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Dark Avengers #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Mike Deodato Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 21, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 8
7.2Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

Norman Osborn is now in control of the most powerful “super hero” team in the world. Does the former Green-Goblin have the capacity to do good with the Avengers fighting for him or is the man rotten to the core?

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Feb 14, 2009

    With no love for Secret Invasion, I was hesitant coming into this, but Bendis and Deodato blew me away with this opening issue. Will definitely be around for more of this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jun 6, 2012

    Iffy nomenclature or not, it's a volatile mix of questionable personalities - and that's what makes Thunderbolts comics so much fun to read. This one is no exception - especially with the tagline at the end saying "Next: DEATHDEATHDEATHDEATH." Something tells me 'Toxie Doxie's going to run out of moxie. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 29, 2009

    Hmmm. Hmmmmmmm... I don't know what to make of this debut. On the one hand, it's a briliant piece of treachery on the part of Norman, and a very complex and nuanced situation to use a the premise for a new super-team. Unfortunately, it requires us to believe that Tony Stark, futurist, is a titanic window-licker, that the entire government can be duped as easily as a little blonde college girl can be coaxed out of her miniskirt, and, most importantly, that no one will be able to tell the difference between these knockoffs and their real counterparts. The last one, sadly, is most believable... Norman's character in this issue is the real star, trying to decode the complexity that is the superhero into something he can break down and amass personal power and cash from. The doppelganger situation makes Marvel's already tangled antecedents even more so, as Noh-Varr becomes (I think) the ninth Captain Marvel, Bullseye the third Hawkeye (with BOTH the other ones still active) as Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Jan 24, 2009

    Dark Avengers #1 was a good read. Bendis delivers a solid debut issue and gives the reader just enough to get them to come back for more. Dark Avengers #1 is straight forward and mass consumable. It is also new reader friendly. This title should appeal to a large cross section of fans. I would expect this issue to post huge sales numbers. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Feb 5, 2009

    'm still optimistic here Brian, keep up the good work! As long as Brian can keep from f###ing up Noh-Varr too much, I think I might really enjoy this series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Tony Rakittke Jan 22, 2009

    I'm prepared to stick with Bendis on this title for awhile. Definitely check it out, and remain cautiously optimistic with me as we see where he goes with this. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Benjamin Birdie Jan 22, 2009

    One does get a strong sense that the main reason for the "Dark Avengers" to exist is for the inevitable huge fight with their counterparts. But it doesn't feel tacky just yet. There's enough character to the proceedings to ensure that you're in no hurry to get there. And, eventually, when that last page cliffhanger does arrive and the "real" Avengers are looking down at these copycats, you'll be that much more engaged. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Daniel Crown Jan 21, 2009

    Dan's Score: 8.8 Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 22, 2009

    So far, my reaction is basically: eh. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jan 25, 2009

    Here, Deodato tries to make Osborne look like Richard Nixon.I guess that when a villain of the day is needed, Nixons the man to ape. I dontlike how Deodato poses his characters. Their gestures feel painful and stretched.If I were ever to stand like any of them, I would have chronic back pain. Hesalso the type of illustrator that has muscles always in a pumping mode, neverrelaxed. Well, looking at his work did not relax me. Hopefully this series canend quickly once this crossover is over. Read Full Review

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