Secret War #2

Secret War Vol 1 2Secret War #2

  • Release Date: July, 2004
  • Cover Artist: Gabriele Dell’Otto
  • Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
  • Penciler: Gabriele Dell’Otto
  • Inker: Gabriele Dell’Otto
  • Colourist: Gabriele Dell’Otto
  • Letterer: Cory Petit
  • Editor: Andy Schmidt
  • Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada

Introduction: I spotted the Terminator on this page


Review: Nothing to that already hasn’t been said in my review of the last issue. However, I think there’s definitely more “secrets” to be revealed in this “war”.


Overall Rating: 8/10= Great


Story Summary: “Book Two of Five”

One year ago: Captain America stopped a group of terrorists from kidnapping their nation’s ambassador in front of the United Nations Headquarters. Later, he was approached by Nick Fury, who needs a team to carry out “something secret.”

In Hell’s Kitchen, Daredevil stopped a group of “drug-addled teenagers” from stealing a woman’s purse, then left the scene when the police arrived before heading to his law office where he found Nick Fury waiting to meet with him.

In Harlem, Luke Cage intimidated a drug dealer and ordered him never to sell in Harlem again before releasing him, after which Cage was approached by Nick Fury.

Elsewhere in New York City, Spider-Man headed home for “a night to remember” with his wife, but arrived to find Nick Fury in his apartment. Fury requested that Parker accompany him on a trip the following week with “no costume, no webs.”

The following week, Parker rushed to board “Flight 456 to Latveria,” and discovers Matt Murdock, Luke Cage, and Steve Rogers already on the plane. Murdock admitted to him that he also knew nothing of their mission, and Parker saw Wolverine stumble drunkenly out of the bathroom and recognized Parker’s scent. Wolverine made lewd comments to the flight attendant until Rogers threatened to remove Howlett from the plane unless he did “what the lady says.” None of them seemed to notice the dark-haired girl among them.

In Latveria, Rogers is greeted at the airport by the Latverian attaché of domestic affairs, and Murdock is approached by Natasha Romanov, who escorts the team out of the airport along with the dark-haired girl, who claims to be “with the group.”

At a safehouse, Natasha confirmed that the building is clean of listening devices and opened the door for a large woman who is revealed to be Nick Fury in disguise. Fury explained that S.H.I.E.L.D. had built a case proving that the Latverian government is funding tech-themed criminals in the United States, and briefed the team on its mission: to overthrow the Latverian government.

Today: Fury visits Metro Hospital where he finds Jessica Jones and Danny Rand sitting with a comatose Luke Cage. Moments later, Steve Rogers arrives, attacking Fury as he insists that he warned Fury that something like this would happen.


References: http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Secret_War_Vol_1_2 for the edited story summary, comic book cover, and credits

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Secret War #1

Secret War Vol 1 1Secret War #1

  • Release Date: April, 2004
  • Cover Artist: Gabriele Dell’Otto
  • Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
  • Penciler: Gabriele Dell’Otto
  • Inker: Gabriele Dell’Otto
  • Colourist: Gabriele Dell’Otto
  • Letterer: Cory Petit
  • Editor: Andy Schmidt
  • Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada

Introduction: I should be important to note that this has no connection (other than the some of the classic characters of course) to Marvel’s Secret Wars from 1984… or 2015 for that matter


Review: This series features Bendis’s trademark of writing at a (sometimes inhumanly) slow pace. This proves to be an annoying at times, but it’s also a great thing as we get more much detail into the story. He’s definitely planted a great story here. I like his portrayals of classic characters made somewhat modernized in the post- 9/11 era, especially Nick Fury. This series does a great job displaying the problems that our country was dealing with in that time.

Like I said, a lot was definitively put into a single issue from the background info on all the various heroes, and villains that may or may not end up being important to the story. Plus, the extra content that comes with the issue.

The painted artwork of Gabriele Dell’Otto is impressive, because the shadowy art fits the darker tone of Secret War.


Overall Rating: 8/10= Great


Story Summary: “Book One of Five”

In Harlem, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones return to their apartment, and Luke pressures a group of neighborhood kids to get him the name of a local drug-dealer who is selling to kids. Inside the apartment they discover a woman who destroys their apartment with a massive energy blast.

Aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, Nick Fury listens to a lengthy list of reports, and learns that the attack in Harlem put Cage in the hospital in a coma. Fury travels to Metro Hospital where he finds Danny Rand and Jessica sitting with the comatose Cage. Jessica demands to know why Fury has come.

