Dark Reign: The List: Avengers #1

Dark Reign: The List: Avengers #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Marko Djurdjevic Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 10, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8
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  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Sep 21, 2009

    Djurdjevic is a great artist, although he draws his characters open mouth wider than Rob Liefeld. He gets pacing and page composition and its hard to find anything bad with his work. Its crispy comic book fair and it may help to justify this fourth or fifth " I lose track " Avengers series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Tony Rakittke Sep 12, 2009

    Rounding out this issue is a preview of Daredevil's role in "The List," and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the Avengers story, which is mind boggling since I haven't touched a Daredevil story since Miller left the title. Andy Diggle and Billy Tan seem to have a good handle on the character, and I was so impressed with the title's new direction, first revealed in Daredevil #500, that I'm now planning on following the comic! This one shot was a surprisingly entertaining issue and a great jumping on point for anyone that has managed to avoid the baggage of "Dark Reign" until now. I'm convinced that there's real potential to be found in "The List." I'm alsomore than willing to stick around and see what happens. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 10, 2009

    This issue carries a hefty price tag for 26 pages, but supplements that with eight pages(nine if you include the faux cover) dedicated to a preview of "Dark Reign: The List " Daredevil" as well as a five-page "art preview" of Dark Reign: The List - X-Men". Personally, I would have been happier with 6 more pages of Clint Barton's story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 11, 2009

    The art is the best reason to pick up this issue. The story's not bad, but like so many of the stories in this series, it just seems to be marking time and holding everything in place. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 10, 2009

    It's clear already that Dark Reign: The List is just a middle step on the road to Dark Reign's real climax. The lack of any running threads throughout the series other than the core "Osborn's list" premise may end up dragging these books down. On the other hand, this issue features some of the better character work Bendis has done in his long tenure on the Avengers books. Even if I have to wait a few months to see where this issue leads, Bendis has done plenty to pique my interest. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Sep 8, 2009

    Yes, his characterisation of the rest of the team continues to make them look a little ineffectual in the face of Osborn's villainy, but that seems to be the point that Bendis is trying to make: that Norman has risen to such a position of power that it's going to be very difficult for the heroes to take him down whilst still playing by the rules. This, in conjunction with the hints that Norman is preparing to make his move on many of the MU's biggest superheroes, has me quite interested to see how the overarching story of The List plays out. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 13, 2009

    I gotta say, this issue is intense in ways that I didn't expect. Hawkeye's lethal attitude (however out of character it may be) at least doesn't pull any punches, taking a chance of killing both Bullseye and Venom during the attack. I'm bothered by a couple of things, though, including the stupidity of attacking a man who employes both Ares and the Sentry, as well as the fact that forcefields were used as plot points both for and against Ronin. If you stop to analyze what's actually going on here, it kind of falls apart, and makes Clint Barton look quite a bit stupider than I'm comfortable with him being. Norman Osborn is well used here, but his ubiquitousness is starting to lead to overexposure for me, and as engaging asClint's whole "Die Hard" schtick is, it still falls apart at the end. Overall, though, this issue balances itself out, with some very lovely art from Marko Djurdjevic, and cute dialogue almost (but not quite) covering up a fundamental lack of brains in the plot. The pr Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Sep 15, 2009

    Unless you just want to see Hawkeye act completely out of character, rant and rave about killing people and go off half cocked to kill Osborn and get captured in the process, there's nothing worth seeing or reading here. Story feels forced to propel this List "event" forward. Read Full Review

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