Sunday, October 10, 2010
Secret Warriors #18 and #19 - Marvel
This is another fantastic book, and series, by Jonathan Hickman. I don't know how the guy does it. Not only are the stories here, and over in SHIELD, fantastic and well thought out but . . there are also incredibly intricate and detailed. I don't know if he has this all drawn out on some board somewhere, but it seems to me that it would be hard for one person to put the amount of effort into one of these incredible series . . let alone two. And for that I have to give him some huge props. In these 2 issues, Dum Dum and Sitwell are sitting in front of a UN Security Council being questioned for the actions that have occur ed in Chinese airspace . . in which Nick Fury and Dum Dum led two helicarriers into battle with a HYDRA base. It seems to me that basically they're upset because they don't know what's going on. Eventually Dum Dum and Sitwell spell it out for them . . 'See, you are all going to have to get with the program if you have any chance of dealing with this in a reasonable fashion . . there is a shadow war going on between organizations that have no allegiance to anything but themselves. They have no nation to defend, so they don't worry about sanctions or retribution. They have no borders, so they can't be boxed in or contained. Your rules . . your laws . . mean nothing to them.' It all comes down to 2 things. First they want to know if Nick is going to take care of the problem for them. And then they want to know if he's the kind of man they can work with. I take back what I said earlier. Maybe they did know what the problem was, they just didn't know how to deal with it. And now that they know that someone is willing to . . they probably want to make sure that strategic alliances aren't disrupted, embarrassed or pushed to the breaking point. Everybody has an agenda. And even though they knew this was a problem that was eventually going to have to be addressed . . it's being done by someone without the same goals or ambitions as their own. Something like that can make people like these very nervous. Anyways, as were going through this story, we're also being shown the reunion between the various members of the Howling Commandos. Nick got them together a few weeks ago because of the events on the horizon. But, I think, also because of Steve's return. It's interesting how the battles and drama that they're going through now is so closely associated to what they dealt with back during the second world war. And the one constant, no matter what era they're fighting in is the loss of friends and associates that they've worked with. It's getting so that I think Nick has as many friends dead as he does alive. Possibly more. Anyways, were dealing mostly with the Howling Commandos for these 2 issues, so I imagine that we'll see what the Secret Warriors are up to in the next story-arc. As I said, I think Jonathan is doing a terrific job with this series. And Alessandro Vitti uses his art to give the book a feel that is perfect for it's theme. I'm glad I gave this book a chance.