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Osborn: Evil Incarcerated Paperback – June 15, 2011
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Norman Osborn is in prison following his rise as head of world security, boss of H.A.M.M.E.R., the Thunderbolts and his dark Avengers team, then his fall at the end of his coup d'etat and siege of Asgard. The former Green Goblin and Iron Patriot is being held without charge. A senate committee on human rights debates on how best to proceed with his trial but a ballsy senator transfers him from the Raft, the usual place of incarceration for super criminals, to a secret location. Meanwhile, a secret "Goblin Cult" of followers would see Osborn free from his shackles.
Norah Winters of the Daily Bugle is using her investigative journalism talents to good use as she follows a story on "where is he now?" She ends up caught in the middle of a prison riot and Osborn's escape attempts.
I bought this trade paperback as I was intrigued with Osborn after he appeared in Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis - Volume 3 by Brian Michael Bendis (Nov 28 2012) proclaiming to the world's media and the President of the USA about his lack of due process and his illegal imprisonment. Until that point I had only read Siege which details his dark Avengers attack on Asgard and his subsequent downfall.
At the time, I found this story boring and the book ended up gathering dust on a shelf. However, now that I've caught up a bit more on Osborn's rise to power during the Dark Reign era, including the Dark Avengers books, I've re-read this story and found it a much better read and I have a better understanding of why he would have his own cult.
This is still just an ok story though.Read more ›
Of all 2010's superhero joints, this one provides a combination that you're unlikely to find elsewhere in the genre: fresh ideas, fresh characters, and art that makes you sit up and take notice immediately. Would you necessarily expect this from a mini-series capping the story of the over-exposed villain from Marvel's summer "event"? And yet, here it is.
If you buy Marvel comics and you don't own this one, it's time to fix that. You won't regret it.
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Overall I would give this comic about 2.5 stars out of 5. It wrestles with a lot of big ideas and is more thought-provoking that 98% of superhero comics. However it is too ambitious with all the topics it wants to cover in the limited space it has and therefore some ideas suffer. Osborn: Evil Incarcerated does successfully paint Osborn in a new more morally complex light without departing from the core character feature of him being pure evil. I would recommend this comic to anyone looking for deeper superhero comics with the caveat that some of the ideas will fall flat.
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This story takes place after the Siege storyline when Norman Osborn is taken to prison for crimes against the US. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by Cozzster
I would think that the premise for a Norman Osborn in jail series would be worth reading. Sorry but the artwork here is just palin (correct sp) awful. Read morePublished on July 23, 2012 by danny boy