Dark Reign (comics)
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Cover to Secret Invasion: Dark Reign.
Art by Alex Maleev.
|Publication date||December 2008|
|Main character(s)||Dark Avengers|
|Writer(s)||Brian Michael Bendis|
Dark Reign is an American comic book storyline that began in December 2008. Published by Marvel Comics, it deals with the aftermath of the Secret Invasion limited series, which led to a shift of power in the Marvel Universe toward Norman Osborn. "Dark Reign" refers to Osborn's rise to global power and the ramifications of the changes across the Marvel Universe. Joe Quesada, editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, stated that Dark Reign is not really "an event; it's whats happening in the Marvel Universe". He believes that "Dark Reign leads to an interesting place in the Marvel Universe. I think you'll see a pulling back at the end of Dark Reign, but you'll understand at the end of it what we were trying to get to."
When it came to "embracing the change," recent "He Lost, They Won" images shows a severed robotic head of Iron Man, Emma Frost holding Cyclops' blood-covered visor, the second Captain America bowing to Norman Osborn's Iron Patriot form, Daken's Wolverine form looking down, Thor motionless on Loki's female form, Venom's Spider-Man appearance defeating Spider-Man, Henry Pym's Wasp alias (with Wasp's picture in the background), the Green Goblin (which quotes that "He won").
There is no core limited series, as there was in the preceding Secret Invasion, instead the storyline is made up of one-shots that help fill in the gaps, limited series exploring the effect of the event on teams and individuals as well as tie-ins with other ongoing series.
There are changes to the lead character in some already ongoing series. Both Ms. Marvel and Wolverine will see the Dark Avengers equivalent taking over the title Moonstone (occurring from issue #38 onwards after the death of Carol Danvers in issue #37)  and Daken (with the title Wolverine becoming Dark Wolverine in issue #75), respectively.
Spider Woman #1 was initially slated for April but was released on iTunes August 20, 2009. The book will also be sold in a digital "motion" comic format. It will run for eight to ten minutes for $1.00 each "issue" on iTunes but will stream for free on Marvel.com.
Following the Skrull invasion of Earth, Norman Osborn leverages his success in defeating the Skrulls to replace Tony Stark as director of S.H.I.E.L.D.,  which he disbands, choosing to create his own organization, H.A.M.M.E.R. Osborn later forms an alliance called the Cabal with Doctor Doom, Emma Frost, Namor, Loki and the Hood, and uses HAMMER to carry out his own agenda, and at times, the Cabal's. However, Osborns actions and his reputation influence a number of heroes to decide to attack Norman Osborn, and remove him from power, by force if necessary. 
There are a number of characters whose stories are told across a number of titles.
Norman Osborn, the former Green Goblin and central focus of Dark Reign, features in most of the on-going series and mini-series linked to the Dark Reign storyline. Brian Bendis notes that "people know he's a bastard, but ignore it as long he gives them safety" . The character is shown as willing to destroy anything that would threaten his new status as public hero. Writer Matt Fraction has commented that as the Iron Patriot, he is a "showman in armor". Norman Osborn is keeping the more volatile members of the Cabal in line with a "secret weapon" which is strongly hinted at being Nova. Across multiple titles, the character has been shown as retaining his mental instability from his days as the Goblin.
The Hood's role in the Dark Reign storyline is featured heavily in both New Avengers and Punisher. In the first, writer Brian Bendis has explored the character relationship with Dormammu and his quest to become the new Sorcerer Supreme, while Rick Remender, writer of Punisher has focused more on his activities as a gangster and criminal. During the event, the character also features in "Dark Reign: The Hood" written by Jeff Parker. He also has a major role in Marvel Zombies 4. Writer Fred Van Lente explains that "The Hood of course may not be acting of his own volition, since he has an unholy alliance with the Dread Dormammu, who may want the zombies and the virus that creates them for his own nefarious purposes. Plus, the Hood doesn't just bring any group of villains with him on this jaunt. He brings a very horror-oriented group of villains with him." This group being Night Shift .
