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Siege Hardcover – July 28, 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (July 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785148108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785148104
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The culmination of five years of event comics, the mega-event Siege ties up threads introduced in Marvel’s World of M, Civil War, and Secret Invasion. All its pieces neatly in place, Siege is 10 percent setup and 90 percent slam-bang action, escalating from one massive spectacle to the next as America’s top law enforcer, the nefarious Norman Osborn, launches an attack against the earth-bound Asgard, leading to the death of established characters (one in the goriest money shot in modern mainstream comics), the return of the not-quite-dead-after-all Captain America, and a whole new status quo for Marvel’s foreseeable future. Coipel’s art is more than up to the task, delivering stylish, dynamic figures in hammering battles. Bendis’ Mamet-like dialogue keeps things popping, though in the style of event series, the characters aren’t packed with personality, and it’s the villains who end up with any degree of psychological depth. Unlike Marvel’s previous events, however, Siege is about a community coming together rather than being torn apart, and ends on a pleasing note of hope. --Jesse Karp

Customer Reviews

Really good writing, the story moves at a good pace withe great action.
Eric Jones
Overall, this is definitely worth reading and an exciting event - just make sure to buy the best edition.
Thor should not have been able to take him, Odin should have shown up and banished Sentry to Muspelheim.
Brian Bowhay

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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Tyler S. on July 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Not only does Siege have the best artwork out of any event, thanks to Coipel, but Siege dishes out the best story. For me, the story hit really hard because I'm a Thor reader. If you haven't read recent Thor, the story might not be as dramatic for you. The Asgard ambush idea immediately stirred turmoil in me that previous events failed to do. Somehow the threat of Norman Osborn destroying the beautiful realm over Oklahoma was more threatening to me than Secret Invasion. It is because of that intensity, that I claim that Siege is more dramatic and entertaining than Civil War and Secret Invasion. It's plot alone gives us the shakes.

This may be the part of the review where you read something disappointing about this product. I'll let you know, I found nothing wrong with Siege, and I'm suprised. I had problems here and there with all the events, but Siege is flawless in my opinion.

*Elegantly Epic Artwork
*Terrifying Villains
*Ex-Avengers Coming Together
*Every Character's Dialogue Specially Treated (Thanks Bendis!)
*An Amazing Thor Story Within An Event
*A Bombardment Of Twists
*Bendis Wasn't Afraid To Do Devastating Things(You May Shed A Tear By The End)

I rest my case. What more could you really ask for? Siege takes the good things from Civil War and Secret Invasion, and creates a better story without the problems we saw before. It feels right to say that this is the event we've all been waiting for.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 28, 2010
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What goes up must come down. Norman Osborn has had a good run ramrodding the Marvel Universe, but his Dark Reign is just about over. Cracks are beginning to show beneath Osborn's in-control facade, and we've been conjecturing about the tipping point. We've witnessed the crumbling of his cabal as Emma Frost and Namor have already amscrayed, and now we learn that Dr. Doom isn't at all content to play second banana, to which everyone's reaction should be a resounding "Well, duh." In the one-shot SIEGE: THE CABAL we view the inevitable falling out.

Maybe it was only a matter of time before Normie turned his gaze on Asgard, floating prettily above Oklahoma. Maybe it took Loki's whispering sweet sedition into his ear. Asgard is an anomaly, and it isn't too long before Osborn perceives the ninth realm as a serious threat to Earth and, even more significantly, to Normie's own power base. In true wag the dog form, Osborn, requiring an excuse to invade Asgard, fabricates an incident - the destruction of Chicago's Soldier Field and deaths of untold thousands - with the substantial Asgardian warrior Volstagg caught in the middle, holding the bag. Osborn immediately gathers his hordes of minions (Dark Avengers, Thunderbolts, the Initiative, H.A.M.M.E.R.) and makes a beeline for Oklahoma. He invites full media coverage.

Speaking as a puny mortal, there's something gratifying about Balder's dismissive remark about humans getting promptly force fed back to him. Balder states: "I cannot imagine a mortal force that could possibly be any threat to the immortals of --" And then the Sentry punches thru the Asgardian walls. This may be the only time I've ever rooted for the insufferable Sentry. The siege commences, and it looks as if the gods of the Norse pantheon are right away on their heels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 15, 2013
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A recommended starting point for newcomers to Marvel is Kieron Gillen's Journey into Mystery, Vol. 1. I enjoyed the series immensely and continued on with his Thor Ultimate Collection. That omnibus happens to include issues that precede and follow the Siege Event. Needless to say, I wanted to know what happened during Siege. So, I jumped to Straczynski's three volumes of Thor (all excellent), in order to work my way back through Marvel continuity toward Siege.

I began with the Siege Prelude to try and orient myself to the state of this Marvel universe, and it was helpful. Siege opens with Osborn informing the Cabal that it is Loki's turn to be aided in taking over Asgard. Osborn wants to attack, but the president needs justification. Loki works with Osborn to create an inciting incident by setting up Volstagg to cause some major destruction, and Ares is tricked by Osborn into leading the assault with the Dark Avengers- and the Siege begins! Captain America gathers the Avengers, who have been in hiding from the superhero registration act, Nick Fury and Maria Hill resurface, and they all come to the defense of their friend, Thor. The Avengers fight better as a team, and they seem to make headway until the ultra-powerful Sentry brings Asgard crashing down and threatens all their lives. He can only be defeated by some very unlikely help.

Loki's machinations from start to finish as he unfolds his plan are fun and interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexander P. on March 31, 2012
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One complaint you'll see about the oversized collections is that the issues collected are not put in 'chronological' order per the story.

The $39.99 extended edition of "Seige" isn't any different. You'll read the entire story from begining, middle, and end with The Cabal, Prologue, and Issues 1-4... Then you're reading New Avengers which takes place in the middle of the story... Then you're reading Dark Avengers, again taking place in the middle of the story...

Whoever thought that made sense needn't their position at Marvel. The book is pretty entertaining, its got a lot of Thor, a lot of action, but the ending always puzzled me.


Osborn orders the Sentry to take down Asgard. Ok, that's fine, that's the plan. But you turn the page and Osborn is pleading with the Avengers, "I was trying to protect you from him!" And its the Void.. Did I miss something?

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More About the Author

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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