Category Archives: Secret Avengers

Mini-Opinions – Friday Edition

I’m going to be really harsh on series this week, guys, because I’m working on figuring out just what series I want to keep reading, and which ones I am not interested in continuing. You’re going to see a lot of drops in this post and on Monday’s post as I figure out just what series I want to keep reading.

Superman: Birthright

I really enjoyed this story, although I don’t know a whole lot about the title character. I’ve never read a Superman story before. I have seen a movie here and there (not quite sure which ones…) and I saw the odd episode of Smallville, but that’s all the exposure I’ve ever had to the Man of Steel. Like with every other, this got bonus points just for being an origin story (because I LOVE origin stories!), but it was also told really well. I feel like the storytelling was pretty spot on, and pretty in line with a basic storyline concept that I’ve been brought up with: You start off with how life typically is (i.e. Clark trying to hide who he is but can’t stop himself from trying to help people at the very beginning), then one day something changes (i.e. he decides to stop trying to hide who he is). Because of that, these things happen (moves to Metropolis, gets a job at Daily Planet, meets Lois and Lex) which cause something else to happen (Lex attacking Superman’s character and launching the attack on Metropolis) and finally ends with this (Superman saving the city and redeeming himself). It’s classic storytelling, but the details and the character interactions make it an interesting read. The history behind Lex and Clark would be really interesting to read more about, and I would love to see how this dynamic ends up playing out as they move from this point in the story. I was also really enjoying what we got of Lois. I would be interested in reading more about her! Superman, himself…I’m just not sure. There’s nothing wrong with him…I just don’t really find him all that interesting on his own. Still, this story is well worth the read!

Final Opinion: Solid

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Mini-Opinions, Attempt #2

X-Men Legacy #7

I’m not sure if I could tell you why I love X-Men Legacy so much. David is a really interesting character, first off. And really, the series never takes itself that seriously. When there are so many other series that I’m reading that do take a very serious tone, this is always a nice break. Plus a lot of the supporting characters are interesting too – I really want to know more about Blindfold, and the two are interesting together. This issue seems like it might be the start of a new arc, seeing as we finished one with the last issue. Most of it was filler, albiet entertaining filler. We really didn’t get the next arc until the very end. But I’m excited to see where this goes!

Final Opinion: Solid

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Wait…What Was I Doing? (Secret Avengers #1)

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Secret Avengers #1 was another comic among the giant pile I picked up that second day, after some heavy recommendations from SM.  I couldn’t read the actual Avengers series (I picked up a few on the same day, but they were missing #1 at the store…and yes, my OCD-like need for a complete story kept me from reading what I had) so I figured this would be good.

Now, I have to say that I’m already a pretty big fan of Hawkeye (because of the Hawkeye comic) and Coulson (because of the movie) so I’m probably going to be a little more biased here. But I did like this one. Art wise, it wasn’t bad. There were a few times where faces seemed a little wierd (and a whole page where I was really debating if they wanted Coulson to look like he’d gotten Botox) But I liked the colors and the tone they set. It worked well.

Story-wise, the idea is intriguing. That these two are willing to jump into a team where they can’t even know why they’re on the team, and any time they’re not working missions, they’re not allowed to remember they’re even part of the team? What in the world would make anyone sign up for that? I assume that’s going to be a big piece of this story eventually, which I’m really curious to find out. They seemed to make a lot of references to a former team, which I assume was from the previous Secret Avengers…I might have to check that out just to confirm. And I wonder if the reason they joined might be buried somewhere in that series. Hmmm…

Oh, and can someone please explain the command structure of SHIELD to me? I know Maria Hill is usually the Director, but she’s the acting director in this one, under someone named Daisy Johnson, who I’ve never heard of. And Fury…who isn’t the same Fury from the movie (and provided one of the more amusing moment when Hawkeye compared it to James Bond) but looks far too much like him. I am rather confused. I’m going to have to add a few of these to the list of things to figure out below.

All in all, a good start – I definitely want more, and plan on picking up the next issue of this one.

Plots to Find in Older Comics:

  • Who is this new Nick Fury? – Medium Priority. If he’s going to be a major character in Secret Avengers, I kind of want to know who he is…
  • Previous Team for Hawkeye and Black Widow – Medium Priority. I think it might be the last series of Secret Avengers, and I wonder if something that happened there will be the reason they joined here.
  • Shield Command Structure – Low Priority. We probably don’t need this for most of the stories, but it would be nice to know.
  • Who Else was in the Sinister Six? – Low Priority. Mentioned in Spiderman #1 and #3, but not necessary to know. Like always, just curious.
  • War Against Phoenix Force – Low Priority. This was mentioned in Hulk #1, but not integral. Just curious.
  • Hawkeye’s Past – Low Priority. This is totally out of my own curiosity. You don’t need to know this to understand what’s going in in Hawkeye. It’s mentioned briefly, but it’s really not expanded on much.
  • Tony’s first experience with Extremis – Low Priority. It’s not something that it that integral to the plot, so it’s more of a curiosity than anything else
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