If you've been reading series from the start (we're only talking ten issues so it's not hard to imagine), you've seen a lot of strange things happening. Some would say M.O.D.O.K. working with Maria Hill for S.H.I.E.L.D. would be at the top of the list. The different missions this group of Avengers have gone on have almost been all over the place (New York, China, Argentina, outer freakin' space). Now we're seeing how it's all connected. Why did Coulson and Nick Fury Jr. have to battle the Fury out in space? Why was Fury Jr attacked? Why did an assassin go after Maria Hill? All these events, and more, are starting to make sense. Ales Kot has been cooking up quite a story and the great thing is, it's not over yet.
With most of the other Avengers titles tied into various crossovers or big events, it's been refreshing having a series, with a great cast, that isn't dependent on the others. We've had a bit of comedy (some have said perhaps too much) along with plenty of action and suspense. It's great watching all the pieces start to fall into place.
Michael Walsh continues to astound me month after month. These days, it feels like it's not overly common for an artist to produce art for a title month after month without interruption. He has a great style that makes the characters feel natural (check out his Spider-Woman, for example).
With the revelations of how some of the events here have been connected, the story jumps around a little. We're seeing all the different characters, scattered about, and how everything is starting to line up. This gives the issue a slight jarring feel and almost like there isn't a lot of action happening, despite some of the reveals shown. We're still waiting on more answers but that's just another reason to come back for the next issue.
SECRET AVENGERS is my favorite Avengers title. There's been some wacky situations from the different missions and Ales Kot is now showing how they're connected. It's a great feeling seeing how the story is being fleshed out into a bigger picture. The unfortunate thing is it gives this issue a jumping around feel. Michael Walsh's art remains consistently superb. He captures the different characters with ease and always mixes up the perspective and panel layouts to keep the issue fresh. If you haven't been reading this series, do yourself a favor and pick up the back issues and trade. The fact that SECRET AVENGERS is so good should not be a secret.