The Kree have their own plans for the Phoenix and the Secret Avengers are caught in the middle!
Secret Avengers #27
Captain Mar-Vell has returned. He’s recruited Ms. Marvel and Noh-Varr to his cause to bring the Phoenix Force to Hala so the Kree can rise to supremacy. After attacking the Avengers, Vision realizes there is a faint hum of communication being directed to anyone with Kree chromosomes. This communication has the entire race under its thrall in a cult-like following welcoming the Phoenix to their planet. Vision devises a way to cut off the communication, but after freeing some of the Kree from the influence. Captain Mar-Vell arrives to stop the Vision’s broadcast. The extent of how far the controlled Kree will go to see the Phoenix come to Hala is realized when soldiers kill the ones freed from the mysterious mind control.
There’s a natural comparison that needs to be addressed. Rick Remender was tasked to tell this story in the pages of Secret Avengers. He’s doing it in an arc that fully explains the return of a classic Marvel hero and the betrayal of two team members. Meanwhile, Brian Michael Bendis is telling a different version of this story in the pages of The Avengers. In Bendis’ version, the story is more about Protector following orders from the Kree Supreme Intelligence. Absent from the Bendis version is the crazed mind control element that seems to have the Kree in its sway. Absent from Remender’s story is how Noh-Varr was possibly not to be trusted all along.
So which one is better? Well, that depends on your taste. This story certainly has a little more of an old-school feel to it. It appears this Mar-Vell is the real deal. Why he was returned and to what end feels like a classic story. The idea of the mass mind control also has a good old fashioned comic book feel to it. Bendis is telling the other story in his own way. That story felt a little more fast paced and centered more on Noh-Varr as a singular character. Without a question the art from Walt Simonson in the Avengers story is well above the art in this book from Renato Guedes. Is it a wash, or should we be concerned that two series are taking on the same story from two different angles?
For me, this story is superior. Remender has a fantastic feel for that comic book storytelling that captured me as a youngster. Plus, with this story coming first, I was able to accept this story first. If Avengers #26 had come first, then there might be a different opinion from me. While the art is still a little bit of an issue for me in these last two issues, I feel the story here in Secret Avengers has a better connection to Avengers Vs. X-Men than Bendis’ story.
All that said, I can definitely say I’m much more looking forward to the next issue of this book as the Phoenix approaches and Thor will eventually be thrust back to Earth ahead of the destructive force to warn the heroes already gathered there.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|While there’s a definite threat, Remender brings out a lot of fun in this story. His ability to tell comic book stories reminds me why I love comics.||The art from Guedes/Breitweiser still doesn’t seem to click for me though it is better in this issue.|
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