Showing posts with label Moonstone. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Moonstone. Show all posts

Monday, June 25, 2012

Siege – Dark Avengers | Comics

Norman Osborn is trying to keep his Dark Avengers together from falling apart and succumbing to his Green Goblin persona.

Shortly after being agreed to work with Norman Osborn and joining his Dark Avengers, Noh-Varr was enlightened by Ms. Marvel that these are just criminals and madmen he has surrounded himself with before leaving. Confused and looking for guidance, he built a device to communicate with Kree Empire and roaming in disguise.

Curious to learn more about human behavior, he approaches a girl on street named Annie and starts talking but is soon interrupted by arrival of The Sentry, who is sent here by Osborn. They two collide and Marvel Boy seems to have a tough time dealing with the Golden Guardian but he eventually manages to escape with help from Annie.

He later establishes contact with Kree Supreme Intelligence and is told to become a savior of Earth. He then received a new costume with a set of improved Nega-Bands and dubbed as Protector. When a search party came looking for him, they couldn't sniff him out in any way and Noh-Varr came to secretly meet Annie in an alley.

Back in Avengers Tower, Ms. Marvel saw Sentry arriving while everyone was having a breakfast. In his watchtower, Bob arrives to find his wife Lindy already pointing an alien gun at him and got his head blown off completely. He regenerates back to life right away as Void takes over his body and quickly prevents her from taking her own life.

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Robert assumes control over him in time to stop him from doing so while trying to remind their deal of not touching her. Bob tries to hurl himself into sun itself but his body regenerates again and Void takes control. He returns to Earth, hovering over city of Manhattan spreading his dark tendrils all over and causing massive destruction.

Fearing Norman to slip into his Green Goblin persona, his secretary Victoria Hand tries to convince him to see a psychotherapist. She goes to handle a lewd situation regarding Bullseye and Moonstone next when they all see an unearthly darkness slowly engulfing the sky and buildings of New York starts getting wrecked by it.

Suiting up promptly, Osborn tries to reason with Bob pointing out that if he keeps throwing tantrums like this, people who are capable of neutralizing him would surely come after him. Sentry then dials down his temper and Norman sees a terrified Lindy Reynolds looking at them from Watchtower, deducing her to have caused this.

Later that night, he goes to see Lester in his room and tasks him to take care of her in time of his choosing. After one of Cabal's secret meetings goes wrong when Doctor Doom is threatened by Osborn and blasted off by Void. He then unleashes a locust swarm upon them and everyone in Avengers Tower is instructed to evacuate quickly.

Victoria Hand was seeing to lead everyone out while Bullseye managed to fly Lindy on a copter and complete his task. By the time he arrived back, Bob has dealt with Doom by then and asks where his wife was. Hearing that she has committed suicide by jumping off to sea because of being scared of him, Robert immediately flips again.

It took all of Ares and Iron Patriot just to keep him away from Hawkeye before Sentry decides to go over and find her. Victoria sees Bullseye giving a subtle nod to her boss on his way out, which gives her a clear idea of what has just happened.

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A Grim Funeral

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To wrap up Dark Avengers series from Marvel Comics, writer Brian Michael Bendis (Mighty Avengers – Secret Invasion, Mighty Avengers – The Ultron Initiative) teams up with artist Mike Deodato Jr. (Amazing Spider-Man – New Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man – Sins Past) to work on its final storyline and tie-in for "Siege" crossover event.

This one marks final arc for the comic-book monthly ongoing following "Dark Reign" crossover from earlier and reflects on many recent events the team has faced so far, including their disbandment. It served as a tie-in plot premise to titular event in 2011, collecting issues #13-16 and first issue of Dark Avengers Annual from the series.

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Final Fate of Sentry

A long kept and not-so heroic secret about true origin of Sentry from his clouded past is finally revealed by his beloved wife Lindy. Majority of final arc is focused on him and his gradually worsening fractured psyche that keeps losing grip over reality. It ultimately became a huge problem during siege of Asgard and lead to serious causality.

Osborn's fall from power also reinstated old team of New Avengers out of hiding now that Steve Rogers is running things. Though many of Dark Avengers members are apprehended by law enforcement, Daken has managed to sneak away. A brand-new direction for heroes and villains of Marvel starts from here to an unforeseen future.
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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Dark Avengers – Molecule Man | Comics

Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers go up against Molecule Man without knowing what they are up against.

