The Abyss is looking to take over the world and only the Secret Avengers can stop it.
Secret Avengers #32
Black Widow fights Hawkeye to stop a plane carrying hundreds of possessed people from landing in Cairo. Unfortunately, Hawkeye is able to possess her into doing the Abyss’ bidding. While they try to land the plane in Cairo, Venom and Ant-Man continue to fight against the hordes of possessed supervillains. Ant-Man makes his way to Taskmaster and attempts to remove the crowns that are controlling the possessed people, but is unsuccessful. Finally, Venom is able to use the symbiote to capture Taskmaster and break the crowns apart. Back at HQ, Black Widow tries to convince the others that Ant-Man was spared from the Abyss because he is working for the descendants. They don’t believe her, but they really probably should as the book ends with him revealing himself as the “Black Ant” and ready to bring the team down for the Descendants.
Rick Remender has a great grasp of this title. He’s able to provide solid stories that go beyond the typical Avengers realm of being the sunshine heroes, but still fills the series with enough old time comic book feel that keeps the readers entertained without being run through the wringer. This arc, in particular, is so well paced that it keeps the story moving briskly with excitement while still story boarding a relatively detailed string of events. The switching back and forth from the battle in Bagalia between Venom and Ant-Man and the possessed Masters of Evil to Black Widow and Hawkeye trying to land the plane in Cairo is very well done. The story itself might not have been groundbreaking or earth shattering, but it’s damn fun and kept me at the edge of my seat.
Matteo Scalera’s art has definitely matched Remender’s story very nicely. It’s stylized but appealing. Matched with Matthew Wilson’s colors, there’s a nice creepy feel to the arc that plays well with the idea of possession and a demon-like entity. Without a doubt, this book is nicely crafted and stays in that nice “just right” zone of being entertaining, but dark at the same time.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Well written and paced with creepy enough art to perfectly match the tenor of the subject matter.||Not too much to pick on. Might not be for all, but anyone who likes a little horror/sci-fi mixed in with their heroes should appreciate the book.|