Oct 1, 2009

A very brief, but very urgent recommendation...

If anything good has come out of the extended mess that is the Marvel Comics crossovers of the last 5 to 6 years, that entangled mesh of Avengers Disassembled, House of M, Civil War, Secret Invasion, World War Hulk, Dark Reign and countless other lesser stories in countless other titles, if we can pull from this morass (which, to be fair, has included some decent stories, but far, far too many tie-ins and crossovers) a lump of coal that has turned into a diamond under the enormous pressure of the mountain of stories, it is "Secret Warriors." You know all those things that you always loved about James Bond that were in the older movies, and to a certain extent the newer movies, but were never all in the same movie at the same time? Do you know what I'm talking about? 'Cause "Secret Warriors," the latest venue for that Bond of Bonds, Nick Fury, has all of it, and super powers. And it sparkles with every issue.

Johnathan Hickman, who writes (along with the ubiquitous Bendis for the first 6 issues) has made it onto that list of writers I will keep my hungry-for-more eyes on.

To sum, "Secret Warriors" has my seal of desperate approval. Here's what you need to know:

During the "Secret Invasion," Fury assembles a group of what he calls "caterpillars," superhumans that no one on earth knew about but him. Then he fashions them into a unit to pull the heroes collective asses out of the fire during the Skrull invasion. That's all you need. Go find issue #1.

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