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Secret Avengers #20

December 2011
Warren Ellis, Alex Maleev

Story Name:

Encircle

Reviews & Comments

Rating:
4.5 stars

By Peter on October 18, 2017

Comments: Dr Druid’s appearance is said to be 36 hours before his death, which took place in DRUID #4.

Review: Amazing time travel epic is quite a convoluted story as Natasha bops about in her history in seemingly random order. Whether that makes the tale fun or confusing is up to the reader. My favorite touch: her first meeting with Chronus looks like a newspaper comic strip.


 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

A mission in Evje, Norway goes seriously wrong; ambushed by Shadow Council troops inside a tunnel, Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter are killed. With his dying breath, War Machine gives Black Widow the “escape hatch” a device from his wrist. She presses the button and...

...finds herself in an Italian villa five years in the past. She spends quite a bit of time working out how the device operates and the villa contains a cache of supplies and money for her to put the plan she has devised into action....

Natasha travels into the future to have Henry “Beast” McCoy explain how time travel works, then works out some details with Dr. Druid. She then goes back 44 years to find mad scientist Dr Khronus and funds him in his secret lab to create a time machine—and then keep refining it over the decades until he has a version that can fit on her wrist. Years later she persuades a general to include the device in War Machine's armor. Along the way, she filches one of the weapons used to kill her compatriots and takes it to weaponer Harry “Death-Ray” Evans, with a warning not to sell the guns to anyone else. She has him create a device that will sabotage the guns—and then knowing that he had sold the guns to the Shadow Council, she detonates a bomb at her villa, killing him.....

With all this prepared, she returns to the zero point and uses Evans' device to cause the enemy soldiers' weapons to explode in their hands. With her comrades now safe, she tosses the time machine into the flames, keeping the big secret to herself.

Elektra


Warren Ellis
Alex Maleev
Alex Maleev
Nick Filardi
John Cassaday (Cover Penciler)
John Cassaday (Cover Inker)
Paul Mounts (Cover Colorist)

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Beast
Beast
Black Widow
Black Widow
Dr. Druid
Dr. Druid
Sharon Carter
Sharon Carter
Steve Rogers
Steve Rogers