Secret Avengers

Secret Avengers

Run the Mission, Don't Get Seen, Save the World

Graphic Novel - 2012
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Steve Rogers and his Secret Avengers, Shang-Chi, Black Widow, War Machine, and Beast, battle the Shadow Council, an organization trying to take over governments, crime syndicates, and research labs for its own evil purposes

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OtteryStCatchpole
Dec 30, 2016

Brilliant writing, better than most comic books today. The art is very interesting if all over the place. There are artists I love and there were others I could care less about. But every one of the stories is brilliant. They are all done in one, which means, you can read them individually. You don't really need to be too familiar with all of the characters backstories which makes this an interesting book to give to new readers. The cover pretty much says it all: Run the mission, don't get seen, save the world.
As always, Warren Ellis is fun and interesting and writes circles around a lot of today's contemporary comic book writers.

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grunnychan
Feb 12, 2016

With some funny writing and nice an understandable plot, the only thing I was left desiring was more of Moon Knight (It felt like he got to say maybe 4 things).

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G100
Mar 27, 2015

Everytime I pick up a Warren Ellis book I get bored in a few pages. With a couple of notable exceptions, Ellis just hasnt written books that are very compelling. His style reminds me of a the poor man's Mark Millar, only with Aellis I just don't care.

rebekahgordon1 Aug 07, 2014

Ellis is the master of the confusing-but-awesome, hurts-your-head-to-think-too-much-about-the-plot one-shot story. Like other commenters have said, this is no Planetary, but, let's be honest, what is? This is still really enjoyable, and the fact that there's a new artist each ish, which might be annoying and make the story feel disjointed in one cohesive arc, totally works here. And it means you get to see some great artists take their shot at Cap and Black Widow, as well as the random surprise B-list guests, which is definitely a plus.

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lokiskywalker
Jun 29, 2014

This is Marvel trying to get its own Planetary. It doesn't completely work, but it's readable enough.

JCLGreggW Jun 13, 2013

Writer Warren Ellis has done this before - his groundbreaking graphic novel series GLOBAL FREQUENCY focused on teams of normal people racing the clock, beating the odds, and saving the world. Here, Ellis does the same thing with superheroes - an undercover team of Avengers tasked with missions that don't involve slugging matches with planetary threats. Ellis utilizes B and C listers of the Marvel Universe (Moon Knight! Valkyrie!) along with familiar faces like Black Widow and Captain America. Ellis' style isn't for everyone - his banter is sharp and his pace is sometimes too quick - but makes for some entertaining stuff.

Mark_Daly May 24, 2013

This volume collects a string of one-and-done tales starring Marvel's espionage team. There's little effort made in this sequence of issues to contribute to a larger narrative arc. Ellis did this more successfully (that is, with greater storytelling élan) in PLANETARY.

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