The New Marvel: ‘Secret Avengers’

The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW! Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.


Working with S.H.I.E.L.D. has always been a dubious situation for superheroes; many don’t trust the machinations of the mega-spy agency that produced Nick Fury, and for good reasons, but the Avengers have always had a history with them to the point that several longstanding members actually ran it for a while.  Now, following the resurgence of mutants in the world, many have distanced themselves from the agency once again, except for Black Widow and Hawkeye. They have started working closely with S.H.I.E.L.D. through unusual circumstances.  Despite their close connection to the superhero community, these two close-bonded comrades fight in clandestine operations no one else knows about; they are the Secret Avengers.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

Covering Issues #1-6

While picking up some of the clandestine operational status of the previous Secret Avengers title, this series has very little to do with its predecessor, whereas everyone was aware of what was going on in the previous series. Here, Hawkeye and Black Widow are kept in the dark all of the time, thanks to technology implanted in their brains that literally compartmentalizes information.  While I am a bit taken aback by the fact that this happens, I am happily astounded by the way that this is being portrayed: true self-clandestine operations in a super-top-secret fashion from the world’s top intelligence agency.  This is what I’ve come to expect from such spy organizations, and the fact that Marvel has actually done it greatly pleases me.  While I am sure Hawkeye and Black Widow would disagree, I think it is fabulous to see a true secret team take on high-profile, yet low-key, operations.

Despite this situation of logistical correctness, I still have a hard time believing that Daisy Johnson is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., interim or otherwise.  She may be talented and intelligent, but she is way too young to hold that kind of responsibility, not to mention her close ties with Nick Fury, who has become persona non grata with nearly everyone in existence.  The saving grace of this is that because she was interim, she didn’t have much in the way of actual authority. The real power rested in Maria Hill, who has been a constant staple in the agency for nearly a decade of comics publishing.  Also, the fact that the son of Nick Fury is given field command while he hasn’t had a lot of time in the field is, again, slightly unorthodox, but he does seem to get the job done.

We’ve already seen what kind of consequences having superheroes on a black ops team can have, thanks to the on-the-whim decisions by Daisy, but what I want to know what the lasting effects of these two well-known Avengers having their memories compartmentalized from the rest of their brain will be.  For Black Widow I can see it being something she’s had to deal with before during her old KGB days, but for Hawkeye . . . well, he’s not always the most trusting of persons, so I am sure this is having a significant toll on his well being.  I wonder if he’s going to shoot himself in the foot with an arrow to try and get out on a discharge technicality. Probably wouldn’t work, though. I hear S.H.I.E.L.D. has a great medical plan.

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