- Release Date: June, 2010
- Cover Artists: Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales, Laura Martin, Gabriele Dell’otto, Joe Quesada, Danny Miki, and Richard Isanove
- 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: Osborn’s Dark Reign ends…
Review: Back in 2010, Marvel advertised this story as being seven years in the making, as it’s the conclusion series of multiple storylines that started with Avengers Disassembled. I doubt that Brian Michael Bendis and the heads at Marvel had this planned all along, but they still tied together years of stories into an overall story arc that really works.
I wouldn’t have minded if Siege was a five or six issue event, but it worked just fine with just the four issues it had as it featured big moments happening on every almost few pages.
Anyway, that was the end to the Disassembled Era (2004- 2010) and the beginning of the Heroic Age (2010-2011).
Overall Rating: 10/10= Legendary
Story Summary: The Void battles the Avengers. Seeing the chaos he has unleashed, Loki pleads his father Odin for forgiveness, reclaims the Norn Stones from the Hood to give the Avengers a fighting chance. Mystically empowered by these powerful objects, the Avengers actually cause harm to the Void. Sensing Loki’s hand in this, the Void brutally kills Loki and destroys the stones. Thor and Iron Man try coming to his rescue, only to be blocked by the Void’s tendrils. Loki’s last words were of remorse to Thor. Meanwhile, Osborn tries to run away, only to run into Captain America’s shield. Cap demands to know how to stop the Void. Osborn replies that he sympathized with the Void, but there’s no stopping him, for he’s the Angel of Death. Iron Man tells Thor to lure the Void out of Asgard and into the fields. He then remotely takes control of the H.A.M.M.E.R. Helicarrier, instructing Victoria Hand to abandon ship, before he sends it crashing onto the Void, creating a massive explosion that lights up the entire region. In the confusion, Osborn attempts to escape, only for Volstagg to stop him, declaring that he will pay for his sins. The Avengers find the naked Sentry in the center of the crater. Upon realizing the destruction that he had caused, Reynolds asks that they kill him. However, Thor refuses to, believing that he must stand trial for his crimes. Unfortunately, the Void resurfaces, forcing Thor to unleash a massive lightning bolt that leaves nothing of the Sentry/Void but a sizzling skeleton. As soon as the deed is done, the Watchtower sitting above Avengers Tower disappears. Thor then takes the Sentry’s remains into the Sun, where it disintegrates. The Avengers and Secret Warriors then round up Osborn’s followers. Cap throws Osborn himself into the ring, declaring that he will go to trial and be locked in jail. He then turns to Bucky, stating that he will be the next Captain America.
Steve Rogers later comes to the White House, where he meets with the President. The decision is made to dissolve H.A.M.M.E.R., begin diplomacy with the Asgardians and more over, put Rogers as America’s top cop. Rogers agrees, but only to do it on his terms. One of his requests is to have the Superhuman Registration Act abolished.
As the Avengers celebrate at Avengers Tower, the Asgardians arrive to thank them for their deeds. Heimdall erects an Asgardian tower on top of the Avengers Tower, to signify an alliance between Earth and Asgard. If either is attacked, then the other will fight for them. Thor also proclaims that if the call for the Avengers is made, he will gladly answer. Rogers accepts the offer, for he will need them all for what comes next.
References: http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Siege_Vol_1_4 for the edited story summary, comic book cover, and credits
So please kind sir, don’t sue me for plagiarism!