Dark Avengers #12

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Mike Deodato, Greg Horn Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 16, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 4
6.1Critic Rating
6.1User Rating

The explosive smash hit series from Brian Bendis and Mike Deodato continues!! The Dark Avengers are pitted against a foe they cannot defeat: A man with the power over every molecule in the world! Norman can't talk his way out of this one as the world gets turned upside down and no joke...someone dies. For reelz!! Rated T …$3.99

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Dec 26, 2009

    Deodato has often been for me a hit or miss, but here, its a hit. Hes much more interesting than in the first issues. Gone are the dramatic pauses, replaced by solid storytelling and good staging. My only question is why cant he draw nipples on naked characters. I thought this convention of the comic book world had been dismissed years ago. As an aside, old time readers will recognize that this cover is an old recreation of the first Avengers series #314 which also mentioned the Void! Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Kevin Fuller Dec 16, 2009

    For a Dark Avengers book, there's a notable lack of Avengers present. If you're looking for the full evil-team experience, you'll probably be disappointed, but it's not without its charms. The final splash page provides an unexpected (if slightly unclear) reference to the coming Siege event. Mix in some crazy changes in store for Sentry (for good or for bad), and you have what'll be one of the most talked about series released this week. I only wish the actual storytelling had been executed better. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comic Addiction - Corwin C. Crowl Dec 19, 2009

    Getting back to the point, the promise of hidden meaning keeps me reviewing this book and hopefully it is not all in vain. I just wonder if there is a reason for the "group" Molecule Man created for himself. Someone mentions that he feels he belongs in this group but I feel there may be more to it than that. Can one of them be real? Luckily for our heroes Molecule Man is not quite right in the mind but if he ever does return I am sure it will be with a vengeance. And will there be any lasting affects from him tampering with Osborn's brain? One this is for certain Norman dodged another bullet but at the end of the issue we see he has another monkey on his back weighing him down, sinking him into deeper water. While the Dark Avengers is not a completely original idea it does work in the Dark Reign era of the Marvel Universe. And if sales numbers are any indication the Thunderbolts' formula of villains masquerading as heroes has not grown old with the masses. I know it has not for Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Dec 18, 2009

    It's Dark Avengers, it's fun, and barring a wardrobe malfunction, Victoria Hand is a great character, but this issue has its weaknesses. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Dec 21, 2009

    So it gets a C+. It was either a very well written, yet boring and anti-climactic story or it was an exciting way to get from Point A to Point B without giving us an actual issue. Either way, it was good but certainly not worth the $3.99 cover price. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Dec 24, 2009

    A lot of negatives listed, but, ignoring the Sentry powerup, I didn't hate this issue. It's pretty straight forward and concludes abruptly, but great art, some interesting character developments for Hand and Osborn and bonus points for not dragging this out for six issues. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Dec 20, 2009

    More than anything else, "Dark Avengers" #12 seems to promise that the Sentry's story is coming to an end soon, or at least radically depowering and/or changing the character. After so many issues of the Sentry not seeming to have much of a purpose in this series, for that alone I'm looking forward to seeing that conclusion. "Dark Avengers" #12 was a real turning point for the series, but on some level I'm not sure it's all of the turns that Bendis was hoping for. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Charles Webb Dec 15, 2009

    Glacial pacing and a downright esoteric final page make this issue a misfire. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 18, 2009

    What an odd month, where both Geoff Johns and Brian Bendis write one of the worst stories I've ever read by either author. Hopefully they got it out of their system, and things can get back to normal. Read Full Review

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