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Secret Avengers #15 - Fear Itself, Pt. 4: The Widow Review

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Black Widow tries to stop a news site from printing lies about the death of Bucky.

Black Widow tries to stop a news site from printing lies about the death of Bucky. The reporters and Black Widow talk about death and super-heroes.

The Good

It's not a Fear Itself tie-in, technically. Yes, Fear Itself is plastered on the cover, but this issue deals more with Black Widow dealing with the death of Bucky. We start off with a scummy internet news site reporting news with no backing evidence, and they have no reason to print it other than it will bring more people to their site. Sadly, these sites exist, and I hate them, so this made me a bit giddy.

The other major discussion in this issue, which blew me away because it's talked about fans all the time, but not talked about in the comic, is death and super-heroes. Thank you Nick Spencer. You are awesome and hit the nail right on the head. I don't want to give too much away, but he discusses the fact that regular folk in comics die and stay dead, and heroes and villains come back and how that affects loved ones, and you know what? It changed my opinion on how I thought loved ones should feel in these books when their family/friends/lovers die.

The dialogue in this issue is so natural, and while I was bummed Brubaker left the book, so far, I like it more with Nick Spencer as the writer, which I never thought I'd say. It may be a dense read, but it's so fluid and the transitions between panels is flawless because I was sucked in from page one. I was pretty skeptical about the book because I don't like tie ins and frankly, I've lost all interest in Fear Itself, but Spencer did an amazing job. Sorry if I don't mention the fantastic artwork of Scot Eaton, but for me, it was all about the writing in the issue. Eaton's art is seriously great in this issue, for real.

The Bad

This really isn't a Secret Avengers book. It feels more like a one-shot; however, if it was a Fear Itself one-shot, I would have never read it.

There was an ad for Marvel trading cards. I felt like it was 1994 all over again.

The Verdict

What's the best tie-in for Fear Itself? Easy: Secret Avengers #15. There is no action in the book, and it all takes place in a single room, but Nick Spencer did an amazing job on this issue, so much so that it is my favorite one of the series so far. There's a lot of discussion about death in comics that we've all had at one point or another, but Spencer really hits it on the head in this issue and how characters feel about it, hero or not. I highly HIGHLY recommend this issue for any comic fan because we've all talked about death in comics one time or another.

10 Comments
Posted by JonesDeini

Love Spencer, wish this book wasn't $3.99, I'd be all over this if it was a $2.99 book. 

Posted by inferiorego

@JonesDeini said:

Love Spencer, wish this book wasn't $3.99, I'd be all over this if it was a $2.99 book.

I rarely say this, but it's totally worth the extra dollar

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Posted by Sammo21

Ugh, this breaks my heart as it just keeps confirming Bucky really is dead. I won't get this issue until at least Friday but (and I know this is beating a dead horse) but I wish something positive would come from Bucky's death...like him not being dead. Oh well, guess I'll have to wait to the end of Fear Itself...glad this next issue is strong.

Edited by JonesDeini
@inferiorego said:

@JonesDeini said:

Love Spencer, wish this book wasn't $3.99, I'd be all over this if it was a $2.99 book.

I rarely say this, but it's totally worth the extra dollar

I rarely say this about Spencer, but his Marvel work has yet to impress me all that much. I guess that's because I'm comparing them to his steller creator owned works like Morning Glories and The Infinite Vacation. Those books I'd truly pay $5 an issue for! Honestly his Marvel work is a few notches below his T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents work over at DC (which I'm glad will be back in November!) I was reading Iron man 2.0/Secret Warriors but found that neither was really worth my money, especially when his other stuff's blowing it out of the water. I do agree that his take on the SA's was much more engaging than Brubaker's time on the title. I'll likely see how his run reads as one book when it's bound as a TPB.
Posted by Crimshade

Gotta say, although there wasn't much in the way of action this issue, the way the issue of a "comic book death" was treated here made it to be quite an enjoyable read. It actually exposed the topic quite well and you can actually relate to the people and understand their views, which we sometimes share. Gotta agree that getting some confirmation on Bucky's death here wasn't something I was too keen on.

Posted by inferiorego

@JonesDeini said:

@inferiorego said:

@JonesDeini said:

Love Spencer, wish this book wasn't $3.99, I'd be all over this if it was a $2.99 book.

I rarely say this, but it's totally worth the extra dollar

I rarely say this about Spencer, but his Marvel work has yet to impress me all that much. I guess that's because I'm comparing them to his steller creator owned works like Morning Glories and The Infinite Vacation. Those books I'd truly pay $5 an issue for! Honestly his Marvel work is a few notches below his T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents work over at DC (which I'm glad will be back in November!) I was reading Iron man 2.0/Secret Warriors but found that neither was really worth my money, especially when his other stuff's blowing it out of the water. I do agree that his take on the SA's was much more engaging than Brubaker's time on the title. I'll likely see how his run reads as one book when it's bound as a TPB.

I, too, didn't like his Iron Man 2.0 or Secret Warriors runs. This is the first time, at DC, I've liked his books.

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Posted by harleyquinnhawkgirl

wow im glad this comic was well written! i cant wait to check out this issue with nick spencer's writing in it! i really dont like fear itself in general so im glad this issue really wasnt a tie in. i hope black widow is in this issue a lot bc i really love her character! thanks for the awesome review!!
Posted by MattDemers

Blargh. This issue bums me out because of its portrayal of journalists, and the fact that most of it is true. There are people who muckrake and value pageviews over actually telling the truth.

And they're the reason people hate us. :P

Posted by longbowhunter

This was a thought provoking issue. Even so I'm glad Spencer's run on this book is finished. It bums me out that Bucky is dead but I'm glad to see it finally addressed. They just steam rolled right over it in the main Fear Itself book.

Posted by JonesDeini
@inferiorego: Awww crap I meant Avengers. I LOVE Secret Warriors, Hickman's a genius!!! Man I have too many Secret books in my pull; Secret Six, Warriors, formerly Avengers.