Thursday, March 25, 2010 09:40 PM
The Take
 by Fëanor

Fëanor's (semi-)weekly comic book review post.

This post covers new releases from the week of 3/17. Beware spoilers!

New releases
Dark Avengers #15
This issue jumps back in time a bit to retell some recent events from a slightly different perspective, adding in more details. It doesn't take long for the setup Bendis presented us with last issue to pay off - in fact, Bullseye acts on Osborn's secret assassination orders at his very first opportunity. Which is a bit of a disappointment, really. It seems like Bendis threw away the chance to build up a lot more tension and suspense there. But it's also kind of a relief because, jeez, Lindy is an annoying character. I mean, all she's ever been is a whiny victim. Plus I still don't understand how and why Osborn has such a hold over the Sentry and the Void, that he can just tell the Void to switch himself off and turn back into Bob. Making him do that took an entire miniseries before! Osborn did it in one panel!
Thumbs Sideways

Irredeemable #12
The revelation of Bette Noir's final dark secret is a bit of an anticlimax. But the conclusion of Tony's visit to his first foster family is devastating, and the final page of the comic is dark and terrifying. Good stuff!
Thumbs Up

Joe the Barbarian #3
Just as the magical world is expanding, becoming more real, and the prophecy of "The Dying Boy" is coming into focus, we suddenly return to harsh reality and things look very bad for Joe. But the final page is the real shocker: there is another world, and it has come into contact with ours. Things are being taken to a new level now.
Thumbs Up

Siege #3
I rarely like narration, and the way it's done in this issue is particularly egregious. There's far too much of it; it's mostly just repeating what we're seeing in the art (which is excellent, by the way); and it's written as an irritating, melodramatic, and ridiculous conversation between the President and an advisor.

It is good to see the world finally turning against Osborn, and his empire crumbling out from under him. It's pretty funny when he's unmasked and both Wolverine and the Human Torch say, "Toldja." And there's some exciting action in here. But mostly this is a pretty poor issue. I continue to be annoyed by Bendis' twisted take on the character of the Sentry. I'm still waiting for that part of the story to start making sense.
Thumbs Sideways

Siege: Embedded #3
I'm not sure what to say about this issue. Despite all the action, it's actually kind of boring. Not much really happens except that everybody ends up at Asgard and we see it fall like we just saw it fall in Siege #3, except from a slightly different perspective. Also, we learn that Keller, while slimy and a bit cowardly, is at least determined that the show go on.
Thumbs Sideways
Tagged (?): Avengers (Not), Brian Michael Bendis (Not), Comic books (Not), Grant Morrison (Not), Mark Waid (Not), Siege (Not), The Take (Not)

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