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Dark Avengers: The Patriot List

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This era of the Avengers was so much fun. Norman Osborn has recently become a world wide hero after the end of Secret Invasion. He disbands SHIELD, replacing it with HAMMER, and takes over the leadership of the Avengers as Iron Patriot. He's secretly replaced all of the heroes with villains, so you have Venom as Spider-Man, Bullseye as Hawkeye, Moonstone as Ms. Marvel, Daken as Wolverine, the schizophrenic and all powerful Sentry along with the God of War, Ares, as your Avengers. Osborn is struggling to keep the Green Goblin persona under control while pinning the world under his thumb. The impetus for this story is a former SHIELD member attempting to perform a coup as they instigate the Avengers to screw up and show their true selves to the world. While I certainly don't want the bad guys in charge in real life, it's a lot of fun to read about it in the Marvel universe.
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I was interested in this title because it was listed as a graphic novel. It was not a graphic novel, it was a regular novel. I ran out of time to read it.
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When I first started getting into comic books properly, having always been something of a fan of the genre since being a little kid, I remember walking into my local comic shop (an absolute amazing thing for my tiny, backwards town) and seeing posters for The Dark Avengers. Secret Invasion had just happened and now Norman Osborne, the man behind the mask of the Green Goblin, was put in charge of protecting the world with his own team of Avengers. I remember the excitement and intrigue around the event, especially as people were trying to put together who was going to be on his team thanks to the small clues Marvel were giving out.

Whilst I only dipped my toes in and out of this series thanks to spending a lot of time in that shop, and eventually coming to work there, I got to see most of the bog moments such as the murder of Frank Castle, and the eventual Siege finale. Over the years I've gone back and read up on bits of this era that I missed at the time, and have really enjoyed it. It was a wonderfully different time, to see the bad guys in control, yet having to pretend to be heroes, and the real heroes on the run. It felt different and unique to other eras in Marvel, and I wish it could have had more stories.

Luckily for me, and everyone else, Aconyte Books have just released their first novel set within this time period, Dark Avengers, The Patriot List. The book takes place well within the Dark Reign, with Norman having been in charge of HAMMER for some time now and his Dark Avengers having gotten used to their roles; with some early members of the team having left by this point.

The story begins with Norman having been contacted by an investigative journalist who claims to have something that could be damaging to him; having chosen to approach Norman for a quote on the incident before running the story. This moment of journalistic integrity gives Norman the heads-up he needs, and he sends several of his Avengers to steal the sensitive information from the newspaper offices in the dead of night. Unfortunately, they're not the only people there, and an armed group starts a fight with the 'heroes' that leads to destruction across the city.

Dealing with the fallout of the previous operation, Norman leaves Avengers Tower open to infiltration, and the same mystery group breaks in and steals some highly classified documents; including a list of potential candidates to replace his Avengers if the need arises. Knowing that most of his dirty secrets are close to being laid out in the open, Norman has to use his team to try and stop their opponents and retake the information. All without the Dark Avengers finding out what's on the list.

One of the best things about Dark Avengers, The Patriot List is just how well David Guymer manages to capture the characters from the comics in such vivid ways. The people who make up the Dark Avengers aren't your average group of heroes; they're not heroes at all. They all deeply flawed, awful people who snipe at each other, mock each other, put their own agendas and interests first, yet somehow manage to form a competent team; and Guymer brings that wonderful energy from the comics into the book.

A lot of the times with comics people will say that they love the action, that they're there to see the costumed heroes and villains fight in over the top and explosive ways; and whilst there's nothing wrong with liking that, and this book does deliver that, the real highlight of this novel is the smaller character moments. Instead of looking forward to seeing Ares throw someone through a wall I was eager to see what sly moves Daken was going to pull, instead of wanting to see the Sentry unleash his amazing powers I wanted to see how petty and weird Bullseye was going to be. Some of the best moments of this book are the scenes where several of the Dark Avengers are forced to be in the same room together just interacting. It was pure chaos and bitchy drama and I loved every moment of it.

The book also dove into some of the characters in ways that I can't really remember seeing in the comics, and led to some wonderful new insight into their motivations that changed the way I thought about them. The two biggest examples of this are Moonstone and Venom. Moonstone is a very complex character right from the start; we see her working with the Sentry as a psychologist, using the things from her past to try and help him, and we learn more about what drove her to become a villain. As the book progresses we see that despite being a villain, and a murderer, this is very much not what she wants to be, and there are several moments where her desire to do good, to be better, shine through and push her to do genuinely decent things that put her life on the line.

