Secret Warriors #1
By Zak Edwards
Feb 10, 2009 - 23:22
Writer(s): Brian Michael Bendis & Jonathan Hickman
Penciller(s): Stefano Caselli
Colourist(s): Daniel Rudoni
Cover Artist(s): Stefano Caselli
I picked up Secret Warriors for one reason and one reason only: Jonathan Hickman. The visionary (and actually visionary, I don’t mean this as a throwaway word) mind behind The Nightly News, Pax Romana, A Red Mass for Mars, and Transhuman. While all of his former titles were creator owned, it was only a matter of time before one of the major publishers picked him up and it seems like Marvel Comics is the first to do so. Secret Warriors is a joint writing project between Brian Michael Bendis and Hickman focusing on Nick Fury, former head of S.H.I.E.L.D and super-spy, and what he is up to now that S.H.I.E.L.D has been replaced by H.A.M.M.E.R in the wake of Secret Invasion and the new Marvel Comics event, Dark Reign. Nick Fury has assembled a team of off-the-record superheroes willing to trust him and do what’s necessary to keep the world safe and turning.
As for the art, I am not convinced Stefano Caselli is the right person for the job. I understand the “Young Guns” promotion going on with some of Marvel Comics newest finds, but Caselli is just too conventional for me in this title. His characters all look stereotypical of the big American comics. They are expressive and his action sequences certainly have a lot going on, but I feel there may be another artist out there who could help on a title which is playing the espionage game. Everything is too polished and neat, not reflecting what is boiling just underneath. The scenes are all well done, but I think there are some whose style is a little more gritty that could have worked better. Salvador Larocca immediately comes to mind, but I am sure there are many others as well. But the book does look fairly good for the style. Overall, it doesn’t add to the story, but does not take away either.
7.5/10 Nothing original, but does everything very well. Art is not right for this title.
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