You and I remember Budapest very differenty…
Synopsis: Nick Fury leads a new team of Secret Avengers on missions so dangerous, the members themselves have no clue what the mission is!
Good: I won’t lie it was hard going into this book and trying to keep Remender’s run on Secret Avengers off my mind. The thing is, this book really surprised me and I found that it was a strange balance of the movie universe and the comic universe. Right away from the art you can tell the character design was influenced by The Avengers film, but it worked really well with this book. I also think that it helps make it more approachable to fans of the movies who haven’t branched into comics yet. Overall the story was really solid and the structure of it worked really well. It went back and forth between the present, past, and future. Easter Egg: It was also nice to see the reveal of where Barton/Hawkeye actually was when Black Widow came to rescue him. As a huge fan of The Avengers film it was nice to see such a great nod to one of my favourite lines in the movie. The dialogue worked really well and the meeting between Barton, Black Widow, and Agent Coulson was probably my favourite part in the book. The ending was also had a really interesting twist, but at the same time made me like it a little less.
Bad: I didn’t have many problems with this book for the most part, except for a couple of things. I didn’t like the idea of a bullet that would heal you as your heartbeat begins to slow down. It’s just too far fetched. While interesting, overall the idea annoyed me, especially since this book was overall, pretty grounded in reality. The issue I have with the cast is that each member isn’t really different compared to most books. The personalities are different but when it comes to their powers each member so far is lacking. Don’t get me wrong I’m a huge fan of Hawkeye and I really enjoy Black Widow, but the best thing about Remender’s run was how varied the characters were compared to each other. With a team consisting of Hawkeye, Black Widow, Phil Couslon, Marcus “Nick” Fury and Maria Hill I find there is a lot to be desired; they’re not endowed with superpowers, and unfortunately they aren’t really anything special. With this series though it looks like the team will keep changing depending on the mission with characters like Hulk and Winter Soldier set to make appearances eventually. I believe this should have been a S.H.I.E.L.D. book, it would have been a perfect way to really attract fans of the movies and the upcoming television show, and the title would have worked better in my opinion.
Overall: In the end I really enjoyed the book and only had a couple issues with it. So far the series is off to a very good start and I’m definitely looking forward to the next book.
What did you think of Secret Avengers #1? Who would you like to see join the team?