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Secret Avengers: Run the Mission, Don't Get Seen, Save the World (Secret Avengers #4)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  684 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
A secret city buried a mile under America is discovered through the leakage of Von Doom radiation--a type of energy emitted only by time-travel devices. The Secret Avengers hea underground to a weird metropolis forgotten for decades, because a time machine in the wrong hands is the worst kind of WMD imaginable. Then: MI:13 learns that people are being abducted from village ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 11th 2012 by Marvel
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Jul 11, 2015 Aaron rated it really liked it
I will follow Ellis to the ends of the earth. This isn't the most amazing of his work I've ever read, but whenever you read Ellis on a team book, it's gonna be good. After finishing Brubaker's initial run on Secret Avengers, I was all but ready to give it up. There was just too much loud, explosive nonsense for a book that's meant to be about undercover operations and, well, "secrets." Ellis doesn't really nail the espionage aspect of this, either, but he at least justifies all the massive super ...more
Dec 08, 2015 Relstuart rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics
Much better than the previous Fear Itself tie-in book. It's a collection of single mission/single issue stories.
Sam Quixote
Oct 11, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it it was ok
This is a collection of one-issue missions the Secret Avengers go on, essentially superhero short stories. The line-up changes with each mission but it’s usually Captain America, Black Widow, Moon Knight, Beast, and War Machine. All second string characters (except for Cap) but I thought the brilliant Warren Ellis would bring them to life in new and interesting ways to make them more than the sum of their parts – unfortunately he doesn’t.

The book is made up of missions that feel like leftover i
Mar 27, 2015 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
A lot of fun to read, even if these aren't stories so much as a collection of action scenes. That's ok, I like action scenes. Especially action scenes that are well-written, have interesting visuals, and are filled with cool characters. Each issue is a stand alone story, and there isn't an actual dud in the collection. But I think I liked best the first story, for the interplay between the characters, for Natasha's love affair with an atomic car, and for Jamie McKelvie's art. Honorable mention g ...more
Mar 13, 2015 Martin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I loved this book. It has so many good things going for it that the few things I didn't like about it get negated. Hence the 5-star rating. This is a comic book geek's dream come true: A gold standard writer writing done-in-one stories for six different artists with different art styles. With covers by John Cassaday. What more could you ask for? Let's review each in turn:

(#16) "Subland Empire" Artist: Jamie McKelvie
This was by far my favourite story in this book. I absolutely love McKelvie's ar
Feb 05, 2013 Anthony rated it it was amazing
Once again, Warren Ellis proves how ahead of everyone else he is. His 6 issue run pre-empts both The New 52 and Marvel Now by a year or so, but you can see he's trying to achieve things here that both Marvel and DC are now trying to achieve with their current publishing plans. Shorter story arcs but not at the expense of a good story.

The artists he's paired with also help give each story a unique look in design and story telling. My favourite has to be the story drawn by David Aja, which is als
Nov 30, 2012 Craig rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is a mixed bag, something I've simply come to expect from a certain echelon of comic writer: Warren Ellis has reached that level of fame where he can really do whatever he wants with very little editorial tweaking. That's why it's so maddening when those things that he does choose to do seem so poorly constructed ie lacking editorial control. This collection - ostensibly individual stories but a veiled interconnected story - feels like I need to have read something else in order to understa ...more
Jun 17, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
Excellent set of one-off missions that Ellis throws at our band of covert semi-heroes. This collection of what I worry could be Ellis' final contribution to capes-and-tights storytelling are a fine example of what he contributes to the medium: new ideas, grounded in science and futurism, wrapped in super-tight plotting and dialog.

I especially liked the tesseract and how easily Shang-Chi adapted to impossible physics, and I loved Black Widow's time-travel adventure (especially her relationship wi
This trade collects Secret Avengers issues #16-21. These are six individually contained stories and are meant to be accessible. Familiarity with the core characters helps, but isn't needed.

