Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Secret Warriors #25

While writer Jonathan Hickman has been getting rave reviews for his work on Fantastic Four and S.H.I.E.L.D., he's also been crafting a heckuva tale in the often-overlooked Secret Warriors.

But I should add that this is a tough series to start reading at this point, because he's been layering in more and more detail into his story of the modern-day S.H.I.E.L.D. and its conflict with Hydra and the secret organization called Leviathan.

This issue really opens the door and reveals some of the long-held secrets behind the war Nick Fury has been waging, and it includes a link to the ancient organization (also named S.H.I.E.L.D.) and the somewhat-more-recent group known as Zodiac.

I can't help but notice that some elements of the tale conflict with previous stories. For example, in the original Steranko story, Fury wondered "Who Was Scorpio?" - yet here, in a flashback that predates that comic, he sits across the table from him.

But there's no need to get picky. For those who have been following this comic, we're finally getting the story behind it all, and it looks like the final showdown is almost at hand - and it's not clear whether or not Fury is going to survive, or even wants to survive.

It's a complex story that will make you think, and I suspect the whole thing will make even more sense when read all together - but so far, it's a very impressive achievement.

It's not for everyone. Lots of readers will find themselves lost with the events unfolding here, but for those who've been following along since the beginning, the rewards are great.

Now let's see if the creative team can stick the landing.

Grade: A-


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