So, for whatever reason this team suddenly made sense to me - it still stood the test of being a fun comic, and one I'd want to read every month. Ed Brubaker is very good writer, but I have to admit I had soured on his stories when I stopped getting Captain America. There was absolutely nothing wrong with his stories or how he tells them, but something about it wasn't working for me anymore. This second try reading his stuff has proved fruitful, as this issue quickly sets up the new adventure Steve Roger's team is on, while also filling us in on how the group got together. I particularly liked how Steve compared the Secret Avengers to his time with the Invaders, making surgical strikes on the enemy to achieve their goals. That was a smart comparison to make, as Steve Rogers' name doesn't immediately come to mind when you think of black-ops adventures. Since he's no longer Captain America, with a little less spot-light on him, he has the chance to work with this kind of team.
Mike Deodato's art is good. His art always serves the story well, and while everyone does always seem to be stuck in "Super Heroic Stance Mode" - it comes off well enough in this book. I also liked the redesign of Antman and Beast's costumes.
You know why team books are usually so popular? You get a wider variety of Super-Heroes in a single book, essentially giving you more bang for your buck. Thats hasn't always been true of team books in recent years, with New Avengers and X-Men telling very specific tales using the characters. What I really like about Secret Avengers is that this book brings back that multi-hero sense of savings - as each character is given the spot light while not drowning out the narrative.
There is one major sticking point to this title, though, which I hope is corrected in the future issues. Beast has FOUR fingers - not five. I know this is a little detail to complain about, but I'd like to at least know that Mike Deodato has since been told of the problem, and perhaps can fix it for future issues. Beast has been through enough mutations. He doesn't need to go to sleep and wake up the next morning with more fingers. (Even if it is a returning digit)