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Secret Avengers, Volume 1: Mission to Mars (Secret Avengers #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  1,719 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
Who are the Secret Avengers? Are they a covert team of heroes working the darkest corners of the globe to stop disaster? Are they part-spy, part-superhero? Are they Steve Rogers' newest idea to save the world...or all they all of the above? A new era begins as Marvel's hottest team takes a 21st century twist!

Collecting: Secret Avengers 1-5
Hardcover, Premiere, 136 pages
Published February 2nd 2011 by Marvel
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Jun 16, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix
Nick Fury’s super clone, Max, is running around the Marvel universe half-cocked doing stuff. Max has all of Nick’s memories and used to think he was the real deal. He would take down Marvel villain groups who use acronyms (H.Y.D.R.A, A.I.M.), but eventually started using his skill set for misguided purposes. I try to imagine if, I, Jeff had a super clone out there. What would he be doing?

a) Climbing Mt. Everest
b) Working in a free clinic and helping the needy
c) Writing world-wide best sellers
Dec 12, 2015 Terence rated it liked it
Steve Rogers has put together a secret Avengers team to take on the missions no one else can.

All I kept thinking was that this secret team thing has been done before and done better. It doesn't help that the team consists of the little to no personality group. Even the characters with personality never got an opportunity to display it. The Mission to Mars felt way out to left field just like Max did.

I know a lot of people swear by Ed Brubaker, but I've had mixed results so far. I also wasn't en
Nov 13, 2011 Kemper rated it really liked it
Steve Rogers is back from the dead but not acting as Captain America. Instead, Steve has been appointed the ‘top cop of the world’, the individual in charge of dealing with threats from all the super villains, alien attacks, black magic, powerful artifacts and evil corporations in the Marvel universe. Steve-O probably won’t be getting many days off.

Steve is recruiting new teams of Avengers to deal with all this crap and this includes a secret team to gather intelligence and do covert type operat
Sep 06, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

The idea behind Secret Avengers is good, and Volume 1 has a solid finish (view spoiler), so I'm hoping for good things from this title in the future.
I'll admit that I was a little confused when I saw that the guys in the other secret organization were wearing black spandex with a giant snake symbol on the front of their outfits.
Is this a G.I. Joe crossover issue? Are these the evil agents of Cobra?!
Happily, that was not the case. Thi
Aug 20, 2013 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
I like the idea of this book: a black ops Avengers. Sounds like fun. The makeup of the team is... Well, it isn't exactly built for stealth. There's Cap, because he has to be in every Avengers book (super soldiers don't need to sleep), but I'm fine with that because he has this sort of work in his history. Black Widow is a natural choice, and considering his powerset, so is Ant-Man. Despite being very blue, Beast could do some good work here. But the rest of the characters seem like odd choices, ...more
Feb 18, 2011 Mike rated it liked it
Fun bit of Avengers work - having Brubaker's writing complemented by yet another realistic artist is a treat. The story is interesting with just a bit of Brubaker's trademark mystery, and the action is gorgeously rendered as Deodato always seems to do.

This isn't mind-blowing work but it is worth reading, which is more than I can say for a lot of the titles that were launched for the Heroic Age. This is *much* better than that "Avengers" tripe put out by Bendis/Romita Jr.

However, upon a second re
Oct 04, 2011 Jamie rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphicnovels
I wasn't expect much from this, another Avengers book and one with a name that struck me as kind of goofy, but I was pleasantly surprised. Brubaker has put together a group of heroes as a covert strike team, and he handles their first adventure with pretty impressive skills. I wouldn't have expected him to write cosmic action as well as he does, but that's my bad for assuming he was more of an earthbound author. Deodato is also well suited for the fight scenes, he has a dynamic sense of layout t ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Aaron rated it liked it
A surprisingly weak entry from Brubaker, who's now back to writing Steve Rogers, the character he has arguably been best at writing in all his time at Marvel. First of all, I'm not 100% convinced this book lives up to its own premise. "Secret" Avengers to me sounds like this is going to be a lot of espionage and tactical superheroics set apart from the other Avengers comics. I mean, that's basically what this book claims to be. Buuuut, it isn't?

In the first few pages, we do get some spy stuff. B
Dmitry Yakovenko
Oct 04, 2016 Dmitry Yakovenko rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Secret Avengers, Vol. 1: Mission to Mars, Secret Avengers, Vol. 2: Eyes of the Dragon.

Снова Эд Брубейкер написал историю про Капитана Америка и снова я с радостью бросился знакомиться с ней, ведь очень уж мощным был ран этого автора на Кэпе.

