Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Olivier Coipel
Inks: Mark Morales
Colors: Laura Martin
Covers: Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales & Laura Martin (Standard Edition); Gabrielle Dell’Otto; Joe Quesada, Danny Miki & Richard Isanove (Variant Covers)
Tight plotting has proven to be beneficial to Siege. Â At least, it has in my humble (and probably wrong) opinion.
I mean, I’ve made it no secret: I hated Civil War. Â Even though the story was fairly decent and had a great premise, by the halfway point it had already lost it’s steam, and the onslaught of delays didn’t help in the slightest. Â And Secret Invasion, though it didn’t really suffer any delays, was just as bad. Â The stories die out long before the end arrives.
But it’s different with Siege. Â With the book already facing it’s penultimate issue, the story is still running strong and powerful. Â Sure, it’s been a series of events you’ve seen coming, but it’s still a damn good issue with a lot of strong moments within. Â Marvel could learn a lesson from this (as could DC; even though I’m loving Blackest Night, it feels like it’s been going on forever, and the endless string of tie-ins aren’t helping in the slightest).
The only gaffe I can find with Siege has to do with it’s framing element. Â Bendis has a habit of telling rather than showing, resulting in the latter half of his blockbusters being described by people around the event, as opposed to those who are participating. Â It was reporters and survivors in Secret Invasion; here we’re being told the action by the President and his cabinet.
Despite this, Siege is still the best damn event Marvel has had in a long while. Â It’s good to see Steve Rogers, Tony Stark and Thor side by side on the same team again. Â Even though it’s a series of events that we’ve seen coming, there’s still a lot of excitement and well thought out action within this amazing blockbuster of a miniseries.