Flashback to one year ago: the Killer Shrike was apprehended by Iron Man and Thor, and interrogated by S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Woo and Sitwell, who demand to know where Maddicks got the funding for his expensive equipment. Maddicks ultimately agrees to turn over the Tinkerer and leads S.H.I.E.L.D. to Philadelphia, but is killed by a trap left for them. Later, Fury searches the Tinkerer’s workshop, finding little, and resorts to calling Natasha Romanoff, who has tracked the Tinkerer at the Latverian International Airport where he is picked up by a car with government plates.

Some time later, Fury meets with the President (George Bush) at the White House and delivers a report on a project code named CIRCUIT which has revealed that a number of technological themed criminals including Jack O’Lantern, Killer Shrike, Goldbug, Grizzly, and Grim Reaper were getting their materials from…the Tinkerer, whose criminal endeavors were in turn being financed by Lucia von Bardas, the elected Prime Minister of Latveria. Fury recommends taking decisive action against von Bardas, but the President suggests handling the situation “diplomatically” instead. Fury storms out of the White House, explaining to Contessa Valentina de la Fontaine (holy crap, that’s a long name) that the government’s inaction will get innocent people killed, and that he refuses to “go through it again.”

Back to present day (or present at the time), Fury looks on the comatose Luke Cage, and asks himself: “What have I done?”


References: http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Secret_War_Vol_1_1 for the edited story summary, comic book cover, and credits

So please kind sir, don’t sue me for plagiarism!

Siege #4

Siege Vol 1 4Siege #4

  • Release Date: June, 2010
  • Cover Artists: Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales, Laura Martin, Gabriele Dell’otto, Joe Quesada, Danny Miki, and Richard Isanove
  • Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
  • Penciler: Olivier Coipel
  • Inker: Mark Morales
  • Colourist: Laura Martin
  • Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
  • Editor: Tom Brevoort
  • Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada

Introduction: Osborn’s Dark Reign ends…


Review: Back in 2010, Marvel advertised this story as being seven years in the making, as it’s the conclusion series of multiple storylines that started with Avengers Disassembled. I doubt that Brian Michael Bendis and the heads at Marvel had this planned all along, but they still tied together years of stories into an overall story arc that really works.

I wouldn’t have minded if Siege was a five or six issue event, but it worked just fine with just the four issues it had as it featured big moments happening on every almost few pages.

Anyway, that was the end to the Disassembled Era (2004- 2010) and the beginning of the Heroic Age (2010-2011).


Overall Rating: 10/10= Legendary


Story Summary: The Void battles the Avengers. Seeing the chaos he has unleashed, Loki pleads his father Odin for forgiveness, reclaims the Norn Stones from the Hood to give the Avengers a fighting chance. Mystically empowered by these powerful objects, the Avengers actually cause harm to the Void. Sensing Loki’s hand in this, the Void brutally kills Loki and destroys the stones. Thor and Iron Man try coming to his rescue, only to be blocked by the Void’s tendrils. Loki’s last words were of remorse to Thor. Meanwhile, Osborn tries to run away, only to run into Captain America’s shield. Cap demands to know how to stop the Void. Osborn replies that he sympathized with the Void, but there’s no stopping him, for he’s the Angel of Death. Iron Man tells Thor to lure the Void out of Asgard and into the fields. He then remotely takes control of the H.A.M.M.E.R. Helicarrier, instructing Victoria Hand to abandon ship, before he sends it crashing onto the Void, creating a massive explosion that lights up the entire region. In the confusion, Osborn attempts to escape, only for Volstagg to stop him, declaring that he will pay for his sins. The Avengers find the naked Sentry in the center of the crater. Upon realizing the destruction that he had caused, Reynolds asks that they kill him. However, Thor refuses to, believing that he must stand trial for his crimes. Unfortunately, the Void resurfaces, forcing Thor to unleash a massive lightning bolt that leaves nothing of the Sentry/Void but a sizzling skeleton. As soon as the deed is done, the Watchtower sitting above Avengers Tower disappears. Thor then takes the Sentry’s remains into the Sun, where it disintegrates. The Avengers and Secret Warriors then round up Osborn’s followers. Cap throws Osborn himself into the ring, declaring that he will go to trial and be locked in jail. He then turns to Bucky, stating that he will be the next Captain America.

Steve Rogers later comes to the White House, where he meets with the President. The decision is made to dissolve H.A.M.M.E.R., begin diplomacy with the Asgardians and more over, put Rogers as America’s top cop. Rogers agrees, but only to do it on his terms. One of his requests is to have the Superhuman Registration Act abolished.

