Secret Avengers #16

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Jamie McKelvie Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 31, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 7
8.3Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

RUN THE MISSION! DON'T GET SEEN! SAVE THE WORLD! A secret city buried one mile under American soil is discovered through the leakage of Von Doom radiation – a type of energy emitted only by time-travel devices. So the Secret Avengers head underground to a weird metropolis forgotten about for decades, because a time machine in the wrong hands is the worst kind of WMD imaginable. Master storyteller Warren Ellis begins his tenure on Earth's Mightiest Clandestine Super-Team, illustrated by Eagle Award-winning Jamie McKelvie.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Aug 31, 2011

    Hooray! The covert-ops Avengers book finally feels like a covert-ops Avengers book. I love the fact that, for right now, it's a four member team, and the fact that most of them don't even have any super-powers. This book has a cool Planetary feel to it, and finally, Beast comes off as Beast on the page. I am a big Ellis fan, so it will be interesting to see where he takes this team. There's no real downside to this issue other than Steve Rogers being Steve Rogers here and Cap everywhere else. I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Sep 1, 2011

    "Secret Avengers" #16 is a nearly-perfect superhero comic book. I would like Marvel to clone this issue, program in slight variations (some should include dinosaurs) and begin cranking them out immediately please. Thank you. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Sep 1, 2011

    Seriously, this comic impressed the hell out of me! I can't believe I was dreading this one... Now I can't wait for the next issue! If Ellis can keep up this sort of storytelling, he can count me as a new fan! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 4, 2011

    If you haven't been following this series, this would be a good "done-in-one" issue to check out. If you have been following it, this may be your favorite issue in the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Erik Norris Aug 31, 2011

    I didn't know what I was getting myself into with Secret Avengers #16. Turns out, I was getting myself into good comics. Plain and simple. And judging from the teaser image for next month's installment, I can look forward to another fast-paced, done-in-one tale from this creative team. Sign me up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Dan Horn Sep 1, 2011

    If Spencer's run was the improvement upon the tepid Brubaker formula for Secret Avengers, then Warren Ellis is the man who is putting the formula out of its misery entirely. He couldn't be doing readers a better service. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Sep 2, 2011

    Anyway, it's not the Secret Avengers you knew thus far, which were pretty cool and who we'll miss, but if you can handle the tonal shift towards high adventure, you're gonna like Warren Ellis' take on the team. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Phil Oldham Sep 13, 2011

    Ellis provides an interesting start to his tenure on Secret Avengers and Im eager to see where he goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Sep 7, 2011

    I guess there are worse stories and worse artists for this series, but I hope the only way to go is up. Read Full Review

  • 10
    hatmasta Oct 16, 2012

    This is a back-review (series is now on #32), but I simply had to express my thoughts on what is easily one of the greatest single comic books of the last decade, hence the 10 I have given it. I do NOT give those out lightly. Warren Ellis begins his historic, yet-only-6-issues long run of Secret Avengers here, and in my opinion, this is the best of the lot (although all are fantastic, and would grade 9.0 and up). In this issue: The team explores a hidden Shadow Council city beneath Cincinatti, and the underground city is massive! The scope of the story is immense and imagination-inspiring...the team is smart and well-put together...Moon Knight is cool again! Words can't summarize this issue's greatness...I HIGHLY recommend a pickup.

  • 9.0
    drwasheewashee Feb 9, 2018

    The start of Ellis' six issue is full of nice character moments and a first look at how he handles one of his best works at marvel, Moon Knight. The art from Mckelvie is great set in an underground city with room for him to play around with the unique architecture

  • 7.0
    Ryan Dec 26, 2018

    It was a good one and done issue but it felt very rushed at the end and I think it would have worked better as a two issue story. But at least Warren Ellis makes Secret Avengers feel like a secret Avengers team now

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