- Release Date: March, 2010
- Cover Artists: Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales, Laura Martin, Gabriele Dell’otto, Joe Quesada, Danny Miki, and Richard Isanove (holy crap, that’s a lot of artists for just one cover)
- Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
- Penciler: Olivier Coipel
- Inker: Mark Morales
- Colourist: Laura Martin
- Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
- Editor: Tom Brevoort
- Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Introduction: When Norman Osborn gained the keys to the kingdom…
Review: Awesome beginning to Siege. Norman Osborn is my all time favorite Spider-Man villain and I loved how Marvel upgraded him to being one of greatest threats in the Marvel Universe during Dark Reign (which Siege is the conclusion of). They do a good job of showing just how dangerous Osborn and his Dark Avengers get when they invade Asgard. I think fans of the Avengers (or Marvel in general) will dig this series (I know I do). Can’t wait for #2.
Overall Rating: 9/10= Awesome
Story Summary: Osborn and Loki set up the Asgardian, Volstagg to fight the U-Foes, which results in Volstagg getting blamed for destroying a football stadium and with it killing over 60,000 people (including the Bears and Lions) in Chicago.
Osborn then assembles his Dark Avengers (though, of course, they never refer to them as that because they’re the “good guys” in the eyes of the public right now) and the Initiative to lay siege to Asgard. However, Ares refuses to do so and would stop Osborn if he tried. Osborn assures him that with Thor and Odin gone, it is ripe for the picking, even with Loki in charge. He asks Ares if Asgard should be here in the mortal world. Ares swears that if he is lying, then he’ll take off his head. Osborn assembles his Avengers to brief them. However, they believe that going against the gods is entirely out of their league. Osborn promises all of them that if they do this for him, then they can either continue being on his Avengers or they don’t have to work for him anymore.
Later, Ares then gives a rallying speech to all the Initiative and H.A.M.M.E.R. regarding the upcoming battle. At the White House, the President attempts to get a hold of Osborn, realizing that he’s now out of his control (yeah, nice going Obama).
At Asgard, Loki appears before Balder, while he was sleeping, to warn him of Osborn’s impending attack. He says that he tried to stop Osborn but failed. Next thing he knows, the Sentry (basically Marvel’s evil Superman) tears through the great city. Then, the Dark Avengers, Initiative and H.A.M.M.E.R. attack. Right in Oklahoma, Donald Blake sees the battle and transforms into Thor to aid Asgard after making sure the comatose Tony Stark is safe, but he gets jumped pretty bad by the Iron Patriot, Dark Avengers and U-Foes.
Steve Rogers who’s watching the event unfold from the monitor at Avengers Hideout, is angry at what he sees.
References: http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Siege_Vol_1_1 for the edited story summary, comic book cover, and credits
So please kind sir, don’t sue me for plagiarism!