Jonathan Hickman uses his "Wheels Within Wheels" arc to bring Secret Warriors full circle, or so I think. I'm a bit confused, and yet...very entertained.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Secret Warriors #26 - "Wheels Within Wheels" part 3
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Alessandro Vitti
Cover Artist: Paul Renaud
Published by: Marvel Comics
Released: April 13, 2011
$2.99 for 22 Pages
Besides Hickman's Fantastic Four/FF comics, his books always give me the same reaction. (This sentence took me five minutes because I wanted to use the word "effect" but I couldn't remember if the correct word was actually "affect." Copy editors aside, I decided to get all Porky Pig and use a different word/sentence all together. Now...where was I?) While I'm actually reading Secret Warriors or S.H.I.E.L.D., I am engrossed in a very entertaining comic book. I feel the intensity of the issue and the content seems very important as if it will aff...result in a major Marvel (or S.H.I.E.L.D.) revelation. Yet, ten minutes after I finish a Hickman comic I begin to realize I am not really sure what is going on and I am left unfulfilled due to his comics never having any closure or an ending.
In this months installment of the comic book series which should be titled Fury: Friends & Foes (because the Secret Warrior team is almost never in the issues any more), Nick Fury and Baron Strucker sit tied up in a room together, waiting to be killed, and stare each other down: eye to eye. Since this is the 3rd to last issue in the Secret Warriors run not much can be said about what actually occurs in this issue without spoiling it, but most readers know that Fury can't die in a mid-level book...not that I'm saying he doesn't. (He doesn't...yet.) The issue concludes with Fury dropping a knowledge bomb on Strucker which ties the whole series back to the begin when Fury finds out that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been controlled by HYDRA all along.
The thing about comic books featuring Nick Fury is that you can always assume that Nick Fury knows the end game to everything. He can never be surprised when it comes to S.H.I.E.L.D. or world events. In many ways he is like Doctor Doom, except for the fact that Fury doesn't lose and is a good guy. They both use replicated robots. They both plan many steps into the future. They both seem angry all of the time (except that one time Doom had a puppy...), and they both love face accessories.
Getting back to Hickman's story telling...
I think I'm just too dumb to understand his books. Again, while I read them they seem very clear and easy to follow, but if I had to explain them to someone it would sound as if all I did was read the Marvel preview page. I mean honestly, did anyone actually understand the first volume of S.H.I.E.L.D? Don't get me wrong, I have every issue and always anticipated the next, but afterwards I felt like I didn't know what I had learned.
Hickman does a great job of making every next issue feel like it's the one. The next issue is going to be the one where shit goes down...never the issue you are currently on...always the next. I hate and love that about Secret Warriors because it gives me a book to look forward to, yet I know it will only lead to more questions.
Jonathan Hickman is one of those rare writers that can entertain you with each issue he writes, yet the best thing about each issue is the anticipation of the next. I was very pleased with Secret Warriors #26 because I am looking forward to Secret Warriors #27.
Side Note! Did anyone else notice yet another Marvel numbering mistake? Secret Warriors #26 is "Wheels Within Wheels" part 3, yet at the end of the issue it says issue #27 will be part 5. I checked the Marvel Catalog and it says Secret Warriors #27 is supposed to be part 4. Unless the information is old on Marvel's website...I think editor Lauren Sankovitch may have missed this error.
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Review by: Dom G