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Omar Karindu

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Subj: Short reviews of Siege #4, The Fallen, and New Avengers Finale.
Posted: Wed May 12, 2010 at 06:04:31 pm EDT (Viewed 1018 times)

Siege #4 -- The story doesn't end so much as run out of pages, shrug, and hit a reset button on all post-2007 Marvel comics. Bendis has never been good at "Big Event" stuff, and this issue is a good example of why: he seems to get tired of his own plots halfway through. Characters behave arbitrarily to get the story to end. Loki inexplicably sacrifices himself in a way that makes his appearances everywhere else entirely inconsistent with this story, weeping over Asgard's destruction and begging Odin's forgiveness in his internal monologue. There's meant to be an echo of the 1963 Avengers #1 in there, but it really doesn't come off. The main plot ends when Thor hits the Sentry very hard, which, coupled with the Void's all-new death wish, kills the character we all knew was getting killed. Also, someone needs to explain to Bendis that the President cannot, in fact, "throw out" a signed piece of legislation after the fact. CONSTITUTION DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY! It's mindlessly fun most of the way through, but it's also as irritatingly slapdash as the rest of the series has been.

The Sentry: Fallen Sun -- Paul Jenkins writes the Sentry into more backstories, and his connection with Rogue is painfully wrongheaded in particular. Everyone in the book apparently decides to pretend that most of Dark Avengers and Siege never happened in favor of expressing unconditional love for the character instead. Also, CLOC thinks Bob will be back, which alarms no one despite recent events. This is basically Paul Jenkins rhapsodizing his own creation in bizarrely tasteless fashion, and entirely inessential reading. Dreck to avoid.

New Avengers Finale -- An incredibly good Avengers story, which works very, very well from start to finish. Sure, Count Nefaria's powers have changed entirely sinc ehis last appearance in order to make Logan look cool, but the moments work well enough that I didn't care while reading it. New Avengers ended up on a treadmill after Civil War, honestly, and this payoff to the Hood storyline is long overdue...but it works, and works very well. Bendis seems to have thrown himself into this story with considerable enthusiasm, all told. There's a curious echo of Avengers Finale at the end, including a number of flashback spreads that don't actually appear to be New Avengers stories, but whatever. It rings a bit false, since we know New Avengers is just getting a new #1 and not going through radical changes in the Disassembled vein. But despite my minor carping, this is excellent stuff, right up there with New Avengers Annual #1 as far as tightly-plotted, well-scripted adventure stories go.

- Omar Karindu
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