As the Avengers celebrate at Avengers Tower, the Asgardians arrive to thank them for their deeds. Heimdall erects an Asgardian tower on top of the Avengers Tower, to signify an alliance between Earth and Asgard. If either is attacked, then the other will fight for them. Thor also proclaims that if the call for the Avengers is made, he will gladly answer. Rogers accepts the offer, for he will need them all for what comes next.


References: http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Siege_Vol_1_4 for the edited story summary, comic book cover, and credits

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Siege: Spider-Man

Siege Spider-Man Vol 1 1Siege: Spider-Man

  • Release Date: June, 2010
  • Cover Artist: Marko Djurdjevic
  • Writer: Brian Reed
  • Penciler: Marco Santucci
  • Inker: Marco Santucci
  • Colourist: Chris Sotomayor
  • Letterer: Joe Caramagna
  • Editor: Tom Brennan
  • Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada

Introduction: SIEGE!


Review: This was a pretty solid tie-in to Siege. The twists made logical sense and the dialogue was on point. Art’s pretty good, some parts were a bit off, but overall an excellent job. The interaction between Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel was fun. Mac Gargan was cool as Venom (like the rest of his time with the symbiote). One scene that really caught me by surprise was when Spidey basically rips Venom’s tongue out. It was kinda cool though. While this wasn’t really an important factor in the overall Siege storyline this was still a fun read.


Overall Rating: 7/10= Good


Story Summary: It’s an all-out brawl between Spider-Man and Venom as chaos ensues up in Asgard, and the two arch-nemesis’ are biting each other’s heads off down in Oklahoma. As Venom strangles the evil out of Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel flies in the fight, and punches Venom into the ground. Ms. Marvel doesn’t stop there. Shoving her hands into Venom’s mouth, she rips Mac Gargan out of the symbiote, but the symbiote then covers Ms. Marvel. With no other option, Spidey swings to the nearest church (well, that’s convenient), only to find out that there’s no church bell (Spider-Man: “Son of a budget cut.”). Spider-Man then kicks Venom into some transformers, electrocuting Venom (again, convenient). Ms. Marvel flies out of the goop, unaware that the symbiote just went back to it’s original host, Mac Gargan. Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel then play a little game of baseball; Spider-Man webs Venom’s feet, and swings Venom into Ms. Marvel’s path, and she hits Mac into a H.A.M.M.E.R. ship. Flying back to Asgard, Spider-Man admits that Venom told him that while hosting Ms. Marvel, he felt her “liking” for Spidey. Discussing this, Ms. Marvel doesn’t deny it.


References: http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Siege:_Spider-Man_Vol_1_1 for the edited story summary, comic book cover, and credits

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Siege #3

Siege Vol 1 3Siege #3

  • Release Date: May, 2010
  • Cover Artists: Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales, Laura Martin, Gabriele Dell’otto, Joe Quesada, Danny Miki, and Richard Isanove
  • Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
  • Penciler: Olivier Coipel
  • Inker: Mark Morales
  • Colourist: Laura Martin
  • Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
  • Editor: Tom Brevoort
  • Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada

Introduction: You know heavy shit is about to go down when Cap’s leading the charge on the cover


Review: Like the first two issues, this one was beautifully written and drawn. Every page in this issue is just so awesome that you can’t help to just stare at the art. Coipel really out did him self on this series. On just the art alone i would give this comic an great rating. I also give Bendis a thumbs up on the writing. It was so awesome seeing Captain America and all the other Avengers taking it to Osborn and his Dark Avengers. It’s all an amazing battle sequence. Sentry… man, he’s terrifying in an awesome way.


Overall Rating: 10/10= Legendary


Story Summary: At the White House, the President is being briefed by the National Security Council on Norman Osborn’s ongoing Siege of Asgard. Unfortunately, in this situation, the government would send in the Avengers, but Osborn’s Dark Avengers are the primary attack force, which includes H.A.M.M.E.R. and the entirety of the Initiative. The President orders the army to arrest Osborn and his team, when he is informed of a new development: Captain America and Nick Fury just arrived on the scene, leading their own team of Avengers (the real ones).

At the battlefield, Captain America gives the rally cry of “Avengers Assemble”, throwing his shield at Osborn. Balder proudly welcome Thor’s allies to their aid. While the Avengers fight it out with the Dark Avengers, Thor goes for the Sentry, but he takes every hit like they’re nothing. Just then, the Hood appears with his gang, summoned by Loki.

Meanwhile, Speed rushes through Broxton, carrying a suitcase given by Jarvis, when Maria Hill threatens to shoot him. Speed explains that Captain America sent him with something for Tony Stark. Stark tells Maria to let him in.

