The Secret Avengers are on the trail of Max Fury, the Shadow Council, and the new Masters of Evil!
Secret Avengers #29
John Steele has been an inside man for Captain America ever since he was rescued from the Shadow Council’s brainwashing. He’s discovered Max Fury has two extremely powerful trinkets in his possession with a third on the way. When he doesn’t report in, Hawkeye leads a diminished team of Avengers into Bagalia, where the Shadow Council is hiding with Max Fury’s new Masters of Evil, to find their lost man. Unfortunately, they are not in time to save him, but before dying, Steele tells Hawkeye to not allow Fury to get his hands on the third item of power. They discover that the person hired to get that item is none other than Taskmaster and he’s in just about the worst place anyone could go to confront him. Good thing the Secret Avengers have their very own Venom.
Rick Remender basically takes all of the major things this entire series has touched upon before and is building a big story out of it. There’s Max Fury and the Shadow Council back after a little break. The Serpent Crown comes into play again (along with its two sister crowns). The Masters of Evil, a much larger version no less, from Remender’s first issue (#22.1) are present. John Steele returns. Mention of the Descendants and their connection to Ant-Man gets a little time in this issue too. It certainly looks like Remender is setting this book up for a pretty big conclusion (assuming this book goes away with Marvel NOW!).
The main focus, at least for this arc, is Max Fury building a pretty big army of mercenaries and monsters to help his Shadow Council. What I love so much about Remender’s comics is how much story you get per issue. I said it before and I’ll say it again… Remender gives you $4 worth of comic. This issue in particular ranges from espionage type of stuff to action, to a little romance, to a little sex, to action, and a ton of characters who seem to all get at least something to do. On top of all that, one of my favorite villains, the Taskmaster, returns as a major threat the team has to deal with. I find myself liking so much about this issue that I was instantly excited for the next issue. The way Remender writes dialog and uses his characters is fantastic.
On the art side, Matteo Scalera gives a nice gritty feel to this story. The art is actiony when necessary and dark and tense when it needs to be. Sometimes he blends the two different tones, but it certainly enhances an already great script. The last scene with Venom and Taskmaster just heightens it all to get us excited about issue #30.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Well written with bulky script to give us our money worth. Art is done with perfect pitches for whatever the situation calls for.||Not too much to complain about at all.|
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