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Secret War HC: Book 1 (Oversized) [Hardcover]

Gabriele Dell'Otto , Brian Michael Bendis
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8 Mar 2006 Oversized
Starring Wolverine, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Captain America, Black Widow, Luke Cage, and more! Brian Michael Bendis, the most popular and acclaimed writer in comics, reveals the darkest chapter in Marvel Universe history! When Nick Fury finds a disturbing connection between many of Marvel's deadliest villains, he puts together a ragtag team of the Marvel Universe's most misunderstood heroes for a secret mission to do what the U.S. government could never allow, eventually leading to a super-powered blowout between a who's who of NYC heroes and mutants! Collects Secret War #1-5; and Files of Nick Fury.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (8 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785118373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785118374
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.9 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bendis at his best 7 July 2007
First of all get the art out of the way. This comic is beautiful. Moving on. It's hard not to see Secret War as some kind of allegory on Iraq. Nick Fury suspects the country of Latvaria is sponsoring super-villan terrorists in a plan to attack US civilians. But unlike the goings on in the real world, the White House refuses to do anything, so Fury goes it alone -- recruiting a rooster of superheroes to travel to Latvaria and show them who's boss. Hmmmm.

It's interesting to find such ideas in a Marvel comic, and Bendis should be applauded for his treatment of the subject, which I think is rather more subtle that the bombastic style of Mark Millar's political statements. The only place he fails is in the exploration of the villans' motivations -- ultimately the thing that is most important. The Latvarian hatred for America is largely unexplained. Fury simply retaliates against it, seeing the conflict in a black-and-white, us-against-them, heroes vs. villans way. This doesn't reflect the rather more complex real life 'war on terror'. But it suits the conventions of a Marvel superhero comic. It is also interesting that the rather simplistic comic book good vs. bad tone in Fury's speeches mirrors the neo-conservative rhetoric coming out of the White House. Again: hmmmm.
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Sometimes I think, no point in doing a review; everyone one before you has said all that has to be said, then other times the subject is of such a high standard that you just have to join in the acclamation.
I bought my copy of Secret Wars on the strength of the previous reviews and must tip my figurative hat to the previous reviewers for introducing me to what must rank as one of the top of Marvel's work; no mean feat. Bendis has written a storyline which compares with some of the classic spy novels of the recent years. There are no straight dividing lines between Good and Bad in this story, not Latveria, The White House or S.H.E.I.L.D; at the end of it I was still not sure if Latveria was the innocent party and Lucia Von Bardas was just originally acting on her country's behalf and in the end simply taking massive revenge. Or was Fury right? Heck, the only ones who were straight forward were the foot soldiers; Spider Man, Wolverine, Capt. America, Daredevil and Luke Cage on one side and the clutch of villains on the other. All pawns.
The narrative is a masterful combination of The Present, The Past and, The Recent, flipping from one to the other, keeping the reader on their toes, certainly taught me to pay attention to the left hand corner of a panel for the time reference!
Dell'otto artistry is brilliant, I appreciate the production of this sort of work takes a long time, but I wish there were many more of his painted style books out there. The dark and the shadowing sets the mood perfectly for this theme of duplicity and questionable actions as do those black and whites as Fury explains to the `mind wiped' heroes of the actions they have been drugged to forget.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, conspiring, and absolute quality. 20 Dec 2010
Brian Michael Bendis is one of those chaps whose work I've truly admired and respected. There's plenty of good reason why he's one of the best things about Marvel today. Look at his resume, and you'll get some real hits from the last decade, such as Ultimate Spider-Man/X-Men, The Pulse, New Avengers, House of M, Secret Invasion etc. The reason why he's so good should be as plain as day by now. His ability to write enthralling story arcs and express them with his brilliant, true-to-life, conversational dialogue.

Secret War is a graphic novel that, while nowhere near as major as stuff like Civil War or Secret Invasion, is a dark, artistic triumph, that looks at governmental conspiracies, manipulation of heroes, a new war against terrorism and a very fine line between law and chaos which becomes hopelessly blurred.

To get the most obvious question out of the way first; NO. This is NOT the classic Secret War crossover from the eighties where a who's who list of Marvel Heroes and Villains were whisked off to the Beyonder's planet to fight in an intergalactic war. Nor is it a sequel to said-crossover. This is an entirely different premise, one where the leading star is Colonel Nick Fury, the infamous head of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The legendary colonel with the infamous eye-patch and cigar unearths a startling truth. Latveria has been funding virtually ALL of the technological super villains in Marvel history, and Prime Minister Lucia Von Bardas has essentially an army of terrorists running wild to bring America down from within. And Fury is outraged when the White House refuses to oppose the Latverian government directly.

So what does Fury do?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Giant-Sized Marvel Team-Up 24 Mar 2012
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
This volume reprints Marvel's Secret War #1-5 and Secret War: From the Files of Nick Fury. It tells the story of a secret operation run by Nick Fury to overthrow the democratic government of Latveria, who are busy financing terrorism in the USA. The US government is not interested in Fury's `old-school' proposal for dealing with the threat, so he goes off on a private war, recruiting a number of costumed heroes as a strike force, and then drugging them afterwards so they forget what happened. And then one year later, the Latverian terrorist leader comes calling for revenge, and Fury has to explain why New York almost got blown up again. Wolverine doesn't react well, but luckily a handy LMD takes the fall, and Nick Fury disappears into the sunset, ready for the Secret Invasion and the Civil War...

The story is well-written and drawn, and if you like superhero team-ups, you will find it interesting. It is also the springboard into the next couple of Marvel events, in that it positions Fury as a rogue agent ready to do what needs to be done for a Government that can't be seen to be doing it for itself.
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