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Secret Avengers by Rick Remender - Volume 1 Hardcover – August 8, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Secret Avengers
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (August 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078516118X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785161189
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Remender is the writer/creator of comics such as Fear Agent, The End League, Strange Girl, Black Heart Billy, Last Days of American Crime, Night Mary, and XXXombies. He is also the writer of Marvel's Captain America, Uncanny Avengers, Uncanny X-Force, Punisher, and Venom.

Outside of comics he has served as lead writer on EA/EPIC/PCF's Bulletstorm game and was a writer on the Electronic Arts hit game Dead Space . Prior to this, Remender served as an animator assistant on films such as The Iron Giant, Anastasia, Titan A.E., and Rocky and Bullwinkle.

During his time wrist grinding as an artist Rick penciled books such as The Last Christmas, Bruce Campbell's Man with the Screaming Brain and numerous issues of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles while also inking books such as The Avengers and The Terminator . He has provided album covers and art for bands such as NOFX, 3 Inches of Blood, Lagwagon and No Use for a Name.

He taught storyboarding, animation and comic art at San Francisco's Academy of Art University for many years.

He and his tea-sipping wife, Danni, currently reside in Southern California with a beautiful baby girl, a giant baby boy and a monster known only as Lester Magoo.

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This volume wanted me wanting more, and you will want to read all three volumes after this one.
Joel
I'm a french fan of the Marvel comics and I buy a lot of books and hardcover but I was very surprise When I received this book : the quality isn't au rendez-vous.
Anthony LAURENT
As such some fans of the old cast might be off put, but I advise you now, get over it and read this book, you'll be happy you did.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 24, 2012
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Before getting into the meat of this review there is one detail worth addressing, marvel has completely changed the format of their premiere hardcovers!? This may not be the first hardcover of this style but it's the first I've come across so I felt it was worth mentioning. The book is no longer with slip case, instead the cover art is printed directly onto the book library binding style (though in this case the look is matte rather than glossy). This gives the collection a somewhat children's book appearance but don't let this book in the hands of one such child their likely to tear it to shreds thanks to the new paper stock. The paper is amazingly thin, I would say noticeably thinner than even a regular comic. This collection of five issues is now the thinnest book I own and that's saying something considering the amount of trade paperbacks I have, thankfully the pages do at least maintain the same length and width. Needless to say I'm not really a fan of the new style but I'm only mentioning it here for your reference rather than letting it affect the review.

As for the story itself...Secret Avengers The Descendants is quite a divergence from the previous secret avengers stories. Remender immediately goes about establishing his own cast, bringing in a new leader in addition to several other new cast members while removing several standbys with little to no notice. As such some fans of the old cast might be off put, but I advise you now, get over it and read this book, you'll be happy you did. Remender does a masterful job of establishing his cast of characters, in one issue alone Remender gets you to feel for Eric O'Grady on a level Brubaker didn't manage through his entire run (and I don't mean that as a knock against the wonderful Brubaker).
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After going with the grounded espionage world of Brubaker's SECRET AVENGERS, and following that all up with an epic series of one-shots by Warren Ellis (who used to be one of my least-favorite writers in comics), Rick Remender (VENOM, UNCANNY X-FORCE) came on board to follow up Ellis' work by bringing these Secret Avengers to another level. Gone is Cmdr. Steve Rogers, as well as Moon Knight and Sharon Carter. In the "Point One" issue, Remender does a somewhat over-wrought character piece with Cap and Hawkeye and whether or not Hawkeye has the capability to properly lead a group of heroes like The Secret Avengers without a debacle. This leads us to some new members. Remaining are Black Widow, Valkyrie, Beast, War Machine and the Eric O'Grady Ant-Man, but coming on board are Captain Britian (yay!), the Hank Pym Giant Man, Venom (because he's written by Remender), and the original android Human Torch, Jim Hammond. Their first mission: Take up a sea of troubles against The Descendants, which are essentially all kinds of robots and AI's, many of which have taken deformed semblage of their fellow heroes.

Now Remender has quickly become a fan favorite over at Marvel, particularly for his work on UNCANNY X-FORCE, which to me is a book that, while well-written and smartly-paced, is a little overrated. I have read all of the issues through "The Dark Angel Saga", and frankly, there isn't really a character that I can really get behind on that book. And it also suffers, in my opinion, from too much Deadpool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P.R. on June 7, 2013
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I have been a fan of the Original Human Torch since the early 70's, so I was very happy to see him added to the ranks of the Secret Avengers. When I first learned of this plot, I thought "Great! The Torch will definitely be a key part of this storyline. Then, he is nearly destroyed and really does little until the last issue (which appears in a later volume). I don't understand why Marvel does this to their first character. He has a ton of plotlines available and yet they go over the same ground over and over. Recent(the Torch, Invaders/Avengers) stories are better.

I also expected some extra features, some commentary from the author. All we get are alternate covers.

Still, I am a fan and the story is above average.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 5, 2012
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I have plenty of books by Remender in my collection. I really like his tone of writing. Dark but not to dark, yet very complex. In a way, the plot was set up for this in Uncanny X-Force: Deathlok Nation. I will also say this, because of the next arc trying into Avengers vs X-men the book leaves off on a good cliffhanger. I initially bought this book solely for Venom. Unfortunately Venom doesn't get alot of face time in this book yet even so I highly enjoyed the rest of the cast more then I expected to. I can't wait to see where Remender goes next with this title.
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This is a great purchase. I strongly suggest any one to buy this. Well worth the money for this product.
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By Joel on August 29, 2013
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Been on an Agent Venom kick, and I wanted to see his involvement in a team effort, and he makes a very nice intro towards the end. Some Avengers carry over from previous Secret Avengers Adventures, and some new ones join the fold. Rick Remender brings a "team" together, and you are how well they function.

Father returns (---->SPOILER FOR UNCANNY X-FORCE VOL 2or he was never killed in the first place by everyone's favorite loudmouth fourth wall breaking mutant<------) to wreck havoc upon humans, but at a seemingly beneficial angle, and the Avengers are no fools and try to stop him, but at a cost.

This volume wanted me wanting more, and you will want to read all three volumes after this one. Get this one for sure.
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