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(Dark, Mighty, New) Avengers Assemble! Long Live the Dark Reign

CrimsondudeCrimsondude Registered User regular
edited May 2009 in Graphic Violence
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!

Secret Invasion #8 is out. The war is over. Dark Reign has begun.
Secret Invasion Aftermath

Newsarama Interviews Bendis about ending SI and Dark Reign.

Tie Ins:
Spoiler:

The (Important) Dead
Spoiler:

The Returned
Spoiler:


Loose Ends

It seems anything discussed about the Infinity Gems was a ruse, except maybe not.

Skrull survivors on Earth, both in captivity and on the loose.

The Dark Reign Begins
  1. Tony Stark is a global pariah, but is also a target along with Maria Hill because of who they are/what they know -- specifically Tony still has the true identities of all registered superhumans, and Osborne wants it. He won't give it to Norman, and this begins the World's Most Wanted arc in Invincible Iron Man. They are on the run with Pepper backing them and trying to hold Stark Industries together with spit and duct tape.

  2. S.H.I.E.L.D. is being disbanded. However, the Secret Warriors preview indicates the presence of the Howling Commandos PMC, which is most likely the parts of SHIELD Dugan trusts and who remain loyal to them. Fury will most likely use them with or without Dugan's knowledge of Fury as his client.

  3. Norman Osborne controls damn near everything, including SHIELD , the Avengers, the Initiative, and it seems every government super-related entity from CSA to O*N*E. It becomes a global task force with the acronym, HAMMER.

  4. Osborne forms a cabal of persons of interest composed of himself, Loki, Dr. Doom, Namor, The Hood and Emma Frost. The intent is to give them what they all want in a controlled and publicly/politically-palatable form.

  5. The United Nations is beginning a tribunal of its own into the invasion. It's also had to reorganize its security apparatus around the disbanding of SHIELD and that has affected Captain America.

  6. The Mighty Avengers are no longer the premiere team of the 50 State Initiative. They are global in reach and scope, and operate out of a base outside the United States. Hank Pym is the leader.

  7. The new Captain Marvel is incredibly powerful. I forgot how powerful Mar-Vell was when he was around. He becomes a member of the Avengers--featured in the Dark Avengers book--which is the official Avengers team controlled by Osborne and replacing Tony's Mighty Avengers.

  8. Ben Urich coins the term "Dark Reign" to refer to Osborne's new position of power.

  9. War of Kings arises directly out of the Inhumans' war with the Skrulls and their union with the Kree Empire. The Kree Armada, or a large part of it, helped destroy the Skrull Armada in Earth orbit, and then went home to be crippled by the Inhumans flying the city of Attilan to the Kree Empire and using Black Bolt as a weapon to destroy their ships. The Inhumans then go on to take control of the Kree Empire with Black Bolt as the king. The Inhumans also destroyed all of the Skrull survivors before they attacked the Kree. The last Skrull ships they destroyed slipped into Shi'ar space, and Shi'ar ships were destroyed by the Inhumans as well. Now, it's war.

  10. Teddy (of the Young Avengers) now has to directly confront his role as the heir apparent to the Skrull Empire given the revelation to him that there isn't much of an empire left. But his possible subject still on/around Earth are probably going to be locked up in 42 with the Sakaarians from WWH.

  11. The Nova Corps has been reinstated and is using Project Pegasus and its staff as its new base of operations.

  12. War Machine now has a giant mecha-satellite in orbit and no one to swear allegiance to but himself.

  13. Norman Osborne neutralizes Ms. Marvel's powers after she refuses to join his (Dark) Avengers team. She and the Punisher are both gunning for him for their own reasons. Hers involves a conspiracy in which he and the CIA have created an enemy to oppose, and because Carol is in the way she is now marked for death.

  14. SWORD will remain in existence, but it's been mostly destroyed and Agent Brand would be far from likely to remain the director.

  15. The Thunderbolts remain as Osborne's personal black ops/hit squad. Regular members are Black Widow II (Yelena Belova), Ghost, Paladin, Headsman, and the Irredeemable Ant-Man (Eric O'Grady). Other members join as necessary.

  16. Dark Avengers: Iron Patriot (Norman Osborne), The Sentry, Ares, Captain Marvel (Noh-Varr), Hawkeye (Bullseye), Ms. Marvel (Moonstone), Spider-man (Venom), Wolverine (Daken).