Этот ран на "Секретных Мстителях" вышел не столь объёмным и качественным, как пятый том Капитана. Всего двенадцать выпусков повествующих о том, как Роджерс собрал секретную командую для тайных операций по спасению мира. В команду вошли: сам Кэп, Чёрная вдова,
Jeff Lanter
Jun 21, 2015 Jeff Lanter rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
While I don't know how this ties into the Heroic Age event or crossover or whatever Marvel was doing when this was released, I thought Secret Avengers was pretty easy to pick up and enjoy. It certainly has an interesting team with plenty of potential. Steve Rogers, Moon Knight, a version of Ant Man (I think?), Beast, Sharon Carter, and Valkyrie make for an interesting and pretty diverse team. Unfortunately, not all of these characters got to shine in this volume, but I hope more will in the futu ...more
Dec 21, 2010 April rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I was so excited when I saw that this was coming out, and I am still excited now that I have finished. This graphic novel was perfection. Great action, great plot, and the pacing really worked giving this new Avengers spin-off quite a promising start. I also really liked the insight into not-Nick Fury that followed the four issues focused on the first mission.

The team dynamics have barely begun to form here, and that will be really great to watch develop since I really like most of the
Zack! Empire
Aug 17, 2014 Zack! Empire rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics
I like espionage, I like mysteries, I like Avengers, so are you surprised to hear I like this book?
The team line up is cool. I don't know anything about this version of Ant-Man, but he seems interesting. War Machine is always cool. I really don't know why he isn't used more since he is an Iron Man you can give orders to. And who the hell doesn't like Moon Knight? Even my mom thinks Moon Knight is cool. (Well, if she knew who he was she would.)
One thing though is that this story feels like a plo
Dec 29, 2015 Ran rated it did not like it
I hated it from the first Sharon/Steve smooch. To be completely honest, I only wanted to know why it appeared that Steve was donning Nova's helmet on the back cover. But I wasn't aware it was Richard Rider and not Sam Alexander. The tag line on the back cover is, "Steve Rogers has a secret."His super secret spy team? Which is comprised of Black Widow, Valkyrie, War Machine, Beast, Ant-Man (Eric O'Grady), and Moon Knight (what the hell, Cap?)? Only David Aja's work saved the entire collection fro ...more
this wasn't my favourite marvel comic but it also wasn't my least favourite, I did like where the story line was going in this comic but not enough for me to splurge and buy the next vol. maybe later on I will though.
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 24, 2012 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I'm a Silver Age comics fan, a huge fan of Captain America. I "found" the Marvel Universe around 1963 or '64, Cap and the Avengers were my favorite books.

I stopped collecting back in the '70s and have only recently begun to look at the "new generation" of books and some of the "reimaginings" of the heroes I read when young. Frankly one of the things that bothered me "back in the day" when I stopped collecting was it seemed the writers didn't know what to do with cap (hey, it was the '70s).

Here S
Jan 16, 2013 Paul-Jon rated it liked it
Ed Brubaker writes a 'black ops' (uuurgh) team of Marvel folks who go to Mars to stop some corporate/evil magic/spy baddies and their mystical deathcrown (made of pan-dimensional ghost-snakes or summat).

The team in this book is an odd one, and not in an interesting way. Brubaker writes a good Beast (in a decidely non-secret outfit with a huge yellow 'A' on it) and I've got a lot of time for Nova and Valkyrie, but I'm just never going to care about Moon Knight, or find Irredeemable Ant Man anythi
Jonathan Schildbach
Nov 12, 2015 Jonathan Schildbach rated it it was ok
Finally got around to reading the 'New Avengers' run with Moon Knight, along with Ant-Man, Valkyrie, Nova, Scarlet Widow, Steve Rogers, Beast, and more other characters than can possibly be used effectively in telling this story. So, not that the level of involvement of Moon Knight is the number one criteria for juding the quality of this overall work, but basically, Moon Knight made a comment or two in the ship on the way to Mars. Then when they all got to Mars, he jumped out, along with the re ...more
A quick read with only five issues in the trade. I'm not a big fan of Mike Deodato art work. I've never really liked his style. It feels to dark, but that might just be how the inkers ink it. The story itself is only okay. I except mush more from Brubaker when I pick up his stuff. He is one of the best comic book writers out there and this just didn't feel like the top of his game. I also didn't like the characters they had for the secret avengers. It felt more like a Defenders book, there was n ...more
Shawn Fritsche
Jan 23, 2011 Shawn Fritsche rated it really liked it
Of the new Avengers titles, I was most intrigued by Secret Avengers for two reasons. First, it was being written by Ed Brubaker. Second, the characters that were making up this Avengers team- Captain America, War Machine, Ant Man, Black Widow, Moon Knight, Nova, Valkyrie and Beast. The first four were Avengers mainstays, but the others had me scratching my head.
However, after reading the first story arc, they made perfect sense as they all fulfilled specific roles on the team.

I really enjoyed
TJ Shelby
Mar 02, 2011 TJ Shelby rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel
Think of this as the Avengers version of X-Force, except that I doubt Steve Rogers will allow lethal force. Cool story and I like the team that was put together. Steve Rogers as team leader. Sharon Carter as the inside intel liaison and will probably function like Oracle for the Bat-world (plus, how could Rogers leave his girlfriend out). War Machine, it's like having Iron Man, minus the drama. Black Widow, Beast, Valkyrie, Moon Knight, Ant-Man (the former Thunderbolt version) and Nova.

