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Avg Rating: 4.3
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WRITER: Ed Brubaker
PENCILS: Mike Deodato
COVER BY: Marko Djurdjevic

Size: 32 pages
Price: 3.99

I was not excited for this series. Having read the first issue, it’s embarrassing to admit that, but it’s true. I’m not big into the covert ops teams of the Marvel U. X-Force, for instance, isn’t my cup of tea. Neither was Thunderbolts. But despite what initially sounds like a roster thrown together at random, Secret Avengers #1 delivers what might be the most flawless issue of an Avengers book I’ve read since Might Avengers #1. Might Avengers stumbled, but I think with Brubaker at the helm this book will be something special. The obligatory last-page surprise is actually intriguing, and speaks well of the story arc he has in store for us.

Mike Deodato’s art is perfect for this title. It isn’t the best-looking stuff out there, but his panels are well ordered and he’s one of the few Marvel artists who know how to do gritty while still making the action kinetic. Yes, Ant Man and Valkyrie are in need of new costumes. Beast’s new duds are lackluster, but just having my favorite blue mutant back in the Avengers is enough I don’t care what he’s wearing. I actually like Steve’s new duds. I still think he should’ve just been Cap and Bucky could’ve become a new superhero (Nightwing). That’s what we all know is going to happen eventually. But it says something for the creative team that while it bugs the hell out of me on an intellectual level, when I was reading this issue it felt exactly right. It was the first time I bought Steve’s motivation.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 5 - Excellent

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