Doctor Doom hopes to use the Cabal to conquer the world. A short story written by Jonathan Hickman reveals that he plans to kill or enslave all his current allies in the near future. Doom is shown as almost killing the Black Panther, when he rejects a chair in the Cabal . Doom is also using Latveria to house the Asgardians as part of an agreement with Loki, which allowed them to get rid of Thor. In Siege: The Cabal, Doom leaves the Cabal after one of his Doombot duplicates he sent in his place is attacked by Osborn's secret weapon.
Loki, often written as a great manipulator, used Osborn's help to realize a scheme to make Thor the killer of Bor (Odin's father), and cause Thor's banishment  Then with Doom's help, Loki realizes his plan of taking the throne of Asgard. However, during Chthon's attack on Earth, Loki, disguised as the Scarlet Witch, gathered a new Mighty Avengers team, which defeated the evil god . Loki has since subtly manipulated them to endanger Osborn's mental state, and quicken his fall .
Namor has possibly the smallest role in Cabal, appearing mostly in titles written by Matt Fraction, who shows him as a warrior with a great pride, and building a sexual relationship between him and Emma Frost. Namor will be one of the leaders of the "Dark X-Men" who will be shown in Fraction's Uncanny X-Men as well as their own Dark Reign tie-in series. Namor was written as a loyal member of the Cabal until "Utopia," where he and Emma Frost betrayed Osborn and helped the X-Men create their own island.
Emma Frost wishes the mutant community to have a position of power in Osborn's new world order. Matt Fraction has written a number of stories which indicate her relationship with Cyclops has suffered because of secrets they keep from each other. Emma, along with Namor, will be the leader of the "Dark X-Men". She helped lead the Dark X-Men until the regular X-Men were captured. She and Namor turned against Osborn and helped establish the Utopia island. During a battle with the Dark Avengers, Emma used her telepathy to defeat the Sentry by taking part of the Void into herself and frightening him away. Now she must remain in her diamond form in order to keep the Void trapped.
Ms. Victoria Hand a former S.H.I.E.L.D. Business Affairs Operative, she is now Norman Osborn's Deputy Director of H.A.M.M.E.R. Osborn has given her a list of jobs for building "a new world peacekeeping task force from scratch," including, but not limited to: creating an acronym for H.A.M.M.E.R., a full report on the Fifty State Initiative, and stripping down and rebuilding Camp Hammond. Osborn has called her "my eyes and ears and mouth," and named her his second in command over his team of Avengers. She was sent by Osborn himself to take on Bruce Banner and his son Skaar, where she showed great battle skills.
Dark Reign: The Cabal
Written by Rick Remender, Jonathan Hickman, Matt Fraction, Kieron Gillen and Peter Milligan, this one-shot features five vignettes that provide further information about the motivations of the members of the Cabal.
Dark Reign: Made Men
Dark Reign: M.O.D.O.K.
Some Marvel ongoing series tie into the storyline, while others have used the event as a springboard to launch the series.
Agents of Atlas
The Agents of Atlas decide to oppose Osborn's agenda by taking on the role of "supervillains". Their first act is to attack Fort Knox and steal the gold reserve, which Osborn planned on using to finance a secret weapons system.
Written by Brian Bendis, the series chronicles the aftermath of the U.S. government's disbanding of the federally sanctioned superhero team, the Avengers, and its reconstruction under the control of Norman Osborn. Their first mission was to save Dr. Doom and Latveria from Morgan Le Fey.