In this collection, subtitled "Run the Mission, Don't Get Seen, Save the World", Warren Ellis has taken the concept of Earth shattering peril that must be dealt with out of the public's eye and condensed it down into a single issue story. Six times. Each issue here contains an action epic boiled down to the hi
Jeff Lanter
Jun 29, 2015 Jeff Lanter rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is by far the best volume of Secret Avengers yet (which probably isn't saying all that much), but it is a nice reward if you've stuck with it. Warren Ellis not only brings some all-star artists (Aja, Maleev, Immonent, and Lark), but also throws out the usual formula for superhero comics. Instead, we get a bunch of one shots that have no deeper connection to each other or the stories that have come before other than the Shadow Council returning as a villain. That really gives this volume a f ...more
Chris Lemmerman
This is how the Secret Avengers should be. Six one-shot issues in which they do exactly what it says on the tin - save the world, secretly, and be extremely awesome at the same time and even finding time for some humour too. Ellis captures each character's voice excellently, and the focus on a four/three man team in each issue was very well done, allowing each member to get some spotlight (except Ant-Man, for some reason). I was especially impressed with Ellis' Sharon Carter, who became more of ...more
Hmmmm...on a frame-by-frame basis, this instalment of the Marvelverse was awesome. I loved the artwork in most of the short stories (the facial expressions during several of the fight scenes really pulled me in), and the interactions between characters had all the snark and banter I could wish for.

Plus, I'm a complete sucker for dark, jaded post-Captain-America Steve Rogers (and lines like "I don't believe in torture. It's ugly, dishonourable and unreliable." *turns away* "So I'm going to let my
Aug 02, 2012 Batmanenrique rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-books
No tengo muy claro qué pretendía Marvel al poner como guionista a Warren Ellis durante 6 meses ¿Ganar tiempo para imaginarse como acabar la saga del Consejo de las Sombras (o como les hayan llamado en la edición española)? La verdad es que eso es lo que parece. Seis números en los que los Vengadores Secretos van desmantelando misiones de los supuestos malos malísimos pero sin averiguar nada. Con escenas tan "impresionantes" como esa en la que un prisionero al que has estado interrogando saque un ...more
James Schneider
Sep 24, 2012 James Schneider rated it really liked it
Secret Avengers is the very best type of Warren Ellis work that can exist in corporate comics. High concept sci-fi, between continuity, unrelated to other stories. This clearly exists as an idea dump, the characters as existing constructs to place into futurist stories. Ellis seems to be having fun here, and the artists attached, different for each story, are uniformly excellent. Jamie McKelvie and David Aja in particular are doing remarkable work these days.

This isn't my favorite Ellis work, I
Apr 22, 2012 Neil rated it really liked it
Warren Ellis is a great writer who, even at his worst, knows how to tell a story with pace and impact. In this volume of Secret Avengers, he is given license to write six single issue stories that portray this group of clandestine heroes taking on all kinds of dark, shadowy villains, and does so with his signature style of snappy dialogue, fast action, in-medias res storytelling, all punctured with the speculative pseudo-sciene he loves to use as MacGuffins.

Really, what Ellis does is take the s
Nov 12, 2012 Alan rated it really liked it
I'm an admitted Warren Ellis fanboy. As the back cover blurb says, " spy-fi thriller". Ellis does what only Greg Rucka had done before him in comics. Mix the grittiness of good British spy novels/television shows (think Sandbaggers) with American super heroes.

In most American comic stories of this type you do not see the martial arts master actually damage people, or the hero make the decision to kill 100s, perhaps 1000s to save millions. Another story is the best use of time travel I've read si
Oct 07, 2014 Todd rated it really liked it
This book is lots of fun. I'm not usually a fan of comics that are one issues rather than decompressed into a book length.

Moon Knight gets a few good lines. I often wonder what Beast is doing on a team like this. He's far too opposed to killing anyone. Steve is a little too torn up about the consequences of running these missions. Black Widow gets her star moment. War Machine, Shannon and Valkyrie don't really get a lot of face time, so they're a bit of a let down.

