First review of the new week is my Pick of the Litter, Secret Avengers #22. Instead of talking about it, let's get to that review!
Secret Avengers #22:
Summary: In Pakistan, a terrorist attempts to detonate himself in a crowd, but is shocked to see a nearby woman absorb the flames from the blast and amplify said flames, nearly destroying the entire village. Some random robots know about this and decide to investigate. Meanwhile, in the Avengers Earth orbiting base, the Watchtower... Oops, did I say Watchtower? How careless of me... I meant to say Lighthouse, which is where the Secret Avengers were stationed... Why ever would I think “Watchtower”??? Anyway, the Secret Avengers(Hawkeye, Captain Britain, Beast, Ant-Man, Black Widow, Valkyrie) hear about the terrorist attack and decide to investigate as well. The Secret Avengers end up saving the woman from the terrorists, who had captured her hoping to harness her abilities, but the Secret Avengers are soon assaulted by the weird robot guys from earlier. The robots manage to capture the woman and escape, which was a part of Hawkeye's plan, as he had Ant-Man hitch a ride on one of the robots. This issue ends with a cabal of androids and robots plotting evil deeds.
Thoughts: Wow, this was... not at all what I was hoping for... I mean, I've enjoyed the hell out of Rick Remender's Venom work, I've enjoyed most of his Uncanny X-Force work, but I have to say, with the exception of the team(which I like... mainly), this issue did absolutely nothing for me. First off, Captain Britain was just as unlikable as usual. Besides him though, I really like the team here(even though I'd bet GOOD money that Ant-Man will be biting the bullet soon). The story? I really have nothing good to say about it. It varied between boring and annoying. The dialogue was pretty good, as Remender seemed to have Beast and Hawkeye's voice's down rather well. All things considered, especially in light of how much I was looking forward to this one, this issue was a major letdown.
Score: 5 1/2 out of 10.
At least Hawkeye and Beast were in this issue...