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The onslaught continues. . .
Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2013
Volume 2 of the Complete Onslaught Epic moves the story forward only slightly. There's an issue of Wolverine that reveals a key detail about the nature of Onslaught. There are two issues of X-Factor that resolve the Dark Beast storyline. There's an X-man/X-Force crossover which gets Mr. Sinister involved with the proceedings. But other than that, this second volume mostly involves other Marvel heroes (Spider-man, The Punisher, and the heroic Green Goblin) battling Sentinels in NYC with little knowledge of what's really going on. In fact, the best written issues are those that involve non-X-men characters; they continue the regular storylines of those books, with the Sentinels just happening to be the "villain-of-the-month". In terms of production, the editors have done a solid job of including all relevant material. For instance, only the final page of an otherwise-unrelated Spider-man comic in which the Sentinels appear, rather than the entire preceding issue, is included in the trade, with the story resuming in the next issue. There are some text summaries included at the beginning of this volume to bring a new reader up to speed on storylines unrelated to Onslaught. There's plenty of action in Volume 2, just precious little of the actual Onslaught storyline. The quality of the artwork and writing varies (this was the 90s after all). There are Spidey issues drawn by the likes of Mark Bagley and John Romita Jr., but there's also truly cringeworthy dialogue from some criminal characters in the Punisher issue.