Comic review: Secret Warriors No. 6

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Secret Warriors No. 6

Published by Marvel Comics. Plot by Jonathan Hickman and Brian Michael Bendis. Script by Jonathan Hickman. Art by Stefano Caselli.

The Deal: It's the latest issue of Marvel's lone espionage comic, starring the long-running spy Nick Fury (former director of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and his band of superhuman secret agents.

The Good: I've been loving this book and acting as an evangelist for it since the first issue. Five more issues in, the comic is still great. So great, in fact, it's hard to even remember that, not too long ago, Nick Fury was one of those Dr. Strange-type characters — good for a cameo appearance, but not interesting enough to hold down his own book. Well, those days seem done. This version of Nick Fury works by shrinking the cast of characters to a manageable size and throwing a healthy dose of superheroics on top of the spy stuff. So, instead of faceless agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fighting faceless hordes of Hydra, we've got a small, fleshed-out group of superpowered "secret warriors" fighting big-time bad guys like Gorgon (from that cool Wolverine story arc). Add a splash of great dialogue and several really cool-as-shit character moments (like when Dum Dum Dugan says to Nick Fury, "You give me a month and I'll deliver the baddest bunch of evil bastards this world has ever seen."), and you've got one hell of a comic book.

The Bad: I got no complaints. It took me a moment to get into the art, but now I'm lovin' it.

The Verdict: Buy it dammit.

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