I really enjoyed Siege, but I felt it was short. It was all "wham bam thank you ma'am" making it very fun, but it could have used maybe a little more substance. Luckily, I had read almost everything leading up to it, so I knew most of what was going on. Even then, there were still a few areas where I had to pause and try to remember. Anyway, it is a lot of fun if you've read everything leading up to it that has been going on in the Marvel universe.
I rather enjoyed this collection celebrating the Golden Age of Marvel Comics. In this collection, Marvel has modern writers tell stories about some of their earliest heroes. My favorite story was the Young Allies adventure. I hope Marvel does something similar for later anniversaries.
Although I have enjoyed all of the House of M books I've read so far, I believe this one is my favorite. It was fun watching criminals get wrapped up into something bigger than planned, kind of like Han Solo in Star Wars. The final chapter was great storytelling with great action and visuals!
Overall, this story is decent, and I know it has a lot of lasting repercussions on the Marvel Universe. However, I thought it was really uneven. It needs at least 1 more issue to properly tell the story if not 2 or 3. At times, it seems to make leaps in the story from one panel to the next without proper explanation, and I am not really sure it adequately dealt with what happened to the Scarlet Witch. It kind of breezed through it.
Despite these limitations, the collection is worth reading for the final story alone. It is great and incredibly poignant. It was bittersweet to watch the Avengers discuss disbanding and sharing their favorite moments of the team's long and colorful history. I almost cried at the final two pages. It is a great image.
At first, I was not enjoying this volume as much as the first. However, at about halfway, I thought it really took off. Now, I cannot wait for volume three to come out. This series is still young, but it has a lot of potential. It could easily be one of the truly great modern comic series. Much like Sandman and Fables, it relies on an extended knowledge of literature. There are so many references that I feel even I miss, but I think these references increase the re-readability of the series. I already want to read the first volume again!
After reading this volume, I am very excited by the potential for this series. In fact, I am not sure the last time I was this excited for a comic book series. I love the use of literary references in the book, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.