Secret Avengers #4

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Mike Deodato Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 18, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 8
6.8Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

The fate of one hero and the birth of another will be decided here, as the Secret Avengers true enemy is finally exposed! It's an all-new kind of Avengers by award-winning writer Ed Brubaker and acclaiming artist Mike Deodato, Jr. Rated T …$3.99

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Tacopina Aug 20, 2010

    As I stated at the top, this is the Avengers book that you should be reading. It has everything going in its favor from a terrific cast of characters to an engaging storyline to a creative team that know how to rock your socks off. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Miguel Perez Aug 18, 2010

    The fact that this book has retained my interest despite holding out on explaining Nick Fury's involvement is a testament to the quality of the title. I can't wait for the next issue to come out. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Colin Andersen Aug 19, 2010

    Secret Avengers has quickly become one of the better mainstream superhero books being published today. I was hesitant to see Ed Brubaker on a team book since he mainly excels with smaller casts, but he has won me over. Ironically, I want to see him increase his focus on the individual characters and give them all fair screen time, but he handles them all well and writes one damn fun book. There is no reason not to pick this series up, so if you havent Im telling you to go get it now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Adam Chapman Aug 19, 2010

    The first arc was enjoyable, for the most part, but there was a fair bit of missed potential throughout the storyline as well. But again, for the most part, this is an enjoyable title thus far, with an entertaining launch arc, and I look forward to where Brubaker will take this title and this team now that the team is aware of Nick Fury's involvement in the group that was involved in the events of this arc. Recommended! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Aug 20, 2010

    Whilst its not the most stunningly original or complex title Ive ever read, its a pretty good stab at what a modern Avengers book should feel like. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 21, 2010

    This opening series has had its ups and downs, but I think the series has a lot of potential. It just hasn't realized it yet. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Aug 29, 2010

    Meh... First off, I am a HUGE fan of Ed Brubaker's writing. When given the opportunity, I have been known to gush over his work for hours on end. I'd even go so far to say that he is currently the best comic book writer in the industry today. BUT, I just never really got into this storyline... I can't exactly figure out why, but something here just didn't click for me. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Tony Rakittke Aug 18, 2010

    There are qualities I liked about this issue, and about this storyline in general, but not enough of any one of them to create that drive and need and incentive for me to want to continue buying “Secret Avengers” month after month. This can be a good comic, but I don't think I'll stick around to find out. Until things improve, I'm going to wait for this to be released in graphic novels. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Aug 19, 2010

    This is a major step up from issues #2 and #3, which were complete bombs (despite the strength of the debut issue), but it still suffers from a lot of the problems that held those issues back. I really dig Captain America being a momentary Nova Corps deputy, but the ease in which he takes on and controls the Worldmind's power really undercuts how special Nova is. This was a cool moment and I definitely want a Captain America Nova action figure, but I feel like it could have been handled in a way that built up both characters. The character work on the supporting cast is a bit shaky, though it doesn't help that characters like Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Aug 20, 2010

    So this is a good, solid issue, but it's a bit of an anti-climax to the fears building up around the Serpent Crown, which is veering off on a tangent by issue's end. Maybe it will all add up, but I wanted more of a story advance than one cool moment involving Cap. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser Aug 20, 2010

    Ill consider Secret Avengers a wasted concept if it never advances past the level of complexity in this issue, but for now Ill assume that Brubaker is saving his greater intricacies for later on. If the cookie cutter is ever an acceptable weapon in the writers arsenal, its in an introductory arc such as this. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Aug 20, 2010

    Now, 30 years later, I can say that I was inadequately entertained by an average story. The difference is that I was much younger 30 years ago, didnt expect as much from the stories I read, and could afford to read average issues since they only cost 50 cents each. My yearly cost of living calculator tells me that 50 cents in 1980 is the equivalent of $1.31 in 2010. However, Secret Avengers costs $3.99--or three times more than Im willing to pay for an average comic book that entertains me inadequately. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Aug 19, 2010

    I'm not giving up on "Secret Avengers" just yet, but I'm feeling a lot more hesitant than I did in the past. This should be a much better book, but after such an uninspired conclusion to the first storyline, I'm wondering if hopes were a little too high. Read Full Review

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