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Secret Warriors #7: Review

Aug 2009
Jonathan Hickman, Alessandro Vitti

Story Name:

(no title given)

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4 stars

Secret Warriors #7 Review by (February 28, 2018)
This is part 1 of the 4-part arc God Of Fear, God Of War. But the 1st 3 issues are also a crossover with Thunderbolts #134-136. The 6 issues of this crossover can't be put in a simple sequence. Instead the 2 series run in parallel with some shared plot and scenes, but the issues don't line up 1 to 1. This particular issue begins before TB#134 but ends partway through TB#135.

Slingshot is off recovering from injuries sustained in #3.

Nick Fury and the rest of the team were last in Dark Avengers #9 where Ares tried to take his son Phobos back. Since then Ares and NF met in a fb we'll see in our #10 where Ares agrees to help Nick break into Avengers Tower (which will happen in Dark Reign: The List: Secret Warriors) in return for Fury letting Phobos go with him to confront the Greek Gods when it is time (which will be in #10).
Ares last gig was with the DAv in New Avengers ##55-60. He'll reappear in TB#135.

Norman Osborn is fresh from leading the Dark Avengers as Iron Patriot against the New Avengers in NAv#56-60.
Scourge (Nuke) was last in TB#133 while Ghost followed that with some other TBers in Spider-Woman (2009) #5-6 hunting Skrulls.
All 3 move over to TB#134 before Ghost and Scourge return here from TB#135 with the other TBers for the final scene.

We 1st met Agent John Garrett in the Elektra: Assassin limited series where he was cyborged. Then he appeared in many issues within Daredevil #320-342 (including extra stuff in the Daredevil: Fall From Grace collection) where he fell under the sway of the mystic Snakeroot group but was eventually welcomed back by SHIELD.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Secret Warriors #7 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Image from Secret Warriors #7
The Secret Warriors rob a bank in Switzerland:-

Sebastian Druid is on the roof trying to remember which wire to cut to disable the security system while Hellfire (J T James) walks in and tells a cashier it's a hold-up. Then Eden Fesi, Quake (Daisy Johnson) and Stonewall (Jerry Sledge) burst in and tell everyone  to lie on the ground. Quake takes care of a couple of security guards and give the OK for Nick Fury to follow them in.

Druid cut the wrong wire so they don't have long before the police arrive. Stonewall rips the vault door off. Eden will create a large portal so they can move money quickly to their base. Meanwhile Fury finds the bank president and staples a note to his forehead telling Baron Strucker of Hydra that he's taken 1.2 billion dollars off him.

Strucker contacts Norman Osborn and asks him as a favour to arrange for Fury to be killed (claiming he's too busy to do it himself). Osborn complains about #5-6 where Hydra raided a HAMMER base and stole 3 helicarriers. (Actually it was Fury's side that took the carriers with help from Dum-Dum Dugan's mercenary Howling Commandos.) He tells Strucker that he killed his children Andrea and Andreas (the 2nd personally in Secret Invasion: Dark Reign). The Baron just thanks him and says that's 2 favours he'll owe Norman.

Osborn calls in Ares (of the Dark Avengers) and Ghost and Scourge (Nuke) (of the Thunderbolts) and gives them the job.

NO will continue his plan in Thunderbolts #134, taking Ghost and Scourge with him.

At Inside Straight (NF's secret base #22) the team, including Ares' young son Phobos (Alexander Aaron), are miffed that Fury is going to send all the money to Dum-Dum Dugan to finance the Commandos. He relents and lets them each have $20 for a night out. But then precognitive Phobos warns Nick that something he expected is about to happen soon, and Fury tells Daisy to keep everyone on base - he's going away.

Later Alex tells J T he shouldn't have stolen some of Fury's money. But Hellfire's reply is cut short by an incoming private message for absent Nick. It turns out Phobos knows everybody's passwords, so they can access the message. It's from Black Widow (Natasha Romanova) saying her cover is compromised, she's on the run and requests extraction from her hiding place. Alex has a plan.

BW sent the message in Thunderbolts #135 where she's on the run from the Tbolts with Songbird.

2 hours later Fury is in Toronto. He knows the password sequence to get him into a secret base where he rousts out cyborg ex-SHIELD Agent John Garrett.

4 hours later Widow is in Homerun (Fury secret base #20 in New York) with Songbird. They think they're safe here but Nick arrives and tells them they were followed there. (Next issue we'll learn Phobos' secret plan - this NF is an Life Model Decoy with Alex inside it. Hellfire and Phobos found Fury's stash of LMDs in #4.) The door blows in as the Thunderbolts (Scourge leading Ant-Man (Eric O'Grady), Ghost, Headsman, Mr X and Paladin) come knocking.

That particular scene is duplicated in Thunderbolts #135, and the action will continue there.

Preview Pages
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Alessandro Vitti
Alessandro Vitti
Sunny Gho
Jim Cheung (Cover Penciler)
Jim Cheung (Cover Inker)
Justin Ponsor (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Dave Lanphear.
Editor: Tom Brevoort.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Eric O'Grady)
Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Iron Patriot
Iron Patriot

(Norman Osborn)

Plus: Baron Strucker, Headsman, Hellfire (JT James), John Garrett, Manifold (Eden Fesi), Mr X, Nuke, Paladin, Phobos, Quake (Daisy Johnson), Sebastian Druid, Secret Warriors, Songbird, Stonewall (Jerry Sledge).

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