Siege: Secret Warriors
Siege: Secret Warriors does itself no favours by coming out the same week as an issue of its parent title. While Secret Warriors #15 has great art, wonderfully muted colours and some wonderful plot AND character beats the Siege special issue is lacking in pretty much all of those areas.
The comic finds Alex, God of Fear trying to avenge his father and Nick Fury and Captain America kicking ass in Asgard.The Fury segments provide some pay-off for Fury and Norman Osborn's recent butting of heads without actually bringing the thread to a conclusion. I expect any closure here will have to be found in the finale of Siege itself and that Fury, like so many Marvel heroes with a grudge against the soon-to-be-former Iron Patriot will be taking a back seat to Marvel's 'big three'. Either way, it wasn't hugely necessary in this respect but it does set up Cap's appearance in the forthcoming Howling Commandos arc. Another problem with these parts is the colours. Jose Villaruba's bright shades really don't fit the muted look SW usually rocks, and the Siege sections fall a little flat, looking like any other book on the stands and lacking SW's usual punch.
The rest of the comic has Alex assaulting the White House in order to give the President a piece of his mind about his work with Norman Osborn and the very personal consequences it has had on him. While we don't get the confrontation a strongly worded letter and a pile of bodies is the first real example in the book of just how scary this kid is, and it's a little overdue. Awesome to see it though. The art here is gritty, and the bright and shininess of Asgard is gone and it works much much better as a result.
So the comic features a little setup, a little resolution and and a lot of action. It's not a typical SW issue although I expect the ramifications from it while be significant. A missed opportunity for sure but not totally without merit.