Saturday, November 27, 2010

Secret Avengers #7

I feels like I'm getting whiplash from reading Secret Avengers.

That's because writer Ed Brubaker's story keeps jumping around. Last issue had me riveted, as it brought back Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, and his father Fu Manchu (who is never referred to by name for legal reasons).

This issue features those characters, but they're largely unused. Shang-Chi becomes a hostage and faces death. His father complains to his allies - which seems out of character. The rest of the issue gives us some glimpses of the Shadow Council - and that's about it.

The art is excellent as always. Mike Deodato supplies amazingly lush, detailed art, and the issue is loaded with frantic fight scenes.

The last page offers a nifty surprise, and the mysteries behind the story continue to build, but this issue just felt like a long delaying tactic before the story really gets going.

Hopefully next issue we'll be back in the "riveted" column.

(Oh, and someone left the credits off this issue - or else they hid them very well.)

Grade: B


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