The Skrull invasion is over, the world has been saved, and the Skrull queen has been killed. But one problem still remains. Tony Stark completely failed in his job to keep the United States safe and now the government needs to put someone in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) That man was the person who's team not only saved Washington D.C. from a major Skrull infestation, but is also the person who got the kill shot on the Skrull queen. That heroic man is Norman Osborn. Wait, what? So what's next for the hero and savior of the world?
After Norman puts his cabal together (Namor, Dr. Doom, The Hood, Emma Frost, and Loki) and taking S.H.I.E.L.D. and turning it into H.A.M.M.E.R. (No meaning. just H.A.M.M.E.R.) Norman's next order of business was putting together a team of Avengers. A team that could be tougher and more prepared to do what's necessary in this world full of killers and psychopaths. Norman takes some of his Thunderbolts (along with Ares, Marvel Boy turned Captain Marvel, The Sentry, and Wolverine's son Daken) and makes them Avengers. The problem is that the Thunderbolt's are full of known criminals and this would make things difficult to sell to the public. Norman decides to just give his team a bit of a makeover. Bullseye is now Hawkeye, Moonstone is Ms. Marvel, Venom is Spider-Man, and Daken is now Wolverine.
Some people you can look at and go "No. There is no way they should be in charge" or "They are not Avengers material". Guess what? You get both of these in one of the most fun comic book series to come out in a very long time. These are NOT your parent's Avengers. They are all a bunch of selfish, psychotic, and dangerous individuals who actually do a pretty good job at being Avengers. Sure they're bad people, but when the world goes to crap, maybe bad guys are the right kind of team to get the job done. Even if their first mission is saving Dr. Doom.
This book is full of jokes and violence. As much as you shouldn't like the people on this team, Brian MIchael Bendis does such a great job writing these characters in such a way that you'll have no choice but to like them. Also, Mike Mike Deodato's art is a perfect fit for this group. It's dark and gritty just like The Dark Avengers are.
One of the few flawless stories around. Great story and art.