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Secret Warriors #28: Review

Jul 2011
Jonathan Hickman, Alessandro Vitti

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(no title given)

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4.5 stars

Secret Warriors #28 Review by (April 18, 2020)
This issue ends the series and the Wheels Within Wheels arc and completes the story of how Nick Fury has been controlling Hydra and Leviathan all along. And how in this series he stirred them up into a world threat so that the UN would create a new SHIELD-type organisation. But it isn't actually called SHIELD here and the team uniforms don't have a SHIELD logo.
It is obvious that Daisy Johnson is put in charge (with Senator Reb Ralston heading an oversight committee as established last issue). But it's less clear what Fury intended Dum Dum Dugan's role to be as a 'parent'. To watch over Daisy? To lead the Secret Warriors field team?

There is more (editorial?) confusion because after Siege ended Norman Osborn's Dark Reign the President transferred all the security oversight from Osborn to Steve Rogers (using the ID Super Soldier while Bucky Barnes continued as Captain America). And Rogers restored SHIELD to replace HAMMER. SHIELD Agents were seen in Thunderbolts #146-147, Avengers #9 and New Mutants #26-27.
Then Fury's plot reaches its crescendo in our #20-28 and this UN organisation is set up, and so is presumably *not* SHIELD! Steve meets Fury at the end of this issue and learns that Daisy is running it.
Then during Fear Itself Steve runs into Quake for the 1st time in Av#16. There she says she's in Fury's SHIELD (but operating out of 1 of his secret bases). This seems to to be news to Rogers.
But then everyone seems to get on the same page and when they meet again in the Battle Scars mini Quake *is* in charge of *the* SHIELD (and Dum Dum is 1 of her Agents).

An extra element in the equation may be that the Marvel Chronology Project has Fury in Captain America #615.1 and #618-619 in the middle of this issue, between the regathering of the clan and Steve's chat with Dugan and Fury. And in #619 the President tells Rogers he must take the Cap role from Bucky, and Fury comments that he'll have to give up heading SHIELD. Which puts their conversation this issue in a new light. (And Steve *has* to become Cap again because Bucky is 'killed' in Fear Itself.)

What's next for our gang?
Nick Fury gets involved in a couple of Fear Itself issues (and Quake has that meeting with Rogers in Av#16). Then they are both in the Battle Scars mini-series (with Quake as boss of SHIELD) where we meet Marcus Johnson, no relation to Daisy but Nick's son who will become Nick Fury Jr. After that Nick Fury will keep popping up, 1st in CA(2011)#1-5. And Quake will start appearing on and off in the Avengers series starting with #19-20.
We never learn whether Nick does rescue Val de Fontaine because she's never been seen again apart from scenes set in the past.
Eden Fesi will return as Manifold to play an important part in the 2012 Avengers series by Hickman which builds up to the end of the multiverse and Secret Wars III.
Sebastian Druid will make some apps in Avengers World, a companion series to the above. Then after a cameo in All-New X-Men Annual #1 he'll reappear in the post-SWIII universe to be 1 of the group headlining the War Of The Realms: Journey Into Mystery tie-in mini-series.
Stonewall has not been seen since this series.
Slingshot will join Cornell Gray and Ellis Love of the Black team post-SWII in a Moth Squadron led by Quake. But their only app will be in Secret Warriors vol 2 (featuring Quake leading a new Inhuman team) where Daisy explains how they were all killed during Secret Empire.
Alexander Pierce and rest of the Black team don't appear again.
Dum Dum Dugan will be in Battle Scars #2 and will then follow Nick into CA(2011) (and will stay longer).
Jasper Sitwell will be a regular in the 1st Winter Soldier series until he is killed in #10. But he returns post-SWIII as a zombie in the Howling Commandos Of SHIELD mini-series.
John Garrett will resurface as a SHIELD Agent in the post-WWII New Avengers (2016) series, beginning with #9 during the Avengers: Standoff event.
Leonardo da Vinci will stay in the background until Iron Man #599-600 where he will be seen recruiting for a replacement for SHIELD after Secret Empire disgraced it.
Senator Ralston's next app will be his death in Secret Avengers (2013) #3 (which so far has seen no Marvelous reversal).
Steve Rogers will go from here straight into Fear Itself where Bucky pretends to die and Steve become Captain America again, and oversees another Avengers lineup change in their #18. After some shenanigans in some issues of Deadpool (2008) and helping tidy up after Fear Itself in the FI: The Fearless mini-series, Cap will wander into Battle Scars.
The only other char here to follow up on is Gateway. He was already seen in Uncanny X-Force #5.1 and now will continue with them from #19 as their teleporter.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Secret Warriors #28 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Last issue, amongst other things, Val de Fontaine surrendered to the German Intelligence Agency in Berlin. Nick Fury comes to see her and is sneaked in by Albert, who might be Eric Koenig's son. The Contessa wants to know how Fury caused all the Leviathan troops to turn to green goo last issue.

