Secret Avengers – Ellis and McKelvie. Two very good reasons.

Published On September 12, 2011 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Reviews

Secret Avengers #16

By Warren Ellis and Jamie McKelvie

Marvel Comics


Because I’m feeling slightly guilty over the amount of DC coverage we’ve been putting up recently.

Because it’s Warren Ellis writing and Jamie McKelvie drawing.

Because it’s got the Beast and Black Widow in.

Because I’ve always been a Marvel boy at heart (sorry DC), ever since my second exposure to superhero comics was via Hulk Weekly, Captain America Weekly and shortly after that Rampage Monthly, Marvel Superheroes Monthly and a lifelong love of Alan Moore courtesy of Captain Britain. Marvel UK (God rest it’s soul) brought me into comics, so Marvel always has that nostalgic edge.

Because seeing a cover on its side that way reminded me of my very first exposure to superhero comics, the Marvel UK Titans series.

Because I opened up the wrong file, meaning to review a DC #1 because I did promise myself and the FPI blog I’d at least casually mention all 52 of the new 52 and so far have managed, 12 days into September, just the one.

Because it’s 1:13am in the morning on a school night and I’ve just finished another G&T.

Or possibly all of the above.

I haven’t read a Marvel comic since SHIELD. I mean to, I really do. But I don’t get to comic shops much, and there’s honestly only so much you can review, and so damn much great stuff out there competing for my attention. But it’s also because at this stage in my life, I really just want an easy life. I don’t want to read a comic and then have to go to bloody wikipedia to find out the convoluted history and continuity of a series or character to put the 22 page comic I’ve just read into context.

But hey, here we go. Ellis and McKelvie on Secret Avengers. Reviewer on G&T. It’s 1:19am. I have to be up at 7am. Why the hell not.

McKelvie’s art is just gorgeous. Really, really. In an if McKelvie’s art were a woman she’d be the sort of woman you simply worship from afar. A Lauren Bacall of the comic world sort of gorgeous.

And I do enjoy a Warren Ellis comic. I enjoy all the clipped, snarky dialogue, the weird science references, the fact he’d always rather have his characters having a conversation than actually doing anything. And if he can’t have that, then a¬†conversation¬†whilst they’re doing stuff, even superhero-y action stuff will do just fine.

So here we have the Secret Avengers team of Steve Rogers (Captain America, but without the mask – I have no idea why, maybe I should read more Avengers comics?), Beast, Black Widow and Moon Knight attacking some secret underground base.

There’s action and fighting, there’s snarky dialogue, there’s Beast converting the atomic cadillac they find into a dirty fission bomb to stop the city being turned into a weapon using Von Doom radiation. And there’s talking. There’s lots of talking. Talking in the car, talking under fire, talking whilst fighting. And it is very good talking. And even on the pages where there is no talking the art by McKelvie is pretty. Did I mention how pretty I find McKelvie’s pictures already?

And that is it. It’s fast, it’s action packed, and it’s a damn enjoyable few minutes of my time. And well worth a few minutes of yours. Jamie McKelvie is doing the big “lets get our books into the Disney store since they own us nowX-Men Season One original graphic novel. It will look gorgeous.

I’m going to bed now.

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About The Author

Richard Bruton

– Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he’s written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard’s day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children’s graphic novel library in the country.

2 Responses to Secret Avengers – Ellis and McKelvie. Two very good reasons.

  1. Matt Badham says:

    That McKelvie fellow is rather talented. And Ellis on scripting duties…


    Might pick it up.

    Thanks for your review, Richard.