Siege by Brian Michael Bendis,Olivier Coipel
ISBN: 0785140794
ISBN13: 978-0785140795
Author: Brian Michael Bendis,Olivier Coipel
Book title: Siege
Other Formats: mobi lit txt mbr
Pages: 200 pages
Publisher: Marvel; 1st Edition edition (November 17, 2010)
Language: English
Size PDF version: 1644 kb
Size ePub version: 1655 kb
Size fb2 version: 1192 kb
Category: Graphic Novels

Beginning with the ravaging effects of Avengers Disassembled and following the aftermath of House of M, Civil War and Secret Invasion, culminating with the evil Reign of Norman Osborn, the Marvel Universe has been left with its greatest villains holding more power and control than ever before. On the brink of madness, Osborn, in his final bid to take total control, targets the final obstacle in his mission...Asgard. Events are set in motion forcing our heroes to put aside the deep rifts that have grown over the past seven years. Opposing them stand a horde of evil that has begun to take down the gods of the Golden Realm! SIEGE will rock the foundations of every super hero, villain and team in the Marvel Universe. As an era ends, one word will ring above all others..."SIEGE." COLLECTING:Siege #1-4: The Cabal, Siege Prologue

Books reviews
This Siege tie-in has some great material, but also has some retread which brings it down somewhat. For those who buy all the tie-ins trying to get the complete picture of the event, it can be annoying to see the same story again and again without even changing the POV. That said, this is still a worthwhile collection.

The first story in the collection is Dark Reign: The List, which recounts Ronin's (aka Hawkeye) attempted assassination of Osborn. While this is an entertaining story, with some great action, I already read it as part of Siege: Dark Avengers and I understand that it is also part of Dark Reign: The List (which I haven't gotten to yet). So, I don't feel it added any value to this book beyond increasing the price. Hence four stars instead of five.

The second part of the book follows the true Avengers as they become aware of Siege and take action. It opens with The Hood, the members of whom have been powered-up by Loki's Norn stones, hunting down the "renegade" Avengers who are in hiding. Mainly it's a series of fights, but it does have some fun interplay among the heroes, including Spider-man and Spider-Woman, as well as heralding the return of the real Captain America - Steve Rogers. The story also includes some personal interplay between the various romantic entanglements. Luke Cage gets spot-lighted, which I enjoyed since I'm not very familiar with the character. Here we see him in conversation with his wife about what their responsibilities are to their friends but also to their family. A similar situation happens with Ronin and Mockingbird. It was nice to see the characters interact this way.

The final part of the book returns to The Hood, specifically its leader Parker. When Loki took back the Norn stones during Siege, Parker lost his power and he and Masque went on the run. The New Avengers decide that everyone must be held accountable for the crisis and go after them, which means a showdown with Count Nefaria. The final pages concern a heartfelt speech from Cage overlaid on images of all the heroes. It was a sentimental, but effective way to close the book.

Overall, though I was disappointed in the duplicated material, this was an excellent tie-in with lots of great action and thoughtful storylines. High recommended.
Lost Python
When Bendis first started with Marvel, he really grabbed my attention, especially his Ultimate Spider-Man and his Daredevil work.

Over the past ten years or so, I feel he's really dwindled down, and is now phoning it in a lot of the time.

Siege definitely cements that opinion for me.

This is mid-level, take it or leave, completely forgettable... about as average and pedestrian as comics get.

Then again, I'm nearly 35 years old. When I was 8 years old and read Secret Wars, I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread, although looking back it probably wasn't all that good. A few years later, my friends and I completely loved Infinity Gauntlet, which I'm sure a lot of people just can't stand these days.

So, from my POV, Siege was nothing more than... blah. But from a new reader's perspective, maybe this could be the best story ever.

(Warning to parents: This story has graphic violence that I don't think they could even show in an R-Rated slasher film)
Decent story. I read it alongside Keiron Gillan's Thor tie-ins and it makes for a better story if read together. If you plan on getting this I'd say do yourself a favor and get Gillan's Thor ultimate collection. I think Siege would feel a lot more shallow without it. The main event was mostly punching, but it's a solid entry. Coipel's art is (as always) awesome! In the end it's worth reading just to see the end of the dark reign of Norman Osbourne.
I have enjoyed recent trade runs of New Avengers by Bendis. This is not one of those storys. The Siege New Avengers book was way out there. Lots of meaningless dialog between characters. No character development. A ton of 80's villan characters standing around. At one point Bendis has a character suggest that the reader should goggle that character to learn about his powers. I was also disappointed with how the story ended for The Hood and Madame Masque. Perhaps Bendis was to busy with Dark Avengers and could not concentrate on this book. Even the very best authors and artist loose their sharpness when put under the stress of a major event.
The art work is basic to bad depending on the certain issue. Just my opinion concerning the art. I would not recommend adding this book to your Siege collection.
A short, strong wrap up to Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers (which is a very good series, check that out). You get team vs team vs city vs team vs Sentry, mayhem is a good description of this.

You aside from the main Siege story you get a Cabal intro which is shown from another angle in Dark Avengers. Plus some New Avengers at the end that takes place before Siege but is Thor related.
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