At this point, the United States military is ready to begin carpet bombing the area, but the President isn’t willing to endanger the people fighting for them. One of his advisers states that Osborn not only declared war on Asgard, but on America itself. Therefore, the President orders that Captain America’s Avengers be left to the ground battle, while the Air Force takes down H.A.M.M.E.R. Helicarrier. With such unexpectedness, Victoria Hand orders the crew to abandon ship.

As Osborn fights Captain America, trying to declare that he is under arrest for treason, he learns that his armor is shutting down, and sees Iron Man in his Mark IV armor, telling him the Iron Patriot armor is about to shut down, given that it is his technology. With everything collapsing around him, Osborn, refusing to let the Avengers win, orders the Sentry to “bring it down”. The Sentry flies through Asgard and levels the city, bringing it down to the ground. As Thor looks in horror, the Iron Patriot armor falls off of Osborn-revealing that Osborn has painted his face green and his teeth yellow, effectively becoming the Green Goblin again. This event is recorded live and seen by the X-Men, Fantastic Four and the President on TV; Bullseye and Moonstone figure that it is a good time to leave. Osborn screams that they’ve don’t know what they’ve done, only for Spider-Man to knock him down (fitting). Thor demands to Osborn as to Loki’s whereabouts. Osborn states that he’s dead, to which everyone doesn’t understand. He rants that he’s was trying to save them all, and that they’re all dead. It is at this point that what Osborn was talking about reveals itself to the Avengers: the Void has come… (yeah, we’re all fucked)


References: http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Siege_Vol_1_3 for the edited story summary, comic book cover, and credits

So please kind sir, don’t sue me for plagiarism!

Siege #2

Siege Vol 1 2Siege #2

  • Release Date: April, 2010
  • Cover Artists: Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales, Laura Martin, Gabriele Dell’otto, Joe Quesada, Danny Miki, and Richard Isanove
  • Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
  • Penciler: Olivier Coipel
  • Inker: Mark Morales
  • Colourist: Laura Martin
  • Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
  • Editor: Tom Brevoort
  • Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada

Introduction: Click here to watch the official trailer for Siege


Review: Yeah, the only problem with a storyline like this is that you sometimes have to read a whole bunch other issues from a bunch of other storylines to make make sense of what’s going on. Unfortunately, I’m good at getting adjusted to a story earlier on so that’s not a problem for me.

Anyway, Ares is now dead. Can’t say I’m surprised that someone was killed off, I mean this is an event that’s been building up for the past seven years (since Avengers Disassembled). Like the first issue this was absolutely awesome. Maybe I’ll even forgive Quesada for Spider-Man: One More Day… OK, maybe not that far.


Overall Rating: 9/10= Awesome


Story Summary: As the battle in Asgard continues to rage, Ares duels Balder. The latter demands to the God of War why they are attacking. Ares responds that it is their fault for letting Odin fall and allowing Loki to take the throne and declares that Asgard does not belong on Midgard. However, Heimdall comes out to tell Ares that Balder is king of Asgard and that Ares only succeeded in bringing Loki’s madness upon them. Ares looks at the chaotic battle and realized the truth: Osborn had deceived him. Norman Osborn/ Iron Patriot, is standing with fellow Dark Avenger Ms. Marvel (Karla Sofen) and the U-Foes over Thor, who is down. Out of nowhere, a missile comes hurling at them and the villains are thrown away. Maria Hill uses a rocket launcher to blast Osborn and the others away again. From behind her comes one of the U-Foes, about to give a fatal blow over Hill. Thor uses what little energy he has left to launch the U-Foe and Ms. Marvel to the ground. Thor then collapses. Hill and a driver take his body to Broxton, Oklahoma.

Meanwhile, at the Avengers hideout, Steve Rogers is in his Captain America uniform. He tells his fellow New Avengers, the Young Avengers and the Secret Warriors that he doesn’t know how Osborn weaseled his way into power. However, he declares they will stop him.

Back in Asgard, Osborn sends Daken after Hill and Thor. Suddenly, Ares tackles out Osborn from the skies. The God of War then accuses him of deceit. Osborn tries defending that he would’ve done the same thing in his place. Ares retorts that he would not do so against Asgard. Before Ares could kill Osborn, Sentry comes in and punches Ares into a wall. Ares quickly gets up. Sentry quickly pounces at Ares, hitting him hard in the neck. Ares responds by slicing his axe into Sentry’s mid-section. Sentry punches Ares away, as the Void appears to be taking control. As Ares falls far to the ground, Sentry flies him into an Asgardian monument. Ares tries to take out Sentry by surprise, but Sentry elbows him in the nose. Then, Sentry strangles Ares with one hand. Sentry takes his other hand, and rips Ares in half, much to the shock of combatants on both sides and bystanders.

