Secret Warriors 1: Nick Fury: Agent of Nothing

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6.0 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Art: 7/10

Average comic entertainment

Ho-hum story and generic characters

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Secret Warriors/Dark Reign:  New Dawn

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer:  Brian Michael Bendis/Jonathan Hickman

Artist:  Stefano Caselli

# of Issues:  6

Release Date:  2009

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Secret Warriors #1

Reprints Dark Reign:  New Nation #1 and Secret Warriors #1-6 (February 2009-September 2009).  S.H.I.E.L.D. is gone and H.A.M.M.E.R. is now the king of defense.  Nick Fury finds himself on the run as he’s become a target.  When Fury digs deeper into S.H.I.E.L.D. files, Fury learns the dirty truth…S.H.I.E.L.D. is actually formed by their mortal enemy HYDRA as a puppet organization.  Fury’s assembled a team of heroes under a hidden agenda to overthrow H.A.M.M.E.R. and stop HYDRA once and for all…and Fury has a plan.

With a story by both Brian Michael Bendis and Jonathan Hickman (Hickman scripted the story), Secret Warriors 1:  Nick Fury:  Agent of Nothing spins out of the Dark Reign storyline. The characters and team were originally introduced in Dark Reign:  New Nation #1 (February 2009) before their own title Secret Warriors was launched in April 2009.  The issues in this volume were also collected in Secret Warriors:  The Complete Collection—Volume 1.

I’m not a fan of what Bendis has done to the Marvel Universe but I’ve enjoyed some of Hickman’s stuff.  I am also not a big fan of espionage storylines that usually circle around Nick Fury.  That makes Secret Warriors a tough sell for me despite a potentially interesting line-up for the team.

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Secret Warriors #6 Variant

The story for Secret Warriors actually draws from a lot of stories going on in the Marvel Universe at the time of its publication and it can be a little hard to remember the timeline that led up to it.  The series was part of the “Dark Reign” storyline where a darker world had overtaken the Marvel Universe.  This followed the whole Secret Invasion (which was also not good) and had Norman Osborn in power (which ended with Siege).  This is the nitty-gritty of the decision to give Norman power and forces Fury to fight.

The big reveal in this volume is that S.H.I.E.L.D. was always a part of HYDRA and that is why they never could defeat them.  This plotline was used in the movie but also echoes a bit of the storyline from Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. from the ’80s.  While I’m not the biggest S.H.I.E.L.D. fan I kind of liked Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D., and this just doesn’t measure up to it.

The problem is that despite a few interesting people in Fury’s army, they feel very generic.  I like that Ares’ kid is part of the mix, but Bendis really keeps trying to develop Daisy from the big misfire Secret War.  The comic feels like a bad ’90s comic with a bit more plot than the standard early Image comic.

Secret Warriors surprisingly had a decent run.  I don’t see why reading this volume.  The comic isn’t awful, but it is also nothing special.  There are many other better comics which have shorter lives and better plots…Secret Warriors truly must have flown under the radar to make out as long as it did.  Secret Warriors 1:  Nick Fury:  Agent of Nothing is followed by Secret Warriors 2:  God of Fear, God of War.

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