Previously in Secret Avengers:
- Hawkeye & Black Widow “joined” S.H.I.E.L.D.’s new covert ops team headed by Nick Fury Jr. (you know the NEW black one)
- Mind altering nanobots were defintely NOT used in order to get them to sign up (because you know that would be sneaky and underhanded, which I’m sure S.H.I.E.L.D. is above.).
Here is the summary from Marvel:
“Bagalia” Nick Fury knows who he wants for the new Secret Avengers—the deadly mercenary known as Taskmaster! Trouble is, how to extract S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest prospective agent from the only prison cell in Bagalia – the nation-state built by and for super villains!
Nick Jr. goes to the island of Bagalia (which is oddly enough run by super-villains) in order to free his next “recruit” for his covert team, Taskmaster. Things go awry (of course) when Nick & Tasky are headed off by the Crossfire & the rest of the villains in Bagalia but are eventually saved by Hawkeye, Black Widow, & Coulson. With the immediate danger behind them, Nick begins to enact his plan..against Bagalia.
Nick Spencer crafts a tale dripping with questions as to why SHIELD is making this team and what it has to do with Bagalia, but he manages to keep it entertaining with the dialogue and pacing. He knows that he wants to play the long game with this book and it shows. He adds on the some plot elements from the previous books run while adding his own story into the mix, giving a sense of scale and making you clamor for more. There is a plot thread with AIM introduced, as well as the ruling parties of Bagalia (which is made up of a few old school villains adding for a few nice cameos here and there.). The addition of Taskmaster was nice, and he added some humor to the overall tone of the story.
Luke Ross’s art does what it needs to as different elements in the story pop up, from the eerie futuristic AIM moments, to the knock down, drag out fight in the middle of Bagalia’s streets, he seems adept at fitting the scene with the right lighting and and characters designs. Having Nick Jr. & Coulson look a bit more like their movie counterpoints was a nice touch, if a bit out of place and he helps the flow of the script.
Now being the brain trust that I am, I don’t know what all this is going to lead up to, but it will be an interesting (albeit methodically paced) ride to say the least. Pieces are placed on a proverbial table and it is only a matter of time before we see how they are arranged.