Exclusive images: Marvel’s ‘Dark Reign’

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Out of the ashes of Marvel’s ‘Secret Invasion’ storyline rose the Dark Reign. Norman Osborn, old crazy Green Goblin himself, set things in motion to dethrone Tony Stark as head of SHIELD (actually getting it decommissioned), and taking over as one of the most powerful men in the world. Legally! To make sure that he holds on to that power, he enlisted the help of Dr. Doom, Namor, Emma Frost, Loki and the Hood to consolidate his hold over the rest of the superhero community.

Marvel has sent over some exclusive covers as the company gets into high gear with their villain-themed ‘He lost. They won.’ ad campaign. The ‘accept change’ part on the bottom of the images seems to tie it in to the Secret Invasion plot, but maybe it’s just coincidental.

Iron Man is on the run, and will Emma really go back to her dark ways and stab the X-Men in the back? Many more images after the jump.

Norman Osbourne in the Iron Patriot armor, with Captain America seemingly bowing before him is sacrilege! And Wolverine’s dangerous kid taking his father’s place will set up a huge showdown sooner or later.


Loki’s been setting up some head games with Balder and the rest of the Asgardians, so this scenario is getting more and more possible. Venom’s always been dangerous, so this Spidey cover is no surprise.

The Wasp is dead, so it looks like Hank Pym may be returning as a full-blown hero. He should change his name again. Forget Ant-man, Giant-man or Yellowjacket. Let’s go with something new. Dragonfly! Maybe not. And the orchestrator, Norman ‘Green Goblin’ Osborn, gets the twist on words with the ‘They lost. He won.’ spot.

-- Jevon Phillips