COMICS: Marvel Unveils Nick Spencer And Luke Ross' Relaunched SECRET AVENGERS

"Marvel NOW!" will be getting yet another Avengers book as this iteration of the covert team (from the creative team of Nick Spencer and Luke Ross) puts the spotlight on S.H.I.E.L.D., and has something in common with Joss Whedon's The Avengers. Read on for details!

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By Josh Wilding - 10/13/2012
Next February will see the release of a brand new Secret Avengers series from Nick Spencer (Iron Man 2.0) and Luke Ross (Captain America). The twist? " “S.H.I.E.L.D. has decided that they want their own Avengers team, says Nick Spencer. "But Avengers are loose cannons: They’re independent operators, they don’t have security clearance, they have a history of becoming bad guys." Sounds pretty standard right? Well, according to Entertainment Weekly, "Thanks to the memory implant technology first seen in the 2005 Brian Michael Bendis-scripted series Secret War, Nobody on this team actually knows that they’re on this team." A keyword gets them to join the team for a mission, and their memories are wiped right after! While the core cast featured in the image below clearly takes its influences from the main characters featured in Marvel's The Avengers, they won't be the only ones who play a role in the series. Below is a rundown of Spencer's thoughts on why he chose each member of the team, but you can find more details by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page. What do you guys think about this planned version of Secret Avengers? Be sure to sound off with your thoughts in the usual place!



Hawkeye: "Clint led the last incarnation of Secret Avengers, the team that Steve Rogers put togethe. He’s not in charge anymore. So there’s some adjustment to be made. He’s in an interesting place. But I have to keep quiet!"

Black Widow: "She has a such a higher profile than ever. She’s kind of the leading female character at Marvel at this point."

Nick Fury: "One of the most important distinctions between this Nick Fury and the Nick Fury that a lot of folks are familiar with from the film franchise is that this Nick is a field agent, and he’s a very new field agent. He comes from a lot of time in military service in Afghanistan, and that shapes his worldview and his standard operating procedures."

Mockingbird: "Also known as Bobbie Chase, Hawkeye’s Ex-Wife. So we have some fun dynamics to play with there."

Taskmaster: "A favorite of mine. I was at the Con today, and I saw three Taskmaster costumes!"

Iron Patriot: "I can’t reveal the identity of the Iron Patriot yet, but I think people are gonna like how he ends up in that suit. That’s a suit that has a lot of history in the Marvel Universe, none of it good."

Hulk: "An on-call member of this team, and a walking weapon of mass destruction. They’ll use him judiciously, but when they do, it’ll really count."

The Winter Soldier: "[Bucky will have] a huge role in the book."


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thalidomide - 10/13/2012, 1:04 AM
Taskmaster?
imnotahero - 10/13/2012, 1:07 AM
If they want to draw in new readers by using references from the movies, why don't they just do comics to flesh out the marvel cinematic universe?
MrBlueSky - 10/13/2012, 1:12 AM


i liked the previous Secret Avengers, but I'm not so sure about this. I might possibly add it to my Marvel NOW! reading list, which so far includes:

UnCanny Avengers
Young Avengers
Guardians of the Galaxy
Cable and X-Force
Thunderbolts
BigDamnHero - 10/13/2012, 2:09 AM
Taskmaster eh? Count me in!
JamesAsAlways - 10/13/2012, 2:17 AM
Yeah man, as soon as I remembered who Taskmaster was I was in!
goldenavenger77 - 10/13/2012, 2:27 AM
I'm in. When can we expect this to be out Josh?
sameoldthing - 10/13/2012, 2:35 AM
I like how it seems they will use the Hulk as a "in case of emergency" member..when they need to lay down the damage,Hulk Smash!

This book sounds pretty cool.
Sortis - 10/13/2012, 2:36 AM
Why does Hawkeye look like Jay Leno?

Theunderdog - 10/13/2012, 3:04 AM
I hate when comic book character start to look like the movie version they start losing their originality
marvel72 - 10/13/2012, 5:24 AM
marvel are milking the avengers cow big time.

