Comic Reviews: Secret Avengers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Secret Avengers #21.1
Yes, Marvel is STILL doing their .1 issues. However, this second .1 issue for Secret Avengers welcomes new writer Rick Remender, the best writer Marvel has going right now. Featuring art by Patrick Zircher, this issue serves as a prologue of sorts to Remender’s upcoming run, with Captain America passing the torch(or Martrix for Transformers fans) of leadership to Hawkeye while on a mission in Bagalia, a fictional country run by some of Marvel’s most notorious baddies.
The whole premise behind this issue rules. In fact, I really hope that Remender continues to show us more of this country that is teeming with enemies at every corner. Right from the beginning of the issue we can see how dangerous this mission is for the two of our heroes. However, Steve Rodgers paints this as a trial mission of sorts to see how Hawkeye acts under the extreme missions that his Secret Avengers team engages in. Seeing Rodgers egg Clint Barton on after he walks into a trap (that Rodgers already knew about) was a great character moment, especially since Remender writes most of the issue from Cap’s perspective. His reaction to Hawkeye getting mad and running off was great, and seeing Cap face off with Vengeance (!!!!!) made me smile from ear to ear.
The art by Patrick Zircher is awesome as well. The main capital city of Bagalia is presented in such a dark and grimy way that you almost want to wash your hands after reading the book. This is a seedy, seedy place, and obviously not one that welcomes costumed superheroes. Zircher’s character work is great as well, and thankfully Marvel hasn’t mandated that Hawkeye look identical to his big screen portrayer just yet.
Secret Avengers #21.1 may be another .1 issue, but it’s not one that should be missed. With its spot on characterization, great visuals, and awesome location, this is a book that will please not only fans of the Secret Avengers, Captain America, and Hawkeye, but those who like espionage in their superheriocs as well. I can’t wait to see what else Remender has up his sleeve with this series.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6
We’re now entering into the second story-arc of IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and I am officially on board. Kevin Eastman’s reboot of the Turtles origin is a really cool and original mix of science and spirituality, with ties to feudal Japan and forms of martial arts from other countries. Seeds for a big confrontation are brewing here, and we’re also seeing the start of April and Casey Jones’ famous relationship. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a great mix of new ideas mixed in with established Turtles characters and mythos, and a must buy for fans of the Turtles in a half shell.