Equally, Venom has similar moments across the course of the book, though these are a bit more complex. Venom is already a harder character to understand due to him essentially being two different entities in the same body, and the influence that the symbiote has over the host changing the way the host thinks. At the start of the book Mac Gargan is fighting against eh symbiote's influence, trying not to eat people and the such. Over the course of the book Venom goes through some trauma and some changes, and the lines between the two personalities blur a little; but towards the end we see Gargan fighting back and fighting to be better, to do better, and this gives us a glimpse into the man he was before he even became Scorpion, let alone Venom, and how he wants to try and be better once again.

Possibly the stand out star, however, is Norman Osborne. How could it be anyone else? As fans of the comics will know, Norman isn't the most stable of people, and his shift into crazy towards the end of Dark Reign is some great stuff, and Guymer brings some moments of this to the book. The small glimpses we see at the deeply unwell man under his professional veneer are actually quite frightening at times, an the moments when he begins to slip into a mania that's close to the Green Goblin make for some wonderfully tense, stand out moments in the book. I could have spent so much longer following Norman like this, and I really hope that this won't be the last time Guymer gets to write the character.

Dark Avengers, The Patriot List is an action packed, dark, and wonderfully fun book that takes readers back to a unique time in the Marvel universe. It has reignited my desire to read more of this period, and to delve into some of these characters again. Whether you have read anything from the Dark Reign or not, I'm sure that a lot of readers are going to love this latest addition to the Marvel Untold line.
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It's here! The next Marvel book is here, and I couldn't be more excited for it. Dark Avengers: The Patriot List is a bit of a long title – yet it is an evocative one for anybody paying attention. Written by David Guymer, it's a quintessential Dark Avengers novel.

What happens to the world after S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers fall? Are they left to face the dangers of the universe without any heroes? Or does a new team step up? Naturally, in the Marvel universe, there's always somebody ready to step up.

However, sometimes the person that steps up to the plate can bring quite the shock. Take the Dark Avengers. They're Earth's defenders now. Led by Normal Osborn, this is a team made up of villains, which begs the question? Just who (or what) are they trying to protect?

Dark Avengers: The Patriot List lives up to the name – this is a novel full of action, adventure, and just the right balance of dark humor. It's perfect for any Marvel fan, especially the die-hard ones that can appreciate the nuance in the characters portrayed within these pages.

Okay, so you guys know that I'm a sucker for characters with sassy comebacks, right? Well, let's just say that I absolutely adored how David Guymer wrote many of the characters in this book. Not only did they feel accurate to their comic book versions, but the sass! Oh, so much sass, and I loved every minute of it.

The action was extremely satisfying, which is excellent. I swear, half the reason I read Dark Avengers plots is to get a dose of action and carnage. So if that is what you're looking for here, you will not be disappointed. Promise.

I should mention that you really need to have a basic understanding of these villains to appreciate their portrayal here. Guymer does not waste time holding hands, so I imagine it would be a bit difficult to dive right in knowing nothing. However, if you are a fan, you're going to love what you find.
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Relatively slow and hard to understand. The copy was also incredibly glitchy and hard to read so I couldn't get into it as much as I really wanted to. Overall it had a strong plot and interesting characters and concept, and is definitely worth the read for any other marvel fans out there.
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A Marvel Untold novel

I received an advance reader copy of this book from Aconyte Books via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

This book takes place during the Dark Reign storyline of the Marvel Universe, where Norman Osborn (Green Goblin) formed his team of Dark Avengers to help him enforce his authoritarian rule.

The Patriot List sees Osborn's Assistant Director, Victoria Hand, struggling to tone down the Dark Avengers most violent tendencies as she sees Norman descend into madness. I think this was probably the most action-packed of any of the Marvel prose novels that I've read so far. Even though the members of the Dark Avengers are villains who will kill at the drop of hat, the author did a good job of showing readers that even villains sometimes harbor non-villainous instincts.

I gave The Patriot List five stars. I would definitely read more volumes from this author featuring these characters. Even without any of the better-known heroes of the Marvel Universe involved, it was still a very enjoyable read.

