Secret Avengers by Rick Remender - Vol. 2 (AVX) (Secret Avengers (Marvel)) Hardcover – 5 Dec 2012
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But this book is really two stories in one. The first three issues (or chapters)of this collection deal with the big summer event Avengers vs X-Men. This does derail the overall set up of the title briefly, changing much of the cast for this story. The art by Renato Guedes for this arc is an aquired taste but I did find myself warming to it. The cast is probably the best line-up that I've seen and under different circumstances I would have loved to have had this as the main Avengers membership. Thor leads a team of Valkyrie, Beast, War Machine, Captain Britain, Protector, Ms Marvel and Vision into space on a suicide mission to head off the Phoenix Force that is heading to Earth leaving destruction in its wake.
Unlike many of the AvX tie ins though this is quite a good stab at creating tension outside the main series. Strangely however Bendis wrote another tie story to AvX over in 'Avengers' using this cast.....the themes are virtually identical and it's hard to reconcile the two. Someone wasn't paying much attention at an editorial meeting...
The mission goes horribly wrong straight away and it's when Captain Britain attempts to rush headlong into saving the day that Remenders wrong footing of Braddock becomes evident.Read more ›
That said, it is one of my favourite phases of the AvX as it centres on the Original captain Marvel and contains the catalyst events for Ms Marvel to convert herself to the `new' Captain Marvel.
I heartily recommend this - even to those not enamoured with the AvX crossover as this is indeed important Avengers history being made.
The rest of the trade returns us to more suitable Secret Avengers turf.
I surprise myself by actually liking this Agent-Venom spin, such a shame the relationship with Valkyrie never really catches on - they're good together!
I warmed to the new Ant man more than I expected and whilst I agree Captain Britain is a backward step it is still good to see him interacting with this team.
The stories are well-written and well-illustrated, though the AvX one is in what I would call a European, if not a French, style, and is therefore going to look strange to people used to regular Marvel artists, though the Kree certainly look alien as a result. It is also a bit of a filler, as the story continues back in Avengers volume 4 as if nothing much happened. The second is packed full of Secret Avengers continuity, with some serious events, decisions and reveals, leading into the next volume.Read more ›
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The rest of volume was about the Secret Avengers:A Council Of Masters. The writing and interaction between the characters was good for the most part, mainly anything to do with vemon. I plan on reading the next volume to see what will happen but it did feel like this was a lot of fluff to increase the number of issues they could sell.
The artwork is ok, it just not to my taste. But it's always nice to see different types of artwork. Overall, it was an ok read but I hope it gets better. I would rate it 2 1/2 stars if it would let me.
The paper quality, like volume 1 is extremely thin and dull. So much so that you can see through to the art on the other side. Which is a shame because it makes the otherwise great art dingy and dark.
An important villain will rise at the end, and im sure you'll guess who it is by the time you're done.