The 4-Issue Mini-series Published By Marvel Comics
Will the Dark Reign that has clouded the Marvel Universe ever end?
Norman Osborn's control has spread wider than anyone could have ever imagined in their wildest dreams (or nightmares). Now he only has one obstacle … see full wiki
“Secret Invasion” had an awesome and lasting effect in the pages of the Marvel universe. S.H.I.E.L.D. went under and was replaced by H.A.M.M.E.R. a new organization headed by Norman Osborn (The Green Goblin). Tony Stark (Iron Man) went into hiding. The heroes of America became outlaws and a new team of Avengers was formed--that was made up of criminals who masqueraded as “earth‘s mightiest heroes“. The Illuminati made up of Iron Man, Namor, Black Bolt, Xavier and Reed Richards was replaced by one headed by Osborn and Thor’s half-brother Loki with the Hood, Emma Frost, Doctor Doom. “Secret Invasion” was the catalyst for the “Dark Reign” that spelled dark times for the heroes of Earth.
With Loki in the helm along with Osborn, you know that things would be worst for Thor and the Asgardians. During this time, Thor is exiled from Asgard and his beloved realm rests in the deserts of Oklahoma. We all know that Loki’s hatred for his step-brother is eternal but never can one expect that he would go this far. With the upcoming “Thor” movie, you know Marvel will be bringing the Son of Odin to new heights.
Seeking a reason for HAMMER to attack Asgard, Osborn maneuvers his minions to make it appear that Volstagg the voluminous (one of the Thunder God’s closest friends) had created a mishap that caused a lot of property damage and lives. Osborn now has the excuse to lay siege to the home of the Norse Gods. Ares the god of war disagrees but he was misled into thinking that Loki is now the king of Asgard and that Thor was absent, so a grand plan for war is brought into play.
Osborn with ALL the assemblage of his “Avengers”, the Hood’s band of super-villains empowered with the NORN stones and the entire HAMMER forces engage the Norse Gods in combat. The gods are powerful but the might of the super-villains can prove their equal; most specifically The Sentry; the imbalanced powerhouse with power to equal Thor’s and at full strength, would’ve defeated the strongest incarnation of the Hulk before he almost lost control (see WORLD WAR HULK, which I will review later). However, Thor the God of Thunder and the most powerful of the Asgardians engages Osborn’s forces but is sent reeling from the full assembled power of Osborn’s “Initiative”. This angers a now resurrected Steve Rogers and calls on the REAL Avengers to assemble and aid Asgard.
The Battle has been joined…but can anyone stop THE SENTRY when he becomes the VOID?
“SIEGE” is felt throughout the Marvel universe most notably in the pages of Avengers, Thor, Dark Avengers, New Avengers and others. This 4-issue mini-series serves as the launch pad for the other events of the story arc and has most of the significant events in Marvel comics history. “Siege” has a lot of subplots in the pages of other comic books, and admittedly, Thor, the Avengers titles are issues that directly intersects with the events of this comic series but it is not necessary to buy each one. “Siege” is focused and with a title like that, it says it all. SIEGE is the SIEGE of ASGARD.
I loved the fact that a certain American president is powerless to stop Osborn’s reign of terror, Ares expressing his distrust and his threats to Osborn, and his secrets stand revealed. “Siege” has a simple premise; and its title says it all. There is nothing complex about this mini-series, it is merely the resolution of the events that had occurred in “Mighty Avengers“, “Thor“, “Civil War”, “World War Hulk”, “Secret Avengers” and the “Dark Reign”. To truly appreciate “Siege” one has to have an idea of the events that led to this. But not to worry, the series is exciting enough on its own.
“Siege” is abundant in suspense, heroism, tragedy and surprises. I was shocked to see the fate of Ares, the god of war; pleased with the return of Nick Fury, Tony Stark dons his 80’s armor once again, Wolverine’s son Daken finds that there is a HUGE difference between a mutant with claws and healing powers and an enraged god of thunder, (I was also pleased to see the villains express their fear of Thor) but most of all, it was very refreshing to see the original Captain America lead the charge to aid Asgard. You see the hopes and determination come into play when we see that red-white and blue uniform.
Much of the story focuses on Osborn’s madness, Loki’s mischief and machinations that will lead to the destruction of Asgard, the Hood and his Norn stones, and the descent into madness by a super-ultra-powered Sentry. The story is pretty straightforward and filled with combat as Thor’s brethren try to fight off the ‘siege’. Volstagg, Balder, Heimdall and the Norse god of war, Tyr are taken into the spotlight. I guess the series’ main attraction would have to be the battle between two titanic blonds--the Sentry and Thor.
Marvel editor Joe Quesada has dubbed the Sentry as the being with the power of a million suns and was proclaimed as the most powerful super-hero in the Marvel universe. My friends, this was before Thor returned. Many comic fans have been clamoring for a no holds barred encounter between the two. The Sentry nearly defeated (until he lost control) a persona of the Hulk that was proclaimed by Quesada to be stronger than DC’s Superman, drove off “Galactus” (a feat that ONLY Thor had achieved before) so a fight between the imbalanced Sentry and Thor would be highly anticipated by comic fans. The fight takes place here and in the pages of Thor: Siege (as well as a subplot with the Thor clone called Ragnarok) and it is a match made for the ages. This is a highly empowered Sentry and a Thor without his extra “Odinforce” with all his full birth power on display; but it was no less entertaining.
The Art by Olivier Coipel is great as always. This artist’s attention to detail to truly impressive and I liked the way he illustrated the gods of asgard. They do look like Vikings and Thor looks as majestic as never before. Brian Michael Bendis is known for his gritty and mature dialogue and “Siege” is no different. Bendis always knew how to shock his readers as he had demonstrated in “Avengers Dissembled” and “Daredevil”, and here in “Siege”, he has full control on the script. The dialogue is kept realistic with the occasional profanity so no, this is NOT your kid’s comic book. The action is pretty brutal and quite bloody and GORY. The Sentry-Ares fight serves as a warm-up for the Thor-Sentry brawl which Heimdall claims was very "distracting" that he couldn't keep his eyes off the fight.
I guess despite the mini-series’ flaws, that I thought that it was another obvious money-grab by Marvel (I hate inter-title crossovers) I found it highly enjoyable. While I think anyone can jump into the story even without reading the other related comic books, I would recommend picking up some of the major titles related to "Siege" to see all the action. The tragedy of Loki, the destruction of this Asgard in this mortal plane, and the eventual rise of a new age….”The Heroic Age” makes all the anticipation worth it.