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This novel was such a fun read with the focus on the dark avengers. So the heroes we know and love are actually villains masking as the heroes. And Norman Osborn as basically a well loved and successful and over the avengers? Wow just a wild ride! I recommend this for anyone who likes to see these alternate “what if” versions of the Marvel universe and who want to expand their Marvel reading.
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First, I would like to thank Netgalley, Marvel, the author, and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review. 

The story begins with S.H.I.E.L.D. being dismantled, the Avengers are no more, and Norman Osborn has taken over and is assembling his own team of "Avengers." This story was SO action packed! It definitely had the pacing of a Marvel movie, and had me wishing it was an actual film. While there were plenty of mentions to our iconic heroes (Stark, Rogers, and Strange to name a few), this story follows the villians of these comics. We get to see a different side to the villians that we don't typically see in films. I loved Venom and Daken's POV the most! I felt like we got a better understanding of why these characters are the way that they are. We also get introduced to plenty of new characters that we never see in the films, which I loved! 

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I have been provided with an advance copy of the new Marvel Untold book Dark Avengers: The Patriot List by David Guymer published by Aconyte Books, so here is the honest review I promised in exchange for the book.

So here is an important disclaimer which is always important to put out there first. I have a casual work contact with Asmodee to demonstrate board games for them in stores and at conventions. Asmodee being the parent company of Aconyte the publisher.

I am also friends with David on Facebook, although thats probably more about him connecting with fans than him being my best bud!

I am going to try my best to not let these things cloud my judgement in this review, but I accept that subconsciously it might.

Also I won’t lie, I have looked at other reviews to see what others think, so there may be some influences from them in this book review. If I am going to quote them, I will attribute them. But if I forget to, or something is highly influenced by them, and you think I ought to attribute someone, let me know so that I can.

What is Marvel
Look at this point I would bore you with a bit of background to the game/universe, but lets not, you all know the Marvel Universe, if you don’t have you been living under a rock!

The Dark Avengers were a iteration of the avengers which contained several members who were supervillains disguised as stablished superheroes.

In this iteration, we have Mac Gargans Venom as Spider-Man, Moonstone as Ms Marvel, Bullseye as Hawkeye, Daken as Wolverine and the superheroes, Ares and The Sentry. The team is lead by Norman Osborn who wears a Stark armour which is known as Iron Patriot.

The Story
So I will start off by saying that this is a book in which you really do need a bit of knowledge of the Marvel universe to really get on and enjoy it, because its not a book that explains the characters and background in a great amount of detail.

But if you have a the basic understanding of the universe, you are gonna really enjoy this book.

This story is set in the aftermath of the Secret Invasion storyline, when Norman Osborn has seized control of S.H.I.E.L.D. and reformed it into H.A.M.M.E.R. and rebuilt the avengers with psychopaths. maniacs and killers.

The story revolves around a plot by S.H.I.E.L.D. loyalists to steal a secret list of potential replacements for the Avengers known as the Patriot List, which involves a plot to embarrass Norman Osborn a man with a real obsession with his public image.

So Osborn releases the worst of the worst to prevent any threat to his leadership of the world security.

Conclusion
This is a very good story, its high octane and filled with amazing dialogue that sassy and at the same time a little horrifying.

The action scenes are frankly some of the best I have ever read, just well written and balanced.

The character dynamics are a highlight, and each of the teams members are given their own chance to shine, with everyone getting a reasonably equal bit of time to show themselves off.

As well as being a very good action novel, it also has an amount of depth as it also focuses on the mental health of the Dark Avengers, because as you can imagine, the villains have their own daemons to battle.

I really enjoyed that for the antagonists, David has gone deep into the Marvel lore and brought up some superheroes/villains from deep down that you rarely see, and perhaps may not know about at all.

The Dark Avengers are a pretty nasty bunch, some more so than others, but David really has got you rooting for them and wanting them to win, and given the way he doesn’t hide what they really are, that’s not a mean feat.

This gets a solid 5 out of 5 stars from me and frankly is a near perfect Marvel novel.
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A Marvel tie-in novel with truly dark undertones, Dark Avengers: Patriot List asks if America would even notice if its greatest heroes were replaced by villains. Norman Osborn, aka the Green Goblin, has replaced Tony Stark as leader of the Avengers and assembled his own team of monsters and killers to "protect the world" from anything that might threaten the status quo. Featuring Venom as Spiderman, Bullseye as Hawkeye, and a murderous God of War, the new Avengers stifle protests and destroy homes in America and Somalia, actions that are applauded by the public after Osborn's spin. When footage is stolen from Avengers Tower, the Avengers are unleashed to retrieve it at any cost. The heroes fans know and love are essentially non-entities in this fun, engrossing novel, leaving any hope for justice in the hands of ambiguous characters who wouldn't know a moral code if it slapped them.
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"I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own." I would like to thank the publisher Aconyte Books and NetGalley for giving me an ARC of this novel. I am looking forward to read more novels from Aconyte Books.

