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Review Group - Siege: Secret Warriors

GLX had the pick for new comics shipping April 28th and he selected Siege: Secret Warriors by Jonathan Hickman and Alessandro Vitti.


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The Review Group is a collection of posters who get together and review a new comic each week. Our threads can be found in The Outhouse’s News Stand forum and is open for anyone and everyone to participate.

This wasn't a great week for the Review Group.  Sadly we lost one of our own, as Review Grouper Old Man (aka Lewis "Alan" Coil) passed away on April 30th.  We would like to extend our condolences to Lew's family and friends.  More on this tomorrow.

Lots of reviews this week, the Review Group does like it's Jonathan Hickman... well, most of the time it does.
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0428-siegesw_cover.jpgReview by thefourthman

Damn Ares’ son is a bad mama jama. Okay, so I have a confession to make, I got behind on Secret Warriors. Shock. Craziness. Yeah, I know… I am working on rectifying that situation. That being said. This was a pretty cool book. It is far from essential, I doubt Alex’s actions will have big consequences for the universe until some time in the future, but it was fun to watch him kick much secret service ass and his letter was pretty burly too.

Speaking of fun and burliness, who other then Nick and Steve could discuss getting a bunch of old farts together for a party during a heavy duty hard hitting, a god just died battle.

The art was competent, not much more than really, but that’s all it needed.

In the end, it feels a little light, but it was a good enough story, with good enough art.

Story 7
Art 6
Overall 6.5


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3

That was awful.


Review by amlah6

Event tie-ins suck. Blah blah blah.

I didn't hate this. In fact I kind of liked it. The second page being a flashback to the end of the fantastic Oeming/Foreman mini-series helped. When Ares is resurrected, they'd better bring back the mohawk dammit. Character wise, I thought this was a pretty solid read. In terms of shit happening and how it relates to the overall event and the ongoing Secret Warriors series meant fuck all, but so what? Fury hitting a flask mid battle is at least more entertaining than people standing around watching the Sentry be a douchenozzle. Was Phobos killing dozens of Secret Service Agents to leave a note for the POTUS silly? Yep, but Phobos breaking out his katana to do it was still neat. Will I remember this comic a year from now when I re-read it in a trade? Probably not, but it wasn't the worst 10 minutes of my life either.

The art was serviceable. Jose Villarrubia made it look better than it would have otherwise. If nothing else, at least it doesn't have the crazy misplaced copy and paste Reed Richards hair that Sal Larroca botched in this week's IIM #25.

Story: 7.5
Art: 7
Overall: 7

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Review by starlord

Here's a bit of a dilema in a review. I've been reviewing almost all the Siege one shots this month and so far the only two that have really proven themselves are Young Avengers and Loki. I did enjoy Spider-Man as well, but none of them has really delivered on showing anything really important to add to the Siege story.

Secret Warriors is the some of the same. Not a bad story at all, in fact there were moments that I actually enjoyed. I've never read any of the SW books so this was my first foray into this team.

Enjoyed Nick and Steve's scene as well as the letter that was written at the end of the story. Some of the dialogue seemed a bit clunkey though, and how Ares' son was able to get as far as he did shows a total lack of reality when it comes to protection of the President. I just didn't buy it.

Art was okay, at times very remincisent of John Romita Jr. at his best. Still I didn't find anything here that made me want to check out it's own book or anything here that furthered the Siege story, either. Therefore it kind of failed.

Story: 6
Art: 7
My Score: 6.75

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Review by Zero

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.

6

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Review by Kerny

A decent ish for a tie-in. Some nice moments for just your standard tie-in fare. I thought the Fury flask was funny and him and Cap interacting was cool to me.

Did I miss why Alex is pissed at the president? Oh well. The letter was ok. Thats some shitty security Obama has.

The art is defintely not my favorite. Didn'tlike it when he did the second SW arc,and I sure don't like it now.

