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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  2,096 ratings  ·  102 reviews
On the brink of madness, Norman Osborn, in his final bid to take total control, targets the final obstacle in his mission - Asgard. Events are set in motion forcing our heroes to put aside the deep rifts that have grown over the past seven years.
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published July 28th 2010 by Marvel (first published 2010)
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Nicolo Yu
I didn’t finish this story when it first came out due to “event fatigue.” Marvel had too many crossover events that a few years ago I just ceased to follow the monthly comics and waited for the trade. I actually started on the first two issues but dropped it when I was overwhelmed by the tie-ins. Ironically, Marvel touted this as a small scale event, and perhaps the company was aware of their overabundance of events. This was indeed smaller in scale since it only had four issues and I was able t ...more
For a crossover event, this is actually quite good. I may be biased on that mark, though. I hated Civil War, and the Registration Act, and I'm no fan of the Osborn storyline. I don't really understand how he worked his way into the position that he did. Then again, the characters don't seem to get it either, so at least I'm not alone there. I might have ended up liking anything that did away with either one, much less both, even if it had ended up being terrible.

Good thing it isn't. Pulling off
Caz Edmunds
Finally catching up with the Marvel event that shook the Marvel Universe, I must say that this is another must collect event from Brian Michael Bendis.

Following events from Secret Invasion, Dark Reign, Civil War and the recent return of Thor courtesy of J.Michael Strazynski's run, this hardcover collection comes in the heels of mixed opinions regarding the presence of Asgard in Midgard. In the vernacular, it means that THOR has revived his kingdom of Asgard and had it floating atop the plains of
Siege is everything I love about Bendis! It feels like everything that started in Civil War has finally come full circle. Not that there is ever any real finality in comics (graphic novels, whatever), but you do get closure on some of the issues that have been hanging out in the Marvel/Avenger universe for quite some time. *sigh* The End...ish.
What a payoff. I'm sure there are Marvel readers who are bitching about how Bendis is overextended and concerned that he isn't putting his highest quality into each work. That may be true of a few books over the last couple of years, but there is no better example of high quality than this series.

This book is not his usual character study, where the value of a story is in the way our heroes react personally to adversity. Rather, this is the balls-out third-act action climax to a very creative an
Sam Quixote
Asgard is stranded in Midgard (Earth) hovering 12 feet above Oklahoma making everyone a little uneasy to have a city full of gods appear in the midst of the most powerful nation in the world. Norman Osborn, leader of HAMMER, ignores the President’s orders and launches a full scale war against Asgard, sending his Dark Avengers against Thor and his cohorts. Throw into the mix Steve Rogers and Nick Fury leading an array of old and new heroes and you have one big superhero fight.

“Siege” feels like
"SIEGE" caps years of storylines going all the way back to Avengers Disassembled, through House of M, Civil War, Secret Invasion and, most recently, "Dark Reign". It is a satisfying crossover event, reminiscent of a Hollywood Summer Blockbuster. Because he is all sorts of crazy, and with some nudging by Loki, the Norse God of Mischief, Norman Osborn finally cracks and orders, then leads, the invasion of Asgard. The heroes finally decide that Osborn has gone too far and they decide to bring him d ...more
Iowa City Public Library
Siege ends several Marvel Comics story arcs that date back to 2006, including the Civil War, the death of Captain America, the whole Asgard moving to Oklahoma thing, and the Dark Avengers, put together by the Green Goblin. A few characters seem to have bitten the dust as well, tho death is always provisional in comics. Ares, God of War in particular goes out with a splash, and it’s hard to see much future for the Sentry. Story arcs like these tend to move kind of slowly, so it’s a little startli ...more
It took me just a couple of very intensive reading hours to get through Siege. I had read some of Brian Michael Bendis' work before, as Powers, House of M and Civil War but this time he hit the spot. I couldn't stop reading until I reached the end and I would have continued all night long if there was more.
"The Marvel Universe is under the control of its greatest villains. Norman Osborn - the man previously known to the world as the Green Goblin - is the commander of H.A.M.M.E.R., the internatio
I'm not a big fan of these giant all-star throw down types of event books, but as they go this is a pretty good one. It's Norman Osborn and his bogus Avengers vs. Cap & Nick Fury the now illegal Avengers fighting over Asgard, which is floating a few feet above Kansas. There's a ton of back story involved here which was a bit confusing, but this is basically just one big tag team match,and fairly entertaining one.
I have mixed feelings about this one. It's an improvement over Marvel's last big event, "Secret Invasion," which was a four-issue miniseries stuffed into eight issues. The series' obligatory 'death of a hero' scene makes more sense, also. I thought the Wasp's death in Secret Invasion was done for shock value, and as such was rather senseless and stupid.

