERS series. NEW AVENGERS is coming to an end… but not without a bang. For the first time ever, series regular Brian Bendis teams up with the superstar artist that reinvented team books for this generation… Bryan Hitch. The entirety of the Marvel landscape has changed and many Avengers do not know their place in it. But before they can move on, some very important loose ends need to be tied up. A.K.A. it’s payback time!! All this and a bevy of super star artists stop by to pay tribute to the work they made famous over the course of this top-selling book.”

In stores May 12, 2010.

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As always, share your thoughts on the wrap up of ‘Siege’. Was it satisfying? Worth the wait? Or a letdown after all this time?

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  1. Let me add my thoughts in order…

    Siege #4: Kind of a letdown after all these years of buildup. I just don’t buy the ‘Heroic Age’ after so many years of down and dirty political machinations and lawbreaking by fugitive superheroes. A little too convenient a wrapup for my tastes.

    Dark Avengers #16: Interesting aftermath. I really like how Victoria Hand was handled. Ditto for the Ares’ child. The Norman Osborn soliloquy at the end felt forced — we all know Osborn never should have been in charge in the first place.

    New Avengers Finale: Terrific battle sequence. Really good. But if you are to invoke the President as the good guy in this story, you might NOT want his new publicly endorsed heroes to torture a suspect in custody with such glee to get information. Waterboarding anyone?

    On a side note, the President doesn’t have the authority to “toss” the Superhuman Registration Act. That would be Congress, with the President’s signature. And the exact same issues that caused the act to be passed into law are still at hand — only conveniently ignored in the aftermath.

    Finally, Luke Cage’s soliloquy to wrap up the series felt so forced — so desperate to give meaning to a series that quite frankly was all about breaking the law in the name of a political disagreement.

    I mean, seriously, if someone had the power to knock down buildings and became a vigilante claiming to be fighting criminals while causing millions of dollars in property damages in defiance of the local and federal authorities, don’t you think we should know their names?

    Maybe it’s just me.

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