Posted June 26, 2012 by Earl Maghirang in Comics

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Dark Avengers # 176

Reviewing Dark Avengers # 176 by Jeff Parker and Kev Walker and Declan Shalvey

Why this books is not a top seller surprises me but I can definitely tell you that it is consistently good especially when Parker gets to play with his Thunderbolts team (the new team, not the previous incarnation). Each character is interesting on their own and when paired with each other you really get entertained.

This issue starts tying up loose ends particularly the Thunderbolts who got lost in time. Last issue was the reformation of the Dark Avengers with new members like Luke Cage and Skaar joining their ranks. This ish focuses on guys like Mr. Hyde and Moonstone and Satana. More importantly this issue brings back Man-Thing with a completely different attitude (which got a lot of readers talking).

There’s also another great moment within the book that wild as it may seem connects the ongoing story with that from Mark Millar’s run on the Fantastic Four.

As I mentioned this issue has a lot of great character moments such as the team’s distrust over Satana to Moonstone’s snappy and snarky comments towards her other team maters.

The art is also great. I actually hardly noticed any changes to the artist through the first and second reading of the issue. I was actually mildly surprised to find out that both Shalvey and Walker were working in this book.


Go get it and pick up the other existing trade paperbacks for Parker’s run on the book. While its not essential that you do, you’ll get to see how the team evolved and which members have history.

Earl Maghirang