Secret Avengers #1

Secret Avengers #1

Writer: Ales Kot Artist: Michael Walsh Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 12, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 8
8.3Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

The all-new Secret Avengers are ready to get started. Are they going to be the world's most effective secret squad? Or will their personal issues tear them apart? U-DECIDE! Three missions kick off at the same time: one in the space, one on the ground...and one in the air. And no one's ready. Except for the attackers. Russian spa. Helicarrier. Space station. Falling satellites. A hired hitman with nothing to lose. The Fury. WAIT. Yes. THE FURY. Why is Hawkeye still around? And why are these people chasing him? Why are Black Widow and Spider Woman in a Russian spa? Do questions in teasers excite you? RUN THE MISSION, DON'T GET SEEN, SAVE THE WORLD. NOW!

  • 10
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Mar 11, 2014

    Secret Avengers #1 is staggeringly good. Kot and Walsh have swished a three pointer in the game of Marvel Now. They are, by far, in the lead. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 11, 2014

    This new volume of SECRET AVENGERS carries on the tradition of the previous and hits the ground running. Ales Kot has a great feel for the characters and mixes up the action, humor, and adventure. Michael Walsh delivers a great vibe to the story and establishes the tone right away. Reading this series is like getting the best of both worlds. We're getting secret spy missions with some of our favorite Avengers in tow. It's possible this just might become my favorite AVENGERS series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Mar 12, 2014

    Overall, Kot and Walsh smashed a home run with this first issue of Secret Avengers. If you like Hawkeye, Zero, Avengers Assembleor fun comics in general than you can't pass up this issue. If you weren't planning on picking up the book or if it just wasn't on your radar, make sure to rectify that immediately. Another great addition to the Marvel lineup, and more proof that the All New Marvel NOW! intitative has been a rousing creative success. I can't wait to see what this creative team has in store for us next. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - vashmcdash Mar 12, 2014

    A very pleasant surprise from the team of Kot, Walsh, and Wilson. This is a book that doesn't take itself too serious but is entertaining in many different levels that I just can't wait to read the next issue. This issue is my pick of the week, make sure you go and grab it! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Meylikhov Mar 11, 2014

    “Secret Avengers”lightly builds off of what came before and then tries something new. It tries out something that is more akin to what the average Marvel comic reader of 2014 has been clamoring for, and most importantly? It's fun. “Secret Avengers” is a heck of a lot of fun, and that's easily the best praise I can give it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Mar 11, 2014

    Both in terms of tone and aesthetics, it's easy to see the similarities between Secret Avengers and Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye. Take larger-than-life superheroics and put all-too-flawed humans in the mix? That's the new Marvel method, and Ales Kot has used that formula to great effect to make this S.H.I.E.L.D.-sponsored team relatable. Gone are the high-concept tricks and mind-wiping stunts that have failed to distinguish this series in the past. Instead, Secret Avengers goes for a simpler solution - laughter. Not bwahaha, Justice League International laughs, but the quips fire faster than the Black Widow's handguns here, with cutesy bits and in-jokes (including a knowing wink at Hawkeye's "this looks bad" mantra) that reward new and old fans alike. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Mar 12, 2014

    Secret Avengers #1 is a very strong start for a brand new series. It has some great story, great characters, its own unique feel and flavor, and familiar but stylish artwork. If you are looking for a new and possibly good Avengers series, if this one a look. This could be right up your alley. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Mar 12, 2014

    Secret Avengers is a book that has evolved from super serious, in-the-shadows, superhero warfare, to the more action-comedy we're presented with here. Kot does his best to stray away from a possible Hawkeye Team-Up vibe and maintains the course that is a team book with each character playing their supposed part. While it might be too soon for a relaunch (again), Kot and company did not waste anytime jumping back into serious action and serious fun. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Mar 13, 2014

