While this news is a bit old since it was announced at NYCC last month, it may be a bit out dated, but considering comic book news and when it hits are month apart, who cares. It's well worth reminding you at how truly bad this idea is.
Do you recall Nick Spencer, the truly awful writer for Marvel and his horrible run at Secret Avengers? Well, he's back and the idea behind this new title relaunch is just a bad.They're bringing back the Secret Avengers... Only far more stupid this time.
At this weekend’s New York Comic-Con, Marvel is showing off one of the most intriguing titles of the companywide “Marvel NOW!” initiative: A relaunched Secret Avengers series coming in February 2013, which focuses on S.H.I.E.L.D., the semi-omniscient government agency. S.H.I.E.L.D. is having a bit of a moment right now: It’s the connective tissue for Marvel’s cinematic universe, and ABC is currently producing a Whedon-powered S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. And Secret Avengers puts the agency front and center. “S.H.I.E.L.D. has decided that they want their own Avengers team,” says Nick Spencer, who is writing the series, with Luke Ross handling penciling duties. “But Avengers are loose cannons: They’re independent operators, they don’t have security clearance, they have a history of becoming bad guys.”
Hence, the key twist in Secret Avengers: Thanks to the memory implant technology first seen in the 2005 Brian Michael Bendis-scripted series Secret War, “Nobody on this team actually knows that they’re on this team.” For members of the team, a specific keyword activates their programming when it’s time for a mission; once the mission is done, the same keyword wipes their memory. “It’s a very different kind of book,” says Spencer, “A covert ops, black ops spy book.” (Spencer cites 24, James Bond, and the BBC series Spooks as influences, along with the work that Ed Brubaker has done with Marvel’s espionage world in the last decade.) Today, EW is excited to exclusively reveal the members of the team, with commentary from Spencer:
On a scale of one to ten in terms of bad ideas, this ranks in there as an 11. I mean, it just sounds incredibly stupid. So who's in the line up? Hawkeye, Black Widow, Black Nick Fury, Mockingbird, Taskmaster, Iron Patriot, Hulk and pretty much anybody. You know, since they're all sleeper agents. They even said that Winter Soldier would be tossed in there as an important character.
I can't really even imagine the whole memory concept thing lasting long. The very notion of implanting a memory-wiping device in someone like Taskmaster is hilarious on so many levels. The dude's power is to mimic the actions of those who he fights.
The whole thing is just bad all around. Boy, did Secret Avengers never actually live up to what it felt like it was going to. The concept of the heroes as sleepers and Fury activating to do missions is shady as fuck and all sorts of fucked up. It's also really impossible for them to have any growth at any point of the story.
I re-read Secret War and everyone that participated in that did so of their own free will. Not because they were brainwashed into doing so. Fury recruited them and just went farther with the mission than most of them were comfortable with. Then he mind-wiped them. Wolverine was the angriest over this because he was really okay with Fury's fight-terrorism-with-terrorism plan, and there was no reason to mind-wipe him at all. Especially when Wolverine hates it when people do that to him.
Much the same, Winter Soldier has had his mind wiped and it has been a sore spot with him. So perhaps this isn't the best thing to do to characters like that. Besides, didn't they already learn from DC with Sue's rape and death that mind-wiping your characters is fucking stupid?
I guess it's the same ol' same ol' at Marvel.