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This book is fantabulous. I really enjoyed this book, far more than I expected. It's my strongly and highly recommended novel for this year.

"The Avengers have fallen, S.H.I.E.L.D. is gone. All that the world has left to defend itself is its Villains, The DARK AVENGERS."

Highly recommended for those who have already watched the Zombie Avengers episode of What If....?. 
Go for this novel 🤟 

"It's a taut, compulsively readable and elegantly plotted thriller"
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I had to DNF this one at about 20% in. It was definitely a case of me and not the book though. There were elements in here that I really enjoyed (mostly Venom), but I just haven't read enough of the comics for this story to make sense to me. I am a bit lost and constantly find myself Googling things, and it just doesn't make for the best reading experience. I have read several of the other books in this 'series', and I had no problem with placing the story and the characters then. But now I am out of my league. I will definitely come back to this book once I have read more of the comics though.
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What would happen if the Suicide Squad took over for the Justice League. Dark Avengers, that's what!

I want to thank Aconyte and NetGalley for the chance to read this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 
  
Brief Overview: 
The Avengers have been fired, S.H.I.E.L.D. has fallen, Marvel's version of the Suicide Squad has taken over as the new Avengers (unknown to the masses), and Norman Osborn is in charge.  
  
Looking to put his past as the Green Goblin behind him, protect the world, and be seen as the American hero he knows he is; Norman recreates the Avengers team with a wide range of deadly super-villains. Sadly, he soon finds this task to be downright maddening; due to having to deal with problems ranging from worldwide damage control to wrangling up a team composed of clashing personas, Norman finds himself edging the line between "Genius" and insanity. When S.H.I.E.L.D loyalists decide to break into the Tower and steal his secret list of replacement heroes (read as maniacs and killers), Osborn’s reign reaches a precipice. Norman is forced to release the worst of the worst, to find those responsible for the theft and have them dealt with. 

This is an action-packed novel, that has you cheering for the bad guys to win. Guymer's way of writing in this book is top-notch. All his fighting scenes, his character interactions, and his character dynamics mix together to make this a pulse-pounding blockbuster of a novel. One of the biggest attractions of this novel is the fact that the main cast are all villains; what makes it even better is the wide range of personalities these villains possess. The wonderful thing about how Guymer wrote them is that he gave every one of them their chance to shine. I left this book with an even deeper understanding of these characters than I had from Brian Michael Bendis' Dark Avengers run. 

Everyone loves a good villain, right? Well, this book delivers. It also just so happens to make them heroes. These characters do some of the most brutal things possible, but Guymer's writing makes it, so you are cheering them on while they do it. It really reinforces the idea "that being evil might be fun", which most people have thought of at least once in their lives.  

You can read this book while having basic knowledge of the Marvel Comic universe. Sure, being a long-time fan will help with the enjoyment of this novel, but Guymer explains everything so well that any kind of superhero fan can enjoy the story. It starts with a brief introduction to the Dark Avengers and why they exist, and then just goes into full-on superhero comic book action. 

I want to thank Mr. David Guymer for this masterful work, and I hope that he deigns to share more of his abilities with the comic book community.
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Review: The Patriot List by David Guymer
 
Dark Avengers: The Patriot list is one of the newest additions to Aconytes’ Marvel Untold line. The Untold series runs along the side of Marvel Heroines, Marvel Xavier’s Institute and Marvel Legends of Asgard as well as the Marvel: Crisis Protocol which tie in to the epic and popular game of the same name. The focus of the Untold Line see both heroes and villains from across the marvel range revealing secrets and lost chapters on their rise to power. The Patriot List deals with the Dark Avengers whose comic storyline drew critical and popular acclaim for casting villains in the ‘hero’ spotlight – well at least they were trying to be heroes!
 
David Guymer has done wonders at taking that premise and bringing it to life! I have to say, although I’d love to see a lot if not all of the Marvel titles put out by Aconyte on the big screen, I was constantly thinking how I wanted this to be part of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) but then I back tracked, worried that no movie could do it just the justice it deserved, but first let's discuss the plot. As with most of my ARC reviews I will try to avoid spoilers as much as possible.
 
