With the Secret Avengers trying to keep Taskmaster from delivering the final piece of Max Fury’s plan to the sentient life model decoy, the team uses Venom’s villainous reputation to their advantage to gain entry into The Hole, a hangout for some of the baddest cats in the Marvel Universe. When we last left the Avengers’ covert unit, Venom was preparing to scuffle with Taskmaster over The Crown of Wolves.
The first highlight of this issue was all the heroic banter from Hawkeye, especially when he’s messing with Taskmaster. Since everything’s been so serious in the Marvel Universe lately with ‘Avengers Vs. X-Men’ going on, there’s been a lack of witty banter in the comics that pick up. (Sure, I could just pick up Spider-Man, but I’m on a budget here!).
Another thing that I enjoyed was the way Matteo Scalera draws Venom. There’s just something appealing to the cartoonishly large stature and the gnarly teeth that his style highlights about symbiote-infused Flash Thompson.
Lastly, the twist that they threw in at the end of the book was great! I didn’t see it coming and it was a pleasant surprise. Definitely not an M. Night Shyamalan twist here!
Overall, ‘Secret Avengers’ #30 had a lot of the things that I really enjoy about comic books: witty banter with some puns, a larger than life threat, interesting art, and an enjoyable story. Definitely an enjoyable read.
SECRET AVENGERS #30
Written by RICK REMENDER
Art by MATTEO SCALERA & MATTHEW WILSON
Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS & PETER STEIGERWALD