  17. Mighty Avengers: Wasp (Hank Pym), Jocasta, Scarlet Witch, U.S. Agent, Hercules and Amadeus Cho, Iron Man, Hulk (Banner), Vision, and Stature.

  18. New Avengers: Captain America (Barnes), Ronin, Mockingbird, Wolverine, Luke Cage, Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers), Spider-Woman, Spider-Man
  19. Black Panther is now a woman, who succeeds T'Challa afer he is ambushed during a meeting with Namor in Latveria and barely makes it home to Wakanda (which is not a target of Osborne and his Cabal) alive.
    Spoiler:


Ongoing and Future Dark Reign Reading List for 2009

Agents of Atlas
Avengers: The Initiative
Dark Avengers
Mighty Avengers
New Avengers
Secret Warriors
Thunderbolts

Black Panther
Deadpool
Ms. Marvel
Incredible Herc
Invincible Iron Man
Punisher
War Machine
Wovlerine: Origins
Spider-Woman: Agent of SWORD


More as it becomes clear (e.g., ASM, Cap, possibly Moon Knight.)

IGN has a whole Dark Reign minisite with a collection of covers here. It is the most comprehensive site to date.

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  • Robos A Go GoRobos A Go Go Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Yes, all those West Coast Avengers fans would never forgive Bendis.

  • wirehead26wirehead26 Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I wonder if Bendis will go with a House of M-style ending with Secret Invasion. Gigantic battle in issue 7, aftermath in issue 8.

    What is best in life?
  • CrimsondudeCrimsondude Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I count myself as a WCA fan, and I wouldn't have minded.

  • FCDFCD Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Dareth Ram wrote: »
    FCD wrote: »
    Everyone on the ship that crashed in the Savage Land including Mockingbird :-(

    I'm still furious about this. I will never not be.

    Agreed, having at least one of them be the real deal would have been a great way to make the whole Savage Land insident more than just an obvious diversion to keep the heroes busy. But nope!
    Making any one of the heroes on that ship a skrull would have been a terrible retcon of that character.

    I didn't mean the A listers, obviously. That would muck things up too much. But the B listers and bellow, like Mockingbird, could have been slipped back in without any fuss.

    "If anyone tried to steal your WAX LIPS, you would eat their eyeballs and deliver an angry lecture into their empty sockets." Hearts Boxcars, The Midnight Crew
  • spookymuffinspookymuffin ( ° ʖ ° ) Speicher, GermanyRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I just want Clint to have one good thing in his life, instead of constantly getting his balls twisted with a pair of vice grips.

    XBL: Mega Spooky // 3DS: 3797-6276-7138
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  • Sars_BoySars_Boy Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    welp, someone got a hold of NA early

    it looks like
    Spoiler:

  • FencingsaxFencingsax Bondage Discipline Spider-Man Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Sars_Boy wrote: »
    welp, someone got a hold of NA early

    it looks like
    Spoiler:
    Spoiler:

    It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it
  • Robos A Go GoRobos A Go Go Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
  • CrimsondudeCrimsondude Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Not exactly.
    Spoiler:

    EDIT: Respoiled, but only if TLB does the same with his post.

  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    whoa wait a minute

    strange isn't sorceror supreme anymore?

  • VirralVirral Registered User
    edited October 2008
    That's um... pretty big news. Is that confirmed or just speculation?

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  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Virral wrote: »
    That's um... pretty big news. Is that confirmed or just speculation?

    It comes from the mouth of Bendis himself and he says the implications of it will be dealt with in New Avengers

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • VirralVirral Registered User
    edited October 2008
    Well perhaps everyone except me knew all about it but personally that feels like the sort of thing that belonged behind spoiler tags, that's all.

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  • CrimsondudeCrimsondude Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Well, the genie's out of the bottle.

  • VirralVirral Registered User
    edited October 2008
  • CrimsondudeCrimsondude Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    More like that was going to be my pithy excuse for not retconning my post, but I decided to after all.

  • SlagmireSlagmire Registered User
    edited October 2008
    Though he's still Sorcerer Supreme currently right? Or was it over after the
    Spoiler:

  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Slagmire wrote: »
    Though he's still Sorcerer Supreme currently right? Or was it over after the
    Spoiler:

    The latter

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • FencingsaxFencingsax Bondage Discipline Spider-Man Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Godsdamn it, Bendis.

