Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Secret Warriors #16 - Marvel

I love this book. Personally, I think this is one of the best put together, intricate, thought out story-lines on the shelves right now. Jonathan Hickman is doing an incredible job here, and I just can't stress enough how no one should be missing this book. I believe there's a TPB, or 2 out there, so . . no one has any excuses. Right from the beginning of this series . . through the whole Norman Osborn era of terrorist activity, and now past it . . Nick Fury has had the pulse of the Marvel Universe And he's not liking what he's seeing. Looking back on the past, he now realizes that somewhere along the line he lost control . . he allowed his dream to be warped, and used, and subverted. And now with the dissolution of SHIELD, and later HAMMER, he thinks that the organizations that have stayed off the radar have come to feel as if they have a stranglehold. Right now HYDRA and Leviathan are fighting over control of the Earth's underground activities. Neither side are willing to back-down or relinquish even a modicum of control. This has caused a war. With devastating affects on both sides. And while things are in disarray, Nick is ready to jump in and put his finger on the pulse and snuff it out. Of course it's never quite as easy as he portrays it to be. But then again . . he's a card player that's never willing to show all his cards. The one thing I don't think Nick counted on, or maybe he did, is that JT . . Hellfire, from Daisy's team, is in HYDRA's pocket. Speaking of which, while all of this has been going on, Nick has basically assembled 4 different teams. There's Daisy's team of Secret Warriors. Then he's got the Grey team, led by Fury's son, Mikel. They're specifically going after Leviathan. And his Black team is going after HYDRA. They're led by Alexander Pierce. Then, on top of that, Nick's got Dum Dum gathering up former SHIELD operatives and putting together a new Howling Commandos. There's a lot of other stuff that happened this issue also, but . . Jonathan puts so much into his stories that there's no way I could express or explain it all in the small space I've inhabited here. You're just going to have to pick it up and read it. Gianluca Gugliotta does the art this issue. Seriously, though . . I'm not just trying to 'hype' you , or sell this book. Hell, I don't get anything out of it. I don't care if you just get a copy from the library and read it. I'm just saying . . read it. No matter how you have to do it. You will not be disappointed.

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