The art varies from issue to is
Shannon Appelcline
Feb 14, 2013 Shannon Appelcline rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-marvel
Pretty much Secret Avengers as Stormwatch with a dash of the super-spy Captain America of recent years. Crazy science, big-picture plots, and super coolness. The result should be great, but it’s subverted by an uncharacterized and constantly changing cast, and single issue missions which don’t give any room for depth. (At least Ellis remembers about the Shadow Council from the Brubaker issues!) It’s a pity because some of the individual concepts are quite clever, including all of the Black Widow ...more
Nov 10, 2012 David rated it did not like it
Shelves: comic-books
One author, Six artists. That usually tells you something about a troubled title. And indeed this is a troubled title. I really can't stress how bad this really is, but let me say, they make a Mass Killer out of the gentlest of Avengers, Hank McCoy - The Beast in one issue and the next it's not even mentioned. Warren Ellis' careers had some highs and lows. This is certainly his lowest. It's just a toss of scene. It's horrifyingly bad writing. The art is of course uneven throughout, but it's most ...more
Lewis Manalo
Jun 19, 2012 Lewis Manalo rated it it was amazing
Awesomeness. Unlike the previous trades of the Secret Avengers, there isn't just one story arc covered in the volume. The issues collected in volume 3 are basically separate stories, and the overall effect - as these Avengers explore secret underground cities and fight supernatural Russian mobsters - made me feel a nostalgia for the pulp days of Doc Savage and The Shadow, an era that I'm waaay to young to feel nostalgia for.
Jun 24, 2014 Silas rated it really liked it
This was quite good. It is a collection of single-issue stories that together form something of a sketch of an overarching storyline. It features characters from a number of sources, including two of my favorites (Beast and Moon Knight), and involves weird science fiction tales combined with espionage. Time travel features prominently, but is pretty well done, and I find myself interested in seeing what happens next.
Travis Roberson
Jun 05, 2012 Travis Roberson rated it liked it
While still fun, Warren Ellis' run on Secret Avengers is hardly as exciting as Brubaker's. Even though the six separate adventures featured in this collection are nice throwbacks to the comics of the 70s and early 80s, there's a lot left to be desired. The one-shot stories are nothing special and you tend to forget about the last as you start on the next one.

Guess it's time to see how Remender is handling the title now.
Joe Sergi
Apr 11, 2012 Joe Sergi rated it really liked it
Warren Ellis is a master plotter. This trade features several individual adventures that tie together into a larger story. Each has a different artist (and each is top notch). For the most part, the stories are more existential than the mainstream Avengers book, but doesn't require much work to keep up.

My favorite story in the book is the Black Widow centric one. I know from personal experience how hard it is to write a time travel adventure and Ellis pulls it off masterfully.
Nov 17, 2012 Jacob rated it liked it
I didn't like this as much as I expected to. Rather than be a six issue series with a continuous overarching plot, like Brubaker's run, this book is more like Global Frequency (a great series by the way) in that the stories are all self contained and drawn by different artists. I preferred Brubaker's run over this here Ellis book, but G.F. trumps everything else.
Tania Castillo
May 31, 2016 Tania Castillo rated it liked it
No me gusta mucho el hecho de que sean varias misiones en un solo tomo porque son tan cortas, que no logran profundizar casi nada y se vuelven algo predecibles. El número 16 y 17 no me gustaron, el 18 si, el 19 más o menos por que tienen un final rescatable y el 20 me gustó por la temática de los viajes del tiempo, fue interesante.
Jul 30, 2014 Tiamatty rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Ellis delivers a series of done-in-one stories of espionage, and it's right up his alley, so of course it's great. He gets paired with one talented artist after another, doing one odd, dark story after another. Moral quandaries, time travel, and awesome violence all come up a lot. Each issue of Ellis' run is among the best the book had.
***Dave Hill
Aug 08, 2012 ***Dave Hill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: illustrated
Warren Ellis can sometimes be too high concept for his own good, but here he manages to bring his "weird world" sensibilities to the Avengers -- "run the mission, don't get seen, save the world." Magic, strange science, some off-beat characters, definitely off-beat settings ... it's all triffically wonderful stuff, all centered on both secrecy and Steve Rogers.

Highly recommended.
Oct 22, 2013 Rob rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Okay this is more like it. A vast improvement over the horrible last volume. Some clever stuff here, especially the time travel story and the bit of it told through comic strips. Also, I'm a big fan of David Aja now. The only downsides are that this is a series of unconnected vignettes and not an overarching story line, and that the villains are turning out to be generic Lovecraftians.
Nov 19, 2014 sixthreezy rated it liked it
Honestly the only reason I powered through this at first was because they were in/underneath Cincinnati. Which I just felt like a little boy while reading that the AVENGERS were running around in my hometown hahaha. Not sure I'll keep on with the Secret Avengers though unfortunately...
Geoff Derks
Dec 10, 2012 Geoff Derks rated it liked it
Warren Ellis impresses me with his writing here. These stories are not necessarily following a certain arc, but stick with the same members. The artists change with every issue, but the art is solid.
#16-17, 21: 3/5
#18: 2/5
#19-20: 4/5
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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His graphic novel GLOBAL FREQUENCY is in development at Jerry ...more
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