Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dark Avengers Volume 2: Molecule Man

Title: Dark Avengers Volume 2: Molecule Man

ISBN: 9780785138532
Price: $19.99
Publisher/Year: Marvel, 2010
Artist: Mike Deodato
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Collects: Dark Avengers #9-12

Rating: 4/5

Sorry for the back-to-back Avengers titles, but I wanted to get this up soon after I finished reading it while it was fresh in my mind. After getting through this trade, I am going to miss the Dark Avengers. I didn't think I would like them... since they are formed from a list of superhero enemies... but I'd love to see more from them! I'll probably read the Siege storyline just so I can see how it all ends. I hope it's better than the prelude trade that I've already read and reviewed.
When I first picked this trade up, I couldn't put my finger on who Molecule Man was. Once I got to the middle, it all came flooding back to me from my childhood. The first Secret War! I knew he was a very conflicted "bad guy" there, and it hasn't changed much over the years. I felt a little sorry for him then, and I feel a little sorry for him now. With him having "friends" like the Beyonder, Mephisto, Zarathos, and the Enchantress, who would dare be an enemy of this guy?
The ending to this trade definitely help to keep the Dark in Dark Avengers. I hate to see characters like Mac Gargan's Spider-Man or Daken Akhiro's Wolverine go away. I'm hopeful that Marvel might find a good home for these would-be heroes. Mike Deodato did a great take on a Todd McFarlane Spider-Man cover for the back cover of this trade. It provides foreshadowing of events that take place inside.

Ah Norman! This is what you get for thinking you're sane.
My advice to you, dear reader, is to pick this trade up and read it. It's a quick read, but very enjoyable. Mr. Bendis and Mr. Deodato: If you happen to read this, my compliments... but I'd love to see more. You both team well together. I'm not sure if Marvel has plans to keep you both together on a regular, monthly title, but I would defiantly add it to my subscription if they did.

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