The second volume of Secret Avengers launched this week by the creative team of Nick Spencer and Luke Ross. Fans of the Avengers’ film should enjoy this issue quite a bit, for it reads like a deleted scene from the movie. The comic stars S.H.I.E.L.D. agents; Maria Hill, Phil Coulson, and Nick Fury Jr. Coulson is obviously written to emulate actor Clark Gregg, and artist, Luke Ross even goes out of his way to draw him like Gregg. Fury doesn’t say much at all, and Hill is portrayed as the self assured confident agent she’s always been. The comic also features Hawkeye and the Black Widow. Under Spencer’s pen these two characters are far more humorous than when written by other Avengers’ writers, perhaps Spencer is trying to bring some of the comedic moments that the movie had to this book. The comedy works within the dialogue, but fails when used as a plot device. (See the redacted scenes.) With a title like “Secret Avengers” one might expect espionage and spy on spy action at its best, instead Fanboys get a book about bullets that can’t kill, bad James Bond jokes, and mind wipes. There was nothing really wrong with this comic, but there wasn’t anything right about it either. The comic was actually a little boring; the only thing that’ll have fans coming back for issue two is the last page reveal…. which is a real humdinger.
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