Secret Avengers #5

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The Good

This series continues its mix of Avengers working on S.H.I.E.L.D. missions. What separates this from other Avengers titles is espionage angle and feel. Maria Hill is a woman of mystery. She's holding back a lot of information and that's something that could explode in her face. The idea of these heroes going on different sorts of missions than we've normally seen is a nice change.

Of course the biggest time bomb in the book is the inclusion of M.O.D.O.K. Hill is trying to keep his involvement with S.H.I.E.L.D. from the others. The more important question is, can he be trusted? Ales Kot delivers the drama and sprinkles in a good dose of humor. We get a chance to find out a little more about some of the characters and seeing them during their downtime is always an interesting idea.

I absolutely adore Michael Walsh's art. In the past he's dazzled us with his layouts and action scenes. With the action toned down, the focus is more on the individual characters. Walsh adds a nice amount of detail in their body language and expressions. Matthew Wilson's colors complements the art in big ways.

The Bad

Down-time is important. We've had some crazy stories and it's enjoyable and enlightening to see the team not in the heat of the battle. But the lack of action does leave you longing for a little more. Parts of the story feels like it jumps around a little as we go from character/situation to character/situation.

The Verdict

I said it before and I'll say it again, this is my favorite AVENGERS series. Ales Kot gives us a great mix of action, espionage, humor, and superheroics all in one comic. Michael Walsh and Matthew Wilson's art and colors always impresses. There's a lot of secrets being kept from the rest of the team and the series is living up to that angle. There's no telling what will happen next and that feeling of suspense is what keeps me coming back for more. That, and M.O.D.O.K., of course.

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#1 Edited by dondave (41760 posts) - - Show Bio

Damn, feel sorry for Nick Fury Jr

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#2 Posted by gmanfromheck (42524 posts) - - Show Bio

@dondave: Yeah, that was pretty nasty. I'm hoping it's not as bad as it seems but who knows?

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@g_man said:

@dondave: Yeah, that was pretty nasty. I'm hoping it's not as bad as it seems but who knows?

I'm hoping for double eye patch fury!

I was a little confused by what the point of having Hawkeye shooting targets at the end was. Were they trying to imply he was the one who did all this bad stuff?

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#4 Posted by gmanfromheck (42524 posts) - - Show Bio

@teerack: I was a little confused about that part at the end too. I imagine there's gotta be a reason for it. But I can't see him as being responsible. Another reason to look forward to the next issue to find out.

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#5 Posted by The_Titan_Lord (9502 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice

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#6 Posted by deactivated-097092725 (10555 posts) - - Show Bio

The criticism this book is too light-hearted should not be applied any more after reading this issue. MODOK is freaking me out a little.

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