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Dark Avengers, Vol. 1: Assemble (Dark Avengers)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  1,445 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Collects Dark Avengers (2009) #1-6. They’re your Avengers, and they are here to protect you! Except…things are not as they seem. With the real Avengers underground, who are these Avenger doppelgangers, and why have they been assembled?
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 2nd 2009 by Marvel
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Tripp
When I was but a wee lad, I read a lot of Justice League of America. Looking back, sure the stories are goofy, but my own kids love them now, so I suppose I wasn't too far off the mark. Having read a lot of them I eventually got to the point where I wanted the bad guys to win. Not temporarily, in a way to be overturned in the same comic or in the next, but for a long time.

My forlorn hope has finally come true in the Dark Avengers story line. It is now complete but it lasted for over a year. You
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Desiree Brunelle
the dark avenger is about a women named Morgana, who is a witch crafter in the dark after who also time travels. the main character Doctor Osborn is a man who hates toney stark and created his own avengers when the old ones went away when shield went away. his new name is called HAMMER, where he assembled all the hero's that the avengers either didn't like or thought weren't able to do what they could do with out trying to kill each other. through out the book is mainly Osborn recruiting hero's ...more
Jenna
Review originally posted on my blog The Otaku Librarian, along with a review of Batgirl: Knightfall Descends.

Interesting origin of a very odd concept. I probably should read the Secret War with all the Skrulls sneaking about and undermining the Avengers, since it would make more sense in regard to how Normal Osborne somehow became the head of H.A.M.M.E.R., the replacement of Shield. Fun to see the new versions of the Avengers and the people behind the mask. Some of them I didn't know offhand, bu
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Neil McCrea
I could have sworn that I'd read this before, but apparently not. After reading all the various MU storylines around this one, I probably just filled in the blanks for the actual Dark Avengers run. The appeal for this series almost entirely lies in the high concept alone, Norman Osborn creates his own team of government sanctioned Avengers out of some of the most deranged villains and dysfunctional heroes in the MU. Great fun, but ultimately the run was too short to do too much with the concept. ...more
Shayna Ross
These characters are mostly very new to me, so I can only approach this at face-value for what I have in hand right now. So, the (Dark) Avengers is Norman Osbourne's attempt to replace S.H.I.E.L.D. with H.A.M.M.E.R. as the new government-sanctioned paramilitary super group in place of Nick Fury/Tony Stark's failure to prevent the attack of the Skrull. However, almost all of Osborne's (formerly known as Green Goblin) recruits are former villains, murderers, and unstable wayward heroes who are ess ...more
J.
This is the worthy successor to Ellis' Thunderbolts I was looking for. (Probably not surprising when you consider that this is essentially that same team.) Like Thunderbolts, this book is more about the dysfunction among the team than the battles with bad guys. The conversations between Osborne and Sentry are just pure gold.
Michael
This is what happens when truly psychotic people (as opposed to the Thunderbolts, who I consider merely opportunistic) pretend to be heroes. What happens is a big train wreck although the story itself is not a train wreck.
Laura
Plot: The storyline was okay. I didn't love that it kept jumping around in time. The jumps from Morgana's time to the present made sense, but some of the other jumps kept me from investing in the story. The ending was interesting though and definitely set things up for an interesting arc.
Characters: I didn't think any of the characters were particularly well developed, and I didn't really connect with any of them. The character I liked the most was Morgana, and she was the "bad guy". Granted, I'
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Artemiy Nizovtsev
Man did I not expect this to be that good. I'm not usually into stories about how a bad guy is pretending or trying to be a good one. Take Superior Spider-Man, for example, I hated that one. Well, now I believe that if Bendis was to write SSM, maybe It actually would be an awesome book everyone thinks it is. Because, see, Dark Avengers is pretty much the same story: a bad guy finds himself in a position to do good (but not really). Only here we have everything SSM did not but desperately needed: ...more
Megan
Set after the Secret Invasion, Tony Stark has been asked to step down as director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and have disbanded the Avengers. Stepping out of the shadows is former super villain Norman Osborn, otherwise known as Green Goblin, and he's on a mission to form his own version of the Avengers full of criminals and undesirables. Recruiting such names as Bullseye, Moonstone, Sentry and Venom, with Norman Osborn taking the lead as Iron Patriot, this anthology spans the beginning of the Dark Avengers ...more
Craig Williams
I didn't read the Secret Invasion, but I kept up with it best I could. God's honest truth, I'm a little sick of these epic sagas that tend to end in disappointment, or at the very least, the very temporary death of whatever super hero that hasn't died yet. However, I was intrigued to learn that Secret Invasion ended with the Earth being saved not by Captain America, Iron Man, or Thor - but by Norman Osborne, aka, "The Green Goblin".

