Henry McCoy (Earth-616) from A + X Vol 1 7 001
Beast're not fighting to stay here, you're staying here to fight.
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Lenny Gary
No, no -- you've still got it all wrong, my friend... To stay here is to fight.
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Synopsis for 1st story

As Skadi begins her assault on Washinton D.C., the Quinncarrier drops War Machine, Beast, and Ant-Man onto the battlefield. Beast saves a soldier, who tells him Major Stephenson is looking for him. Beast meets up with him and is told that a Congressman has locked himself in the House Chamber and wishes to speak with him. Beast asks who this Congressman is and he is told it is Leonard Gary, an old friend of his.

Beast breaks into the House Chamber and asks Leonard why he's locked himself in. He says that before the attack he was about to introduce a bill he's been trying to bring to the floor for eight years.

Outside, the Abraham Lincoln Statue and Smithsonian exhibits come to life and join the fight. Beast begins to suspect that this isn't about Leonard's bill. He explains that the people are scared and he wants to show them that America is not afraid. He asks Beast to find a way to turn the cameras that were left behind on so that he can address the world. In return, Beast wants to know if Leonard is a mutant, believing he is what brought the Lincoln Statue and Smithsonian exhibits to life. He denies being a mutant but strongly hints that he is one.

Beast gets the cameras to start working and has them broadcast on every network all over the world. Leonard addresses the world by reciting the Gettsyburg Address. After he finishes, the Capitol Building is destroyed and he is consumed in the fire.

Solicit Synopsis

FEAR ITSELF TIE-IN: Armies are mounting against the Avengers on every side, and even the Gods have turned their backs on Earth. With humanity facing it's gravest threat yet, Steve Rogers and his Secret Avengers will make some hard choices about what's just in times of war. And even as they do, a new danger of a different kind emerges-- one that confronts them not in the name of evil or fear, but freedom and liberty.


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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks

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So here we have the second issue of Nick Spencer's run on Secret Avengers. Last issue was kind of cool, with a sort of mission statement being given for the team (FINALLY!). And now we get the team thrown straight into Fear Itself...sort of.

This issue is complicated to review. The main story here, of Lenny Gary standing his ground is a great story. Pre-M-day, in an X-Men Unlimited or Marvel Comics Presents story, it would have been great. As a Secret Avengers story, as a Fear Itself doesn't work. The story of a man who's seen injustice and stood up against it, who's felt the need to stop prejudice when he finds it is a great, great story...but it's so intimate, and really could have worked with ANYTHING as a backdrop. Fear Itself just feels like another big battle, and not an actual Event (with the capital "E" for emphasis). This is a great Lenny Gary story. This is NOT a great Secret Avengers story. It's barely a good Beast story. It's a great story...but this feels like it should have been told elsewhere. When you pick up the Secret Avengers, you want to read about the Secret Avengers...not some random mutant who's managed to avoid detection. This isn't X-Men. This is Secret Avengers. This is a Fear Itself Secret Avengers tie-in. But there was no fear. There was a threat of imminent destruction, but it felt hollow. It felt fake. It felt orchestrated. It didn't feel natural.

All told: 2/5*.

  • If this had been told in an anthology book (maybe Divided We Stand), this would have been a 4/5, at least.

GrnMarvl14 01:46, May 26, 2011 (UTC)
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