Nick explains that it was due to the Zodiac Protocols that Magadan used to put Orion and the Leviathan troops in suspended animation decades ago. As explained in #26 the Professor, Thomas Davidson, created the system. But he was working for SHIELD and could remotely control it. So when Magadan revived Orion and the troops in #14 the Prof overloaded the system and they started to burn out, with a carefully calculated lifespan. Val points out that it didn't work on Orion, but Fury says it will just take longer with him because of all the lifeforce he absorbed while in hibernation.

But now Nick wants to know why his old lover (and SHIELD/Hydra/Leviathan triple-agent) turned herself in when she could have gone into hiding. Val responds that her belief in Leviathan was like a toy she was obsessed with having but then realised she didn't really want. When Nick destroyed it all she discovered she didn't care. It turned out what she really cared about was something else, so she let herself be arrested so that he could find her.

2 days later Senator Reb Ralston oversees the release of Dum Dum Dugan and Jasper Sitwell from a UN holding facility. Their testimony to the Security Council (#17-19) was instrumental in persuading the UN to start the new anti-terrorist-group organisation, and it's being built as they speak. They get in a tinted-window limo to be greeted by Nick Fury and John Garrett. And Nick wants Dum Dum to be a 'parent'(?).

We get to hear what was in Fury's letter to Daisy Johnson last issue as we see the reunion of the surviving members of the White team of Secret Warriors. He regrets what his plan did to her team and he doesn't expect her to forgive him. But his actions were necessary to cause the creation of the new organisation. However those same actions mean he won't be allowed to lead it. But he wants *her* to step up to take his place. Meanwhile we see Daisy and Sebastian Druid joining Jerry Sledge and Yo-Yo Rodriguez at a barbecue. And then the pair returning to Australia to rescue Eden Fesi from the tutelage of Gateway again.

Sebastian then flies all of them in a plane to the construction site for the new HQ. There they are met by Dugan, Garrett and Sitwell along with the surviving Black team of Secret Warriors. Behind them are ranks of Agents (probably the ex-SHIELD Agents who joined the HCPMC army). A surprise addition is Leonardo da Vinci. But then he played a big part behind the scenes in this story:- When he came forward in time to the 1950's (in Hickman's SHIELD series) he left the LMD prototype behind in his place which was later buried in his tomb and was instrumental in kickstarting this saga. And he formed the Great Wheel of the Zodiac which set the scene for everything that followed.

Our next scene is Arlington National Cemetery where Steve Rogers meets Dum Dum Dugan who confirms that Daisy will lead the new team. Steve heads down to meet Nick Fury in front of the statue of Captain America set up when Steve was believed dead. He thinks they should take it down now but Nick's of the opinion they should build it higher. Steve says that Dum Dum has told him everything that Nick did in this series. He doesn't approve of it but the President wants it kept quiet so there'll be no comeback. But now that Steve's in charge of things he won't let Fury do something like that again.

But he also expresses his condolences for the death of Nick's son Mikel (#24). And he repeats a sentiment he expressed on WWII's D-Day that 1 man with conviction can win a war. Nick says he was there and remembers it (see his tale in Dark Reign: New Nation). But now Steve reminds him that *he* wasn't around after the War (because he was frozen in suspended animation). And in that period *Nick* was that 1 man. They part on good terms, and Nick melts back into the shadows.

Steve returns to Dum Dum. They're worried about Fury. But Dugan thinks he's got a new purpose in living, and he thinks he knows where he's going now. Our last scene is back in Berlin where the Contessa is being escorted to a new prison. Fury is in the crowd, and Dum Dum's voiceover continues by saying Nick's going to break his girlfriend out of jail.

Alessandro Vitti
Alessandro Vitti
Imaginary Friends
Paul Renaud (Cover Penciler)
Paul Renaud (Cover Inker)
Paul Renaud (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Dave Lanphear.
Editor: Lauren Sankovitch. Editor-in-chief: Axel Alonso.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Gateway, Jasper Sitwell, John Garrett, Leonardo da Vinci, Manifold (Eden Fesi), Quake (Daisy Johnson), Reb Ralston (Robert Ralston), Sebastian Druid, Secret Warriors, Slingshot (Yo-Yo Rodriguez), Stonewall (Jerry Sledge).

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