By Paul Montgomery
Jessica Drew thought she had finished with secrets and lies, but March 2014 sees an end to that reverie.
As the newest recruit to Maria Hill’s team in SECRET AVENGERS, Spider-Woman joins Hawkeye, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Phil Coulson and more for S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most dangerous field assignments.
Can the team withstand the arrival of former enemies turned reluctant allies? Can lies save lives? Writer Ales Kot and artist Michael Walsh declassify an all-new chapter of covert intrigue, free-falling satellites and spilt martinis when SECRET AVENGERS kicks off once more with a new issue #1.
We tapped out some questions in Morse code to writer Ales Kot, who returned in kind.
Marvel.com: Who's joining the secret circle with SECRET AVENGERS #1? Should we trust any of them?
Ales Kot: Maria Hill runs S.H.I.E.L.D and therefore she runs the team as well. Hawkeye is a wild card thanks to events that have happened shortly before and prompted him to change his path a bit. Black Widow, Spider-Woman, Phil Coulson, Fury Jr. and...someone else are the Secret Avengers. And whether that someone else is to be trusted or not is entirely up to you. Based on the past, I would not necessarily believe everything he or she says. Then again, anyone can change.
Maria Hill has a history of lying to people and erasing their brains. Fury Jr. shot Hawkeye once upon a time. Coulson works for Hill, so who knows? Hawkeye lies by accident from time to time. Black Widow is a spy and therefore she fakes quite often. And Spider-Woman can be a bit confused sometimes.
So...trust? Sure, you can trust them.
Marvel.com: S.H.I.E.L.D. always has plenty on its plate when it comes to threats foreign and domestic. What are the most pressing concerns heading into this new chapter?
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Ales Kot: Internal problems, especially with new hires.
Repercussions of past activities.
A slew of hacked S.H.I.E.L.D satellites that might just fall back on Earth, often hitting densely populated areas.
A hired hitman entering the S.H.I.E.L.D headquarters.
One of Alan Moore's inventions.
Perfectly coordinated attacks that throw things a bit off balance.
Did I mention the whole problems with new hires part?
Marvel.com: It looks like Hawkeye and Spider-Woman just can't shake each other. Do you think they'll have any trouble mixing clandestine business with clandestine pleasure?
Ales Kot: They will most certainly have trouble. Does Spider-Woman want something to do with Hawkeye? Is Hawkeye even interested in being on the team? Will he ever become more responsible for his actions? Will she ever stop using her verbal nail gun on him? Time will tell, but I won't.
One thing is certain: they will enter a Russian spa in #1. Remember when [Matt] Fraction and [David] Aja had to put Hawkeye's icon in front of his crotch? There might be more of that. And there's a scene in “Eastern Promises” I want to re-stage as a weird, challenging, tense, occasionally absurd super hero fight.
Marvel.com: There are many flavors of secret agent stories. What tone do you hope to strike with this group? Are the martinis shaken or stirred?
Ales Kot: I am letting the tone emerge organically; talking to the characters, reading past stories, thinking about what their natural course is—well, less thinking and more observing, letting things play out in my head and then picking the bits that feel true. SECRET AVENGERS #1 will ideally feel like a combination of James Bond, “Breaking Bad,” “Arrested Development” and super heroes, and that's also precisely the tone I want to build upon overall.
So, the martinis? They are ejected into space and shot with a ray gun, but the ray gun also backfires and some of the martinis escape and start working for the terrorists because the other side ejected them into space and shot at them. But some of the martinis are having identity issues. And the ray gun is alive! But no one can ever know because reasons! Also explosions! Banter! Ocean! Land! Air! Space! Exclamation points!
Marvel.com: Anything else you’d like to tease?
Ales Kot: Sure. ::REDACTED::
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