The GeeksverseSecret Avengers #6

Secret Avengers #6
Published on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Ed Brubaker
Art by: Mike Deodato
Colored by: Rain Beredo
Lettered by: Dave Lanphear
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

A new arc begins and it opens with Shang-Chi having to defend himself from the Hai-Dai, a cult that followed his father and was disbanded upon his father’s death.

Shang-Chi’s father was originally Fu Manchu, the pulp novels criminal genius. He’s been dead in the Marvel Universe for some time and Marvel does not own the rights to use the Fu Manchu name anymore. For this issue, Shang’s father remains nameless. And Brubaker does a great job of hiding that the man does not have a name. Any mention of him, when a name could be used and was not, is done very well. There is nothing that comes across as forced or out of place. Conversations move on naturally as if the name wasn’t going to be said anyways.

We see more of Thorndrake and Max Fury and how they seem to be a couple steps ahead of Rogers and his Avengers. Why Rogers and Thorndrake keep crossing paths should be interesting to discover, as well as the more hidden mysteries of the Marvel Universe that get unearthed along the way.

Brubaker’s weakness has been seen as being team books, but this team is right up his alley. Down and dirty, spies and mysteries. He does a good job of weaving it all together. The story itself is good, growing out of things Rogers and Nick Fury had discovered in the previous issues, it flows naturally and makes sense that Rogers and Thorndrake would again be crossing paths.

It’ll be interesting to see how the rest of the arc handles Shang-Chi’s unnamable father. Will he get a new name or will Brubaker continue to do a good job at keeping him nameless?

Deodato turns in some strong work in this issue. It’s the little things that really stand out. When Rogers, Black Widow and Shang enter a building by the way of an elevator shaft, Deodato does a good job showing three different ways of doing it that fit with three different personalities.

I think this style of story fits Deodato more then a more flashy super hero one does.

Secret Avengers #6 receives
4 out of 5

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