Secret Avengers, Volume 2: The Labyrinthby Aleš Kot, Michael Walsh Published 7 4 2015
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It's Deadpool! Deadpool Deadpool Deadpool Deadpool! We heard that Deadpool raises sales so we're doing this early on. Just kidding, it's all about the art. Really. Anyway, as Coulson's investigation takes him to Peru, Black Widow, Spider-Woman and Hawkeye go after Lady Bullseye and Artaud Derrida. The noose tightens as Maria Hill starts to put the pieces together, and the Secret Avengers find themselves becoming the hunted! What does S.H.I.E.L.D. want with the Fury? M.O.D.O.K. explains it all - and that includes his own amazing origin! You thought you knew all there was about how George Tarleton became the huge-headed menace you love to hate? Think again! And as Hawkeye and Deadpool take on a deranged mullet-wearing ex-wrestler (yup), secrets are revealed - and they might cost Black Widow her life!
Collecting: Secret Avengers 6-10
"Secret Avengers, Volume 2: The Labyrinth" Reviews
This is such a fantastic comic, and I give all the credit to Ales Kot. I haven't read a ton of stuff by him, but everything I have read, I've loved.
He even managed to make a volume of Suicide Squad not suck. So, it goes to figure that if you hand him an actual cool team, he could make it rock. And he does.
And Michael Walsh's art is just the perfect compliment to this story. It's that kind of trippy, blurry, scratchy stuff that I didn't always enjoy, but it's really grown on me over the past few years.
The highlight for me was the stuff with Deadpool and Hawkeye. Deadpool's self-aware banter breaks the 4th wall constantly during this one. He has some of the hands-down best lines in this thing!
So this time around the Secret Avengers are all scattered across the globe. Coulson (maybe) has PTSD and has wandered off, Hawkeye is tracking Coulson, Jessica is being introduced to some of Maria's secrets, Fury is in a coma, and Black Widow is...in another dimension? And how does Deapool fit into all of this? Well, you'd have to ask M.O.D.O.K..
Ok, the plot is just...wacky. There's no need for me to go into any details, because it won't make a bit of difference. The real fun is in the way Kot writes the dialogue between characters.
Now, I will say the the last couple of issues seemed to run off the rails a tad, and the (already) nutty storyline got a bit too screwy for my taste. It's the only reason this didn't make it into 5 star territory for me. Even so, I'd recommend this title to friends in a heartbeat.
Especially if they were looking for something a little different.
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GIRL FIGHT!!! This book opens with a shirt tearin’, bra strippin’, throw down for the ages…Ok, so maybe there are no bras getting pulled off, but boy do Black Widow and Lady Bullseye have at it. There’s enough fish-hooks, eye-gouges, and hair pullin’ to put a smile on this old man’s face anyway. MODOK likey.
Hawkeye goes lookin’ for an M.I.A. Agent Coulson and runs into a super-fan by the name of Wade Wilson. Some of my favorite moments in this one are Kot’s take on Deadpool. Ales doesn’t just do a good job with the Merc with a mouth, he crushes it. Over the top redonkulous 4th wall smashin' fun and absolutely perfect.
That’s not all….MORE MODOK!! He’s almost as funny as Wade and his evil plan is finally starting to take shape. Love him.
Spider-woman goes on special assignment, Maria Hill does her best Nick Fury impression, and the real villain finally steps out of the shadows and into the light.
Kot’s weirdo writing sensibilities and oddness really come through in this book. But not in the overly obscure manner that it does in some of his lesser known work. Definitely much easier to digest than his image title Zero.
Michael Walsh’s art remains as amazing as it was in Volume 1. Scratch that, it’s even better. Mike manages to communicate so much emotion with his simple style. NO ONE has ever drawn the Ultimate Warrior so good. Mix in Matthew Wilson’s colors and BLAM!, great stuff. Tradd Moore’s covers rock too.
Kot’s unusual storytelling won’t work for everyone, but for me, it’s spot on. Plenty of action as well. Throw in Walsh’s artwork and this book’s a lock for one of my all-time favorite Avenger titles. Read it!
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Man...this series is freaking nuts...and I'm digging it!
So Fury is pregnet with some type of monsters. Hawkeye gets kidnapped by Deadpool. Spider-Woman is figuring out what to do. Black Widow is gone into some negative zone or some shit. Hill is...well she's a bitch but that's nothing new. All of these stories began to bounce back and forth and by the end you find out Modor's true intention. HE LOVES SOMEONE!
Good: This series is wacky and insane. I really love the dialog as it's easy and a breeze to get through but packs some good punches. I was actually able to keep up with the plot in this one which was nice compared to the first and the ending is kind of heating up. I wonder if volume 3 will finish strong.
Bad: Deadpool is funny though by staying in more than one issue he was starting to get annoying. As he always does.
Overall this series is just a blast. You have to go into it not taking it seriously and you'll be laughing your way through. I need more series like this inbetween the serious ones to have a good time reading my millions of comics. A 3.5/4 out of 5.
This is a blast. Fun stuff happening here.
I do enjoy this series. It's very much a down-to-earth Avengers, even with the sentient bombs and pregnant androids running around, but it feels more 'real', especially compared to Hickman's current multiversal Avengers/New Avengers books. That said, this volume feels very much like the second act of a three act story, and without the third act to read just yet, it feels a little incomplete.
There's a lot of character transitions as they move around the chessboard that Ales Kot has set up, with Black Widow, Hawkeye, Coulson, and MODOK all going through major storylines, whilst Maria Hill looks around angrily and Spider-Woman looks confused. But the volume ends and we're no closer to working out exactly what's going on than we were before. I expect this will be a Morning Glories type case, with everything making a lot more sense in hindsight and on a re-read.
This series is damn good.
If you want to read a comic that's, well, you know... comical, this is the one. It has the humor of Superior Foes of Spider-man, the character interactions of Hawkeye, and the tongue-in-cheek introspection of Deadpool, who, very intentionally, has made an appearance.
If nothing else, pick this up for the two page spread of Deadpool and Hawkeye on horseback in the foreground with various images of their "bonding time" going on in the background. There's even a suggested soundtrack that simultaneously made me lol and think to myself, "I think I'd get along with this Ales Kot guy". There's also a couple M.O.D.O.K. pages that, honestly, I'd like to blow up and get framed.
4 stars and then some for a funny af comic.
P.S. I apologize for the use of internet acronyms.