(CBR) The Marvel Universe is a place where the fantastic and the realistic collide on a regular basis, which means that in Marvel New York there are areas that are metaphorical war zones and there are often neighborhoods that are literal ones as well. That's currently the case in "Infinity," the Marvel event that finds the armies of the intergalactic tyrant known as Thanos ravaging New York, while the Avengers are off in space fighting an entirely different battle to protect Earth.
That leaves New York's remaining heroes to protect the Big Apple from alien marauders and writer Ed Brisson and artist Luke Ross kick off a two-issue story arc in "Secret Avengers" #10 that finds the espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. mobilizing the remaining members of the titular team to defend Brooklyn. Brisson joins CBR News for a look at the valiant defenders of Brooklyn and the alien and human challenges awaiting them as they try to keep the borough from falling to Thanos' forces.
CBR News: Ed, "Secret Avengers" #10 marks your Marvel Comics debut and the two-issue guest stint ties into Marvel's "Infinity" event. How does it feel to have your first Marvel comic see print? And what's it like writing a story like this where you're filling in for regular "Secret Avengers" writer Nick Spencer and tying into an event your first time out? It seems like you're jumping into the deep end of the pool on your first time out.
Ed Brisson: I've been a Marvel reader since forever, so it's pretty cool to get a kick at the can and to see my name on the cover of a Marvel book.
Filling in for Nick Spencer is a bit nerve-wracking. People love him. I know what it's like to be following a series because of a writer only to find some other chump stuck in there for an issue or two. Just that overwhelming, WTF?!? feeling. I just hope that I can be a chump who delivers.
Beyond that, coming in on an event book was fine by me. Having the situation already set (i.e., aliens are invading NY, what the hell you gonna do about it, S.H.I.E.L.D.?!?) gave me a nice place to start and build out from.
Let's talk a little bit about your cast of characters in these two issues. Some of the cast of "Secret Avengers" are currently in space fighting the Builders, and some others are stranded on A.I.M. Island. Which of the regular cast of characters take the field in your story? What do you find most interesting about them?
We've got Fury, Coulson, Maria Hill and Iron Patriot -- and the new "recruit" of course. I like that, for the most part, they're not super-powered.
They're regular Joes -- sort of. Sure they've got all the high-tech Stark/S.H.I.E.L.D. toys, but they don't have the usual suspects to help them in battle. For the most part, all the super-powered heroes are off-planet, so it's up to this group to defend Brooklyn with grit and as much firepower as they can muster.
I love that The Secret Avengers normally operate covertly, but thought that with everything happening here that it didn't make sense for them to not be front and center, protecting their home turf. It was a lot of fun to do that, have them just out there, guns blazing, killing some alien scumbags.
You mentioned a "new recruit." What can you tell us about them and what do they bring to your story and the dynamic of your field team characters?
I don't want to say too much about the new character and her origin. I will say that she's not someone we've seen before. She has newly acquired powers and through her, we get a bit of a look into the chaotic life of a superhero.
Given the circumstances that S.H.I.E.L.D. is dealing with in these issues (and during "Infinity" as a whole), they need all the help that they can get. During any other time, there's no way that this newbie would be on the ground, fighting alongside Fury and Co. on S.H.I.E.L.D. orders. So she brings that unknown to it. She's not battle tested and really doesn't have much of a sense of her own abilities. They hope that she can help, but they can't know for certain.
"Secret Avengers" isn't only about the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Avengers Initiative. It also regularly features S.H.I.E.L.D.'s command staff and occasionally other agents. You mentioned Maria Hill would play a role. What can you tell us about her involvement in the story? And will any other notable S.H.I.E.L.D. agents or command staff play significant roles in your story?
Maria is juggling a million things throughout these two issues. She's got her own agents taking a pummeling at the hands of extra-terrestrial dirtbags and reports from all over of new threats popping up. She's short handed, which is how the new character ends up being put into battle. She's running the whole show from aboard the Helicarrier.
Fury and Coulson are on the ground, getting their hands dirty as they battle alongside a group of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents trying to defend Brooklyn from waves of alien invaders. Fury is running things here, putting his battle experience to good use.
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