A huge change in status quo took place when Norman Osborn replaced Tony Stark as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. following "Secret Invasion". He has assembled a group of deranged psychos like Bullseye, Daken and Mac Gargan as well as reformed criminal Moonstone to join his new team of Dark Avengers alongside Ares and The Sentry.

Although Osborn is fashioning himself as Iron Patriot these days, he can't be trusted due to his history of mental issues and therefore, former top cop of the world Nick Fury has recently gone underground to form his own group of Secret Warriors that includes young heroes like Alex Aaron AKA Phobos, God of Fear and son of Ares.

When his father goes out, Daisy Johnson came to pick him up but none of them realized that Ares was following them. Their trail leads him to a barber shop, where he found Fury and his new recruits in a safehouse. Knowing that his son has chosen to be trained with Fury, he leaves and Nick orders everyone to abandon base urgently.

In Dinosaur, Colorado, two girls comes to a small diner and is asked to leave by few patrons. One of them goes to restroom and calls her boyfriend and notices the mirror on wall starts melting when she touched it. She freaked out screaming only for everyone else to turn into stone and their car outside wore into nothingness.

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Turn out, one of those girls was daughter to secretary of state and he called Osborn for a personal favor to find her. His secretary Victoria Hand points out that many have recently disappeared from there. Norman initially sends The Sentry out to Colorado for investigation but he soon is overwhelmed by unknown energy and blew up.

This immediately prompts Osborn to rally up his Dark Avengers team and H.A.M.M.E.R. crews to scene but he sent Venom back due to his unstable condition. Landing there, they all get vanished and Osborn finds himself before Owen Reese AKA Molecule Man, who is surrounded by Beyonder, The Enchantress, Mephisto and Zarathos.

However, it becomes very clear that no one else other than him and Norman are real around them. Reese states his will to be left alone in this town and have no intention of killing him because, then Reed Richards will show up to somehow stop him for good but forced Osborn to go through nightmares when he objects to that idea.

The Sentry materializes once again only to be torn apart, Venom turns into puddle of goo and Hawkeye into water, Ms. Marvel turned into stone, Wolverine gets trapped in vegetation and Ares is frozen. Seeing this situation getting out of hand, deputy director of H.A.M.M.E.R., Victoria Hand decides to declare full surrender to Reese.

As she approaches, Owen strips off her uniform to see if she is armed and she appeals to him that he restores everyone that got vanished. He then took her to the dimension where he kept Osborn trapped in his own psyche. He sees himself in Spider-Man costume right next to a pregnant Gwen Stacy over George Washington Bridge.

Norman changes into his Green Goblin persona, seeing everyone around him is just waiting for him to make a mess and fall badly. Then he sacredly look at a trio of monstrous versions of Ares, Iron Man and Spider-Man. Sentry gets pissed off for being repeatedly torn apart after some time and managed to violently burst through Owen.

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Madness of Dark Dimension

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In continuation to "Dark Reign" crossover event, writer Brian Michael Bendis (Mighty Avengers – Secret Invasion, Mighty Avengers – The Ultron Initiative) and artist Mike Deodato Jr. (Amazing Spider-Man – New Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man – Sins Past) returns for second storyline of Dark Avengers monthly ongoing from Marvel Comics.

"Molecule Man" story collects issues #09-12 of titular comic-book series and primarily focuses on a powerful old-school Fantastic Four villain. Having a history of a deteriorating mental state in past, Owen Reece comes to his hometown and starts vanishing anyone who come across that area until he did that to the daughter of a US Senator.

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At Mercy of Molecule Man

This has forced Osborn to arrive in Colorado for investigation with his newly assembled team of Avengers but they all either ended up being disintegrated or trapped. It took some convincing from his second-in-command Victoria Hand to cease Owen from attacking them but finally, it was the anger he caused to Sentry has made him retreat.

Robert Reynolds discovers new facts about his powers and Ares learns that his son is training under Nick Fury. Daken, Lester and Mac Gargan mostly served as background characters while Man-Thing showed up for a brief cameo. More of their misadventures will be explored in upcoming story "Siege", which would serve as a tie-in.
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dark Avengers – Assemble | Comics

Norman Osborn now controls a powerful super-hero team as his "Dark Avengers" to do some good or serve his twisted version?

