Review

Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1

18th May 2009 | by | No Comments

download gym teacher the movie divx Announced in the midst of Captain Britain’s ‘wobble’ of a few months ago, Paul Cornell’s other team superhero book has been rather overshadowed, sneaking into stores just as the attention-grabbing Vampire State arc hits high gear. Despite being marketed as the debut of a new Cornell-created team, this is far more than a side project, with an unexpectedly weighty examination of the present condition of the Marvel Universe emerging.

The book’s opening moments, with a robbery thwarted, hints at the fractured dynamic of the new self-proclaimed ‘Young Avengers’, but it’s only once the team have gone their separate ways for that night that the full extent of their difficulties come to light. Faced with the storytelling challenge of introducing an entirely new six-character team, Cornell bites the bullet and throws his entire cast at the reader in a pitched opening fight which makes clear the issues which the book will be addressing. The ‘Dark Reign’ branding is slightly misleading here- this isn’t (yet) an Osborn approved version of the Young Avengers, but a group of extremely troubled individuals trying to play hero after the apparent disappearance of the original team. In general, the reader is hit by a comic with an unexpectedly splintered set of viewpoints, with its characters flaws a completely different paradigm to the expected “I feel like being evil depth charge dvdrip crossover divx download download sydney aka hard eight divx free women the movie download ” mechanic. With one team member concealing racism and another continually embarking on a highbrow questioning of the venture, the nature of the cast is instantly memorable, even if their names only spring to mind after repeated readings. One particularly striking aspect of the dynamic is that the best intentioned of the cast is also clearly the most dangerous…

You could easily devote an entire review to assessing the characterisation here, but the career-best work from Mark Brooks is just as deserving of a mention. With the addition of Christina Strain’s computer-aided colouring, the art looks simply electric, being reminiscent of the Udon studio at their strongest. It gives an immediately distinctive vibe to the title, with a striking use of light during the early bar sequence. The book is an incredibly well rounded offering, offering something for all tastes through a combination of memorable characterisation, immediately striking arc and some well-timed musing on the example that the last few years of Bendis & Miller-fuelled Marvel crossovers have set for the street level inhabitants of that world. It deserves a far wider audience than the Young Avengers tag suggests.