During Secret Invasion, Osborn steals information that Deadpool had stolen from the Skrulls. The story "How Low Can You Go?" deals with the fallout from that, as writer Daniel Way explains: "The first thing Osborn does to try and take care of the situation is to bring in a hired gun to take Deadpool down, which would be Tiger-Shark. That would be the standard thing to do, but of course everything about Deadpool is non-standard. So it goes completely awry and Norman has to to get more serious about things." The story also sees the return of Bob, Agent of HYDRA, "I don't want the book to become 'Deadpool and Friends' so characters will drift in and out, but Bob was someone I definitely wanted to bring in. It just had to be at the perfect moment and when I was putting this storyline together that moment presented itself.". This all leads directly to a confrontation with the new Thunderbolts team in "Magnum Opus," which crosses over between Deadpool (vol. 2) #8-9 and Thunderbolts #130-131. According to Thunderbolts writer Andy Diggle "it's a natural progression for Deadpool to go after Norman, and for Norman to send his personal hit-squad after Deadpool." In Deadpool #10, we learn that The Thunderbolts fail to kill Deadpool, so an enraged Osborn sends Bullseye, posing as Hawkeye, to kill him. However, Bullseye fails to kill Deadpool. He tries yet again and fails and pays Deadpool the money Osborn owed so his life would be spared.
Following their introduction in the Secret Invasion tie-in issues of Mighty Avengers, Fury and the Secret Warriors discover that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been controlled by HYDRA since its creation, and set out to defeat both HYDRA and Norman Osborn's H.A.M.M.E.R.
There are a number of Dark Reign limited series looking at the impact of the storyline on specific characters and groups.
Dark Reign: Elektra
Dark Reign: Fantastic Four
Dark Reign: Hawkeye
Written by Andy Diggle and drawn by Tom Raney, this five-issue limited series follows the adventures of Bullseye in his identity as Dark Avengers member Hawkeye. The writer notes that the premise of the series is "what happens when you hide that behind a hero mask? And what happens when the public is only allowed to see the hero mask, and not the monster behind it?"
Dark Reign: Lethal Legion
Written by Frank Tieri with art by Mateus Santolouco, the story shows Grim Reaper assembling a new Lethal Legion to combat Osborn and his rule. Writer Tieri notes that "They don't care who's in charge. They don't trust Norman, and they're not buying his talk. Not for a minute. Obviously that will bring them into conflict with Norman and the Dark Avengers."
Dark Reign: Mister Negative
A three-issue mini-series written by Fred Van Lente about a gang-war between cabal member The Hood and Spider-Man foe Mister Negative. The series will reveal more about the character which creator Dan Slott had planned. Van Lente says "One of the major subplots of the book is Betty Brant, who in the 'New Ways to Die' arc of 'Amazing Spider-Man' was assigned the job of digging up as much dirt as she possibly could on Martin Li ... She's continuing that investigation in the 'Mister Negative' series and inadvertently digs closer and closer to his actual origin and her life will be put in jeopardy as a result."
Dark Reign: The Sinister Spider-Man
A four-issue mini-series by writer Brian Reed and artist Chris Bachalo. On the genesis of the series, the writer notes that "the whole Marvel Universe thinks Spider-Man is living in Avengers Tower, when it's really Mac Gargan, who has a long history as a sociopath."
Dark Reign: Young Avengers
A five-issue mini-series by writer Paul Cornell and artist Mark Brooks, which Cornell was offered on the strength of his previous Young Avengers Presents story which focused on Vision and Stature.
Following the events in Secret Invasion the Young Avengers team heals the splits caused by Civil War but find themselves fighting an even younger team. According to Cornell, "This is a story about what happens when the next generation come along, and suddenly you aren't the new young thing ... There's this group of new super heroes (?) who call themselves the Young Masters. They're young rebels on the run from the establishment, feared and hated by a world they've sworn to protect." This team is made up of Melter II, Enchantress II, Executioner II, Big Zero, Coat of Arms and Egghead II. Cornell has said "This is about what happens when a bunch of kids follow Osborn's lead, decide the world is hard and needs hard heroes."
Dark Reign: Zodiac
A three-issue mini-series by Joe Casey and Nathan Fox. The series follows the adventures of a villain known as Zodiac (who kills the members of the criminal organization of the same name) and gathers a group of villains around him to take on Norman Osborn.
