Comic Browser:


Secret Avengers #7: Review

Aug 2013
Nick Spencer, Butch Guice

Story Name:

Mission 006: Iliad Pt. 2

Review & Comments

4 stars

Secret Avengers #7 Review by (January 30, 2024)

Review: And things grow very dark. Maria Hill relieves Daisy Johnson of command and abandons one of their agents in the field. This is the fascinating thing about this volume of the series: it’s frequently about setting the good guys against each other, conflicts caused by varying ideals and practical concerns in accomplishing the mission. But the heroes already signed away their rights to their memories and their consciences. The grimmer, colder good guys are the ones in charge.

Comments: Issue takes place before issue #5. Kobik is a splintered version of the Cosmic Cube, manifesting as a little girl; though mentioned occasionally and seen in a vision in issue #2, “she” doesn’t actually appear until AVENGERS STANDOFF: WELCOME TO PLEASANT HILL #1. Steve Epting and Brian Theis contributed to the pencils, Rick Magyar to the inks.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Secret Avengers #7 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Maria Hill and a squad of armed SHIELD Agents invade the Helicarrier Iliad, blowing open the door and confronting Director Daisy Johnson with a challenge. Daisy tosses it off with “Already got what I came for….”

On A.I.M. Island a/k/a Barbuda, Nick Fury Jr. has killed the Scientist Supreme. Hawkeye leaps in firing explosive arrows at the A.I.M. soldiers and Black Widow providing air cover by shooting her stings from atop a tower….

Hill informs Daisy she is officially relieved of command. Daisy makes a snide comment about Hill’s eagerness to take over and Hill punches her, accusing her, not of killing the Scientist Supreme, no one cares about him, but getting three operatives captured or killed…and Daisy corrects her, “Four operatives.”

On the island, Taskmaster and Mockingbird finish their job and head out to rescue the other Secret Avengers, Bobbi using CamoTech (see issues #2-3) to impersonate an A.I.M. agent. As the heroes fight the A.I.M. troops, Graviton appears in the sky, bringing down on them a crushing weight of gravity, pinning them to the ground. Hawkeye tells the villain not to look up. He does and he is stomped out of the air by the Hulk. And Iron Patriot (Rhodey) arrives with his army of drones. Hill questions Daisy’s choice to escalate the conflict, telling her she has forgotten the long game but Daisy says she thought it was about Kobik. Hill orders her off the ship….

As the heroes face off against the villains, Taskmaster is approached by Superia, who thinks he is on her side; she needs his help to get the real Scientist Supreme to safety. Mockingbird, disguised as an A.I.M. soldier, calls the Helicarrier to report that the Scientist Supreme, Andrew Forson, is still alive and she can get a shot at him. Hill tells her to stand down. Bobbi goes for it so Hill orders their psy-ops agent Ellis Love to invoke the [reverie] code word and erase Bobbi’s mind of all knowledge of the mission. As the Secret Avengers head for safety, Hawkeye asks where Mockingbird is. On Hill’s orders, Love again sends out [reverie] which alters the memories of the Avengers into thinking Mockingbird did not come on that mission but is safe on the Helicarrier. And Bobbi doesn’t know where she is. Maria Hill, now Acting SHIELD Director knows it had to be done to salvage the mission….     

Butch Guice
Butch Guice
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)

(Bruce Banner)
Nick Fury Jr.
Nick Fury Jr.

(Marcus Johnson)

Plus: Iron Patriot (James Rhodes), Quake (Daisy Johnson), Scientist Supreme (Andrew Forson), Superia (Deidre Wentworth).

> Secret Avengers: Book info and issue index

Share This Page