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Secret Warriors - Volume 4: Last Ride of the Howling Commandos Hardcover – Nov 10 2010


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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (Nov. 10 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785147594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785147596
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #582,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If nothing else, this is a story arc that will endear everyone in it to the reader Nov. 7 2011
By GraphicNovelReporter.com - Published on Amazon.com
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Everything comes back to Nick Fury. He's one of Marvel's oldest characters, and despite the fact that he's one of the few characters in the Marvel Universe who has no superpowers, he remains one of the most mysterious and resilient figures intertwined with Marvel's history. He has more body doubles than Dr. Doom, and he can probably take down any superhero you can name, in one way or another. Even Wolverine looks up to him. In short, he's Marvel's ultimate badass.

Last Ride of the Howling Commandos is an excellent standalone story, requiring almost no knowledge of any previous collections or events that sweep across the grand Marvel narrative. It's all spelled out in very simple terms: A group of mercenaries decides to take out a terrorist cell in the interest of preserving the safety of the United States, and where the U.S. is unable to operate effectively by itself, and this lands them in international hot water. This action is interspersed with a touching memorial to those lost in the attack, as well as scenes from the inquisition that follows, shifting between all three events with a marvelously effective flow. As someone who is rarely a fan of war stories or any comic that involves too many scenes sitting in a courtroom, I can assure you that Jonathan Hickman lends enough personality to his characters to carry just about any scene.

Alessandro Vitti's art is great for the slightly over-the-top war heroes and the deep creases that line their faces. He redefines the lovable, gruff, mustachioed Dum Dum Dugan into a volatile walrus of a man, keeping everyone vibrant and age-worn at the same time. Sepia tones throughout the pages remove the whole story from any one place or time, which is appropriate as it addresses so many time periods at once, and shows an appreciation for characters who age and grow. There are a lot of weirdo, covert, morally ambiguous teams that Marvel and DC have been using lately, but the Secret Warriors have quickly become my favorite.

If nothing else, this is a story arc that will endear everyone in it to the reader, and includes a guest appearance or two by Captain America that humanizes him in a refreshing way. Marvel rates this book as T+, which indicates an older teen audience. There's blood, smoking, drinking, and a silhouette of a decapitation-by-sword, but it's not easy to find a modern comic story that doesn't involve someone's head falling off. The heroism, of course, is the most important story element, made even more poignant by the fact that it's coming from a group of people, in a world populated by superheroes, who are only human.

Reviewed by Collin David
Whedon and ABC should take notes from this series. Dec 5 2013
By Rick Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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This was one of the best series that I've ever read, period. Seriously if you haven't read this series then you are in for a treat. The storytelling is awesome! Hickman wrote a story worthy of Jack Kirby's original run, if not better. I'd say more but I don't want to ruin the story for anybody reading this. I will, however say one last thing; Whedon and ABC's Agents of Shield could take a few notes from this run, and that is saying something because I love Joss Whedon's work.
Good story about the Howling Commandos Feb. 7 2013
By UK - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good story,and verygood art work. This story was so good I could not wait to read the next one. Made me buy the next volume.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Astounding work Oct. 12 2011
By Adam F. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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Hickman has taken a book that had "loser" written all over it and turned it into an inspired spy title. He has somehow made a team full of super villians' kids, spies, terrorists, Greek Gods, and World War II mesh into a white knuckle thriller. This arc goes old school and shows us Nick's original WWII team of Howling Commandos. The title says it all. The artwork is crisp and fluid. The writing is top notch. The frame within a frame style Hickman and Vitti use is affective. When it comes to great comic book work, this is where you're going to find it. I would start at the beginning with Volume 1. Hickman's work on Secret Warriors will be one of the great runs in this industry, mark my words. Between this and his Fantastic Four, we're seeing the birth of a comic legend, and it's always fun to be there where it all started.

Highly Recommended.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The title says it all Sept. 8 2011
By Ian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
At the end of Secret Warriors Volume 3, Hydra and Leviathan went to war. Now, with both sides weakened by battle, Nick Fury decides that now is the time to strike. Since the beginning of this series, Nick knew that the stakes were higher than ever, and he would have to be willing to pay the price for his actions. Now, the devil has come to collect. Once again, writer Jonathan Hickman employs the broken time-line narrative to bring extra depth and meaning to this story. We get three scenes that cut back and forth over the course of about a month. The story begins with Dum Dum Dugan and Jasper Sitwell having to testify before a secret United Nations council about an unauthorized mission that happened in China. We then flash back 2 weeks to said mission, where the Howling Commandos and Alexander Pierce's Black team attack a Hydra base, and the immediate fallout of that mission. Adding more emotional depth to the story, we flash back a week and a half before the China mission to a reunion of the Howling Commandos in the Sudan. It's a time for reminiscing about the good old days and enjoying each other's company for what could be the very last time. Powerful stuff. Alessandro Vitti returns to draw this arc, and pretty much becomes the main artist on the series from here on in. While I'm still not as big of a fan of his style as I am of Stefano Caselli's, Vitti's pencils start to grow on me. While this is a very short read, it's still a must-have if you're a fan of the series. Howling Commandos: Never Forgotten. Never Defeated. No More.


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