Skrull Kill Krew
More of a collection of one-shots dealing with different characters in the Marvel Universe who are hunted by Osborn, The List sets the status quo for many books. Every The List story also contains a back-up feature.
- Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis and Marko Djurdjevic: After the events of Utopia, Clint Barton (Ronin), enraged that Osborn has been able to continue his rule despite his best efforts, decides to storm Avengers Tower and kill Osborn himself. After throwing Venom out the window and shooting Bullseye (who took his place as Hawkeye) five times, Clint confronts Moonstone and Daken. After taking Daken out and using a security force field to eliminate Moonstone, Clint storms Osborn's lab and begins shooting him. Osborn has used a LMD and Ares knocks Clint out with one punch. Osborn then arrests Clint. This comic also gives a lettered preview of The List - Daredevil and an unlettered preview of The List - X-Men.
- Daredevil by Andy Diggle and Billy Tan: After a group of black-clad ninjas kill a group of crooked cops and lawyers, Osborn turns his attention to the Hand and their new leader: Daredevil. Sending Bullseye out in his old suit along with HAMMER agents, Bullseye and Daredevil clash. The two duel until they make it to the top of a condemned building that is about to be demolished. Bullseye announces that the building will be destroyed, but the one hundred seven people inside refuse to leave. When Daredevil doesn't help the people, the building explodes and kills all of the people. Bullseye then retreats and Daredevil is shocked. It turns out later that the ninjas were led by Lady Bullseye and the Kingpin and used to set Daredevil up. Also contains a preview of Daredevil #501.
- Uncanny X-Men by Matt Fraction and Alan Davis: After Emma Frost and Namor's betrayal, Osborn decides to send Namor's former lover Marrina Smallwood to kill the Atlanteans. After Marrina's attack, the X-Men sense Marrina's approach and Iceman freezes all of the water thanks to Psylocke's help. The X-Men then attack Marrina and Namor eventually kills her. He throws the head into Avengers Tower and threatens to kill Osborn for what he has done. Also contains Dead Man Walking, Matt Fraction's first story at Marvel Comics.
- Secret Warriors by Jonathan Hickman and Ed McGuiness: Nick Fury goes to Avengers Tower and walks into Osborn's office when Ares just lets him in. Osborn tries to frighten Nick by showing him his List (whose items are: Neutralize Clint Barton; Eliminate Daredevil; Kill Namor; Kill Nick Fury; Neutralize Bruce Banner; Kill Frank Castle; Control "The World"; Kill Spider-Man), but Fury laughs it off. He tells Osborn that he needs to take into custody a man named Seth Waters, who is a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent funneling money into various accounts, such as a group called Leviathan. Osborn interrogates Waters before Bullseye tortures him. After Nick gets what he needs, which is a data retrieval device, his partner Garrett shoots Waters, Nick punches Osborn in the face, and the two escape with the device. Ares throws off the choppers pursuing them to let them escape. Nick opens the device to reveal that HYDRA is a part of Leviathan, or Zodiac. Also contains Today Earth Dies, a reprint of a Nick Fury story first published in Strange Tales #168.
- Hulk - by Greg Pak and Ben Oliver: In order to get rid of Bruce Banner and his son Skaar, Osborn sends a heavily armed Victoria Hand and Moonstone to attack the duo. Bruce manages to find a way around everything Hand throws at him, but one thing happens that he doesn't expect. During the battle, Bruce is exposed to Gamma Radiation that will eventually turn him back into the Hulk. Hand and Moonstone are defeated, but they succeeded in their task: making sure Bruce will turn into the Hulk and having Skaar there to fight him and hopefully having them end up kill each other, effectively ending the Hulk problem. Bruce tells Skaar that when he turns into the Hulk, Skaar must be prepared to kill him. Also contains a reprint of Amazing Spider-Man #14.
