Dark Reign

American Son: Fire and Reign

We take a final look at how the Dark Reign of Norman Osborn leads into the next major AMAZING SPIDER-MAN saga

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By Jim Beard With a single shot, Norman Osborn finally took over the world—as a hero. A blast to the brain of the Skrull Queen while the Secret Invasion raged, remade the former Green Goblin into a man to be trusted and worthy of the keys to the entire kingdom. Not too bad for a guy who once rained death and destruction from the skies as Spider-Man's worst enemy. As "American Son" dawns in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #595, out May 27, Norman steps back from the bigger picture and sets his eye on a very personal matter: his son and heir, Harry Osborn. Dark Reign comes home to roost and the Osborn family will never be the same again. "Like with any other ongoing Marvel Universe title, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN exists and

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operates against the backdrop of Dark Reign and Norman's rise to power," notes Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. "There's a more direct correlation, of course, in that Norman was a Spidey villain first, and his son Harry is still a part of the AMAZING cast. "But while we've been hinting in this direction in the 'Character Assassination' and '24/7' storylines, 'American Son' is where Spidey will be dealing with the landscape of Dark Reign directly, head on." The Reign began to fall immediately as the Secret Invasion closed and Norman Osborn's lightning-swift ascension to power spelled doom for familiar faces of authority. Tony Stark, Iron Man, found himself ousted as head of S.H.I.E.L.D. and on the run for supposed crimes. Osborn tossed S.H.I.E.L.D. aside and forged H.A.M.M.E.R. in its stead: a new "peacekeeping" organization at his formidable beck-and-call. Then, the Cabal. Called together in an unholy alliance, the world's most devious minds gathered at Osborn's summons and the new world order parceled out. Consisting of Doctor Doom, Namor, Loki, the Hood, Emma Frost and Osborn himself, this sinister Cabal's reach extends globally—and beyond. Even the mighty and honorable name of the Avengers fell under the auspices of the former criminal mastermind and crooked businessman. Forming what can only be labeled the Dark Avengers, Osborn built a

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team of heinous villains into the newest version of Earth's Mightiest Heroes and set them up as saviors, including himself as the armored Iron Patriot. Opposition now comes from many sides, thankfully, including the so-called New Avengers, long sought for their disregard of the Super Hero Registration Act. With Spider-Man in their ranks and an eye for mischief and mayhem on Osborn's forces, this Avengers hold up the tradition of the name. But when Norman seeks to bring Harry into H.A.M.M.E.R. and the world seems to go a bit more insane, what can one poor, lowly Spider-Man do? How do you bring the Norman Osborn, the Iron Patriot, back down to his old nemesis' level for a much-deserved punch in the nose? "You don't; you force Spider-Man to find some way to rise to his level," offers Brevoort. "Norman's new power base and status in the world makes him more dangerous and more untouchable than ever, and that's something that Spidey is going to have to grapple with. But unless Spidey gets a lucky shot in somewhere, I don't know that he can hope to stem its tide single-handedly; this is a situation that's greater than any one hero, and it'll take more than that to bring it to a close." Though once a Green Goblin himself, Harry Osborn represents a true wild card in the tale of "American Son" and its impact on the cast of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. It's a story of two Osborns, to be sure, but one of them perhaps not the type of Osborn Norman expects—or needs.

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"Harry is very different from his father, almost by design," Brevoort says. "And yet, he's got the same sort of drive and ambition almost hard-wired into his DNA as a result of his lineage and his upbringing. In 'American Son', we'll see exactly how far Harry is willing to go in order to get what he wants." The time for talking's through and "American Son" plays out—for better or for worse—beginning this May 27 in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #595 and culminates in issue #599 this July! Read the first 100 issues of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN on Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited! Check out the official Marvel Shop for everything Spider-Man! Download episodes of "X-Men: Evolution" and "Wolverine and the X-Men" now on iTunes!

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OAblaster
OAblaster member

:dead: i hope harry stabs norman in the back and becomes the new head of hammer

LuisMa
LuisMa

[quote@Thanatos2531 And am i the the only one that thinks the picture of Menace pregnant is rather disgusting? (especialy sence they had presented Menace as a guy...)[/quote] Seeing as it's a woman i see nothing wrong with it.

SPNWareZ
SPNWareZ

[quote@sdc10 @thanaHasn't spider-man vs the osbournes always been like the main conflict in his stories? I mean they were both the Green Goblin, Im happy to see the Osbournes vs Spidey again.[/quote] Yeah. that's true

coupedeville68
coupedeville68

I gotta say that the whole Dark Reign thing is pretty cool so far, but I'm only really excited about the possibility of Clint Barton kicking Bullseye's a$$. :hawkeye:

wyvern9
wyvern9

It's about time Spidy gets into Dark Reign, after all, Norman's HIS archnemisis. The premise sounds good, and I'm realy looking foreward to a knock-down drag-out fight, but it's still not compensating for BND. However, the previews for August's Spidy books says that Mary Jane is back in town, so we'll have to see where this goes. PS: Who's placing bets that Harry and Lily are tying the knot in #600?

powering4heat
powering4heat

[quote@nmolz58 [quote@Thanatos2531 And am i the the only one that thinks the picture of Menace pregnant is rather disgusting? (especialy sence they had presented Menace as a guy...)[/quote] i hear that. menace has shattered my respect for goblins in general.[/quote] true. well, it looks like pregnant man has competition. oh @#&$....you would't believe what came to my mind

gameboy530
gameboy530

[quote@theshock621 American Son looks like it may be a good read...and just might bring me back to the Spider-Man books since I wasn't a fan for the retcon....We'll see.http://twitter.com/VincentVanGoBot[/quote] Ive read :venom:

nmolz58
nmolz58

[quote@Thanatos2531 And am i the the only one that thinks the picture of Menace pregnant is rather disgusting? (especialy sence they had presented Menace as a guy...)[/quote] i hear that. menace has shattered my respect for goblins in general.

sdc10
sdc10

@thanaHasn't spider-man vs the osbournes always been like the main conflict in his stories? I mean they were both the Green Goblin, Im happy to see the Osbournes vs Spidey again.

scottmacl
scottmacl

This comes out on my birthday. Cool!

Thanatos2531
Thanatos2531

as i thought, the american son story is nothing more than the latest round in the whole "insane goblin family v. spider-man" Pretty lame. And am i the the only one that thinks the picture of Menace pregnant is rather disgusting? (especialy sence they had presented Menace as a guy...)