Secret Weapons #0

Writer: Eric Heisserer Artist: Adam Pollina Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: January 3, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 7
8.9Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

Before the fall of the Harbinger Foundation... Before the opening pages of SECRET WEAPONS
#1... Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and legendary artist Adam
Pollina (X-Force) present all-new, standalone prelude to the year's best-selling independent
limited series! Meet high school senior Nikki Finch... She's a gifted athlete with an unusual set of medical ailments and high-aptitude test scores that have drawn the attention of an obscure and little-known NGO calling itself the Harbinger Foundation. With seemingly limitless resources at its disposal, the Harbinger Foundation has just offered Nikki a place in th more

  • 10
    Geekery Magazine - Kris Kolish Jan 5, 2018

    The book would be a worthwhile experience even for readers unfamiliar to the series, but its an absolute can't-miss for anyone who enjoyed issues one through four. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 4, 2018

    Honestly, a prequel one-shot like this shouldn't be this good, and yet Secret Weapons #0 comes out flawlessly. Bravo. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - D. Ivester Dec 31, 2017

    It all just leaves you wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Ray.A Jan 3, 2018

    With titles like Secret Weapons in its arsenal, Valiant Comics is making a yet another strong case as to why one needs to diversify their pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 9, 2018

    This is a striking "done in one" story that tells a terrific story on its own - but it does work better if you've read the original series. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Outright Geekery - William Pace Jan 4, 2018

    This is the best prequel I've read in quite a while. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    SciFiPulse - Oral Frier Jan 3, 2018

    Secret Weapons never disappoints, and it is good to see its quality continue post-hiatus. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Joey Edsall Jan 2, 2018

    While it would be an easy joke to call this issue the most memorable comic of the year so far, the truth is that this was unique enough and so well-executed that it likely will be one that readers remember 12 months from now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Andrew McAvoy Jan 6, 2018

    This is a standalone prequel book. If you are worrying about whether you will be able to get into it don't. Dive right in, and adopt the immersive technique. By the end of this issue, you'll be primed for the main run on this series. If you have read it then it will give you amazingly detailed background on the character, where she has come from and what motivates her. If only all books could be like this. Amazing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Kat Calamia Jan 4, 2018

    Secret Weapons #0 is a character piece that no comic book fan should miss, it's a great jumping on point into the world of Valiant. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Amy Okamoto Jan 5, 2018

    Secret Weapons #0 is a must-have for Valiant fans. This touching portrayal of one of the newest heroes in the Valiant Universe will whet your appetite for more Secret Weapons " and Nikki. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Lacey Jan 9, 2018

    For being a backstory issue focused on the characters of an already fantastic book, Secret Weapons #0 holds its own. It's worth picking up, both for fans of Secret Weapons and those interested in the series in general. If you aren't reading it, you'll certainly want to by the end of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jan 2, 2018

    A cinematically told journey focused on a teenager's story. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jan 3, 2018

    Secret Weapons #0 is one of the more impressive origin stories in the Valiant Universe so far. This is not someone who woke up one day and could fly or lift a car. She talks to birds, but that doesn't stop her from springing into action. Nikki's was everything you could want in a character who isn't given anything or thrust into situations of convenience. If I wanted a hero to look up to, it would be one who faces real obstacles and knows what it means to endure. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Jan 3, 2018

    UltimatelySecret Weapons #0 Nikki's Storysuffers because of the strength of the originalSecret Weapons.As creatively interesting a book as this is, it's just not as strong as issues 1-4, and isn't really required reading for fans if they're not Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Matthew Mueller Jan 3, 2018

    Secret Weapons #0 is not a necessary element to the core series, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth your time. Getting to know Nikki Finch was a joy, and any chance to visit the world of Secret Weapons one more time is one you don't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jan 3, 2018

    'Secret Weapons' #0 may not include much action but this character study reveals a lot about Nikki and the Valiant universe. It's a good primer for new readers and a bonus for 'Secret Weapons' fans. Heisserer as the screenwriter of the film Arrival has shown that fantasy science fiction and superhero stories can be thoughtful and engaging without cheap thrills or over-the-top set pieces. 'Secret Weapons' #0 succeeds because rooting for the underdog is still an elemental part of the human experience where conquering fear and doubters is as exciting as ever.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jan 2, 2018

    This prelude, Secret Weapons #0, is a beautiful standalone chapter in the Harbinger mythos that centers around Nikki Finch. Cinematic in its progression and flow, and at times quite emotional, this book is one that fans should not miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Jan 8, 2018

    There's a lack of action that might discourage some readers " not everyone loves a detailed character study " but the premise is still exciting and the hyper-focus on Nikki makes for a surprisingly relatable psiot. I would have loved to have seen more conversations between Ms. Finch and the birds (because who hasn't wished they could talk to animals), but this is a backstory, and an altogether well-executed one at that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Jan 5, 2018

    'Nikki's Story' is a more interesting examination of form and functions impact on storytelling than as a pure storytelling experience. The kind of book that could've gone off the rails at many different spots, but didn't. That it achieved both goals to the degree it did is commendable. Read Full Review

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