Secret Avengers #21

Secret Avengers #21

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Stuart Immonen Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 11, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6
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  • 9.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Jan 11, 2012

    With Rick Remender taking over this title next month with issue #21.1, Ellis could not have gone out on a better note. His run was short but memorable for its concise tales that fleshed out different characters and emphasized the fact that this covert team had to make tough decisions that were best kept secret. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Jan 15, 2012

    "Secret Avengers" #21 is a thematic conclusion to Warren Ellis's six-issue run on the title, bringing together ideas from the previous five issues and using a larger cast. In some ways, it's the issue that best demonstrates Ellis's approach to the title, summing up everything that came before and different types of stories that can be told under the banner "Secret Avengers." And, of course, the art is fantastic. It's a shame to see this run end. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Entertainment Fuse - Sean Elks Jan 13, 2012

    Warren Ellis' Secret Avengers run ends very much like it began -- with a oneshot adventure of the team taking on one of the Shadow Council's projects. It's a real pity that we couldn't get a stronger, longer story from Ellis, but these done in one stories honestly have been entertaining in their own rights. It leaves me wish more titles would try them and pull them off with this quality from time to time. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Matt Demers Jan 11, 2012

    Keeping with the "done in one" formula of Warren Ellis' SECRET AVENGERS, we get another look into the true "black ops" role of this team. While I had extremely high praises for this book last month, it seems that it can't shake the feeling that it borrows heavily from GLOBAL FREQUENCY, another Ellis title. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 12, 2012

    This issue does one thing well: It wraps up the Shadow Council (for NOW) while giving the core team (minus the "dead" Nova and AWOL Ant-Man) one last day in the sun before next issue brings in movie Avengers to get things in line with the coming corporate synergy. It's not as cynical and soulless as all that, as Ellis plays with his usual story-beats, but it is highly reminiscent of his Stormwatch reboot (especially the part about frozen superhumans in the basement) and the momentum doesn't quite carry all the way through the issue. Secret Avengers #21 is solidly put-together, delivering a slightly-above-average, somewhat flawed tale, with strong art and some nice dialogue, earning a middle-of-the-road 2.5 out of 5 stars overall. Though I expected to see the advent of the new Secret Avengers, the wrap-up of the old team wasn't disastrous or off-putting, even though the $3.99 price point is a bit inexplicable on this particular book... Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 17, 2012

    Rogers interrogation of the traitor works okay, but the team fighting the (rather generic-looking) monsters in the basement is far from thrilling. The comic also ends with a thoroughly unsatisfying ending as Captain America either allows a woman five feet away to commit suicide or was simply too stupid or too slow to stop her. I don't know, maybe the years are finally catching up with him? Hit and Miss. Read Full Review

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