The negatives: I didn't like the art. The story, while readable, felt rather sketchy because I didn't read all the tie-in issues.

This feels like
Considering this book claims to have been building since Avengers Disassembled, I'm a little disappointed. There's some cool moments, though not as many as you would think. There's more wrong with this book than there is strength. I feel like it needed to be more than four issues and to slow down on the action. It doesn't feel like a war, just a quick battle that lasted for a few hours. With the main point of the story being to return the Marvel universe back into the heroes hands. However, it j ...more
Garrett Cook
There's a lot to like about a Marvel Universe ruled over by a cabal of supervillains, but I cannot help but feel Bendis' transparent liberalism has made Marvel too preachy. Marvel used to be a company whose comics were concerned about the lives of their flawed and very real heroes instead of a laundrylist of epic political disasters. When Faustian madman Osborn oversteps his bounds and literally strikes at the gods, I feel patronized and like I'm being forcefed political truths. I might share th ...more

Siege is a story arc that takes place while Asgard hovers over the plains of America and Norman Osborne is in control of S.H.I.E.L.D and H.A.M.M.E.R. Or should I specifically point out, when he is in control of the Avengers - who he has reformed with the aid of past-villains (Spiderman is replaced by Venom, Iron Man by Iron Patriot etc.). Of course the plot itself then turns into an attempt by Osborne to invade Asgard and return it to where it belongs, by force. This results in total chaos and l
Valery Tzvetanov
What a wonderful surprise was this event for me. I was expecting the next Civil War or Secret Invasion disappointment, but I found one short and interesting event that I was able to read in few hours without asking myself questions like what is going on, who the hell are these heroes, etc. Bendis did it once again. This is now my second favorite Marvel event after House of M. And the bonus is that the art is from Coipel again. His drawing is even better than before. I’m sure that I will reread t ...more
TJ Shelby
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I've spent a good amount of time considering just how some of the different major Marvel events in the 21st century reflect real world events of the 21st Century. From presidencies, to wars, to justice and civil liberties.

Siege is not that. Siege is a good ol' fashioned, straight up, rock 'em, sock 'em, blast 'em in the gut, battle fest of a book. As Asgaard sits atop a small Oklahoma town, and Norman Osborn seeks to embed his power firmly within the Marvel Universe by embarking on a splendid li
Another three-and-a-half stars read. I liked this better than the last Bendis collection I read, the first collection of "Avengers Assemble." This offering did a better job of balancing the action against the character development -- so that, despite the huge action set pieces of the story, I never felt like we were too busy showcasing characters punching each other to actually stop and make us *care* about them.

