Secret Avengers #4 (Comics Review)
Ales Kot and Michael Walsh’s Secret Avengers has quickly become one of my favourite books, even though only three issues are out (new one released last Wednesday). They have taken some of the more popular Avengers and SHIELD characters to deliver a whole new spin on them, as far as my reading experience is concerned, and they’ve made each character likable and have even injected a healthy dose of humour into the series. Plus, it just so happens that all these stories are self-contained and don’t really rely on what’s happening in the rest of the Marvel comics-verse and that’s the added attraction.
The new issue changes things around considerably as we delve mostly into what is going on with Fury and Hawkeye’s secret mission from the previous issue, which as we see here, is authorised and overseen by both MODOK and Maria Hill. The best part of this issue definitely has to be the dialogue, because Ales Kot definitely seems to nail all four of his major characters, especially Maria Hill and Hawkeye. And the art by Michael Walsh and his team is the best its been so far, which is saying something since the art on this new series has been great from the beginning.
A couple issues back we saw that Agent Coulson and Nick Fury had gone up against an alien warrior called the Fury on a space station and that they barely managed to make it back alive. Now, somehow the alien has survived to appear on Earth in a city that really should not exist and that had gone missing for a good long while. They lead a team of some of SHIELD’s best field agents into spooky town and they go up against the Fury and this time the results are far worse, though the good guys do come out on top as always and they rock it all the way to the end.
Like I’ve said before, Ales Kot definitely gets all these different characters. While I did miss Spider-Woman, Black Widow and Agent Coulson in this issue, especially after all the heavy character-building in the last issue, I didn’t mind it too much since the singular focus on the other characters proved to be a boon in that the story was just as interesting and fun and action-packed. Ales Kot writes some really delightful scenes in this issue and his dialogue is pretty much always on point. The only time when anything felt weird was when Fury uses the cliched old “brother from another mother” line during one of his attacks on The Fury (alien Fury), but other than that, it was smooth sailing on the way.
We also get to see some of the fallout from the previous issues as far as the attempted assassination on Maria is concerned, one that was foiled by MODOK. MODOK is another character that I’ve come to love thanks to Ales’ writing, and that’s no different in this issue. MODOK is an endlessly fun character to read about and with him being played off Maria Hill provides a lot of nice context into who and what he is. Plus it also benefits Maria, most of all, and we see just how good of a leader she is and willing to make all the tough choices, just as Old Nick Fury before her, before he “retired”. If I can get more Maria and MODOK awesomeness every month, I certainly won’t complain, though I do want to have Spider-Woman and Black Widow back as well, not to mention see more of Coulson’s psychological problems and him dealing with his PTSD from the second issue.
Michael Walsh is still the main artist here with Matthew Wilson providing the colours and VC’s Clayton Cowles doing the letters while Tradd Moore and Matthew Wilson do the cover, and a rocking cover it is. Some of the panels with The Fury were a bit weird, but the artists played up the sheer alien-ness of the… alien really well, and a lot of the action was nicely choreographed. There’s this one page with Hawkeye trying to double back on the alien hostile that reminded me very much of Andrea Sorrentino’s dynamic action scenes from Green Arrow, and I loved that. Nicely done indeed.
Another one-shot style issue that can be read as the first issue into the series, but the full awesomeness isn’t apparent until you start from the first issue, which you really should!
Posted on June 16, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged Action, Agent Coulson, AIM, Ales Kot, All-New Marvel NOW!, Avengers, Black Ops, Black Widow, Clint Barton, Comics, Comics Review, Espionage, Hawkeye, Jessica Drew, Marvel, Marvel Comics, Marvel Now, Matthew Wilson, Michael Walsh, Modok, Natasha Romanoff, Nick Fury, Nick Fury Jr., Phil Coulson, Review, Review Central, Science Fiction, Secret Avengers, SHIELD, Special Ops, Spider-Woman, Superheroes, Supervillains, Tradd Moore, Urban Action, VC's Clayton Cowles. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.