Dark Reign has arrived and not even War Machine can escape it… and after reading this trade, I’m glad he didn’t. Now, I have to admit that I haven”t read volume one, so I was a clean slate going in. And trust me, if you haven’t read the first volume, don’t worry, it won”t take away the sheer enjoyment you’ll get from reading it.
Collecting issues 6-12 and written by Greg Pak (Planet Hulk), this one volume features art by not one, but five artists; Allan Jefferson, Mahmud A. Asrar, R.B. Silva , Wellinton Alves and Leonardo Manco. It should be pointed out that the creative team does a fantastic job of keeping the story moving and not having all the different art styles detract from each other. I should also mention the breathtaking cover art by Francesco “Matt” Mattina… just casino awesome. Now to the story:
So the story focuses on the “new” and “improved” War Machine who is like the Marvel universe”s version of the Borg; an ass kicking superhero version. Now a cyborg who can absorb and incorporate any technology he touches into his own body, Jim Rhodes along with his team of former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and Tech specialists go across the world getting rid off “bad” people. Unfortunately during a battle with a brainless Ultimo, Jim catches the eye of the big bastard of the Marvel U; Norman Osborn. This kicks off what must be the longest “con” in comic history, putting Jim in an international jail cell while his team continues on with out him. Now, I wont give away what the con is or the satisfying ending that ensues, but I can safely say that it put a smile on this reviewer”s face.
So I enthusiastically recommend this book to the people. It’s a fun read with great art and what more could you ask for, really?