Secret Avengers #2

by Tori B. on March 13, 2013

Secret Avengers is certainly picking up in terms of levels of entertainment. It’s not on a large scale for a title but it holds on its own just the same, and while it’s still a little gimmicky, it’s under the radar enough, it’ll please fans of a quieter nature.
Writer: Nick Spencer | Artists: Luke Ross & Matthew Wilson
Cover: Tomm Coker & Daniel Freedman | Publisher: Marvel
 While in the last issue we saw a lot of S.H.I.E.L.D. and their plans of operation with their covert team of the Secret Avengers, this time we focus a lot more on A.I.M. and their structure of the New High Council of A.I.M., which is actually kind of cool if you care about that kind of stuff. It’s a build towards what’s to come for the Secret Avengers, which is kind of exciting really. As readers, we get to see what exactly the team is going to be getting themselves into, and not just figuring it out as our heroes do (as is sometimes the case). By no fault of the artist, with so much time spent on A.I.M., it’s a little hard to keep a concentrated eye on what’s fully going on when they all dress alike, but this is more to the fault of A.I.M. who decided that yellow biohazard suits were going to be their standard look, thankfully at least the members of this New High Council look different. They are also an interesting combination of characters, and what’ll determine whether this series might make it or not is to see how this Council interacts with one another. We already know how those of S.H.I.E.L.D. get along, but based on earlier interactions and just the feel of the narrative, here’s hoping for some great and entertaining moments. That is if Taskmaster doesn’t continue to steal the show. Which he may. Which may not be an entirely horrendous thing (it might get old quickly though).
For one issue though so far, having Taskmaster there for most of the integral action was a good execution. At first it’s all very mysterious and then he just remains to be hilarious and it’s balanced out nicely. The team of Secret Avengers isn’t all about these major super heroes sharing quips with one another, there’s some serious action and they’re an operation fighting against some pretty heavy things, but there’s still a light heartedness to it. There has to be.
While the art isn’t overly unique, it’s not bad either. It carries the story well, each character is distinct from one another, expressions are appropriate and the colouring is clean. Mockingbird has a grand reveal in this issue though, and it’s fabulous (Taskmaster seems to agree).
The art is smooth just like its story counter-part, and Secret Avengers is a great pick up for anyone looking for a good story without the crazy theatrics and antics of the grandiose super heroes. It’s a bit grittier but not dark and overly well-balanced.

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