The Avengers have fallen, S.H.I.E.L.D. is gone. All that the world has left to defend itself is its Villains, The Dark Avengers.
 
Under the jurisdiction of Norman Osborn, the Avengers have been secretly re-formed with a cabal of deadly super villains. Osborn’s focus is more on the chance to finally put the Green Goblin in the past and take up the mantle of the Iron Patriot. Tasking himself with nearly the impossible , Osborn is left doing more damage control for his new line-up, fully understanding villains are a lot harder to wrangle than heroes, and even heroes can be a handful. When S.H.I.E.L.D loyalists decide to break into the Tower and steal his secret list of replacement maniacs and killers. Osborn’s Empire is always at risk but this puts his reign on the precipice. Finally, Osborn released the worst of the worst to crush the opposition and those responsible. It’s hard to be a hero but as we learn throughout the novel it’s so good to be bad!
 
Action-packed and high-octane don’t do enough justice for this novel. From the first page I was hooked. The writing style, the fight scenes, the character dynamics – everything is just perfection for a pulse pounding read. You laugh, you cry (usually from laughing) and you get a tiny bit jealous of Guymer’s ability to write action THAT well. As I said I will keep spoilers light, but it was so refreshing to see some of the villains in this; Ares, Moonstone and Bullseye to name a few. Not only does each villain have a time to shine their powers, skills and in some of their cases sass but the interactions we get between them is in short, perfection. You actually get to the point of feeling just a little bit sorry for Osborn trying to deal with all these conflicting and clashing personalities in one place.
 
I found myself actually cheering for the bad guys. Yes, S.H.I.E.L.D has always been questionable, but Guymer makes the villains so likeable that you really do want to see them succeed. Really reinforcing the fun, you can have being the bad guy.

On top of this the novel has good representation and on several levels dealt with issues surrounding mental illness. I find representation like this is always refreshing and welcomed since it showcases even heroes (or villains) have their own demons to battle. It’s dealt with respectfully and shows how even the strongest person can still be suffering on the inside - I can’t go into this too much before the release of the novel but needless to say it was refreshing and welcomed as someone who suffers with mental illness myself to see genuine and good representation.

I highly recommend this novel for any marvel fan but more importantly for any marvel villain fan. That said you don’t need a great knowledge of all the storylines or their origins since Guymer captures them all perfectly. If you are looking for an action-packed book that rivals the comics and the movies you need look no further than Dark Avengers: The Patriot List. 

The ebook of this fantastic title will be out on the 5th October 2021 with paperbacks following on the 12th October for the US and 25 November 2021 for the UK (which I’ve already pre-ordered!) As always I want to thank Aconyte and Netgalley for the chance to read this e-ARC and for David Guymer for creating this masterpiece!
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Simply put, if anyone can make me feel anything for Norman 'Green Goblin' Osborne, they deserve a medal. I fantastic prose novel taken from the Dark Avengers story line from Marvel Comics. Guymer has a wonderful style and has taken rather two dimensional villains from the comics and fleshed them out in a fantastic way. Highly recommend for the Marvel fan!
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I feel a little bit like a fool but... oh well.

The book was misleadingly shelved into the Comic Books & Graphic Novels - which kind of makes sense when you remember that Marvel characters were first introduced in comics not movies. But I was looking for a graphic novel to read, not a 300-page novel.

I struggled through 20% of the book and decided to DNF it. It has nothing to do with the writing (which was quite enjoyable) or the plot (which was just starting to become interesting). You just have to know a bit about the Marvel Universe (maybe not just from the movies) and be looking for a full-length novel set in it. Which I wasn't.

