Secret Warriors #25

Secret Warriors #25

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Sometimes you get the feeling that certain writers are just flying by the seat of their pants and tossing in plot-points left and right with no focus on the bigger picture, but every once in a while you come across writers who seem to weave intricate, well thought-out stories almost with ease. I’d certainly group Grant Morrison and Warren Ellis in that latter category, and after reading Secret Warriors #25—a double-sized issue, out this week from Marvel—I’d have to add Jonathan Hickman’s name to that list.

From the get-go this has been a very entertaining and complex series—as befitting its superheros meets espionage theme—and the big question for me in the course of reading these comics has become what ties together Nick Fury’s group, HYDRA and the mysterious Leviathan? Well, apparently the answer is Leonardo DaVinci. And if that sounds totally crazy to you I suggest you run right out and pick up the S.H.I.E.L.D. mini-series, also written by Hickman. Actually, this is exactly what I did after putting this issue down, and I’m glad I did. But, that’s a whole different story, go and check out Rebel Rikki’s review of S.H.I.E.L.D. #5.

Last issue dealt with another of Nick Fury’s “caterpillar” teams—the Grey Team—their back-story and their less-than-successful attack on HYDRA and Leviathan, which ended with the team having to sacrifice themselves in order to complete the mission. That the team was led by Fury’s son, Mikel, seems to have pushed Fury to the breaking point—though, I’m expecting that Nicky has a surprise or two up his sleeve still—as he surrenders himself to his enemies.

This issue, at first, chooses to ignore the last issue’s cliffhanger and instead flashes us back to 1961 as we see Jake Fury—Nick’s brother—escorted down to a secret underground city—see S.H.I.E.L.D.!—to join up with a 12-person group, each representing a sign of the zodiac, gathered together by DaVinci. And what is Leonardo offering? The twelve people he has gathered represent vastly different ideologies, but if they choose to help him, he will help them in return. Why? Because Leonardo doesn’t care, he’s been around long enough to see powers rise and fall and in the larger scheme of things—his personal scheme it’d seem—their squabbles for world domination don’t merit his concern. Though, this did leave me with the question of why DaVinci needed the help of these twelve when he clearly has considerable resources of his own?

These twelve people, operating under their zodiac code-names, split into three groups, each with a different mission to undertake. Two of these are successful, but it seems the group that Fury was part of may not have been able to pull theirs off. Or maybe they did? Leonardo seems a little doubtful when hearing Fury’s story, as was I as a reader.

This series started off with some fantastic art from Stefano Casseli—who has since moved on to Amazing Spider-Man— but Alessandro Vitti has certainly stepped up admirably to fill those shoes. This issue looks great, and is another wonderfully entertaining chapter from Hickman in what is turning out to be an incredibly intricate and engrossing tale.

tags: jonathan hickman, nick fury, s.h.i.e.l.d., secret warriors

  • Kyle G.

    I have loved this series. In the very beginning the promised intrigue and a good spy story and have delivered. Seriously considering adding FF to my pull list so I can continue to read Hickman’s work.

  • http://twitter.com/astamm78 Andrew Stamm

    I really enjoyed what Hickman did with Fantastic Four, I think FF could really turn out to be something special

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