The Phoenix has come to Hala. Can the Secret Avengers stop it from destroying the Kree Homeworld?
Secret Avengers #28
The Avengers have been captured by the Kree and sentenced to death. Before the sentence can be carried out, the Vision is able to reverse the mysterious mind control that holds the Kree in this weird state of compliance to accept the Phoenix. They learn that the Minister Marvel (nephew of the original Captain Marvel) is the one who is giving the orders. We learn his son is able to control Kree minds but it’s not foolproof. It is enough to give the Minister what he desired most, a chance to clear the Mar-Vell name from continued ridicule. The Avengers eventually make their last stand against the Phoenix, but it’s Captain Marvel who knows that what the entity wants is the energies in his own body. He sacrifices himself to save the Avengers and Hala from destruction and Carol Danvers gets the idea that his name should continue to live on in memory of his amazing valor…
You know what I love about Rick Remender’s writing? His villains. There’s something so damn evil about them. Here we are, in the final act of this tie-in arc and we are just now learning who the bad guy is. Not only that, though, but in the few pages he gets, he goes on about how he’s had to live in the shadow of Kree ridicule over who his uncle is, how he wants to give the Kree more in the way of destiny, and kills his son for no longer being of use to him. He then blows his own brains out. We needed nothing more than to know nothing more than he was ashamed, embarrassed, bat-crap crazy. Really, we’re given only slightly more information than the Avengers have about what happened. This maniac calls the Phoenix to Hala and doesn’t even have the decency to stick around to see what happens. Do we spend any time worrying or fretting over anything? Nope because the Avengers have to clean up this nutjob’s mess. It’s a classic idea that sometimes villains are either unrelenting or just plain crazy and Remender handles them nicely.
This book also gets an amazing boost from much better art than the first two parts of the story. My main issue with the previous books was the combination of Renato Guedes (an artist I’ve enjoyed in his previous works on Avengers) with colors by Bettie Breitweiser (another artist I’ve enjoyed past works). It was a mismatch and hurt the stories. This time Guedes gets colors from Matthew Wilson and Jeremy Mohler and it works about 100 times better. It’s a good looking book. The colors are still pale but there are some really good pages here.
Finally, we learn where this book falls into place with Bendis’ Avengers tie-ins. A little note appearing on the front page says this takes place before Avengers #26 and #27 where we find Noh-Varr betraying the team. If this existed prior to this issue, then I fully admit to being a gigantic dumbass, but those first pages of Marvel Comics are so easy for me to simply skip because I usually know what’s going on in the comics I buy on a monthly (or bi-weekly) basis. There’s still a bit of a disconnect, but at least I have some idea of context between the two stories and that doesn’t hurt this book either.
And, hey, if it wasn’t there before this issue, I’ll just take credit for whining about it enough in my other reviews for it to be finally answered by Marvel (because that would likely be why they included it, right?).
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Nicely paced and exciting. Art features a much better combo of penciler and colorists. I finally understand where this story takes place in context to Avengers!||Not much to say negatively. A good book all around and a solid tie-in to AvX.|
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