• “The Most Dangerous Secrets We Have… Are The Ones We Keep From Ourselves.”

• The new Nick Fury leads a covert Avengers strike team including but not limited to Hawkeye, Black Widow, The Hulk, The Winter Soldier, Maria Hill and Phil Coulson on missions so dangerous, even the team members themselves can’t know about them!

Story by Nick Spencer
Art by Luke Ross
Cover by Tomm Coker, Leinil Francis Yu, Joe Quesada, & Skottie Young

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  1. that is a terrible cover, wtf is going on with Hawkeye’s face

  2. Off this with remender, feel like it is trying way too hard to push movie stuff on me.Whats the story on black not ultimate nick fury.

  3. Still a bit confused about the HULK being on a covert team…

  4. Nick Spencer would be put on this book. He likes to leave you hanging for an eternity.

  5. I’m looking forward to this.

  6. Meh. Why not? I’ll give it a shot.

  7. Heh. Just wanted to say thanks to everyone planning to check this out– I’ll be around to answer any questions you might have. Hope you like it.

  8. Hawkeye looks like a blonde Bono.

  9. Is Bucky going to be in just the issue or is he a permanent member of the team?

    • From what I’ve read in various sites, Winter Soldier wont actually be a member of the team but he will come into play at some point. From the previews I’ve seen of issue #1, it doesnt seem like winter soldier is in this particular issue.

  10. Wow this was bad – art, story, characterizations, plot, dialogue – across the board awful. And how much more blatantly desperate to tie it in with the movies can they get by introducing the new “Nick Fury” by saying: “Nick Fury. His Name is Nick Fury now.”…”It’s his name now. Deal with it, move on.” Seriously? Someone wrote that?! God that’s bad.

    • I guess the Meta-reference was lost on you. The way I viewed it was Spencer acknowledging the fact that this Nick Fury Jr was kind of thrown onto us, but then rolled with it in an almost funny way. The 007 reference was great as well.

    • There’s a difference between being meta and simply being bad. Sadly this was the latter.

    • Sorry, no I get it. But the fact that you acknowledge something stupid, and try and get out in front of it doesn’t make that thing less stupid. At least not in this case. To me the whole concept of replacing Nick Fury with Sam Jackson “Nick Fury” because of the movies is just insulting. Does anyone believe that by doing so suddenly millions of movie goers are now going to be rabid comic readers? Or are rabid comic readers going to feel pushed aside for movie goers that never appear?

  11. i actually really enjoyed this and surprisingly enough the “new” nick fury was pretty awesome.

  12. I didn’t have a problem with the movie tie-in…I think that’s part of what Marvel NOW needed to do. Instead of giving tons of backstory just to get new readers up to speed, they can rely on what people already know from the movies and carry on from there. So the characterizations of Hawkeye, Black Widow, Phil Coulson and Nick Fury were fine for me. Hawkeye in particular worked because I can easily see this being the same guy from that Matt Fraction is writing in the solo Hawkeye book.

    What I don’t like about this book is some shaky plotting that, while intriguing on its face, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense:

    Self-healing bullet wounds. I’ve seen a lot of dumb technology in comics, but this just takes the cake. Mainly because it doesn’t serve any plot purpose…only to keep things G rated? PG rated? Super spies can’t be killing people now. It’s worse than the Hawkeye book were both Clint and Kate are shooting people left and right with arrows, including one character in the eye, and yet explain that they’re all still alive because they took a little off the pull of the string. BULLS#!%

    Then, Black Widow tells Coulson she’d be none too happy if they try to use memory implants on her, and then after finding out that they’ve infected them with memory implant nanites, she has literally no reaction? The characterization was off mainly because Spencer focused so much on Hawkeye and Fury.

    On the plus side, I LIKED the feel of the book. I like the secretive espionage based story line. It has a lot of promise, and I’m going to stick with it a bit.

    One last thing: Would it have killed them to call it SHIELD instead of Secret Avengers? This is a SHIELD book.

    • On the self-healing bullet wounds, I honestly think Fury Jr. was lying to Clint. Just got the feeling he said that just so Clint would stop yelling at him for killing someone.

      I imagine a lot of this was pushed onto Spencer by Marvel and he just did the best he could with what he had. Which in my opinion was great, considering the circumstances.

  13. The page where Clint & Natasha learn that they were unknowingly implanted with memory control nano-thingies kinda ruined it for me. I don’t like the narrative device in itself and, additionally, the characters acting seems off both in the drawings and in the dialogue. Other than I enjoyed it and I’ll pull at least the first arc.

  14. I don’t know what to think of this. I really enjoyed the first few pages, but the more I got into the book, the more I thought “WTF?” Does anybody check out what these characters are doing in other books? Poor Black Widow. In the previous Secret Avengers arc, she was under mind control, then in Winter Soldier she was under mind control and now in this book, OMG! They are messing with her mind!!! How is she not drooling in some rest home by now? It makes me sad that they are trying to retire “original recipe” Nick Fury and replace him with Sam Jackson Nick Fury. I’m fine with Nick being portrayed differently in the Ultimate universe and on screen. I would prefer that original Nick be the guy I remember from the Howling Commandos and those legendary Steranko stories. I think I’ll stick around for at least one more issue to see if things sort out but I may be done after that.

  15. Didn’t like the real-world politics thrown in. Give me beekeeper AIM or Hydra over Al Qaeda and generic muslin assassins any day of the week. This is Marvel Comics, not 24.

  16. Not shabby. I’m in for a few more issues, at least.

    I do wonder how Coulson’s ring worked through Black Widow and Hawkeye’s gloves, but I appreciated the little bits of humor throughout.

    The last page was a good pay-off.

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