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Secret Avengers #12.1

June 1, 2011

Title: Funny Stuff                                                                                            

Writer: Nick Spencer
Pencils:
Scot Eaton
Inks:
Jaime Mendoza
Colorist:
Frank D’Armata
Letterer:
Dave Lanphear
Cover:
Mike Deodato & Rain Beredo
Editor:
Tom Brevoort                 
Publisher:
Marvel Comics

Marvel’s “.1” comics haven’t entirely lived up to their promise. Billed as a jumping-on point for new readers, many of them have interrupted story arcs, served as backdoor pilots for other series, and otherwise failed to give a proper entryway into the series. Secret Avengers #12.1 seems to be a rare exception. In this done-in-one story, former Captain America Steve Rogers comes to his team of covert Avengers with terrible news: the terrorist group AIM has gotten their hands on a manifest of spies and informants the Avengers have been using for years. Knowing there’s no time to save them all, Rogers selects the one most worthy of being rescued, and the Avengers go into action.

Nick Spencer has proven himself adept as stories full of espionage and covert ops, and thus he’s a good fit for this title. (More’s the pity, than, that he’s only writing it for one story arc before moving aside for Warren Ellis.) He does a nice job of getting into the different Avengers, showing the personalities and tactics of Beast, Ant-Man, War Machine and Black Widow in particular, and showing how this group works together. If you read any of the other Avengers books, it also is quickly obvious exactly what sets this group apart from the others.

Scot Eaton’s artwork is clean, and Frank D’Armata’s darkened color palette works very well for the type of story we get here. Spencer also manages to work in one of his trademark twists that fits the story and still takes it into a new direction. It’s a great point to try this series if you haven’t already.

Rating: 8/10

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