Ed Brubaker reveals his Secret Avengers
Posted by dailypop on April 26, 2010
As the three current Avengers series are restarted as New Avengers, Avengers Academy, (simply) Avengers and Secret Avengers , there are plenty of readers asking why they should care. Here’s a good reason; Daredevil and Captain America scribe Ed Brubaker in charge of what could be the best Avengers comic seen in ages. Joined by artist Mike Deodato (who made the Dark Avengers series a must buy title), the new team is led by a recently revived Steve Rogers and consists of some classic Avengers choices in addition to a few new faces; Nova, Moon Knight, Sharon Carter, War Machine, the Beast, Black Widow, Valkyrie, Ant Man.
Brubaker spoke to iO9 about the new series to give readers an idea of what they can expect.
For Secret Avengers, you have a pretty diverse crew lined up (Nova, Beast, War Machine, Steve Rogers, Valkyrie, etc.). These are some fairly stand-up supes; they’re not like the Thunderbolts who have to be kept out of the public eye. What’s so secret about them?
The one element that ties all of these characters together is that they all have a certain military background, even with Valkyrie with Asgard. Beast has a history with the Avengers, and you can’t have a book like this without someone hitting up the science department. Of course, he’s going to be out in the field with these guys.
The real crux of what I’m trying to do is a team book that feels somehow different from how we’ve seen team books up to this point. This is very much about taking that pulpy espionage flavor, mixing it with a Mission Impossible vibe, and doing it with superheroes. It’s a new starting point. I’m not walking on to the X-Men or the Authority.
The first arc is very much about defining who their secret enemy is. I can’t really talk too much about, a lot of it is about the history of these guys. This is my chance to do something like SPECTRE or COBRA without going too corny. It’s very much something that ties in with real world history, but bringing in that Doc Savage, H.P. Lovecraft tradition that superheroes came out of. It’s very much about stuff we haven’t seen in Marvel.
Secret Avengers debuts this June.