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Secret Warriors #17: Review

Jun 2010
Jonathan Hickman, Alessandro Vitti

Story Name:

(No title given)

Review & Comments

3 stars

Secret Warriors #17 Review by (October 19, 2011)
Comments: Part one of the three-part story arc “The Last Ride of the Howling Commandos.” Commandos appearing at the reunion are Dum Dum Dugan, Gabriel Jones, Reb Ralston, Izzy Cohen, Eric Koenig, John Garrett. Junior Juniper, Dino Manelli, and Percival Pinkerton are said to have died some time ago but appear briefly in flashback. Secret Warriors on the Black Team are Alexander Pierce, Lauren Wolfe, Ahmad Noor, Ben Huth, Bobby Gamorra, Cornell Gray, Ellis Love, and Aaron Downing.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Secret Warriors #17 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
As Nick Fury sits drinking in a bar, a meeting of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, France) is held in strict secrecy. The purpose of the meeting is to inquire into the invasion of China by members of the private security organization (i.e. mercenary team) HC PMC. On the hot seat are the company’s two officials, Dum Dum Dugan and Jasper Sitwell. They are question as to the identity of their current client; the two decline to reveal the information but everyone knows that they were working for Nick Fury, former head of SHIELD. In response to a question, they mention that they last saw Fury two weeks ago at a reunion of the Howling Commandos. All surviving members were there, including Senator Robert Ralston with his grandson, an Army Ranger, and the most impressive guest, Steve Rogers, a/k/a Captain America. Fury toasted his old comrades and they shared stories of past glory, especially as led by Cap…. The Council raises the current issue: that HC invaded China and destroyed a Hydra Base (a flashback reveals that it was the Secret Warriors Black Team, led by Alexander Pierce accompanied by several of the Howling Commandos). Dugan and Sitwell are asked whether they consider certain men to be more important than their governments. Thinking back to Cap during the war, Dugan answers with a yes and defends his actions, destroying a Hydra base that China was too weak or too corrupt to deal with it themselves. The Council then asks if this was an isolated incident or if the members of the company are going to continue with this course of action. Dugan replies, "That’s going to be pretty difficult…seeing how most of them are dead."

Alessandro Vitti
Alessandro Vitti
Sunny Gho
Jim Cheung (Cover Penciler)
Mark Morales (Cover Inker)
Justin Ponsor (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Dave Lanphear.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Alexander Pierce, Hordes of HYDRA, Howling Commandos, Jasper Sitwell, Reb Ralston (Robert Ralston), Secret Warriors.

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