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Secret Avengers, Vol. 3: Run the Mission, Don't Get Seen, Save the World Hardcover – April 11, 2012
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In this collection, subtitled "Run the Mission, Don't Get Seen, Save the World", Warren Ellis has taken the concept of Earth shattering peril that must be dealt with out of the public's eye and condensed it down into a single issue story. Six times. Each issue here contains an action epic boiled down to the high points in fast paced, to-the-point adventures.
Steve Rogers leads a rotating line up of combinations of Sharon Carter, Black Widow, Valkyrie, War Machine, Beast and Moon Knight. The characters are used well, but of course with separate larger-than-life dangers dealt with every issue character development isn't always forefront. The plots vary in levels of cleverness and intrigue, but are all at least somewhat interesting. I personally liked "Aniana" and "Encircle" best in both story and art. With six different teams the art is hit or miss, but decent overall and never boring.
Ellis's mini-blockbusters aren't particularly amazing, but are fun high stakes doses of "action fluff." If that sounds interesting and you're ok with condensed storytelling, "Run the Mission, Don't Get Seen, Save the World" is definitely worth a look.
After reading his work on this book, I have decided to give Ellis another try. Why? Simple. It only took a few issues of this book to change my mind about him.
Ellis firmly embraces the absurdity of comic book heroes and villains and the universe they live in, and celebrates it rather than deconstructing it. There's crazy technology, crazy villains, crazy locations, crazy fight scenes, and it's all pulled off with a bit of a twinkle in its eye, a bit of a retro vibe and a genuine love for the medium that I've never seen from Ellis before. His stuff, to me, seemed to be far too mired in technobabble or psuedo-science for me to connect with it at all. However, for some reason, when Ellis writes the adventures of the Secret Avengers, those flaws become strengths.
Another really terrific thing about Ellis' run on SA is that each issue, while having a common through-line, is self-contained, and the artists rotate on each issue as well. This gives Ellis the freedom to concentrate on one team member per issue and explore their character as part of the Secret Avengers.
Ellis' run on SECRET AVENGERS makes for a very entertaining and compelling read, and now, I will have a lot more faith in Warren Ellis.
This book is filled with cool sci-fi elements, which Ellis works to perfection. There is even one of the best issues involving time-travelling that I think I've ever read. You finally get a real idea of why these are the Secret Avengers as opposed to any other Avengers and why they should remain that way. The moral ambiguity of getting the job done, everything that is at stake. At the start of every issue, Ellis wastes no time and drops the reader right in the middle of the action, so even though every story is done in 22 pages it is still fully fleshed out and you get a huge sense of importance when reading them. Some of the decisions made by the heroes make me cringe, but at the same time, I can't see another way that they could've gotten out of the situation without those extreme measures.
The art is done by several artists, with one doing every issue. Most of it is absolutely fantastic. You get John Cassaday, David Aja, Maleev and Immonen and I don't think you can ask for a better team. I particularly love the Aja and Maleev issues as their art fits this style of book like a glove. Even then, Ellis adapts to the artist, giving Immonen a more standard superhero fare and playing to his strengths. Even when it ventures down this path though, Secret Avengers doesn't lose the concepts that make it unique.
There is just one reason why this book doesn't score the full five stars. Issue 17 is weak. There is nothing good at all there, even the art is by far the weakest in the collection. It just spoils a great book.Read more ›
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This is a collection of six (independent) stories. Out of the six, I found one (named “Encircle”) to be a major disappointment and another one (named “Beast Box”) to be a bit of a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Attidude
good story overall but some of the art work was not the kind that i really to see in this format.Published on February 16, 2014 by Sherry A. Mccall
This is a collection of one-issue missions the Secret Avengers go on, essentially superhero short stories. Read morePublished on October 11, 2012 by Sam Quixote
Frankly, I'm appalled at how polarizing this book is to readers. I found this to be nothing short of amazing. Read morePublished on May 31, 2012 by mkronck
Let me preface this review by stating that I am a Ellis fan... However, Ellis has frequently `called-in' scripts for the big two that were less than spectacular. Read morePublished on April 9, 2012 by William S. Ott