Daily Archives: January 24, 2010

A Superman’s Soul Under Siege

Dark Avengers #13
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist/Cover artist: Mike Deodato
Colors: Rain Beredo
Letters: Virtual Calligraphy
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $3.99 US

This comic book is flawed in many ways. Its connection to Marvel’s latest event book isn’t entirely clear, as there’s no mention of the invasion of Asgard or events directly depicted in the single issue of Siege we’ve seen thus far. Furthermore, this plot — which focuses on the Sentry — doesn’t provide the reader with nearly enough information about the events building up to this superhuman nervous breakdown and the unique nature of the character in the Marvel Universe. Despite that lack of exposition and context, Bendis nevertheless offers up an interesting script in that the notions he explores here touch upon a connection to the divine, the inevitability of corruption and power going hand in hand, and the fragility of the human psyche. Conversely, Bendis might be offering a critique of Superman as an icon of the super-hero genre and how such an impossibly powerful and good figure would be damaged and dangerous.

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