Meanwhile, back at the Avengers Hideout, Nick Fury had acquired a ship that will bring the heroes to Asgard. Bucky does not hesitate to give Steve his shield, believing that the true Captain America is needed for this battle. As Rogers reluctantly takes it, he asks his friend what he will do. In response, Bucky replaces the shield with a huge gun. Jarvis then approaches Steve, and gives him a suitcase, containing something for someone who’s nearby Asgard; meanwhile Fury refuses to allow Phobos to join them. Phobos attempted to use his fear-based powers against Fury but it has no effect. Fury says that he had seen everything there is to see in the world and there’s nothing that can scare him. As the Helitransport takes off, Wiccan questions how they’re going to get to Asgard in time. Fury then shows him that the transport had an in-built wormhole drive, which can get them to Asgard in seconds.

In Broxton, Daken is searching for Hill and Thor. He uses his smell to find Thor. Just as he tracks him down, Thor blasts him, searing his flesh. Thor then declares that he will neither run nor hide from Osborn. He swears that he will defend both Asgard and Broxton to his last breath. Osborn decides to oblige him and dispatches the Sentry to find him. Taskmaster tells Osborn that he should turn around. Osborn turns, as Captain America’s shield is a second from cracking him in the face (that was an awesome shot by the way).


References: http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Siege_Vol_1_2  for the edited story summary, comic book cover, and credits

So please kind sir, don’t sue me for plagiarism!

Siege #1

Siege Vol 1 1Siege #1

  • Release Date: March, 2010
  • Cover Artists: Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales, Laura Martin, Gabriele Dell’otto, Joe Quesada, Danny Miki, and Richard Isanove (holy crap, that’s a lot of artists for just one cover)
  • Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
  • Penciler: Olivier Coipel
  • Inker: Mark Morales
  • Colourist: Laura Martin
  • Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
  • Editor: Tom Brevoort
  • Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada

Introduction: When Norman Osborn gained the keys to the kingdom…


Review: Awesome beginning to Siege. Norman Osborn is my all time favorite Spider-Man villain and I loved how Marvel upgraded him to being one of greatest threats in the Marvel Universe during Dark Reign (which Siege is the conclusion of). They do a good job of showing just how dangerous Osborn and his Dark Avengers get when they invade Asgard. I think fans of the Avengers (or Marvel in general) will dig this series (I know I do). Can’t wait for #2.


Overall Rating: 9/10= Awesome


Story Summary: Osborn and Loki set up the Asgardian, Volstagg to fight the U-Foes, which results in Volstagg getting blamed for destroying a football stadium and with it killing over 60,000 people (including the Bears and Lions) in Chicago.

Osborn then assembles his Dark Avengers (though, of course, they never refer to them as that because they’re the “good guys” in the eyes of the public right now) and the Initiative to lay siege to Asgard. However, Ares refuses to do so and would stop Osborn if he tried. Osborn assures him that with Thor and Odin gone, it is ripe for the picking, even with Loki in charge. He asks Ares if Asgard should be here in the mortal world. Ares swears that if he is lying, then he’ll take off his head. Osborn assembles his Avengers to brief them. However, they believe that going against the gods is entirely out of their league. Osborn promises all of them that if they do this for him, then they can either continue being on his Avengers or they don’t have to work for him anymore.

Later, Ares then gives a rallying speech to all the Initiative and H.A.M.M.E.R. regarding the upcoming battle. At the White House, the President attempts to get a hold of Osborn, realizing that he’s now out of his control (yeah, nice going Obama).

At Asgard, Loki appears before Balder, while he was sleeping, to warn him of Osborn’s impending attack. He says that he tried to stop Osborn but failed. Next thing he knows, the Sentry (basically Marvel’s evil Superman) tears through the great city. Then, the Dark Avengers, Initiative and H.A.M.M.E.R. attack. Right in Oklahoma, Donald Blake sees the battle and transforms into Thor to aid Asgard after making sure the comatose Tony Stark is safe, but he gets jumped pretty bad by the Iron Patriot, Dark Avengers and U-Foes.

Steve Rogers who’s watching the event unfold from the monitor at Avengers Hideout, is angry at what he sees.


References: http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Siege_Vol_1_1 for the edited story summary, comic book cover, and credits

So please kind sir, don’t sue me for plagiarism!