Secret Warriors #4

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Stefano Caselli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 13, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 9
7.5Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

What happened to all the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Plus, Daisy Johnson recruits a new member to replace a fallen comrade, the kids spy on Nick Fury and the Colonel starts his one man war against the endless hordes of HYDRA.

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn May 17, 2009

    Secret Warriors #4 was an excellent issue. This title delivers both strong writing and wonderful artwork. If you like stories that deliver excellent character work and well crafted dialogue then you should give Secret Warriors a try. Action fans might be bored with Secret Warriors #4, but have no fear; we should be in store for plenty of action with the next issue. Secret Warriors continues to be one of Marvel's better reads. I would recommend giving this title a chance. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Dan Phillips May 13, 2009

    All gripes about pacing aside, Secret Warriors remains an excellent young series with one of the most exciting creative teams to come along in quite some time. I adore Stefano Caselli's art, and Hickman's dialogue continues to impress. Together, they're crafting one hell of a debut story arc. Now if we could just get the plot moving a little faster… Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Kyle Posluszny May 13, 2009

    While a little bit slow, Secret Warriors #4 lights the fuse that promises to give the series an explosive future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson May 18, 2009

    There's a lot more to enjoy in this title as well. I like that there's a growing gap between Fury and the young superhumans he's recruited. There's also a clear, long-term plan at play that's in keeping with everything Bendis has done with Fury in the past few years. Caselli's artwork is another strength. His thoroughly expressive characters drive home the drama or the goofiness of the various moments in the story incredibly well. He also reinforces the chasm between Fury and his young soldiers by convincingly capturing the disparate ages of those characters. His designs for the various Hydra villains are deliciously detailed and unsettlingly organic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 16, 2009

    The good news is, all hell is about to break loose. The bad news is, this issue is more of the behind-the-scenes maneuvering, so there's no real action on display. But be patient, readers - next issue is the payoff, and should tell the tale about this series - whether or not it lives up to the build-up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan May 16, 2009

    Hickman's doing a lot of nice things on this series, and it's an excellent look at the secret side of the Marvel Universe. The look of the comic will just take some getting used to. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy May 12, 2009

    Regardless of whether or not all that comes into play beyond the merely symbolic, the level of detail and textured scripting that Hickman is bringing to this comic is impressive. When combined with Caselli's distinctively meaty and expressive figure-work and innovative character/set designs, Secret Warriors becomes one of Marvel's most promising new titles. It, like Remender and Opena's work on the relaunched Punisher or Parker's new Agents of Atlas, is spearheading a new front of "Dark Reign" inspired comics that are walking the artistic walk and talking the storytelling talk. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 27, 2009

    That sequence bothered me greatly, actually, in that Nick Fury (while always a soldier) seemed to be a soldier with a conscience, the kind of man who wouldn't kill agents of SHIELD just because they made a bad work decision, but this is the new tougher-than-a-two-dollar-steak Nick for the brave new Dark Reign world. This book is really difficult for me to like, simply because of the greytones of the morality involved. I do tend to like the big heroic icon guys with the clear-cut sense of right and wrong, but this isn't the book for that. Still and all, it's an intriguing premise, well executed with terribly effective art from Caselli, and some nice touches by Bendis, only undermined by what feels like a lack of depth in Nick's tough-guy facade. Secret Warriors #4 earns a more-good-than-bad 2 out of 5 stars, and has at least made itself welcome on my pull list for more than the requisite 6 issue tryout stint. Depending on where it goes, this could become the flagship title of Read Full Review

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