I liked this issue. It goes a little deeper into why the people of New Avalon love Dane- he's the best leader they've ever had, and he isn't evil like the family that ruled before. I loved seeing how eager they were to defend him.
The beginning conversation Dane has with Sir Percy bugged me. In the past, Percy has always tried to help Dane get away from the Blade, and all of the sudden, he's encouraging him to kill? Percy has never behaved this way, which makes me think this is NOT Percy's ghost, and that this is somehow connected to the Blade becoming stronger and more controlling of its wielder. He pretty much vanished when Steve started using the Blade himself.
There's a nice back and forth between Dane and Rebecca, who really does want to help him (while also getting material for her next book, no doubt!).
I would not be surprised if in the future, these two are paired off. A "Florence Nightengale Effect" if you will. ;) Too bad the series is ending after #5. I'd love to see them rule New Avalon together. Of course, with Dane's notoriously bad luck with women, it probably would crash and burn. And we still don't know what happened between him and Faiza Hussein.
As usual, there's humor from Deadpool. I can't believe no one has ever made a Monty Python and the Holy Grail reference before now!
Poor Dane is left absolutely shattered at the end, as the Avengers leave with the Blade in Steve's hand. Rebecca stays behind to help him with the inevitable withdrawal he faces. Dane pleads with Steve one last time that only he can wield the Blade.
The original cover for #5 has him still in chains and clearly suffering. The alternate cover for #5 hints that Dane was right and Steve is now possessed by the Blade:
As for Dane's future, it's already been hinted at (by Marvel editors, as well as clues from other comics' future covers) that he will return to Earth and possibly rejoin the Avengers. Of course, there will be a lot of explaining to do about how he got back and if he's actually okay now. I hope that's true, because I hate that this series was cancelled so quickly. And I really don't want to see Dane get mothballed again.
Speaking of cancellations, it looks like Agent Carter won't get a third season. I figured that would happen, but it still sucks.