Dark Avengers, Volume 2: Molecule Man by Brian Michael Bendis

crookedtreehouse's review

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I'm reading this as a part of my Venom/Carnage/Anti-Venom/symbitoes read through of the spider-verse.

This book was disappointing on many levels. As a team book, there's always the chance that there isn't going to be a heavy focus on the character whose history I'm trying to read, and that was definitely the case here. This is more for Norman Osborn fans and people who really hate The Sentry. But there are some character beats in this book that revolve around Venom, they're just Bad. The sort-of-gag is that Venom's host is being medicated (similarly to Norman Osborn) and that it's making him less aggressive so the rest of the team constantly belittles him. Ok? But it doesn't lead anywhere. In fact, the next book on the list completely ignores this characterization and throws him to the opposite extreme where he's super Macho to the point of ridiculousness.

This just ends up being thoroughly skippable for my read through, and also not enjoyable on its own merits, it certainly ranks among my least favorite Bendis books.

redeyesinfernp's review against another edition

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After Utopia, we head on too a 4 more issues. We get to see a couple of things while addressing the Molecule Man arc, from how Ares wants to be a better parent than his predecessors, to Hand's descent into Shield's accounting department. All leading up to a couple of revelations on how powerful Sentry really is. As always fantastic artwork and just great writng.

thecommonswings's review

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If you HAVE to do grim and gritty in comics, I’d like it done like this. All the better in the context of Siege too

tabman678's review

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This comic is perfectly enjoyable. I would describe it as fun.

Though I’ve got problems with it, it feels like it’s waiting to get to something. Not building up, but waiting for the next event. It has some interesting character interactions like with Ares and his son.

But then we have Molecule man, and it’s a fun premise. I’ve just never seen him act this way.

I also am not one for the art here, it conveys it well enough but I’m not a fan of the style.

I don’t think this is the worst read but the first volume was better.

2 stars.

billykaplan's review

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adventurous dark funny tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes