Secret Avengers #25:
Summary: Huh, I JUST read this comic and barely remember what happened at the beginning... That's the definition of a forgettable story! Anyway, I'll just go through this issue page by page in order to do a quick review... The original Human Torch manages to catch up to robot Miss America, who tells him the (supposed) origin of Robotland. Basically, three scientists wanted to recreate the original Torch. With some magic they succeeded in creating 20 human/robot hybrids. However, one of the scientists(the Father) wanted to create hundreds(thousands?) of these hybrids. The magic scientist(the Son) doesn't think that's wise, as the hybrids would compete with humanity(like mutantkind) and leaves. The third scientist(the Mother... Rick Remender wasn't feeling very creative here, was he?) decides to free the hybrids, at which time they head into the world with no clue they were half robot. The Father creates a bunch of robots, and bides his time, capturing the hybrids and any offspring they managed to have. Having some understanding of things now, the Torch heads for the Father's base, and is joined by Capt. Britain. Meanwhile, Venom joins the battle to assist Valkyrie, who is inexplicably playing the “damsel in distress” role here... Really? Eventually Hawkeye, Black Widow(who was still safeguarding the child the Secret Avengers went to Robotland to rescue), Beast and Ant-Man manage to meet up while the Torch and Capt. Britain are confronted by a Master Mold robot. The Torch flies into the sentinel's head and tells it to self-destruct in five minutes. With that, the Avengers all meet up and are about to leave when a robot stabs through the Torch's chest. The Secret Avengers take the Torch back to
Thoughts: Ugh, I hated that reveal at the end of this one... I'm not using the word “dislike” or saying I “wasn't fond of it”, I'm using the word HATE. Ant-Man as a secret robot(on the Secret Avengers... heh...) means a) Ant-Man is really dead(for now) and b) this storyline will continue... Yeah, since the Avengers never even bumped into the Father, it was obvious this story was going to pop up again... Still, if robot Ant-Man wasn't here MAYBE this storyline could have simply been dropped, never to see the light of day again. Ah well. On the plus side, while this comic was SUPER-forgettable, it wasn't horrible!
Score: 6 out of 10.