johnkmccubbin91's Secret Avengers: Reverie #1 - Volume 1 review

Taking Secret Missions to the Extreme

This review was originally posted on my website Imagination Centre (here).

Being a huge fan of the original Secret Avengers series I was disappointed that my budget wouldn't allow me to get this series. I have however decided to get the series in trade, and now that the first one is out I can see exactly why it has gotten so much praise since it started.

Plot

Maria Hill puts together a team of Avengers that go into missions that are that top secret that even the members themselves can't have any memories of them.

Review

This was a fantastic story, and a terrific introduction to the series. Nick Spencer isn't a writer that I'm overly familiar with, as although I've heard good things about some of his previous and current work having only read his minor work on the previous Secret Avengers series, as well as his work on Thief of Thieves and Ultimate Comics X-Men. His work on this story however was outstanding, and much better than anything that I've read from him before, being very unique and interesting. I also loved that it had the perfect espionage feel to it, as although that is expected from spy stories, a lot neglect that for more flashier content. There would also be a lot of mystery in this story, which Spencer handled perfectly, using it to make the story that much more suspenseful and dramatic. The follow of the story however could have been better, as the transitions between issues was very noticeable.

The artwork on this story was also fantastic, and Luke Ross did an outstanding job. I've seen Ross' artwork on a few stories in the past, but I have to say his artwork in this one was simply phenomenal, being very highly detailed throughout. I also felt that the layout of his art was also fantastic, as although not quite as unique or dynamic as other artists it did a brilliant job of adding drama and suspense to the story, setting the perfect tone and mood. The action sequences throughout the story would also be amazing, adding a lot of excitement and entertainment. Besides the brilliant detail it would be the spectacular way that Ross handled the characters facial expressions and emotions that would impress me, as it would help to add yet more depth to the story, making it feel more realistic. On top of that the colours from Matthew Wilson and Lee Loughridge would also help give tone and mood to the story as well.

Whenever a new team book starts it's always the team members that I'm most interested in. This series would have a perfect choice of characters, with Hawkeye, Black Widow, Nick Fury Jr., Phil Coulson, Mockingbird, and Hulk all being a part of the team, with Maria Hill and Daisy Johnson also being key characters in the story. Now the main character I was interested in was Nick Fury Jr., as although I've read him in other series he's more of a supporting character, whereas due to being a main character in this series he should have more depth. I also found Hawkeye working with his ex-wife Mokingbird to be very interesting, and the addition of the Hulk made me really happy, even if he was only in one issue.

The main concept in this was that the team members couldn't have any recollection of their missions, with the code word, "reverie" activating the mind wipe. Now the word itself already gave the clue that the story would have characters forgetting things, but the idea itself was very interesting, as it made it feel more mysterious, being the perfect concept for a spy story. I also found it very interesting to see the sneaky way that Coulson got Hawkeye and Black Widow to agree to the program, and how they were basically used as guinea pigs throughout the first issue.

The mains villains in the story would be A.I.M. who are lead by their newest Scientist Supreme Andrew Forson. Now A.I.M has been a very inconsistent team in my opinion, as there are times were they are very interesting, and other times were they aren't, feeling like pushovers. I did however enjoy this version of A.I.M. with their actions throughout the story making things even more interesting. I also found Forson himself to be very interesting, being very dark and mysterious. I also thought that Forson was the perfect type of villain for a spy story, as his characteristics was very similar to some of the James Bond villains, being similar to Dr. No.

The story would also reintroduce the Iron Patriot armour that was most famously worn by Norman Osborn during the Dark Reign, also being used by James "Rhodey" Rhodes in the Iron Man 3 film. Now in this story the Iron Patriot wouldn't have a human pilot, with it being run by A.I. software. Now although not necessarily original, this was a very interesting idea, and the way the story would develop it would become even more interesting. I also loved seeing the way that Daisy Johnson reacted when Senator Robert Ralston revealed the armour, with the fight that it would have with a certain character later on in the story being very exciting.

Final Verdict

This was an amazing story, being very appropriate to the series title. The story itself would also be extremely suspenseful and dramatic, having some exciting sequences. It was however the tone and mood of the story from both writer and artist that made it brilliant, with the unique style making it stand out. Due to all this I'd highly recommend this story and can't wait to read the next volume when it's released.

Rating: 8/10

6 Comments
Posted by Jake Fury

I really enjoyed this and like you, I read it in trade. Good stuff all around, any idea when the next trade is due?

Posted by johnkmccubbin91

@jake_fury: Don't think it's till March next year sadly. At least that's when Amazon has it slated at, comic book shops will have it a week or two before that.

Posted by wmwadeii

This has been a pretty good series so far, especially compared to the last arc of Secret Avengers. I just read issue #6 and I feel a little disjointed after the events that took place at the end of issue #5. Hopefully they will explain a little bit of what I feel is missing story.

Posted by johnkmccubbin91

@wmwadeii: I stopped reading Secret Avengers after AvX though this series has been good, and about as good as the first few stories of the previous series. I do however love how it's more spy like though. That's not good to hear, and I hope it gets better as I plan on getting it in trade.

Posted by wmwadeii

@johnkmccubbin91: I should have the next two issues rated by then so I'll keep you updated.

Posted by johnkmccubbin91

Other reviews for Secret Avengers: Reverie #1 - Volume 1

    Secrets Upon Secrets 0

    The Story:The first trade paperback installment of this series is an interesting, albeit, somewhat confusing tale. Black Widow & Hawkeye are holdovers from the previous team. They are joined by Mockingbird, the Hulk, Maria Hill, Daisy Johnson, Nick Fury, Jr. & Agent Phil Coulson. A certain, pretty famous Marvel villain also joins the team. Their primary adversaries are the forces of AIM, which is compounded by the fact that they've seized control of an island and joined the United Nat...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

    Made Me Question When Reading Again.... 0

    This is my revised review. After this, I leave my initial response untouched. However, on looking at this again, I found the book lacking in general.To start, there really is no reason provided that everyone is here; Hawkeye and Black Widow are supposedly given a reason, but not one that we, the audience, are privy to. Taskmaster is introduced, but why him? Why couldn't anyone else do it, especially considering his history and the situation we find him in? Hulk is introduced, albiet briefly, but...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This edit will also create new pages on Comic Vine for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Comic Vine users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.