Overall, this novel will certainly be appreciated by fans wanting to get their Marvel fix between the films and TV shows.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the free e-copy. All opinions expressed above are my own.
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With the real Avengers gone, Norman Osborn, the erstwhile Green Goblin, has assembled his own Avengers, made up of supervillains masquerading as their heroic counterparts, to step up and protect the world…kinda. This is his chance to be a hero and put the Goblin to rest for good. But he has a hard job trying to keep his team members in check, inclined as they are to senseless violence, murder and wisecracks. When a list of their possible replacements is stolen by S.H.I.E.L.D. sympathisers, putting his power at risk, he unleashes the full force of his twisted team of heroes to get it back…preferably without telling them what’s on the list. 
“Dark Avengers: The Patriot List” is a new novel from the Marvel Untold line, written by David Guymer, relating a hitherto unknown tale based on the Dark Avengers comic storyline. And oh my goodness…it is SO good. Sparking writing, sassy dialogue and some of the best-written action scenes I have ever read. Concise, punchy prose propels the story forward with not a word wasted. Guymer gets the tone just right with a story pitched in that sweet spot between serious and crazy, with blistering action scenes and a pacy plot. 
One of my favourite things about “Patriot List” is that there are darkly funny moments aplenty - I mean pitch-dark, even during scenes of brutal violence. Memorably, there is an hilarious “Friends” (the TV show) reference which we can all relate to. Or maybe that’s just me… Anyway, you’ll find yourself flinching, chuckling then flinching again, and enjoying every minute of it. 
I cannot and will not get over how good “Dark Avengers: The Patriot List” is. Author David Guymer absolutely nails each of the diverse characters, from the gloriously shameless Bullseye, the god-like but troubled Sentry and especially Venom, who possibly has never been so sympathetically depicted. Whilst the reader may not exactly care about the characters in the regular sense, you do find yourself rooting for them in a weird way - they are so damned entertaining! This book is a joyous celebration of bad guys pretending to be good guys, and doing what comes naturally.
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My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher Aconyte Books for an advanced copy of this new Marvel adventure. 

David Guymer has done something amazing and spectacular in his book  Dark Avengers: The Patriot List: A Marvel: Untold Novel, a prose novel set in the Marvel Comic Universe. Mr. Guymer has taken a storyline, the replacing of the Avengers with the Dark Avengers, criminals and reprobates led by ex(?)-Green Goblin villain Harry Osborn pretending to be heroes, one that I never enjoyed, and made we want to know and read more. My. Guymer has a real skill in taking comic book characters and making them see more vibrant and alive while reading than they ever did on any splash page during this run. The plot is interesting, the characters are all written differently with unique voices, and though most of them are mass murderers in every sense, the reader has an interest in what happens to them, and each bit of action is different for every one of them. 

Having more than a working knowledge of the Marvel Comic universe will help in the enjoyment, but things are explained well so the layperson can enjoy the story. There is a brief introduction to the Dark Avengers and what they stand for, and the story drops into full on comic action. Mr. Guymer mixes classic, new and underused characters, and makes them all seem important. 

I really enjoyed this book, far more than I expected. I would love to see what Mr. Guymer would do in the comic world. As it is I can't wait to read more by him. Highly recommended for and Marvel Zombie, even if like me you found the Seige storyline not that interesting. Though I know if Mr. Guymer had been writing, it would have been a storyline appearing on my top ten. I'm excited to have found a new author to follow.
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Thank you so much for letting me get an early digital copy of this book, I loved it! The patriot list is so well-paced and action-packed, you cannot get bored! I am sad I didn't read the first one before getting to this one but I feel like I was still able to enjoy it. The plot was so good and I loved it when familiar characters appeared in this novel. I would love to see it on screen!
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Under Norman Osborn’s jurisdiction, the Avengers have been secretly re-formed with a cabal of deadly super villains. This is Osborn’s chance to finally put the Green Goblin behind him and become the Iron Patriot the world needs him to be. But villains aren’t easy to wrangle into the place of heroes – doing damage control for his new line-up constantly puts his empire at risk. When S.H.I.E.L.D. loyalists break into Avengers Tower and steal the secret list of replacements for his team of maniacs, the threat to his reign becomes intolerable. Osborn unleashes the worst of the worst to crush those responsible… It’s hard to be a hero!


Dark Avengers: The Patriot List is another novel set in Marvel Untold line, to be published in October of 2021. I was graciously allowed an early preview galley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I am a huge fan of super-hero fiction and a long-time follower of the Marvel Universe. More so, though, I love good villain stories. Something about tales that put these complex characters into interesting situations truly fascinates me, and author David Guymer delivers on all those counts. The story is fast-paced, full of action and mayhem as well as characters struggling with their own inner demons. Some handle it better than others! Guymer is also very well-versed in Marvel history, drawing from many aspects to tell his story which can easily fit within published issues of the comic book lines. That makes this "untold tale" work so well.

This one is recommended for Marvel fans and action/adventure fans.



About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

For more information visit marvel.com. © 2020 MARVEL
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