Secret Avengers #5

Secret Avengers #5

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Ed Brubaker has wasted no time getting his Secret Avengers series to go off with a bang. Now that the dust has settled from the first four issues this story takes a step back to delve further into one of the major revelations Brubaker had brought to light. More specifically, what is Nick Fury doing working for the Shadow Council, the main group of antagonists so far for Steve Roger’s newest group of Avengers.

But before we get into what Nicky’s been up to, let’s talk about the art. On their own David Aja—from his work on Daredevil and Immortal Iron Fist—and Michael Lark—from Captain America and who also worked on Daredevil—are two of my favorite artists; in this issue they join together with Stefan Gaudino and the results are absolutely pitch-perfect. Though drastically different than the style of series regular Mike Deodato these three produce spectacular interiors that work wonderfully with the espionage and flashback nature of this issue. I’m not exactly sure how Aja, Lark and Gaudino split up the artistic chores, but whatever the forumla is I hope to see the three of them working together again.

So, what exactly was Nick Fury up to in that first arc? Or was it even Nick Fury to begin with? We get the full story in this issue as Ed Brubaker follows Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter as they get to the heart of the matter. Frankly, I was a little concerned about this series following the whole Nick Fury revelation in the first arc but this story has managed to set my mind at ease, and with the cliffhanger at the end of this issue—which ties nicely into Ed Brubaker’s The Marvels Project—I’m very excited for what’s to come in Secret Avengers, especially now that I know it won’t mess up Nick Fury’s role in another of my favorite series of late, Secret Warriors.

tags: avengers, david aja, ed brubaker, michael lark, secret avengers

  • http://nerdynothings.com Rebel Rikki

    Yeah, we totally disagreed on this issue. As you know I was not down with the art at all, though I definitely see your point that it complimented the espionage nature of the story.

    Interesting point about the tie-in with Marvels Project. I didn’t catch that. What’s the nod there?

  • http://andrewstamm.com Spaceman Spiff

    John Steele, who was revealed to be behind the Shadow Council on the last page, was a pretty important character in the Marvels Project

  • http://nerdynothings.com Rebel Rikki

    Aahh. I felt like I should know him from somewhere. That makes sense.

  • Kyle Gnepper

    I enjoyed the art here along with the story. It just proves that Nick and everyone else should be careful with those damn Life Model Decoy’s. Oh well.

    I also had no idea who John Steele was. I’ll just wiki him since I never got tangled up in th Marvels Project

  • http://andrewstamm.com Spaceman Spiff

    I’d recommend getting a copy of the Marvels Project and giving it a quick read… especially if you enjoyed the combo of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting from Captain America… Epting especially provides some really great art on Marvels Project.

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