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Dark Avengers, Vol. 1: Assemble Paperback – December 2, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (December 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785138528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785138525
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Michael Bendis is an award winning comics creator and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last eleven years, Brian's books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.
Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel's popular AVENGERS franchise by writing every issue of the NEW AVENGERS plus debuting the hit books MIGHTY AVENGERS and DARK AVENGERS along with the wildly successful 'event' projects HOUSE OF M, SECRET WAR, SECRET INVASION, and SIEGE.
This summer will see the blockbuster new line-ups for AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS.
Other recent projects include the groundbreaking SPIDER-WOMAN MOTION COMIC, that debuted number one on iTunes TV sales chart and the New York Times best selling HALO graphic novel.
Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel comic's Ultimate line of comics. A line of comics specifically created for the new generation of comics reader. He has written every issue of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN since it's best selling launch in 1999, and has also written ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR, X-MEN, MARVEL TEAM UP, ORIGIN, SIX and the ENEMY trilogy.
He is creator of the JINX line of crime comics published by image comics. This line has spawned the graphic novels GOLDFISH, FIRE, JINX, TORSO (w/ Marc Andreyko) and TOTAL SELL OUT.
Brian's other projects include the Eisner award winning "POWERS" (w/Mike Oeming) from Marvel's creator owned imprint ICON, and the Hollywood tell all "FORTUNE AND GLORY'. Entertainment Weekly gave both projects an "A." SONY and FX networks are currently developing POWERS for series with Brian as exec producer.
Brian is currently adapting his spy graphic novel FIRE for Universal Pictures as a starring vehicle for Zac Efron.
Brian is a member of Marvel studios creative committee, which consults on their numerous ongoing film projects. He has consulted on IRON-MAN and IRON MAN 2 and is currently consulting on THE FIRST AVENGERS: CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR and THE AVENGERS
Brian has won five prestigious EISNER awards, including 'Best Writer of the year' two years in a row. He has also won over two dozen Wizard comic awards. Brian is the recipient of the Cleveland Press 'Excellence in Journalism' Award and was named "Best Writer of the Year." by Wizard Magazine and Comic Buyer's Guide for three consecutive years.
He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Alisa, his gorgeous daughters Olivia and Sabrina and his dogs Lucky, Max and Buster.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shawn on November 24, 2010
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This book basically starts off the series about the Dark Avengers and the creation of it. Norman Osborn is now the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. but renames it to H.A.M.M.E.R. and the whole story deals with him and his fellow villains pretending to be superheroes. This whole read was refreshing to me. I wasn't getting burn out on reading the Avengers but the whole Dark Reign thing intrigued me and it was nice to see a new twist with the role reversal of superheroes and villains. I recommend this book to any comic book lovers or anyone who wants to read up on the Dark Reign era or maybe someone who just want to read up on what would happen if villains dressed up as superheroes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Treviño and Yuliia Glushchenko VINE VOICE on February 20, 2010
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At the end of the big event Secret Invasion, Iron Man was fired from his position and the job was given to Norman Osborn. Norman Osborn got this job because he became famous as the killer of the Skrull Queen and became a world hero even though he was previously a super villain (Green Goblin). This comic book series tells the story of how Osborn changes S.H.I.E.L.D to H.A.M.M.E.R, takes control of Avengers tower (previously owned by Tony Stark, Iron Man) and forms a new team of Avengers. The new team consists of villains such as Bullseye and Venom. It also consists of some heroes which are duped to believing Osborn is good.

The main reason I found this comic fun was that we get to follow Osborn around. He is arrogant, manipulative and very intelligent. I like reading about an intelligent villain. I've always considered Osborn to be the main villain in the Spider-Man universe, so seeing him in complete control makes for fun reading, specially since the writer, Bendis, likes to write a lot of dialogue.

I like the unstable element of having a psycopath in charge and having an extremely powerful character as a member of the Dark Avengers (The Sentry). I also like to see Doom in a couple of the issues.

A pretty good series. I didn't like Secret Invasion, but this comic is a good consequence of that bad story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Critic's Corner on September 6, 2010
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This graphic novel compiles the first six issues of The Dark Avengers, where Norman Osborn takes over and makes HAMMER to replace SHIELD and creates a new team to replace the Avengers -- made up of uncontrollable psychos and a god of War amongst others.

I did like the writing more than others who've reviewed this. Bendis brings out the personalities and conflicted emotions of the team -- Norman having a heart to heart with Sentry who himself goes off the deep end and tells him "there is no Void, you are in control." And there is no Goblin apparently up until the last page!

I have not been keeping up with Marvel all that much to be honest. However in reading through this book, I've come to appreciate the mess that Marvel has made with the last arcs, with Siege and with the death of Captain America. Creating a villainous force to counteract a "good" force is not an original theme in comic. The way Bendis weaves it together is original. Nicely done.

The panels were not always easy to get -- sometimes you read across page by page and other times the strip straddles two pages. That would lose a star in my book.

Morgan le Fay blasting the Dark Avengers and her eventual defeat was fun to see; great splash pages of dinosaurs and other Kirby-like creations, is worth the price of the book. Namor not putting up with Norman's crap was icing on the cake.

Volume Two came out August 2010. Can't wait!

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"Dark Avengers, Vol. 1: Assemble"
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Illustrated by Mike Deodato
(Marvel Comics, 2010)
This is the first collection of stories in which arch-villain Norman/Green Goblin Osborne has been put in charge of America's superheros and what's left of the security apparatus that used to be known as SHIELD. He assembles new, bogus team of "Avengers," mostly made up of supervillains who have donned the costumes of well-known heroes such as Hawkeye and Spider-Man and who are now in charge of the candy store. The book is generally pretty enjoyable -- ironically, this works more as a super-team book than either of the other current Avengers titles (which have been captive to wave after wave of crossover mega-events for the last several years...) and the tension between the various baddies is kind of fun to watch. The one thing I did not like is how palpably and obviously this version of Norman Osborne has been modeled on real-life actor Tommy Lee Jones -- it looks like Deodato was working from photo-references of Jones. As an art technique and a narrative tool, it is both rigid and distracting; the overworked portraits lack spontaneity and fluidity, and call too much attention to themselves. Otherwise, this is a pretty readable, enjoyable super-book. Nice smackdown with the Marvel version of Arthurian enchantress Morgan Le Fay, and a few nice touches with the baddies that Bendis chooses to focus on. Worth checking out, though not totally mindblowing. (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)
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