Writer: Ales Kot
Artist: Michael Walsh
I’m upset to learn that “Secret Avengers” will be ending next issue because of Marvel’s Secret Wars event. This has been one of the funnest series I have ever read and it has made me an instant fan of Ales Kot’s writing. I never thought that somebody could actually make me care about M.O.D.O.K.
This issue is part four of five of the …And What Do You Believe arc which basically ties up all of the loose ends for the series. This is a specific arc you really need to read the entire series in order to understand what is happening in the book.
The Secret Avengers have to stop M.O.D.O.K.’s previous assistant, Snapper, from unleashing a Cthulhu type creature on the world. M.O.D.O.K. has set up an Ocean’s 11 type plan, the issue uses time jumps back and forth between the events that are happening and the planning itself.
The best part of this series has not been the story, but the characters themselves. In only 14 issues, Kot has made me care about a former supervillain, an alien creature, and a bomb named Vladimir. The only character that I feel got the shaft in this series was Nick Fury Jr., but there isn’t really much of a character there yet. He also made Hawkeye look like a complete bad-ass, which will always make me happy.
Ales Kot once again knocks it out of the park. This issue contains a lot of emotion which finds a good balance with the humor of the series. You can tell how much each of these characters have grown from the beginning of the run up until now.
This wasn’t the best issue in terms of art, but it wasn’t bad. The art seemed a bit rushed in comparison to past issues, but it still captures the tone of the book. It doesn’t retract from the story it just doesn’t do anything for it.
Overall, this was a great issue in terms of story and I’m sad to see it go. I have enjoyed all of the characters and I hope somehow that the team survives post Secret Wars. I am both dreading and anticipating this final issue, either way I’m sure it will be a great one.
I’m really going to miss those little character introduction boxes though.