In a surprising turn of events, Norman Osborn ended up saving Earth during peak of a full-scale "Skrull Invasion" by killing their Queen. Tony Stark is removed from his position as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and replaced by Osborn. He made a pact with a secretly formed group called Cabal that has divisive figures like Doctor Doom as its members.

He hired former S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Victoria Hand to help him establish his new organization H.A.M.M.E.R. before firing Maria Hill. Bullseye is called in shortly afterwards to fly with him to New York, Avengers Tower. Norman asks New Avengers member Carol Danvers to join his new team but she straight out refuses and fled off.

He approached Karla Sofen AKA Moonstone at Thunderbolts Mountain to become Ms. Marvel for him. Next up, Osborn goes to see Mac Gargan with a medication that would contain his monstrous form into more presentable state. He then recruited Daken Akihiro from a diner at New Orleans where he came looking for a job.

Norman convinced Kree warrior Noh-Varr at The Cube into joining his cause as Captain Marvel. His next employ is Ghost to unlock a secret stash of armored suits that once belonged to Tony Stark. He builds a suit of armor similar to Captain America's costume for himself called "Iron Patriot" and then went to public with his all-new Avengers.

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Dark Avengers – Assemble | Comics

Dark sorceress Morgana le Fay has been looking all over for Victor von Doom after he betrayed him earlier. When Doom was being escorted back to Latveria by Osborn's men, she attacked them with an army of demons at her side. Report of this attack is received by Osborn and he led his new team of Avengers for their very first mission.

He orders The Sentry to go all-out and he does so by simply tearing her head off, which shocked his teammates. Morgana reappears in a moment, causing Sentry to suddenly explode and she confronted Ares by forcing Venom to violently attack him. She then turned God of War into stone right before being killed again by new Hawkeye.

Though unable to move in his armor, Doom responds to Norman as he proceeds to carry his ally out of battlefield. Despite his unwillingness to share, he eventually shares his armor interface with Osborn to access his time machine. Together, they go back to Morgana's time and Victor sent her to 1,000,000 BC using a spell unknown even to her.

Going back to present time, Doom revives Ares from his state with a reverse spell but Sentry is presumed dead. On their way back to New York, Victoria Hand informs her boss about Clint Barton going on media to expose him as former Green Goblin. To which, he tells her to arrange an interview with the network to nicely sort things out.

All of a sudden, a blinding flash of light hits them all and they all astoundingly look at a very-much alive Sentry coming to them. Norman approaches and asks him about how he is feeling now since they all saw him die in Latveria. Trying to resonate with Bob and calm him down by talking to him, Osborn even removes his helmet to talk.

Later that day, an Atlantean terrorist group leads an attack in Los Angeles and members of Cabal were called to meet up. Prince Namor is asked to denounce those extremists publicly and help Ozman to capture them. They had a disagreement on how to approach this situation and it causes a troubled side of Osborn's persona to slip.

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Back From Dead

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Running in parallel with "Dark Reign" crossover event, Marvel Comics launched a new monthly ongoing series Dark Avengers in 2009 that has spawned from "Secret Invasion" story arc with writer Brian Michael Bendis (Mighty Avengers – Secret Invasion, Mighty Avengers – The Ultron Initiative) on board to work on its overall plotline.

For its first storyline "Assemble", Bendis has teamed up with artist Mike Deodato Jr. (Amazing Spider-Man – New Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man – Sins Past) that collects first six-issues of the series and focuses on establishment of a team comprised of former Mighty Avengers members and a group of former Thunderbolts operatives.

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Wrath of Morgana le Fay

Norman Osborn dons his brand-new Iron Patriot armor that he built using StarkTech to march alongside his teammates Ares, Bullseye as Hawkeye, Daken as Wolverine, Marvel Boy Noh-Varr as Captain Marvel, Moonstone as Ms. Marvel, The Sentry and Venom as Spider-Man on public to present his newly assembled group of Avengers.

Osborn leads his Dark Avengers team to their first field mission to help Doctor Doom and entangles with Morgana le Fay. Then there is a slightly heated meeting with his Dark Illuminati, where Emma Frost, Namor and Loki had guest appearance. Bendis will return in collaboration with Deodato Jr. on next storyline "Molecule Man".
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

New Avengers – Power | Comics

Skrull Invasion is over but how would New Avengers roster will reassemble and survive an impending Dark Reign.

