The GeeksverseSecret Avengers #23

Secret Avengers #23
Published on Friday, February 24, 2012 by

Venom joins the team. Or does he? And isn’t Hawkeye supposed to be on this team? Where is he?

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Rick Remender
Art by: Gabriel Hardman
Colored by: Bettie Breitweiser
Lettered by: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Art: Arthur Adams w/ Peter Stiegerwald
Assistant Editor: John Denning
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Executive Editor: Tom Brevoort

I’ve liked the concept of this book from the beginning. I liked the idea of Cap organizing a secret “spy” team of Avengers to be more proactive. Under Brubaker’s run they were meant to seek out the things left over from Osborn’s reign and stop them before they threatened the world. Good stuff. Under Ellis’ magnificent run, they were supposed to “Save The World. Don’t Be Seen” (or something to that effect).

Ellis’ run ended too soon. I was a little worried when I heard that Remender was taking over the book. I think he’s a good writer but I haven’t always been impressed with his stories or his characterization and dialogue.

This is his third issue, if you count the .1 issue, on the book and so far I’m liking the stories (except for the brand new country in the .1). And for the most part I’m liking what he’s attempting to do. He’s added a couple of new members, although it’s hard to tell who a permanent new member is beyond Hawkeye and Captain Britain. He’s given them a base and the same mission as before, take out the threats before they become threats.

I absolutely love the way he writes the Beast. Perfect take on the character. The other characters, what little we’ve been able to see of them, are handled well. I’m disappointed that Venom is joining the team. It comes across as a couple of things: 1- Remender bringing aboard his personal character and 2- book being canceled, Marvel wants to keep Venom in the limelight. Flash Thompson has had more screentime then current members The Black Widow and Valkyrie.

This issue Remender does a good job with Ant-Man. He’s nailed the character of O’Grady perfectly.

So I like the stories, I like Remender’s handling of the characters for the most part. What is it that I find wrong with this book, and this issue specifically?


Did Remender not realize that Hawkeye once led the Great Lakes Avengers as well as the Thunderbolts? This is a guy that knows how to lead. His characterization in this issue is so off it’s not even funny. That’s not Hawkeye. I’m surprised the editors are letting him write the character that way. Hawkeye doesn’t need to overcompensate when leading a team. It’s not his first rodeo. Everything about his time as leader of the Secret Avengers has been wrong.

Aside from Hawkeye’s characterization, the rest of the issue is strong.

I’ve always liked Hardman’s pencils. His work on this issue is top notch. He goes nuts with all the background robots. Looking hard you can see resemblances to all the different robots that have appeared in Marvel comics. I saw a Nimrod in the background, as well as ones similar to the Agents of Atlas robot. The team looks good and he handles the size differences at various points perfectly. Even though I don’t like the idea of Venom on the team, I’m looking forward to seeing how Hardman draws him.

Secret Avengers #23 receives
3 out of 5

The grade would be hire except for the horrible handling of Hawkeye.

One Response
    • I wonder how this fits with Ghost Rider and Venom. Hawkeye was intact when he was last seen in Ghost Rider. Venom seems to have earned some respect from Red Hulk in the Circle of Four. 

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