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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: for the edited story summary, comic book cover, and credits

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


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: for the edited story summary, comic book cover, and credits

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