During crisis of "Secret Invasion", all superheroes and villains came together fighting the alien Skrulls but it was Norman Osborn, leader of Thunderbolts who effectively ended the conflict by taking a kill-shot on Queen Veranke. He becomes a beloved media hero and Tony Stark is overthrown from his position as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.

President of the United States has tasked Osborn to assemble a new peace-keeping task force and handed Avengers Initiative over. He secretly assembled a number of divisive individuals like Emma Frost, Doctor Doom, Loki, Prince Namor and The Hood for a meeting to form a Cabal that would work to ensure all of its members' interests.

As part of his new schemes, Norman attempts to fully shut down current Thunderbolts program, which caused Swordsman to go into frenzy and he threatened to publicly expose Osborn only to get impaled by his own sword in return.

A new Captain America and Thor joined all assembled heroes when they were trying to defend capital city from Skrulls. Cap instructed New Avengers members to gather at his safe-house at Bronx, where Iron Fist, Mockingbird, Ronin, Spider-Man and Wolverine showed up next day followed by a recently resurfaced original Spider-Woman.

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Despite Clint started acting pretty antagonistic towards her, Logan vouched for her since she was replaced by Skrulls and had nothing to do anything with the invasion. Jessica Jones returns with Luke Cage and Ms. Marvel, desperately seeking for Edwin Jarvis imposter, to whom she gave her child before joining her husband at Central Park.

They immediately head out to find the baby and goes directly to Baxter Building, looking for help from Fantastic Four. Though they were in a mess already, Sue Storm rallied up her family up to look for Danielle. After searching into bases of A.I.M., HYDRA and even underground, they found a Skrull into a bar full of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.

Before they could even properly interrogate, the disguised alien tried to run and is shot into head by a disgruntled S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Seeing no other way to get back his child, Cage asks Osborn to help him find where Skrull-Jarvis is hiding. Seeing him desperate to do anything at this point, Norman gladly agrees to make a deal.

They fly to maximum security prison Raft shortly afterwards to see Skrull prisoners captured for interrogation. Osborn asks one of them whether he knows where Skrull-Jarvis currently is but they choose not to respond. He tells Venom to eat one of them and he happily obliges, to which the surviving one cracks and gives them a location.

Cage walks into their meeting place and Jarvis pretended walks in carrying his daughter Danielle a while later. He tried to bargain release for his comrades but then gives her up anyway and gets shot in the head by Bullseye right away. Cage family is reunited at Avengers Tower and Luke tells Jessica that he gets a pass for life off her wifely stuff.

However, he didn't intend to keep his part of the deal to Osborn and took out both Gargan and Lester with Wrecker's magical crowbar before jumping out of window. Back at their hideout, New Avengers witness Norman Osborn to publicly announce his new "Dark Avengers" team, assembled with their twisted, villainous counterparts.

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Heroes Parting Ways

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Once again, Marvel Comics brought back writer Brian Michael Bendis (House of M, Secret War) to lay some ground work for upcoming major crossover event "Dark Reign" through tenth storyline of New Avengers monthly ongoing comic-book series, "Power" that collects issues # 48-50 and Secret Invasion - Dark Reign one-shot.

Bendis worked on core plot alongside artists Alex Maleev (Infamous Iron Man – Infamous, Infamous Iron Man – The Absolution of Doom) and Billy Tan (Thor – Latverian Prometheus, Uncanny X-Men – End of Greys) throughout all issues.

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Deal With The Devil

In a post-Secret Invasion period, Tony Stark became a fugitive and Norman Osborn assumes control over almost everything. Major controversial figures have agreed to join his new endeavor to take care of their own interest. A major power shift has lead to a new era where heroes are on the run and villains are in position of power.

Following apparent demise of Steve Rogers in the aftermath of "Civil War", his long-lost wartime buddy Bucky Barnes and a former Winter Soldier has decided to take on mantle of a new Captain America after he is reformed. His safe-house has now become a new home for outlaw members of New Avengers.

Mighty Avengers have been disbanded right after Earth is freed from Skrulls and therefore, Carol Danvers has rejoined her friends. Danny Rand temporarily quits team to take care of some urgent financial affairs at Rand Corporation. More of their adventures will be further explored in "Search for the Sorcerer Supreme" story next.
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