For his heroic efforts, Osborne is awarded command of S.H.I.E.L
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Luke
This is a great start to the Dark Avengers series. I read this as separate comic issues, but decided that I would review it as the graphic novel.

When the government disbands the Avengers as a result of the Secret Invasion story arc, they place Norman Osborn as the big boss. I've been collecting the Avengers and so getting Dark Avengers was just a logical step. I really wanted to see what Bendis would do with this new line-up of villains (for the most part) running the US superhero defence.

The Da
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Fizzgig76
Reprints Dark Avengers #1-6 (March 2009-August 2009). Norman Osborn has dismantled S.H.I.E.L.D. to form H.A.M.M.E.R. and now he needs someone to back him up. Enter the Avengers...Osborn's Avengers. Made up of Moonstone, Venom, Daken, Bullseye, Marvel Boy, and Sentry, Osborn has the villains impersonating Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Hawkeye and with his new power, Osborn knows the public never needs to know. When Morgan Le Fey threatens to destroy Dr. Doom in Latveria the new Avengers ...more
Starfire
Enhhhnnnnn. This next instalment in my post-Avengers superhero craze was... OK, but I definitely didn't find it rave-worthy.

But compared to X-23: the Killing Dream that I read last week (hell, compared to much of the fanfic on the LiveJournal Avengerkink community), the characterisation didn't do much for me, and the plot really seemed like little more than an excuse to put as many epic superhero battles together as possible. Dare I say it... while I have no hesitation calling X23:TKD a graphic
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Cristhian
Para mi tesis estoy tomando las profundidades de la dualidad bien/mal y el contraste que se genera de tener un poder absoluto. Para tal disertación, el estudio requiere una revisión del trabajo de personajes que Bendis logró durante la saga de Dark Avengers. Este volumen recupera el primer arco y como una banda de asesinos y villanos es reunido para mantener el control y balance ante amenazas mayores sin importar cruzar líneas morales.
Mely
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Eric Mikols
I forgot how annoying Bendis can be on team books. Or with villains. Or in general.
Still, this is a great read, with tones of action and character moments. The idea is such an evil one you have to love it, even if you can't wait to see the characters get their heads kicked in. The art is just gorgeous and makes this book so enjoyable.
Bendis, on the other hand, writes dialogue that makes me want to beat my head into a wall. Not all the time, but when he writes a team book, it just shows up more o
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Sam
I was prepared to hate this book because I hate Norman Osborn and don't care about his villain fake avengers, but it was actually a pretty good read and I want to read some more.
sixthreezy
This was cool, but I didn't really like that completely everything was changed. There was nothing traditional or conventional about this, which is great. But at the same time, I wanted some familiarity and why are the freaking Marvel villains the New Avengers (Dark Avengers)??? Parts of it I liked, it's a little more of a badass team. But at the same time, I was kind of just at a loss when all the new "heroes" were actually old villains in a new costumes of the old Avengers. It just seemed like ...more
Kevin
Interesting take, great art, okay story. Artist made Norman Osborne look like Tommy Lee Jones.
Would have liked a bit more background on the Dark Avenger characters.
Rosa
I started reading New Avengers and it referred to this series, so when I saw this on the shelf at work on Tuesday I grabbed it and read it. It takes place after the Skrull War and the original Avengers appear to be held responsible so Osborne starts a new Avengers team (he is heralded as the new hero.) Osborne assembles a team made up of villains and wild cards to take the Avengers place.