    It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it
  • FencingsaxFencingsax Bondage Discipline Spider-Man Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Oh really, I wasn't aware of that. It better not be for long, though. Unless the new Sorcerer Supreme is Doom.

    It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it
  • Robos A Go GoRobos A Go Go Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Fencingsax wrote: »
    Oh really, I wasn't aware of that. It better not be for long, though. Unless the new Sorcerer Supreme is Doom.

    Doom is the second in line, isn't he?

  • frayfray Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Forgive my ignorance but what difference does it actually make whether he is or isn't?

    "I told you," said Ford, "eddies in the space-time continuum."
    "And this is his sofa, is it?" said Arthur.
  • FencingsaxFencingsax Bondage Discipline Spider-Man Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    fray wrote: »
    Forgive my ignorance but what difference does it actually make whether he is or isn't?

    Cause Doom kicks ass. Also, He will screw with the rulers of hell just because.

    Edit:If you were talking about Strange, protecting this dimension from mystical threats is kind of his thing, and that's really because he is Sorcerer Supreme.

    It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it
  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Being the Sorcerer Supreme comes with a lot of responsibility

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    And some natty threads.

  • psycojesterpsycojester Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    And it keeps you at the kind of power level that makes you impractical to use in most stories because you can just Deus Ex Machina the problem away.

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'm pretty sure he's gotten a little more indepth in other places, but here's a quote from Bendis at a Baltimore Comic-Con Q&A
    Q: Why isn't Dr. Strange involved in Secret Invasion?

    Bendis: He has failed as a Sorcerer Supreme, so the question is -- if Dr. Strange isn't the Sorcerer Supreme, who is? That will all be answered in New Avengers post-Secret Invasion.

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Got the new issue of NA yesterday. It's pretty good.
    Spoiler:

    When he dies, I hope they write "Worst Affirmative Action Hire, EVER" on his grave. His corpse should be trolled.
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  • Robos A Go GoRobos A Go Go Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Oo ee, sounds good. I'll be sure to check it out.

    Also, is Madame Masque hideously scarred, or just a little scarred? I mean, I know Tony was in love with her for a while, so I figure she's not quite Deadpool ugly.

  • frayfray Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I guess I didn't realise Sorcerer Supreme was anything more than a cool title.

    And yeah, gonna have to get that new NA.

    "I told you," said Ford, "eddies in the space-time continuum."
    "And this is his sofa, is it?" said Arthur.
  • delphinusdelphinus Registered User
    edited October 2008
    The next in line is Doom, and doesnt the winner get to keep the Eye of Agamotto?

  • wirehead26wirehead26 Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Arrgh, tomorrow can't come soon enough. I still can't believe this series came out on time, even with Bendis and Yu at the helm.

    What is best in life?
  • TeaSpoonTeaSpoon Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    wwtMask wrote: »
    Got the new issue of NA yesterday. It's pretty good.
    Spoiler:

    Whoa, that was dangerous. I reflex-clicked and hurt my neck after I forcibly ripped my eyes from the screen. And then a second time when I quoted that post.

  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    the question is will Doom even want the be Sorceror Supreme

  • VirralVirral Registered User
    edited October 2008
    He's wanted it in the past I believe

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  • FCDFCD Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    It would suit his ego to be both Ruler and Greatest Mystic of the Earth.

    "If anyone tried to steal your WAX LIPS, you would eat their eyeballs and deliver an angry lecture into their empty sockets." Hearts Boxcars, The Midnight Crew
  • mattharvestmattharvest Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Virral wrote: »
    He's wanted it in the past I believe

    There was a rather excellent What If? wherein he became Sorcerer Supreme.

  • descdesc Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Oh snap, I didn't even realize issue 7 was out today. I just casually wandered over to the comics shipped today list and BAM. There it was. Delicious, delicious issue 7.

    I'm pumped on New Avengers being out today, as well. And X-Men legacy for good measure.

    I thought SI X-Men 3 was out this week, but it turns out to be next week. Curses.

  • FaynorFaynor Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Soooo.
    Spoiler:

    do you wanna see me eat a hotdog
  • FencingsaxFencingsax Bondage Discipline Spider-Man Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Faynor wrote: »
    Soooo.
    Spoiler:
    I haven't read it yet, but does it explain how he isn't dead?

    It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it
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