Dark Avengers #5

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Mike Deodato Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 3, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 6
6.9Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

When the public is reminded of Norman's terrible past, Norman's wheeling and dealing becomes a public concern. Plus, some of the Avengers are getting frisky with each other, and that can't be good. Plus the return of...the Cabal! Rated T …$3.99

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 8, 2009

    Brian Bendis continues to mine the territory opened by Thunderbolts, to great effect, with the amorality of the characters providing a great deal of the fun here. Moonstone and Marvel Boy provide the most shocking moment this issue, while the Sentry manipulations have to come to a head soon enough (and I suspect that Norman and his team won't be nearly enough power to clean up that particular mess.) Mike Deodato does great work with an issue that is mostly closeups of Norman at a desk, providing incredible "acting" from the big guy throughout. Norman's retorts to the questions we've all been asking ACTUALLY SOUND PLAUSIBLE, and even believable (if you're not an omniscient reader, that is) which is an amazing achievement for writing. This is the best issue yet of a series that has been good from the get-go, and Dark Avengers #5 earns an impressive 4.5 out of 5 stars overall. To get this kind of drama out of what is essentially a monologue and three flashbacks is impressive ind Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jun 9, 2009

    Deodato is a good artist. He continues to build upon the facial representation of Osborn as Nixon crossed with some Tommy Lee Jones. Its priceless and how I envision the character from now on. The mood here reminded me of the current Captain America run but with less beautiful colouring. Still this is a good layout and with good pacing. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 3, 2009

    Dark Avengers is already quickly improving in its second storyline. Next month looks to ramp up the action again and hopefully shed some more light on the Sentry situation, both of which should hopefully bring about more improvement. I'm confident Bendis can close his first six issues with a bang rather than a fizzle, leaving the team in a solid spot when it comes time to call on the X-Men. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jun 9, 2009

    Given the dark and mature tone of the plotting and dialogue, Deodato's style works quite well. The various members of this twisted incarnation of the Avengers are all majestic but mad and malevolent figures, and Deodato certainly captures their larger-than-life qualities. I also think Bendis's new take on the Sentry - as a terrifying time bomb with a psychological fuse of indeterminate length - is the best one we've seen thus far. The Sentry has always been portrayed as unbalanced and dangerous, but Bendis is now portraying him as scary. And it works. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Jun 2, 2009

    The result of this issue's mixture of solid characterisation for Norman Osborn and unentertaining silliness with the rest of the Avengers is a book that's as schizophrenic as the Green Goblin himself. Bendis mixes some canny and surprisingly sophisticated insights into Osborn's new position with some decidedly childish antics that take some of the edge off an otherwise entertaining issue. Still, this is the best that the book has been since the first issue, so I'm sure that existing fans of the title will love it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Jun 4, 2009

    Good, but feels out of touch with the rest of the Marvel Universe with the lateness in dealing with certain topics and many characters have yet to establish a voice of their own under Bendis. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jun 1, 2009

    On the whole, this "Dark Avengers" title seems to exist solely for the sake of controversy, as the story within the book certainly doesn't offer enough for me to justify coming back to this well very often. We've seen pseudo-heroes played out masterfully with Kurt Busiek's initial offerings on "Thunderbolts." This book seems to have missed the masterfully part and is hoping to play up shock value as entertainment. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Jul 20, 2009

    If you like dozens of panels of Norman Osborn giving an interview, then this is the comic for you! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 7, 2009

    Next issue promises a lot more action, and a focus on Marvel Boy - but this book is hanging by a thread. Five months in and I don't care about any of the characters. That's not the way to build a following - especially at these prices. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Jun 9, 2009

    I hope that Dark Avengers #5 was a temporary hiccup and not a sign of things to come on this title. The last thing I want to see is for the Dark Avengers to sink to the same level as New Avengers. The dialogue, pacing and plotting were so poor that I have to wonder if Marvel even has an editor working on this title or not. Dark Avengers #5 had maybe seven pages of substance that was fluffed up with pure filler in order to stretch it out over the entire 22 page issue. I would not recommend wasting your money on Dark Avengers #5 since it is obviously a filler issue slotted in between two major story arcs. Read Full Review

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