Scott Lee
Aug 28, 2012 Scott Lee rated it liked it
Brubaker gives a solid start to this series--nothing spectacular, but I knew that because I was collecting it back in the day and let it go somewhere after the "Mission to Mars" arc. The team certainly had a lot of potential, and Brubaker is a heck of a writer to have in charge--first arc is all action with only a few implicit character moments though. It's good action, and it introduces a potentially cool new enemy of the Hydra/A.I.M. variety, but I don't think they lasted much beyond Brubaker' ...more
Jun 23, 2012 SA rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2012
This title doesn't quite feel as well thought-out as other Brubaker titles; I'm really into the idea of Steve as top cop, but I wish they'd then done something innovative with, like, Steve investigating or something, instead of super-spy stuff. It's also hard to do super-spy stuff with a team as large as this one; it feels less believable that it would somehow remain secret.

Also, Mars wtf? There are so many things they could have done with this title, but going far into left field for the villai
Nov 16, 2012 Gavin rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I grew up with the Avengers as the team I followed the most, so I'm always interested in what they're up to and how many versions of the teams there are. This version, sort of a Black-Ops team, created by Ed Brubaker and led by Steve Rogers (not as Captain America) is a very interesting team, which includes War Machine, Beast, Valkyrie, Sharon Carter, Moon Knight, Nova, and Ant-Man (Eric O'Grady - not Hank Pym). Their first adventure arc takes them to Mars and run ins with Martians and secret so ...more
Phillip Berrie
3.5 maybe, but not 4.

The artwork for this episode is superb but the story never really worked for me.

This is probably because the whole idea of a Secret Avengers doesn't work for me because the public identities of two of the roster makes it pretty apparent who these people are (i.e., Steve Rogers and Hank McCoy). So, to actually do anything secret that involves prolonged fighting means killing their opponents, which isn't a very Avengers thing to do. (Note, I am not including the Black Widow h
Feb 14, 2013 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
During the shocking brief (if you believed it was permanent) period when Steve Roger was a secret agent in uniform rather than Captain America, he put together a covert Avengers squad to deal with things the regular Avengers couldn't take care of. Longtime Cap scribe Ed Brubaker handles the story, setting up a nice mix of espionage and superheroics with a fairly eclectic group made up of Steve, Beast, War Machine, Nova, Black Widow, Valkyrie, Ant-Man, Moon Knight, and Sharon Carter. First missio ...more
Ian Williamson
Jan 27, 2015 Ian Williamson rated it it was ok
I loved Brubaker's take on Captain America but here in 5 issues I didn't feel that anything special was happening, and more importantly why it was chosen for the Marvel Graphic Novel Collection. The type of story been told seems like it's been told a few times and here there isn't a new spin, and you don't feel as though this is a team, and they ALL seem to be pedestrian in the narrative, you could take the majority of these characters out of this tale and your would have the same outcome. All I ...more
Martin Yankov
Apr 26, 2011 Martin Yankov rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
A pretty good read. We all know Brubaker just LOVES black-ops and undercover operations and stuff like that. And he also loves writing about Marvel's cosmic world and galaxy wars. So here we got both. The atmosphere is a little bit dark, but the story is not too serious or depressing.
Still, I expected a little bit more from "Misson to Mars" arc... It takes 4 out of the 5 issues, presented in this volume. It is a good arc, but and AMAZING one, as I hoped. But the 5th issue delivers big time. Bru
Jon Arnold
Norman Osborn’s gone, Steve Rogers has come in to clean up the mess he left. But he still thinks a black ops team is a good idea, so maybe devils have the odd good idea after all. Brubaker and Deodato make this one a lot of fun, opening with some aftershocks from Fear Itself and a plot spanning two worlds. The action is fast and flavoured with the right amount of wit and Deodato’s art is slick, enhancing the inevitable action sequences and coming up with a few memorable images. Despite the lack ...more
Oct 06, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic_novels
While on the whole I'm a fan of the Heroic Age, I wish they hadn't separated all the Avengers into the different teams... and then proceeded to include a bunch of people I care nothing about. I was so very psyched to see Beast as an Avenger again... but not in a group consisting largely of B-listers and newbies (excepting Steve, Rhodey, and Natasha). Also, Brubaker continues to lack a sense of humor. Yes, he's a perfectly good writer. But he'd be better if he could learn to laugh at himself.
Feb 26, 2015 Simon rated it liked it
This was quite intriguing, a secret spy team set of stories. It started a little weak, but the premise kept me hooked.

And there were some real gems in the storyarc, the Warren Ellis stories were absolutely superb, and evoked Planetary at its best.

Unfortunately towards the end it seemed to get taken over by a new writer who had no idea about the storylines that had come before, and all the stuff that had been building up, just got... forgotten about with a weak-ass conclusion to the whole series.
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Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central and Uncanny X-Men. In more recent years, he has focused solely on creator-owned titles
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