Dark Avengers #2 (Marvel Comics)
by Brian Michael Bendis & Mike Deodato
While I thought Bendis spent too much time in the first issue assembling a team that had already been assembled for the most part, I was intrigued enough by the Dark Avengers concept to see what he planned to do with these characters in uncharacteristically heroic roles. To my surprise, Bendis decides the best way to sell this bunch of villains as a team of good guys is to send them to the rescue of one of the Marvel Universe’s most infamous figures. Not only is a mission to rescue Dr. Doom a bad idea, I couldn’t be less interested in Morgaine Le Fay’s demonic assault on Latveria. Bendis does nothing to present these characters as anything more than corrupt monsters, even when it comes to the Sentry and Ares. The reader is left with a comic full of characters about which he or she won’t and can’t care, and the larger “Dark Reign” storyline doesn’t seem to advance either.
Deodato’s art is appropriately dark, given the nature of the characters, but as compared to his performance on the first issue, the art here looks rushed. A potentially cool moment featuring the Iron Patriot’s automatically disassembling armor is relegated to the background and doesn’t even look all that impressive or detailed. Le Fay’s demonic hordes are terribly generic and uninteresting in appearance as well. 3/10