Siege 1 review

SIEGE2015001-DC11-102c1In Battleworld, there’s a wall called the SHIELD. This wall prevents the monsters of the deadlands (Marvel Zombies), Perfection (Ultron) and Annihilus’s bugs from entering the more civilized domains. Those who break the wrong rules are sentenced to the wall to fight these forces until they die. Most people try to avoid such a fate, but Abigail Brand embraces it.

Siege 1, written by Kieron Gillen, introduces the wall and most of its main characters. In addition to Brand, there’s Leonardo Da Vinci, a version of Kate Bishop, and Ms. America (sentenced to the all in A-Force 1). For the most part this issue focuses on these introductions, but not only are the introductions fun, but there’s still action.

The way Gillen weaves the wall’s history into conversations and exposition adds a lot of depth to the concept. Better yet, he throws in creative combinations of character’s powers, most notably when he joins Cyclops’s eyebeams with Da Vinci’s lenses for massive damage. Most importantly, this feels like an important tie-in that directly connects to the main Secret Wars event, especially when the ending promises that Thanos is coming. There aren’t any huge surprises in this comic, but it’s a very enjoyable read with creative uses of the Battleworld mythos.

The art is mostly by Filipe Andrade, but James Stokoe draws some of the two-page spreads. I’m not a fan of Andrade’s stylistic art, but it works. His two page spread of the wall shows how massive it is, and also adds a blimp and Knowhere into the background. All of the characters are recognizable and their outfits make it easier to guess which realm they came from. Stokoe’s spreads are more detailed and a bit cartoonish, but they also work. The first spread shows the scope of an attempted bug invasion, with Cyclop’s eyebeams tearing them apart. The bugs look creepy, with plenty of spikes and hairs on their bodies. His second spread portrays what happened when the wall last fell, with a montage of Ultrons tearing apart Battleworld. Again I’m not a fan of his art, but it works.

This is a great comic. Kieron Gillen’s writing is more than enough to carry this comic, and those who like the stylistic art will enjoy it more. Abigail is the perfect protagonist for this sort of series, being a brilliant and determined leader (if a bit harsh to her subjects) who never gives up in a fight. Anyone who’s reading Secret Wars should at least give this a chance. In addition to being both fun and intense, Siege might actually be the most important tie-in of them all.


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3 Responses to Siege 1 review

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  2. xmenxpert says:

    Correction: The spread of the ant attack was by James Stokoe, nor Coelho.

    This was pretty awesome. Brand is her usual charming self, Leah is great, Kate and America get right off to a fun chemistry, and Kang is rather enjoyably arrogant. The premise is really cool. This is a great book.


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