- Punisher by Rick Remender and John Romita Jr.: Following repeated failed attempts to kill Frank Castle, Norman Osborn sends Daken and a platoon of H.A.M.M.E.R troops to complete this mission. After a bloody round of hand-to-hand combat, Daken dismembers and decapitates Castle, before kicking his remains from a rooftop. Castle's body parts are collected and spirited away by Moloids, seemingly operating under the protection of Man-Thing. Also contains a preview of Punisher #11.
- Wolverine by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic: During his tenure as leader of HAMMER, Norman Osborn tries to take control of The World and the Weapon Plus creations. Wolverine and Noh-Varr head to the World to try and stop Norman Osborn but are soon attacked by a large army of Weapon Plus creations infected by Allgod (Weapon XVI), the living religion. Noh-Varr is rescued by Fantomex, who admits he should have kept an eye on The World, and the two of them make their way to The World's brain (now a sentient being) where they are confronted by the Allgod drones, Wolverine included. Noh-Varr is able to disarm Allgod by kissing the World's brain, thus showing it some compassion, and disabling Allgod. Immediately after this, Wolverine regains his senses and the three of them defeat Osborn's invading army of Deathlok prototypes. Fantomex then uses a shink-ray he reportedly stole from Doctor Doom to shrink The World and take it for his own. Also contains Jason Aaron’s never-before-reprinted first Wolverine story, from Wolverine (first series) #175.
- Spider-Man by Dan Slott and Adam Kubert: Peter Parker teams-up with several other members of The Front Line, to expose Norman Osborn as the maniac he truly is. As Spider-Man, he breaks into Norman's lab, and downloads a video showing Norman using a live human being as a test subject. However he is caught by Norman himself, who was already planning on killing Spider-Man as his last thing on his List. Spider-Man escapes, with Norman, as the Iron Patriot, chasing him. After a long battle, wherein Spidey is assaulted by his former fans, now adamantly defending Iron Patriot, he is able to damage the Iron Patriot Uni-Beam, whose star-shape was already structurally unsound. While Osborn recovers from the attack, Spider-Man was able to change back into Peter Parker. As Peter, he was than able to upload the video to all his friends online, who are all either in the media or techies. When Osborn confronts him, prepare to kill him, Parker states that, as a taxpaying American citizen that hasn't broken any laws, he has no legal ground to assault him. Osborn storms off to attempt to suppress the spread of Peter's video, claiming he's added another name to his List - Peter Parker.  Also contains the story from The Pulse #5 outing Norman Osborn as the Green Goblin to the world.
As of November 2009, the following issues are announced as being part of Dark Reign:
Involved but not listed
- Agents of Atlas (vol. 2) #8
- Avengers: The Initiative #26-30
- Black Panther (vol. 5) #7-9
- Captain America #600-604
- Captain America: Reborn #1-6
- Captain America: Who Will Wield The Shield
- Captain Britain and MI13 #10-15 and Annual #1
- Daredevil #501-503
- Dark Wolverine #81
- Dark X-Men #1-5
- Dark X-Men: The Confession #1
- Free Comic Book Day 2009 Avengers
- Incredible Hercules #129-131
- Incredible Hulk #601-605
- Invincible Iron Man #20-24
- Mighty Avengers #27-33
- Planet Skaar Prologue #1
- Secret Warriors #7-10
- Skaar - Son of Hulk #11-12
- Spider Woman #1-5
- S.W.O.R.D #1-5
- The New Avengers #56-60
- Thor #600-606
- Thor: Full Circle #1
- Thunderbolts #126-127
- Timestorm 2009-2099 #4
- Vengeance of Moon Knight #1-5
- Wolverine: Weapon X #4-5
- X-Force #18-20
Starting in January 2010, the aftermath of Dark Reign is told in the Siege story arc, which details Norman Osborn's invasion of Asgard and the reunion of the Avengers. This then leads into The Heroic Age.
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