The Rise of the Descendants begins and the Secret Avengers find themselves in some deep trouble!
Secret Avengers #33
The Black Ant visits the incarcerated Max Fury and tells him that if he wants to be in the good graces of the Descendants again, he must sign over Bagalia to them. When he does, Black Ant destroys him. He then takes Jim Hammond out of stasis and sends him to the Descendants, while transporting an invasion group to the Secret Avengers’ HQ. Meanwhile, in Otherworld, Captain Britain and Hawkeye travel to Earth-666 to meat the Avengers of the Undead to obtain the Orb of Necromancy. However they are betrayed and attacked by these monstrous versions of the Avengers. Back at HQ, Pym is attacked by the cybernetic Wasp and, while having sex in their quarters, Venom and Valkyrie are ambushed leading to a full on assault on the base with the hull breached.
Rick Remender turns up the heat on the Secret Avengers as they are seemingly attacked from all angles in this issue. Right off the bat, we’re reminded of the brutal death Ant-Man (Eric O’Grady) faced a couple arcs ago, and his impostor wastes no time “murdering” Max Fury. If anything, it shows how brutal Remender can write his books. Max was basically the classic arch nemesis for the title since the beginning and he’s so easily and quickly dispatched, we’re shown that for all the Shadow Council was and how dangerous they had been, they may not be able to hold a candle to the Descendants.
That alone gives this book an intensity that left me on the edge of my seat through the whole issue. It’s that great feeling that good writers can present so well of making you second guess the safety of the characters that you know are not going to get killed. You didn’t know what will happen to Hawkeye and Captain Britain or Hank Pym when they faced their attackers. It made for a pretty rich experience. It’s why I’ve always enjoyed Remender’s work. He has a way of making you second guess these things and leaving you legitimately worried about your heroes.
Andy Kuhn joins Remender on this book and brings a recognizable style to the issue. Kuhn’s no stranger to drawing monsters (as he worked on Firebreather with Phil Hester), so when we see the Avengers of the Undead or the Descendants, we’re getting some really good stuff. There’s a darkness to the style too that perfectly fits the tone of this issue. Coupled with Matthew Wilson on colors, the book has that darker look that definitely supports Remender’s plot nicely.
The Secret Avengers are definitely in some hot water, and this issue does so well to heighten that fear. I’m definitely excited to see what the next issue brings.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|The issue kicks up the intensity and keeps coming at you with heightened spills and chills time and again.||Not too much negative to say here. Great start to the new arc.|