By Jonathan Hickman (Writer), Ed McGuiness (Pencils), Tom Palmer (Inks), and Chris Sotomayor (Colors).
Some Thoughts Before The Review: I’m utterly confused by Marvel’s decision to release Dark Reign: The List – Secret Warriors before the Secret Warriors issue it’s supposed to take place after. I guess I can understand why Marvel would want to release one List book a week, but if there’s another in the pipeline for next week, why not just release that and hold off on the Secret Warriors one-shot until the monthly series is in synch with it? The mind…it boggles.
The Story: Nick Fury and Norman Osborn must put aside their differences for the greater good in order to bring down a federal employee that could cause trouble for them both…and the country.
What’s Good: The best thing about Dark Reign: The List – Secret Warriors is that it delivers all the excellent espionage action and awesome character work you’ve come to expect from the Jonathan Hickman series. Simply put, Hickman doesn’t skimp at all. From the introduction of the Leviathan organization and the dialogue between Osborn and Fury to the brutal interrogation of Seth Waters (the shady federal employee) and the use of Ares, Hickman’s script is top-notch. It successfully drives the Secret Warriors plot forward while functioning as an effective one-shot story at the same time. Now it doesn’t necessarily read like a true one and done (it definitely helps to have some familiarity with the Secret Warriors series), but it tells a satisfying Nick Fury story regardless. And, as you should know by now, nobody writes Nick Fury, or his stories, better than Jonathan Hickman at this point in time.
What’s Not So Good: Dark Reign: The List – Secret Warriors has two major problems that it never manages to completely overcome. The first problem is that the story, while entertaining and easy enough to follow, gets off on the wrong foot right from the start because it’s supposed to be telling about events that happen after a comic that has yet to come out. While reading the one-shot, the lingering feeling that I missed something never quite went away. Now I realize that I didn’t actually miss anything, but it’s frustrating to feel as though you missed a crucial event that set up whatever it is that you’re reading about.
The second problem is more of an issue than the first. I’m an Ed McGuiness fan, but the second problem with The List – Secret Warriors is that McGuiness’ art style just doesn’t fit the tone of the story Hickman tells. While Tom Palmer’s inks and Chris Sotomayor’s colors are moody enough, McGuiness’ exaggerated, slightly cartoony style just doesn’t feel right at any point. From the goofy, bug-eyed expressions of shock to the ‘roided up characters, the artwork just doesn’t work like it should. With all that said however, if you ignore the style, the artwork does a fine job of telling the story and executing the action of the script. So it’s not all bad.
Conclusion: Art and release schedule issues aside, Dark Reign: The List – Secret Warriors is worth checking out. Hickman’s script is very cool and the seeds planted for the future will be worth keeping an eye on.
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