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Subj: Re: Secret Avengers #29: Name those villains...
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    Secret Avengers #29

    Awesome Art Adams artwork again on the cover. Of course, it means NOTHING.

    Steele is the Shadow Council mole. Not a fan but he'd make an interesting SA candidate - if not for his past and the convoluted team membership prerequisites. The way he talks about Max Fury may make you wonder if Nick Fury is sub/consciously on board with his evil clone's... agenda -- no, that sounds impossible. But why would -debatably- the most dangerous superspy in the world not have his evil equal as #1 on his to do list? No Prize: Cap told him off-panel to butt out and Nick listened -- no, that sounds impossible.


    HOLY CRAPOLY! If you had problems with The Hood gathering his Syndicate of Evil revolving prisondoor membership, of 20 or so, then you may have FIVE times that displeasure here. Sure, it's cool to see the line up BUT C'MON! Some of these guys MUST be NEW incarnations, if not a lot of 'em! HOW DARE SOME DAME ASSUME THE PRINCESS PYTHON PERSONA! And some of 'em must be DRUNK to associate with these others -- unless we are to believe the Shadow Council is THAT persuasive!

    Okay, someone is going to have to name EVERY villain that appears in this issue [since the writer is not finding a way to]. Actually looks like a bunch of S.O.E. dropouts.

Brothers Grimm
Ringer -- the new one
Whiplash -- the new one
Carrion -- but which one?
Killer Shrike
Princess Python -- who we saw in SA #21.1 (sadly, not Zelda)
Pink Pearl -- the erm... large woman.
Letha -- resurrected by The Hood
Titania/Lascivious -- resurrected by The Hood
Is that Griffin? Glad he's looking more human than animal.
Don't know the rest.

Oh! And Stilt-Man Woman... or whatever.

    Switch to international location. Introduce Sorcerer Rasputin and Skychurch concept.

I'll bet Rasputin is THE Rasputin. Grigorii Efimovich... who was close to the Romanovs. And related somehow to Colossus.

    Venom finally in SA decisive action. Nothing wrong with any of that. Except... WTH Marvel?! You continue with your attempts to make me hate Valkyrie with her terrible mishandling. Since her unsatisfying recruitment. Her totally illogical membership on this team. Right after her disappointing showcase maxi series. Instead of her usual wallflower presence, here during the battle she is in charge of computer keyboarding control?! Really?! No. We can only say 'improbable' since it is obviously not impossible. Even her reveal that the Shadow Council is 'making it's move' is... less than informative for the readers. Okay, her flirting moment with Flash was okay and at least, her Aragorn pulled his weight nicely.

Completely and utterly disagree with all of this... well, except for the bit about Aragorn. Why is it improbable?

    Eric's situation is intriguing. So, he is still his human self it would seem but somehow he acts brainwashed or converted by the Descendants. Or maybe he is faking. Either way works. Liked how his conversation with Father and Jan-bot was... WAITAMINNIT! She's from the future?! Did we know that?!

All of these Descendents are from the future. We saw this already. I'm not convinced Eric is Eric.

    nb. Crown of Serpent, Crown of Thorns, now Crown of Wolves. Might have to check if the latter two are in that last MU Arcana Handbook somehow. Especially since with some members N/A for this mission Hawkeye is content to run with a skeleton crew in the name of Inter/national security. Yeah, right. Not. Appreciate his detailing the reason for them being N/A but is it that improbable that he can't call in a magic expert to help the team and readers know more about the Crowns?! Hey, Valkyrie, Reject of Asgardia, do YOU know anyone with an immortal memory of knowledge/experiences around magical existence?

I think the crowns are new concepts.

Venom routinely grows like that.

Anyway, wasn't a bad issue. Definitely much better than the horrible AVX issues.

Grigori Rasputin had some sort of mystic failsafe that let him be reborn in the bodies of his descendants, I recall, which is why Mikhail Rasputin exiled himself into another dimension, to take himself out of that plan. I THINK it had to be the last surviving Rasputin though, although we don't know if Magik and Colossus's deaths took them out of contention.


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