And we've finally reached the bottom of my new comic pile! Huzzah... I guess... As always, the week's Runt of the Litter resides at the bottom of the pile, so maybe I shouldn't be all that excited... Eh, then again, maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised! More likely, I won't... Anyway, here comes Warren Ellis's finally issue of Secret Avengers.
Secret Avengers #21:
What Happened: The Secret Avengers use a giant hologram device on the Houston branch office of ONE(Office of National Emergency), making it look like the building was on fire. With most of the people having evacuated, the Secret Avengers enter the executive area and discover a few ONE agents who hadn't yet left. It seems one of them is a double agent for the Shadow Council. The Secret Avengers flush out the double agent, but not before the Shadow Council member frees some sort of giant, matter absorbing monster from the building's basement. The Secret Avengers eventually manage to kill the creature by collapsing the entire building onto it... Overkill much? With that, the Shadow Council double agent pulls out a concealed handgun and shoots herself in the head, ending this one.
Thoughts: Okay, first things first, shouldn't one of the Avengers have frisked the Shadow Council member to make sure she had no concealed weapons on her person?! I mean how dumb are they? What if she would have pulled the gun and shot one of the Avengers? That all just seemed uncharacteristically sloppy of the Avengers here. Besides that, I really have nothing good to say about this issue, or Warren Ellis's run on this series as a whole for that matter. For me, he just never clicked here and I'm glad to see Rick Remender taking over as the writer with the next issue. Maybe HE can be the guy to drag this series up towards respectability.
Score: 4 out of 10.Look, a giant monster!