Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1
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Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1

Writer: Paul Cornell Artist: Mark Brooks Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 13, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 4
6.1Critic Rating
5.6User Rating

The Melter; The Executioner; The Enchantress; Egghead; Big Zero and Coat of Arms: they call themselves the Young Avengers, teenage rebels, on the run from the authorities, hated and feared by a world they've sworn to protect. Their interests include interspecies romance, modern art and bloody murder. Everything is permitted, and so are they. Until they meet the original Young Avengers. And then their grey areas will come home to roost. Rated T+…$3.99

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt May 19, 2009

    The artwork from Mark Brooks is nothing less than stunning. Brooks has shown in the past that he can handle teenage casts brilliantly on the "Ultimate Spider-Man Annual", but paired up with Christina Strain's colors, the series takes on a vivid, animated appearance. It imbues the book with the required youthful energy, bringing the cast to life and providing the perfect visual counterpart to Cornell's dialogue. Instantly a worthy successor to the Young Avengers name. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 May 30, 2009

    After saying all of that, I will state that I'll be picking up the next issue in order to find out what happens next. If this group had some minor tweaking done(change the team name and get rid of the big racist girl!!!)this could definitely be an interesting team. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren May 15, 2009

    It's a soso first issue that doesn't immediately hook you, but there's something unique about the concept that appealed to me enough that I want to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Comic Addiction - Derek Bowman May 17, 2009

    While this issue is a little bit disappointing to start with, Cornell obviously has a plan to let us get to know the new team before bringing in the old team, and Brooks delivers his usual solid, clean work. While off the marks a bit slower than I expected, this mini-series is still off to a good start. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy May 12, 2009

    So, when all's said and done, I'd say the pros outweigh the cons with this story, but only just. It's not the most graceful of opening chapters, but it's effective at introducing an entirely new cast of characters (even if most of the names are familiar) and setting up a fundamental thematic conflict. I'd prefer it if some of the characters were allowed to behave and interact more realistically, but that mostly falls on the heads of editorial. If you're a Young Avengers fan, you'll probably want to check this out. If you're not, then you can probably skip this without much guilt. Sadly, I'd be surprised if this series really made much of an impact overall. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    IGN - Marc Diefenderfer May 13, 2009

    Bryan's Score: 8.4 Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 18, 2009

    It's pretty much by-the-numbers, and Iam sad to say that I suspect this series will be completely forgotten in a year or two. Read Full Review

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