Of course, that second one looks like the ""HIDDEN GEM VARIANT" by Carlos Pacheco, so I think it's actually an image from the original Avengers Forever series from 1999, which Pacheco drew (and which I never read), and has nothing at all to do with this series...
Wilson Fisk went from Kingpin to mayor of the biggest city in America and is going to bring his full criminal and political power to bear on the superheroes who call NYC home. The man who once destroyed Daredevil has set his sights on The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and more. And since it's Fisk, once he takes them all down, you know he's going to sign it.
CROSSBONES! TASKMASTER! TYPHOID MARY! SHOCKER! WHIPLASH! RHINO! KRAVEN! Fisk has an ARMY of supervillains at his command—and this is just his opening salvo. For years, Fisk has waited for his time to strike, and YOU WON'T BELIEVE the aces he's got up his sleeves!
So, let me see if I got this right. The big idea of Devil's Reign is that it's going to be good guys vs. bad guys? Heroes...fighting...super-villains?
I'm not sure if that premise is refreshingly simple compared to some of the more narratively complex and/or nonsensical big event series like some of Brian Michael Bendis' (House of M, Siege, Age of Ultron), or if it's a little too basic. I mean, surely there's going to more to it than Fisk having the bad guys fight the good guys, right? Six issues of everyone fighting? (Also, why is "Shocker" in all-caps up there, like he's a big deal?)
I'm not sure if I'll end up reading this or not. I've been avoiding Zdarsky books since his behavior around his public statements regarding the Cameron Stewart affair last year, which was the very definition of sketchy. He's a pretty good writer, and I've liked everything I've read by him, I think, but I don't know; it's not like there are so few super-comics out there these days that one needs to read comics by people who readers feel uncomfortable supporting, you know?
Wilson Fisk has set the Marvel Universe on a dangerous path, hoping to remake it in his image. Systemically leveraging the power of his office against the heroes of the Marvel Universe, Fisk takes his most dangerous and craven step yet...The THUNERBOLTS are reporting for duty!Huh. So Wilson Fisk is marshalling villains under the name of a group of villains-who-pretended-to-be-heroes, the Thunderbolts. This is kinda sad because the Suicide Squad-like, comedic version of the Thunderbolts that Matthew Rosenberg and Juan Ferreyra did for their King In Black: Thunderbolts miniseries (reviewed in the previous post) was so much fun and sort of offered an open ending, suggesting the potential for a sequel or maybe even an ongoing. I have to assume this version of the Thunderbolts will be pretty different; at the very least, I doubt it will be the exact same line-up, Taskmaster's presence aside (it looks like Tasky's wearing his old mask too, rather than the cool new one that Ferreyra had designed for him in that series).
I mean, Marvel's "Dark Reign" status quo was kind of a long time ago now—about 12 years—but given the average age of a direct marked superhero comics reader, it sure wasn't so long ago that it seems like we're ready for a redux of any of its plot points, you know?