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Secret Avengers #2: Review

Mar 2013
Nick Spencer, Luke Ross

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Mission 002: Bagalia

Review & Comments

4 stars

Secret Avengers #2 Review by (November 21, 2023)

Review: Nice issue shows how the Secret Avengers recruit Taskmaster for the team—by wiping his memory and planting him among the bad guys. After that bitterly cynical introduction, we begin to get the idea that maybe this SHIELD Dirty Tricks Squad can achieve something of value, without entirely compromising their morals. The banter between Taskmaster and Fury is quite amusing. The art suits the project nicely. And there’s the Iron Patriot in the offing.

Comments: Nick Fury jokes about Taskmaster as though he is a Mogwai from GREMLINS. Jude the Entropic Man started out as a cultist called Yazgan, who was killed in GIANT-SIZE MAN-THING #1; he was resurrected by the Cosmic Cube as Jude in MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #42-43; this is his third appearance. Bagalia was first seen in SECRET AVENGERS (vol. 1) #21.1. Taskmaster made an enemy of Thorndrake over the Serpent Crown in SECRET AVENGERS #29-32. There’s a bar in Bagalia called Soze’s Lair, presumably after the villain in THE USUAL SUSPECTS. During the opening test, Gorgon and Kobik appear in a vision. Gorgon is Tomi Shishido, an X-Men bad guy; more on Kobik in issue #7’s comments.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Secret Avengers #2 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

At the Gate, an A.I.M. secret research facility in the Arctic Circle, Andrew Forson, Scientist Supreme, oversees the testing of a huge new machine, using himself as guinea pig. The test is a success and when done, Forson speaks the code word which causes all of the scientific team to shoot themselves and sets the place to self-destruct. He moves on to St. Petersburg….

Nick Fury Jr. is in Bagalia, a nation ruled by criminals and populated by the Masters of Evil. He has cut a deal with Crossfire to let him see Taskmaster, imprisoned in the city, and offer the man a job….

In St. Petersburgh, the Scientist Supreme kills another successful colleague for setting his sights too low. He surveys A.I.M.’s new High Council: Yelena Belova, Mentallo, Superia, Graviton, and Jude the Entropic Man….

In Bagalia, Crossfire reveals the deal was a ploy to capture Fury; Fury activates a device in his shoe that clobbers Crossfire. He frees Taskmaster and they head out but an alarm goes off and soon they are fighting dozens of supervillains.  Then backup arrives: Black Widow and Hawkeye riding atop a flying car piloted by Phil Coulson. The heroes escape but Taskmaster is recaptured. The mob wants to tear him apart but Shadow Council Director Aloysius Thorndrake claims him and the others back down. Once indoors, Thorndrake is revealed to be Mockingbird disguised by SHIELD CamoTech….

Taskmaster meets with Coulson who offers him a job; and then triggers the memory implant with the word “Reverie.” And the next thing we see is Taskmaster joining the A.I.M. High Council, with no memory of being recruited by SHIELD….

Luke Ross
Luke Ross
Matthew Wilson
Tomm Coker (Cover Penciler)
Tomm Coker (Cover Inker)
Daniel Freedman (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Clayton Cowles.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)

(Franklin Hall)

(Clint Barton)
Nick Fury Jr.
Nick Fury Jr.

(Marcus Johnson)
Phil Coulson
Phil Coulson


Plus: Crossfire, Jude the Entropic Man (Yazgan), Masters of Evil, Mentallo (Marvin Flumm), Scientist Supreme (Andrew Forson), Super-Adaptoid (Yelena Belova), Superia (Deidre Wentworth).

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