This was better than Spider-Man, but worse than Loki, which was an excellent character piece on Loki and it felt relevant, which this could be skipable

Story 7
Art 5
Overall 6

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Review by Punchy

Story  - This week was a bumper one for Secret Warriors fans, not only did we get the latest regular issue, the excellent continuation of the 'Wake The Beast' storyline, but we also get this nice little extra, a one-shot that goes into more detail about the Secret Warriors' involvement in Marvel's mega-event du jour, Siege.

Well, not that much more detail. But it was still enjoyable.

This one-shot is pretty much only concerned with 2 characters, Alex aka Phobos, and Nick Fury. It makes sense that these are the characters that Hickman would choose to focus on, Nick has his enmity with Norman, and Alex's dad, Ares was ripped in half by The Sentry in Siege #2. The issue begins with Alex discovering this information, we get a heart-felt flashback to the Oeming Ares mini, and then Alex goes to speak to the President. I really enjoyed these scenes. It made sense that the Secret Service agents wouldn't know what to do when faced by a little kid, what makes this God Of Fear so fearsome is that he looks so innocent, and when he proceeds to slaughter Agents without impunity, you really see that he is his father's son. He doesn't get to kill Obama, but he leaves a strongly worded letter of complaint, and it's a good insight into his character. I've talked before, most notably in my review of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 that Hickman often ignores character at the expense of big picture stuff, but this one-shot was all about character for me.

Nick's stuff is more simple, he enters into more dick-swinging with Norman Osborn, and then heads into Asgard for the battle. You've got to hand it to Bendis for making the centre-piece of Siege a massive free for all of indeterminate length amid ruins, it allows for plenty of tie-ins to show stories that are happening in the brawl. Here, we get Nick and Cap having a bit of fun. It may seem a little odd to have more light-hearted moments going on in the middle of Siege, but it fits Nick's character, he's just a bad-ass, and he does bad-ass things like take a break for some liquor. He's the baddest mother-fucker on the planet under Hickman's pen, and he shows it well here.

Overall, this was a nice little diversion from the heady 'Wake The Beast' storyline, it built up some characterisation for Phobos, had some bad-ass Nick Fury, and whet my appetite for the delayed Siege #4. Yes, it was hardly essential, and it didn't really add anything to the mythos, but with the series' running length being cut ever shorter by Hickman, we need all the Secret Warriors we can get. Would I have liked something with more substance? Probably yes, but you can't fault this issue, as it's highly enjoyable, and does exactly what all tie-ins should do, support the main story, and not take away from it.

Art - Vitti is no stranger to the world of Secret Warriors, having illustrated the 'God of War, God Of Fear' storyline. His takes on Phobos and Nick are strong, but I feel that when we enter the more brightly coloured Siege battle-scenes, it looks a little off. But he does draw the best mass kid-perpetrated carnage since John Romita Jnr in Kick-Ass. If Caselli ever needs a break again, Vitti is definitely the go-to guy.

Best Line - 'And what would Ares, God of War. do with that answer?'

7/10

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Review by 48THRiLLS

I have enjoyed most of the Siege One-Shots, They are not really necessary but they are still fun. This issue is pretty much on par with the other One-Shots. It wasn't great but there were some fun panels, like Cap and Fury but Phobos is the focus here and Hickman really pushes the characters bad ass-ness on the reader and I felt it was a little forced and I am not even sure why he went after the President. The last page of him in the Oval Office was cool and the line 'Surely, fortune favors you and the men I spared. Enjoy it.' from his letter was great. I was not a big fan of Alessandro Vitti's art when he filled in for Caselli and he did not impress here either, he is not bad by any means but my eyes only want to see Caselli doing the art on this.

STORY - 7
ART - 6
OVERALL - 6.9


10.jpgReview by GLX

This felt like a Secret Warriors B-side. Not as mind blowing as this week's Secret Warriors, but it's an entertaining read.

