Secret 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!