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Dark Avengers #15: Review

May 2010
Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Deodato Jr.

Story Name:

(no title given)

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Dark Avengers #15 Review by (September 25, 2018)
This issue and the last are not really flashbacks. The N days ago tags are Siege-relative times - it's a countdown to the main Siege event. This issue is actually published during Siege week 3 of 4 but it connects to the Siege: Cabal 1-shot which was also dated 2 days ago like this issue.
But the countdown doesn't really work anyway because Avengers: Initiative #31 has Taskmaster in hospital for a week between Siege: Cabal and the invasion of Asgard in Siege #1.

I've covered the local chronology for Norman Osborn, Dr Doom, Hood, Loki and Taskmaster in the companion issue Siege: Cabal.

Lindy Reynolds continues here from her apps in #13-14. She is 1 of the few recurring Marvel characters who stayed dead. But in the recent (late 2018) Sentry mini-series Bob Reynolds says he has an ex-wife who won't talk to him, so presumably she's alive again as another of the changes in the post-Secret Wars III new universe.

Sentry was also last in #13-14 but he continues on into Siege #1.

The rest of the Dark Avengers weren't in #13, but Victoria Hand and most of them were in #14 and will next be in Siege #1.

Ares is the exception. He wasn't in #13 *or* #14 because he's been doing his own thing lately. After his 3-issue Dark Reign: Ares series, where he trained an elite squad for Osborn but unfortunately got them all killed, in Incredible Hercules #138-139 he was tricked into fighting the Agents of Atlas to keep him out of the Assault On Olympus. He only shows up here after it's all over but he'll be there for Siege #1.




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Dark Avengers #15 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
This issue runs parallel to the Siege: Cabal 1-shot with some shared scenes with extra info.

The whole issue claims to be a flashback dated 2 days ago. I believe the timestamp is supposed to be relative the the day of the Siege of Asgard.

It's a meeting of Norman Osborn and his Cabal (currently Doctor Doom, Hood, Loki and Taskmaster) in Avengers Tower. (Siege: Cabal has more of the earlier part of the meeting.) Doom threatens to kill Osborn unless he produces his ally the Sub-Mariner. (Namor betrayed the Cabal in the Utopia crossover with the X-Men. But Osborn doesn't *have* him to produce - Subby is living with the X-Men on Utopia island.) So Osborn calls in his secret weapon the Void who blasts Doom through a wall.

Next thing we know Osborn as Iron Patriot is calling Victoria Hand to evacuate the whole Tower. On various screens she sees flying robot bugs swarming through the building. (Reading S:C tells us that Doom was actually a robot whose destruction released the swarm.) She tells the Dark Avengers present (Bullseye, Daken, Moonstone and Venom) to head for the quinjet on the roof. We see IP protecting himself from the bugs with a forcefield but unable to counter the threat. He tells Void that his presence mustn't be made public, so he orders him to leave and turn into Sentry/Bob Reynolds.

Hand and the DAv reach the roof where they are joined by Sentry carrying his wife Lindy Reynolds and asking what's happening. (I believe Sentry is unaware of his actions as Void working for Osborn.) He ignores Victoria's order to stay and get in the quinjet, but heads off to find Norman. Bullseye also ignores orders and commandeers a helicopter to take Lindy away. Ms Hand gets the others in the quinjet and tells them to follow him, but by the time Daken and Moonstone have stopped squabbling over who should fly the plane they've lost him and don't know how to contact him.

Bullseye has his radio turned off anyway as he flies the chopper out to sea. He tells Lindy he's taking her to a mid-ocean safehouse. He tells her he's Hawkeye (his cover-id on the team), but soon his chat turns sinister. He leaves the 'copter on autopliot as he wonders what Sentry sees in her (she's not been looking after herself lately). He says everyone knows Bob is mad, and marrying *her* proves it. When he's got her scared he strangles her to death, dumps her body in the waters and heads back to land. (Last issue Osborn told him to kill her when he gives the signal - but I don't think Bullseye waited for any signal.)

Back in the Tower Sentry rips the robot Doom apart and smashes the 2 halves together. There's a large explosion and the bugs all go inert. Emergency over.

The quinjet and chopper return to the roof. The missing team member Ares is now present. Sentry is with them too and asks where is wife is. Bullseye claims that Lindy committed suicide by jumping out - she said she was scared of Bob/Sentry/Void. Sentry turns into Void and attacks him. Iron Patriot and Ares try to hold him back. Bullseye swears he wouldn't dare kill her, and if he did he wouldn't dare come back. Sentry calms down and asks where it happened. Bullseye says somewhere over Jersey and Sentry flies off to look for the body.

Osborn tells Hand to send a HAMMER team to help in the search, and to inform the White House this was a Latverian terrorist attack. As the dust settles Bullseye and Osborne exchange a glance, and Victoria suspects that Bullseye was acting under orders.


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Mike Deodato Jr.
Mike Deodato Jr.
Rainier Beredo
Mike Deodato Jr. (Cover Penciler)
Mike Deodato Jr. (Cover Inker)
Rainier Beredo (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Cory Petit.
Editor: Tom Brevoort. Editor-in-chief: Joe Quesada.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)
Iron Patriot
Iron Patriot

(Norman Osborn)
Loki
Loki

(Loki Laufeyson)
Moonstone
Moonstone

(Karla Sofen)
Venom
Venom

(Mac Gargan)

Plus: Lindy Reynolds, Taskmaster, Victoria Hand.