7.8* out of 10*


Review by Jude Terror

Any comic that shows Phobos going up against the forces of NPWFBH is awesome in my book. Other than that, there wasn't a lot of substance to this book. Just some good old fashioned secret service killing fun. Minus 1 point for NPWFBH getting away, but Kudos for taking him to task for his failure to lead the country, which mirrors real life. Good stuff.

The art was serviceable.

Story: 9/10
Art: 6/10
Total: 7.5


Review by doombug

Phobos is a badass, we've known this since around Secret Invasion but here, here it really shines. You never leave the god of fear out of something that his father's life was given for. Phobos battles through what seems to be hundreds of secret service men to deliver a very important message to the president.

Meanwhile in Oklahoma, Nick Fury and the heroes fight against Osborn and Nick once again has a very special conversation with Osborn for some really fun foreshadowing.

All in all this was a good issue that adds on to the mythology of the Secret Warriors. Fury and Phobos are both perfectly in character and the message left for the president was definitely a great moment for the character.

Story: 8
Art: 8
Overall score: 8

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Review by Mr_Batman

Certainly not the greatest issue, but not a bad one by any means. I particularly enjoyed the stuff with Cap and Nick. That was nice to see. I like the banter when they're fighting and what not. Obviously, Phobos in the main character in this issue. He's definitely portrayed as this super badass kid. I liked the moment between Ares and him (whenever that took place). It was cool to see him go after the president, but I don't how necessary it was. The note was a nice touch.

The art wasn't the best. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't particularly good IMO. I don't know, it just wasn't my cup of tea.

Story- 7
Art- 6
Overall- 6.5

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Review by Sire v 2.0

Certainly not the greatest issue, but not a bad one by any means. I particularly enjoyed the stuff with Cap and Nick. That was nice to see. I like the banter when they're fighting and what not. Obviously, Phobos in the main character in this issue. He's definitely portrayed as this super badass kid. I liked the moment between Ares and him (whenever that took place). It was cool to see him go after the president, but I don't how necessary it was. The note was a nice touch.

The art wasn't the best. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't particularly good IMO. I don't know, it just wasn't my cup of tea.

Story- 7
Art- 6
Overall- 6.5

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Review by Black Lantern Jubilee

I'm a huge Secret Warriors fan, I recently reread all the first 14 issues, and it's a great story full on twists, turns and awesome characterisation. Unfortunately this one shot focusses on Phobos really, and whilst it was aweseome seeing him kick ass, it just seemed a bit mundane compared to other action in this book.

The art also wasn't up to it's normal standard.

6 out of 10
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That gives Siege: Secret Warriors a group score of 6.53.  It would seem Hickman only blows our minds every other time we review one of his books.

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Mr_Batman has the pick for next week and he has selected I, Zombie #1 published by Vertigo/DC Comics.  Look for the new thread after it becomes available Wednesday morning, we'll also be doing a little something to remember Old Man at that time.

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Written by CHRIS ROBERSON
Art and cover by MICHAEL ALLRED

Gwen Dylan is a gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery…and a zombie detective. Once a month, she has to eat a human brain – both to keep from going all "Night of the Living Dead," and to keep her own memories intact. As a result, Gwen's mind is crowded with the dead person's thoughts. And lately, she feels compelled to fulfill their final requests. Torn between a mysterious mummy and a dashing young monster-hunter, Gwen is set for adventures beyond imagination! A were-terrier, a swinging '60s ghost and a pack of paintball blasting vampires complete the cast of I, ZOMBIE.

Written by World Fantasy Award finalist Chris Roberson (CINDERELLA: FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE) with art by Eisner Award-winning superstar artist Michael Allred (X-Statix, Madman), I, ZOMBIE is a monster of a tale with razor-sharp prose and powerful pop artistry.

Don't miss this special debut issue launching Vertigo's next monster hit, priced at just $1.00!

Vertigo | 32pg. | Color | $1.00 US | Mature Readers

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