    It’s easy to see Secret Avengers being a hit, with it’s spy secrets and enigmatic cliffhangers, not to mention to see how M.O.D.O.K, plays out as a team member, looking forward to the next issue doesn’t even require a second thought. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Kyle Overkill Mar 13, 2014

    For a team of covert agents, Ales Kot's Secret Avengers are loud, chaotic and wonderful. For a series that has always struggled to find a good team, tone or just place in the Avengers brand, Secret Avengers by Kot and Walsh is game to carry the load. The books is funny, exciting and all around an enjoyable experience. Secret Avengers is a comic that should be a secret to know one and be shared with anyone and everyone who loves comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Mar 12, 2014

    Michael Walsh does some amazing work on these pages, as well. He's not the guy you would normally think of for an Avengers book, but that doesn't stop him from nailing this thing. His M.O.D.O.K. Is fantastic looking and sinister. He does drop the background out a little too often. It looks slick during the action scenes, but other moments feel baseless and empty. All in all, this is a great looking comic book and one you should check out if you are looking for an Avengers book that isn't afraid to have a fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Mike Okeke Mar 14, 2014

    As a number one issue Secret Avengers #1 delivers plenty of laughs, action and thrills and feels like it lasted well beyond the twenty odd pages it was given which is a plus. Hopefully Michael Walsh and Matthew Wilson stay with Ales Kot for at least the first arc as all three seem to really gel well together to create something fun and original. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Apr 1, 2014

    Overall, this was a fun issue, even though it was a bit confusing in the beginning and the art isn't always clear. Looking forward to reading the second issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Mar 14, 2014

    Secret Avenger #1 is jam-packed with plenty of fun and action, making it worth your 4$. The book draws you in on a sensory level, but it is far from mindless. It's a well crafted piece of pop entertainment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Mar 13, 2014

    Secret Avengers #1 is a solid start to the title's All-New Marvel NOW! relaunch. There's no telling how long this volume will last compared to the others, but seeing as how it closely follows the style, humor and character focus of Hawkeye and similar Marvel Comics, I'm hoping for a really good series. Not that any of us really needed another Avengers comic these days. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Lance Paul Mar 18, 2014

    This is the perfect book for escapism. It requires an intense amount of disbelief suspension and the ride is better for it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Mar 13, 2014

    Not every book can (or should) be "Hawkeye" but when you aim for it and don't quite stick the landing, it's noticeable. What's here is enjoyable and eminently promising and in the end it will be better served finding its own voice, rather than aping "Hawkeye's." Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Mar 16, 2014

    Artist Michael Walsh, whose work can be seen on Image's Zero title, may best be compared to Michael Lark. He has as simple style, using a thick line. His style purposely lacks detail, instead focusing on the character and action, along with facial expressions and layouts. His style also contributed to the lighter tone of this first issue, but it's a style that meshes well with the story. I'm excited to see how his work will improve and evolve over the course of this series. Although I didn't feel as though this series started as well as the last series finished, I'm optimistic that it can turn into something special. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper Mar 18, 2014

    This is for you if youre looking for a comedy with spy movie undertones, and some of the funniest banter to date (who knew Maria Hill and M.O.D.O.K. could have so much chemistry as a working duo?) this side of Keith Giffen. Kot has a strong, if misleading debut issues propelled by its Hawkeye-esque tone and Michael Walshs amazing, flat, dynamic art. Secret Avengers #1 is a highly recommended read for fans of Ales Kot, the Secret Avengers (super-secret trust me), Michael Walsh, and/or comedic spies doing comedic spy things. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    All-Comic - Nick Rowe Mar 13, 2014

    Combined these elements deliver a pretty mediocre read. The jumpstart beginning and severely derivative construction quickly squelch any sort of distinction or uniqueness that could have been. Just because Hawkeye is on the team doesnt mean the comic has to feel like his solo series. And thats what you get with Secret Avengers: a comic entirely hedging its bets on readers flocking over from another title, and presenting them with something unchallenging and familiar. Read Full Review

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