"Siege" was -- as I understand it -- a cumulation of several year's worth of story
Johnny Zombie-writer
Possibly after the huge upset in the Marvel Universe this is almost like the end and the beginning all in one, all stemmed from the Civil War arc and Secret Invasion.
Norman Osbourne is cracking and his ego and narcissistic ways have leant him into attack Asgard which currently floats over a small American town, against the president's wishes.
Giving him power of believing he is the good guy and the Asgardian's are the enemy of the people, he takes his new avengers team in, with the unstable sentr
Beautiful art by Coipel and Bendis' trademark dialogue and characterization are in top form in this ultimate finish to Bendis' decade long meta-story of the Marvel Universe. Unfortuantely, Bendis' own proclivity to be more interesting in the small, personal moments and the rising action... and never really delivering in the climax, is also here. I think the primary reason this final, epic battle between the forces of Norman Osborne and the real heroes of the Marvel America doesn't come off well, ...more
Dark Reign grew tiresome for many Marvel readers by its conclusion. I took most of it in from the sideline, knowing that I would go back and check out the titles that interested me in trade form. Siege was the culmination of Norman Osborn's rule over the Marvel U, and in many ways, the ending point to Brian Michael Bendis' stanglehold on the company's characters. It doesn't disappoint. In fact, it far exceeds expectations, telling a complete slam-bang story in only four issues that ties in threa ...more
Alex Gherzo
Damn, does Bendis know how to deliver! Siege was an amazing end to the saga he started in Avengers Disassembled. Norman Osbourne and his Dark Avengers set their sights on Asgard, hoping to oust its current ruler, Balder, and get it the hell out of Midgard space. With his secret weapon, the Sentry, even the gods themselves cannot stand against Osbourne. But help just may be on its way, in the form of Earth's Mightiest Heroes...


One of the best things about these books has been the bad g
Ottery StCatchpole
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I know I said I wouldn't include much in the way of comic books in my GoodReads profile, but this hardcover format graphic novel is absolutely beautiful, both from the standpoint of the content itself, and from the standpoint of what was included by the team.

Bendis' writing (as usual) is amazing. I always have been a big fan. If I have a giant, world altering epic that I need to conclude, I call Bendis. And this is my example of why. I was written in such a way as to be fast paced, but also nuan
A recommended starting point for newcomers to Marvel is Kieron Gillen's Journey into Mystery. I enjoyed the series immensely and continued on with his Thor Ultimate Collection. That omnibus happens to include issues that precede and follow the Siege Event. Needless to say, I wanted to know what happened during Siege. So, I jumped to Straczynski's three volumes of Thor (all excellent), in order to work my way back through Marvel continuity toward Siege.

I began with the Siege Prelude to try and or
Reprints Siege: The Cabal #1, Siege #1-4, and Avengers: Free Comic Book Day 2009. Norman Osborn decides something must be done about Asgard's appearance on Earth. His solution: an all out attack on the Asgardians. Osborn's attack divides the heroes again and causes the Sentry to finally become unhinged. Can Asgard be saved and will the Sentry destroy the world?

Siege is the culmination of the Dark Reign storyline set up after the Secret Invasion. Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Siege was the att
This is where shit finally goes down. Things come to a head, and it is one of the most satisfying ends to an Event like this in a long while.
There is a lot of action, a lot of behind the scenes things that make more sense if you read the supporting issues but still, this is the meat and potatoes of the whole thing. Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers attack Asgard, laying Siege to it, and in so doing, actually end up causing the wounds from Civil War to be mended a little, as all the heroes actu
So, Asgard is parked on top of Earth and Osborn is a tool, I mean, head of H.A.M.M.E.R and decides to lay siege to Asgard with the help of Loki and the rather frightening Sentry. I didn���t really pay much attention to the Sentry until he sliced through someone like he was cutting up salami for a sandwich. At that point, this story commanded my full attention. And I enjoyed it a great deal too. I liked the artwork and there was plenty of action (and off their rockers characters ��� Norman, I���m ...more
M. David Loyal
As a birthday present, my buddy Paulie gave me the graphic novel ‘Siege.’ I have been looking forward to this particular graphic novel. I knew that it was going to feature my favorite Marvel superheroes – Thor and Captain America- as well as the return of the main central Avengers – the two plus Iron Man. For the past several years, the heroes of the Marvel universe have gone through some severe difficulties, including a Civil War where the heroes were fighting other heroes because of a constitu ...more
Joseph Zurat
I have always been a Marvel Zombie, more or less. I mean, I liked the Batman Animated series and have enjoyed Teen Titans cartoons and the Justice League cartoons, but I have read more Marvel comics in my life than DC. Civil War was the big event that brought me back into comics after a decent hiatus, and the Secret Invasion had me swear off the Big Event comics for a number of years. Siege evened it out. It wasn't a great event. Shoot, it probably wasn't even a good event, and I am not really s ...more
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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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