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Secret Avengers #18: Review

Oct 2011
Warren Ellis, David Aja

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4.5 stars

Secret Avengers #18 Review by (April 18, 2015)
Comments: The station is patterned after Relativity, a drawing by M.C. Escher (Google it).

Review: What an odd issue. It works best as a showcase for David Aja’s art with the incomparable Shang-Chi. The dizzying action scenes which make up most of the tale are breathtaking. On the other hand we’re also treated to a very detailed and very unnecessary explanation of the MacGuffin and a MacGuffin by definition is never important. Terrific issue then—unless you try to wrap your brain around the Beast’s exposition.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Secret Avengers #18 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

On orders from Steve Rogers, Shang-Chi fights his way through a horde of Shadow Council minions in a station that defies all the rules of physics. Steve and Sharon Carter quickly head toward his location….


We learn from the Beast that the Shadow Council is mining “transmatter” in a “bad continuum," a parallel world where the laws of physics are different from those we know. This transmitter would make a very nice doomsday bomb….


The three heroes link up but Shang-Chi resents just being a thug; when he determines which entry tube leads to the place they are looking for by touch, Steve reminds him he is one of the Secret Avengers. They confront the mastermind: Arnim Zola 4.2.3, an update that took on a life of its own. The baddies take off in their craft, Steve leaps aboard at the last second and proceeds to beat up all the henchmen and wreck Zola. The Avengers then deliver the ship to Reed Richards for his collection.

David Aja
Jamie McKelvie
Raul Allen
John Cassaday (Cover Penciler)
John Cassaday (Cover Inker)
Paul Mounts (Cover Colorist)


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