The dynamic of the new team is definitely interesting and I can't tell whether Osborne is nuts or not. I did
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Chris
I picked this up for my classroom's lending library sight unseen; I had read it was a big seller and decided to give it a shot.

Definitely not my cup of tea. The artwork looked really muddy to me. I understand the thought behind that decision, I guess... these are "Dark" Avengers, but even considering that, the artwork just didn't appeal to me. The collection of stories here was OK; I'm pretty out of touch with Marvel Comics right now, but I was able to pick up the whys and wherefores with no gre
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Dan Lowth
A good introduction to this particular series and a good choice for my first Marvel comic book. The character of Norman Osborn is the obvious star and his dialogue throughout is engaging and entertaining as he antagonises and manipulates several of the characters, particularly Bob Reynolds. My only real complaint would be the Wolverine fan in me wanting to see a little bit more focus on Daken but I'm assuming there's more to come involving him. This planted the seeds for the future and was basic ...more
Holden Attradies
A Great Read. Pulling together Secret Invasion, Thunderbolts, and New Avengers all lines I've read plenty of in the last month or two. The art was phenomenal, the story was amazingly well paced with great pay off and wonderful little bits of humor popped within. Osborn took certain stage, both as far as the story went and as far as being an interesting character, although Moonstar as "Ms Marvel" gave him a run for his money and threatened to steal the show in almost every panel she was on. I hav ...more
Mark
Norman Osborn takes over Tony Stark’s job as the nation’s top cop. Since most of the original Avengers are MIA, Norman looks to the criminal element for replacements.

The first job is to deal with something Dr. Doom can’t handle.

This is a good place to start for those interested in the Dark Reign series.

This book introduces all of the new team members and provides some background.

Notes
Morgana Le Fay plays a role

Learning Curve
Low: Should be good for new readers with a basic understanding of Marvel
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Natalia Jagielska
Sentry/Osborn scenes were great, otherwise a poor-mish-mash.
Ryan Morris
Certainly did not think I would enjoy this series when it came out, and it did take some time but I really liked it in the end. Having it sink in for a couple of years before re-reading was a good idea though: even the shaky beginning of this tale is better the second time. Bendis can certainly mess up a good idea quickly, but his dialogue has never been better than this, and the series really doesn't go long enough for him to really ruin it. Looking forward to re-reading the rest.
Jacobi
I notice that Bendis is catching a lot of flack from some comic fans now. People saying he can't write, he's over-rated, and other like-minded things that are said about nearly anyone who reaches the top of their field and stays there.

However, I still love the dude. I've pretty much enjoy everything of his I've read, and this book was no different. He doesn't reach the highs of other brilliant comic writers, but there is something to be said for consistent quality.

Travis
Dark Avengers was a great read. Heroes fall and now Norman osborn is here to re assemble the avengers. I really liked how the villains are taking the role of the avengers yet they have their own problems to deal with, Another Bendis story I enjoyed.
Mario
The Dark Avengers is the most superfluous series of last year.If you read New Avengers and Mighty Avengers, vol. one, then you already know the plot. This was a pointless arc with forceful bad jokes, erroneous usage of characters (they all want to sound like Spider-Man), and the some of the dialogues were force and witlessness. The artwork was nice, but wasted on this book.
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A comic book writer and erstwhile artist. He has won critical acclaim (including five Eisner Awards) and is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For over eight years Bendis’s books have consistently sat in the top five best sellers on the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.

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