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Secret Avengers #14: Review

Jun 2011
Nick Spencer, Scot Eaton

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Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Secret Avengers #14 Review by (March 3, 2020)

Review: Hm, I didn’t expect to see Valkyrie’s origin in this comic but it makes perfect sense, using the war and the doomed love of a pair of modern soldiers to put her life’s mission into perspective. Very nice, if a tad predictable—be honest, you knew one of the two soldier lovers was going to die even before you learned their names. And yet the glory, necessity, and horror of war are wrapped up in Odin’s speech to the prospective Valkyrie. And with the War of the Realms several years later, Brunnhilde has been reunited with her beloved Sigmund though the later writer hasn’t seen fit to include him.

Comments: FEAR ITSELF tie-in, falls in the middle of issue #4 of the main series, before Sin’s forces reach Manhattan. The attack on Philadelphia shows One and Two Liberty Place (the latter toppling) and the statue of General John Reynolds (missing an arm) in front of City Hall. Strangely, toward the beginning of the issue the Captain says Philadelphia has been conquered but the panel seems to show the White House and Philadelphia is clearly the focus of the battle later in the issue. Jaime Mendoza and Rick Ketcham shared the inking chores.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Secret Avengers #14 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Two soldiers, Hayes (male) and Stevens (female), are in a romantic relationship and are late for the briefing from their commander on the imminent military action against the forces of the Serpent. Steve Rogers has sent one of the Secret Avengers, Valkyrie, to lead the attack. Invited to address the troops she says only, “Most of you are going to die today” and walks out. Hayes and Stevens flirt while preparing for the mission; Stevens thinks Val looks a bit nervous while Hayes says this isn’t anything she hasn’t seen before…. Val’s mind goes back to the ancient time when she was the young princess Brunnhilde who had a crush on her father’s greatest warrior Sigmund who has been teaching her to fight….

The fight in Philadelphia against Sin’s troops in battle armor is a bloody one, Hayes and Stevens doing their best—but then an enemy fires at them and Hayes shields Stevens’ body with his own and is mortally wounded…. Val remembers the ancient battle where Sigmund died protecting her…. Val kills the enemy soldier and tells Stevens to leave him and come along. She refuses…. Val recalls the arrival of Odin the enemy leader and her refusal to leave Sigmund’s body behind. At first angry, Odin is impressed by her devotion and tells her of his plan to create a resting place for the heroic dead and he offers her the position of Valkyrie, carrying their souls to Valhalla to find peace and serving as a symbol and inspiration to those in battle…. And Val carries Hayes’ body off the field for Stevens….

Scot Eaton
Frank D'Armata
Adi Granov (Cover Penciler)
Adi Granov (Cover Inker)
Adi Granov (Cover Colorist)


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