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Dark Reign: Accept Change TPB Paperback – Jul 8 2009
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Dark Reign: Accept Change, is not a linear story arc outlining the events of a marvel major event. Instead, what this book is is more of a cross-section of the varying plot-lines that are taking place in the Marvel Universe in the wake of Secret Invasion with Norman Osborn in power. The book has some interesting stories from New Avengers, Uncanny X-men, Dark Avengers, as well as other. However, there is no resolution to any story here, and in the end what you get is more of an appetizer for other books than a complete story.
Beyond that, The book also contains a wealth of editorial with Marvel Spotlight features about all of the books within interviewing their respective writers. It also contains character bios and lots of tertiary information which will appeal to perhaps more avid or mainstream comic readers.
Ultimately, if you are like myself, and have picked up trades of events like civil war, secret invasion, and house of m you'll find yourself disappointed with the contents of this book. However, if you're a reader who is collecting all the various story-arcs of the Dark Reign saga, you will likely find a lot in this book to like.
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If you are interested in following the dastardly exploits of Norman Osborn, you may be interested in Dark Avengers, also by Bendis. It's almost a companion to New Avengers, as there is a fair amount of interplay. Volume 1 contains, of course, Dark Avengers 1.
So there you go - don't buy this, buy one or both of those books. For me, Bendis is the best Marvel scribe of the current day, and New Avengers is the best title. I enjoyed Dark Avengers as well, more than I thought I would.
There are some small (six-page or so) stories that are throwaways in here. For my money the most fascinating story collected in here (and one I hadn't run across already) was how the history of Prince Namor and Emma Frost has intertwined throughout history with cat-and-mouse being played by both sides (from Uncanny X-Men #2).
For those looking for behind-the-scenes accounts and a glut of statistical info, you've found what you're looking for in this collection. For others, like myself, who were thinking that we were going to get a large collection of "Dark Reign" stories, well, the amount that we get in comparison to the thickness of the book disappointments.