-the avengers
-the uncanny avengers
-the new avengers
-secret avengers
-avengers arena
-avengers assemble
-young avengers

-captain america
-iron man
-thor god of thunder
-the indestructible hulk
-savage wolverine

i'm only getting the following.....

-the avengers
-uncanny avengers
-new avengers
-secret avengers

-thor god of thunder
-the indestructible hulk

maybe captain america & iron man.
lokibane2012 - 10/13/2012, 5:31 AM
Widow looks like a dirty hooker with that makeup and expressions. And yeah, I do notice the resemblance to Johansson.
pointman - 10/13/2012, 6:01 AM
Did they rip off Hawkeyes costume from red arrom or vice versa? What a lazy design.
MrLoki - 10/13/2012, 6:09 AM
BUDAPEST!!!!!!!!!!!
"You and I remember Budapest very differently!" :D :D :D :D
RedSkull667 - 10/13/2012, 6:54 AM
So War Machine goes the movie way. Fail
StSharp - 10/13/2012, 7:03 AM
HEY BLONDE BONO AS HAWKEYE! LOL
longbowhunter - 10/13/2012, 7:29 AM
^ I was thinking the same thing! The line up for this book is awesome. Taskmaster is a greatly underused character. But I didnt like Spencer's last run on this series.
OtakuPapi - 10/13/2012, 7:49 AM
I've noticed the rise in Taskmasters profile lately from Ultimate Spider Man on so forth.I want to see a re design but i actually really really like the character
Temple - 10/13/2012, 8:16 AM
I'm enjoying the current run, but this looks just as awesome. Looks more mature and I like how they put together a roster that actually has a meaning to "Secret". Mockingbird and taskmaster is a plus.
toco89 - 10/13/2012, 8:25 AM
If you like the character why do you want a redesign? His classic costume is fine, as is his personality.
OrganizedChaos - 10/13/2012, 9:11 AM
I'm willing to bet that James Rhodes is the new Iron Patriot
storyteller - 10/13/2012, 9:58 AM
Taskmaster was revealed to have been a former/current Shield agent prior to his putting on the costume. But he can't remember it because of his ability. But somehow he's always been on the job.
csdot - 10/13/2012, 10:50 AM
@lokiband2012 dont judge a book by its cover, luke ross knows how to draw widow.
venom2019 - 10/13/2012, 11:12 AM
Sweet i have all ways been a fan of Taskmaster!
BigDamnHero - 10/13/2012, 11:36 AM
@OrganizedChaos. My thoughts exactly.
the1stavenger - 10/13/2012, 11:38 AM
Looks great! I wonder if this is gonna be connected to the TV series they're creating. It'd be a way to work into a show with some action packed stories
TheTaskmaster - 10/13/2012, 12:08 PM
Looks like I'll be picking this up now...
Space - 10/13/2012, 2:21 PM
Winter Soldier, Iron Patriot, Hulk, and Taskmaster! count me in
Darkhaven - 10/13/2012, 3:58 PM
Officially looking forward to this and the new Thunderbolts. And the Avengers. And New Avengers.
ScionStorm - 10/13/2012, 11:19 PM
So when did Mockingbird's name suddenly change from Barbra "Bobbie" Morse to Bobbie Chase?
ablackraptor - 10/14/2012, 9:07 AM
Re:ScionStorm: I was thinking that too. How is it that only two people noticed that?

Regardless of Bobbi forgetting her last name, this looks awesome. I wanted to read a book with Clit, Bobbi, and Taskmaster, glad they've got one.
Not too sure about the 'neural implant' thing though.

As for resembling their film counterparts, its not always so bad. Batman's shift to an armoured costume was a brilliant idea IMHO (if you're going to go about punching criminals, wouldn't kevlar be a must?), but sometimes when they try to make things like the films they can do it badly. Fury's son and Spidey giving birth to himself to get organic webbing for example, not particularly amazing. Though here, other than Fury's son it doesn't look like they're taking too much from the films.

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