Review: Secret Avengers #8
SECRET AVENGERS #8 PREVIEW COVER: Mike Deodato WRITER:Ed Brubaker ARTIST: Mike Deodato COLORED BY: Rain Beredo PUBLISHER: Marvel RELEASE DATE: December 22nd, 2010 Everybody wants a piece of Shang-Chi, and this latest arc is proving why writer Ed Brubaker is the master of superhero espionage. There is a Steranko feel to everything, with a bit of Kosmic Kirby, mystic Englehart and Thomas Avengers mixed in, if that make sense. SECRET AVENGERS #8 continues the Shadow Council’s quest for the blood of the Master of Kung Fu so that they can fully bring back his father’s “ancient evil” … to what ends, we are not yet sure. Yet as the men we know behind the Council plan and scheme, I get the feeling there is more than meets the eye to this Fu Manchu scenario – even given the long-range plan that Bru might have for the Council, a plan I hope eventually plays out in Secret Avengers and not some “Big Event.” I am, basically, still a month-by-month book guy. Comics are best that way, end of soap box. Hank McCoy returned this issue along with War Machine, and Rhodey got a share of the panel action usually reserved for Steve and Sharon (one of the reasons some detractors call this great book Steve Rogers & Friends). While I thought all the Avengers got good face time, considering the plot widely revolving around the Council and Shang-Chi, I was a bit disappointed by how easily Sharon and Beast were taken out at the Floating HQ. They never used to bust into the Mansion like this, as I recall. Bru still has not made it clear if Shang and, more importantly, Prince of Orphans are “officially’ Secret Avengers; I hope that is cleared up by arc’s end. To tell the truth, when they mentioned a “new member” in this arc -- even knowing Shang and the Prince were in the story – my thoughts were it was going to be Captain Britain! No soap. Thanks to John Steele, we have lost a quinjet and Sharon has been taken hostage. And there really wasn’t the Super Soldier Smackdown I was looking forward to between Steele and Rogers. Still, the Avengers are slowly gathering knowledge (as are we) on the Council, the action is fabulous and fun, and the writing first rate. Of course, as always, the Mike Deodato art is flawless and seamlessly lets the action and narrative flow. His imaginative use of panel arrangements and full page spreads only when needed harkens back to the best days of Gene Colan’s Dr. Strange or Neal Adams’ X-Men. Right now, this is the book that is keeping me coming back to the LCS. With a one-shot featuring Black Widow and Sharon Carter set for March and the coming Onslaught Unleashed mini co-starring the Secret Avengers and Young Allies in February, this secret black ops team seems to be on the move!