The GeeksverseSecret Avengers #16

Secret Avengers #16
Published on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 by


Written by: Warren Ellis
Art by: Jamie McKelvie
Colors: Matthew Wilson
Letters: Dave Lanphear
Cover Art: A- John Cassaday w/ Paul Mounts; B- Jamie McKelvie w/ Matthew Wilson
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

Now this is what the Secret Avengers should always have been like.

Warren Ellis starts his run on the book and I hope it’s a long run. This has a Planetary/Global Frequency feel to it. It’s wild ideas but set firmly in the Marvel Universe. The original idea behind Secret Avengers was that the team would go after the “artifacts” that got loose during Osborn’s reign. This brings them back to that idea but also sets it firmly in continuity with Brubaker’s run.

The Shadow Council are the bad guys and they are doing what they always do, finding one of the lost “artifacts” in the Marvel Universe and trying to use it for themselves. In this case it’s a two mile wide underground city built by the Secret Empire and a Von Doom time machine.

Ellis is on his game with this issue. The characterizations are good. Each team member has an important role to play. The science is good, for a comic book, who knows how real it is but it sounds good. It’s fast paced and hard edged. The last words by Rogers to Beast are rough but true. They illustrate the stakes that this team plays with every mission.

The direction lends itself perfectly to Ellis. This allows him to play in the Marvel playground and bring the concepts, ideas and tone of Planetary to that playground. It seems like it’ll be a fun ride.

McKelvie’s art is technically nice. The major drawback is the lack of background details. The city would have had more impact, in the double page spread, if there had been more detail to it. As it was, it was plain and pretty boring. Same with the action panels, his work didn’t convey the tension or excitement. There’s a plainness to his work.

Secret Avengers #16 receives
4.5 out of 5

Here’s hoping Ellis is on the book for a long time. This is a book that Marvel could use and a good use for this title.

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