Friday, December 30, 2011

Secret Avengers #20

First of all, what a terrific cover by John Cassaday.

The interiors are outstanding, too - though the art style by Alex Maleev is completely different (in a good way). The interior art is much darker, more intense and stylized, including a section that mimics the art style of a certain comic strip heroine.

But Warren Ellis' story is the real star here. He keeps crafting these single-issue Secret Avenger gems, and this is another one to add to the list.

It features the most mysterious Avenger of them all - the Black Widow - as she tackles an assignment that includes time travel (this reads like a good Doctor Who episode), spycraft, playing fair with the story premise and some surprising deaths.

It's smart, well-crafted fun that will ask you to think a bit more than any other comic in recent memory - but trust me, it won't hurt a bit.

You know, I almost dropped this series just before Ellis took the reins. Am I glad I stayed!

Grade: A


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