Siege received some bad press when it first came out from Marvel at the end of 2009. Fans were feeling crossover fatigue from all the events before and after and everyone was ready to stop them.
Whatever the case, Siege didn’t sell that well compared to previous crossovers and a lot of fans blasted it.
Having completed the trade collection of the individual issues, I think I know why. This isn’t a company-wide crossover at all.
This story could have just as easily been told in the pages of <I>Dark Avengers</I> and <I>New Avengers</I>. Instead it spun off in to dozens of book, some of which only played a role on the perphiry of the story at best.
Anyway, the basic concept is all about Norman Osborn finally go9ing off the deep end. He betrays Presidential orders and invades Asgard, ready to bring the gods down. This leads to a battle between the Dark Avengers and the new Initiative and the combined forces of the New Avengers and Secret Warriors.
And that’s pretty much it. There’s some twists and turns, but that’s it. The story is one single battle between the two sides. And the fact that the Heroic Age was coming next pretty much sums up who the winner will be.
It isn’t a bad little adventure, but that’s all it is: a little adventure. And that’s disappointing for something with 50+ tie-in issues.
Recommended to Avengers and Marvel fans. Others be wary.
With the tag line "The Raging Climax", WWF asked for every gay wrestler joke they received.
It’s hard to watch a bunch of old wrestling events when you’re deathly ill, but for my fans I have tried my very best. So let’s keep going!
Wrestlemania IX: Hulk Hogan and Sid Justice suck up the main event.
Wrestlemania X: Bret Hart vs Yokozuna.
Wrestlemanias XI, XII, and 13: None of them good enough for their own review.
Wrestlemania XIV: Shawn Michaels vs Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Wrestlemania XV: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs The Rock.
We reveal an adventure of interpid scientist-hero Phil Carson in this month’s Timeline
Notes on the story after the break.
A lot of great stories have been produced in the last few years simply by looking at superheroes from a different point of view. Hero Happy Hour continues that trend by taking a ragtag group of superheroes and throwing them together as patrons in a bar.
Basically it’s superhero Cheers.
The book originally came out in print in 2002 and it was only in the last year that the creators decided to revive it in web comic form. It works wonders for the strip as the quick genre-infused humor fits quite well in the page-by-page story format.
Writer Dan Taylor and artist Chris Fason have also used the format to introduce quick one-page asides starring anti-heroes Doubleshot and Chaser that poke fun of superhero conventions and modern pulp culture news. (A new character named “The Sheen” has been popping up quite a bit lately.)
The current story arc revolves around The Hideout Bar being forced in to a legal quandary by another Hideout Bar and Grill in another dimension. Sullen heroes don’t know if they will ever be able to drink again, but humor abounds in the scenario.
All in all, the series is a lot of fun. Go check it out (start it here) or support them with a purchase of their trade collection or their downloadable role-playing products.