Review: Secret Warriors #25

Published on March 11th, 2011

Secret Warriors is going to be coming to a close soon so I thought, with me being the only one who reads it on the site, I should help it go out with a bang, rather than a fizzle. Written by Jonathan Hickman and drawn by Alessandro Vitti,  Secret Warriors tells the continuing story of Nick Fury and his band of…well, Secret Warriors. We have seen betrayal, we have seen death and we have seen new life.  How will it all end, though? Keep reading to find out what path the final few issues will take, with my review of  Secret Warriors #25.


Let me just say that right off the bat that issue# 25 of Secret Warriors is knee deep in S.H.I.E.L.D. lore. So much so that the opening panels are directly associated with Hickman’s other book, aptly named S.H.I.E.L.D. Clever, I know. So, right at the beginning of this issue we get a secret meeting that takes place in 1961 at the underground lair introduced in the aforementioned Hickman book.  I know right now you are thinking, “Ok, big deal.  Why is this so special?”  Well, I am glad you asked. This meeting is important because it links up Secret Warriors with the fictional history that Hickman has been developing  in his other book, S.H.I.E.L.D. Confused yet? Ok, good.

The meeting continues with many familiar faces, both bad and good, sitting around a large table. They find out that they have all been called together because they are the best spies on the planet and that each one is directly linked to a country that could dominate the globe.  After a few heated words  everyone decides to play along with the secret S.H.I.E.L.D. society and each member was then put into a team and was given a specific task to complete.  This chain of events leads to the creation of both Hydra and Leviathan.  It also reveals how Nick Fury looses his eye and why he wants so badly to end Hydra and Leviathan.

Issue# 25 was amazing.  It issue took things back to basics for Secret Warriors and made me remember the reason that I started reading this book to begin with.  Hickman’s writing is well paced and the art work compliments it exceedingly well.  I know that when this series comes to an end, it will have felt far to short while also giving us an epic scope of the secret, underground  world of Marvel espionage.

Final Verdict: Hickman and Vitti  bring  depth, action, and intrigue to the Marvel Universe like no other! Buy this issue and then go back and read all the others because this is a special series that cannot be missed.

Sheldon Lee