With the third issue of its tie-in to “Siege,” the role of “Dark Avengers” becomes more clear, particularly in light of the events in “Siege” #3. This issue continues to develop the Sentry’s characters and reveals him fully as Norman Osborn’s ‘secret weapon,’ showing what happened in “Siege: The Cabal” #1 in more detail. We get to see how the secret weapon could be the Sentry and elicit such strong reactions of shock from the Cabal members. However, the focus of the issue is really on Bullseye and the Sentry’s wife Lindy, as the killer gets his chance to follow through on the mission Osborn gave him last issue.
With Bullseye under order to kill Lindy, he takes the evacuation of Avengers Tower as an opportunity to take her in a plane alone under the ruse of getting her to a safe place. Bendis’ writing in these scenes is intriguing; Bullseye makes small talk with Lindy, something we haven’t seen before. Lindy’s interactions with the Dark Avengers have been almost non-existent, and Bullseye trying to act normal is oddly compelling. He’s somewhat awkward and clumsy in his words, not sure how to talk to her. It’s not a voice we hear from him too much.
Bendis contrasts this with the comical bumbling of the rest of the team and Victoria Hand in the other plane, all not sure what Bullseye is doing. Moonstone makes an attempt to fly the plane, but doesn’t actually know how, playing well off her arrogance and belief that she’s smarter than the rest of the team. The only problem is that Victoria Hand is shown up by Daken a little in a way that doesn’t quite make sense given her level of competency to date.
Artistically, Mike Deodato continues to do very good work on this issue, but it’s overpowered somewhat by Rain Beredo’s colors. Beredo has colored the series so far and his choices in this issue are somewhat puzzling. He uses a glossy, almost painterly style that gives the art a much different look, but doesn’t use it consistently. He alternates between his normal coloring style and the bright sheen, sometimes from panel to panel without any reason. It doesn’t look as good as his regular coloring and is possibly motivated by doing digital inks. It’s hard to tell for certain.
The best panel in the book has little colors as Bullseye stands in front of Lindy, bent over to be eye to eye as she sits in a seat. Against a white background, it’s mostly shadows, the top of his bow giving the impression that Bullseye has horns, looking positively Satanic. It’s a gorgeous piece of art that stands out in this issue.
Acting as a supplement and explanation, of sorts, for the Sentry’s behavior in “Siege” #3, “Dark Avengers” #15 works to a degree. It continues Bendis’ storytelling pattern of dropping hints and presenting incomplete scenes that are answered and filled in later, but this issue doesn’t provide enough oomph to really give a payoff.