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Secret Warriors #21: Review

Oct 2010
Jonathan Hickman, Mirko Colak

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4.5 stars

Secret Warriors #21 Review by (February 11, 2020)
This is part 2 of 3 of Night.

The art for this issue is split in the middle between last issue's Mirko Colak and next issue's Alessandro Vitti. Colak takes us to the destruction of the bridge and Vitti continues through the big swordfight. I've bumped the rating up again, mainly for that gorgeous fight and the dramatic ending.

Imaginary Friends Studio provide the colouring for #17-23, but this issue they are aided by Andres Mossa.

#10 told us how Grasscutter and Godkiller were created together in mythological times and I commented that while Grasscutter is a genuine sword from Japanese myth (that had been used elsewhere in Marvel comics) Godkiller and its connection were invented for this series as part of the intertwined destiny of Gorgon and Phobos. Also in #10 Ares told his son he would have to die to become a true god, which we will see next issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Secret Warriors #21 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Hydra and Leviathan have been gradually destroying each other. Last issue Nick Fury decided it was time to hit them both fatal blows. He took Quake (Daisy Johnson)'s White team to destroy Hydra's main base Gehenna on a mountain in New Zealand while the other 2 Caterpillar teams hit Leviathan's remaining 2 sites. But Hellfire (JT James) has been betraying them to Hydra, and the enemy were waiting. Fury planted and armed a 'mountain breaker' bomb but in the fighting Eden Fesi, their teleporter escape route, was knocked out.

The team are surrounded and Baron Strucker, Gorgon and Madame Hydra (Viper with the the octopoid on her head) have come to gloat. Fury offers to surrender if they'll let his team go. Strucker offers just to let them live, and Nick appears to accept. But then he fires 3 bullets at the Baron's face. However Gorgon cuts the bullets into pieces and Hydra attacks.

The Secret Warriors fight back but Fury reminds them that the bomb is counting down. It has 2 charges. The 1st 1 they can survive as it just buries the bomb. They then have a few minutes to escape before the main change destroys the whole place. As Phobos (Alex Aaron)'s sword saves Nick from Gorgon's sword blow his limited precog tells him which way they should go. Fury tells Stonewall (Jerry Sledge) to carry Fesi and they head out with Nick and Alex as rearguard.

With Hydra troops in pursuit they reach a narrow stone (natural) bridge across a chasm as the 1st explosion rocks the place, breaking the 'bridge'. The others, including so-far-unmentioned Slingshot (Yo Yo Rodriguez), have made it to the far side but Fury and Phobos are trapped with the enemy. (This is exactly what Alex's future-vision showed him as the way to save the others.) Nick fires an arrow-line to the other side and attaches himself to it. He makes a grab to carry young Alex with him but the son of Ares kicks him hard sending him shooting down the line alone.

Phobos uses his sword to cut down approaching Hydra members until Strucker and Viper arrive. But this is not what he's waiting for. Then fellow-swordsman Gorgon joins them and Alex knows this is the moment his visions have been leading him to. And Gorgon expected this too.

Thus begins an epic duel between Phobos with Grasscutter and Gorgon with Godkiller. Phobos adds in his fear stare power, but it doesn't affect blind Gorgon. But still Alex draws 1st blood. Enraged Gorgon whips off his blindfold to unleash *his* stare that turns victims to stone. But *that* doesn't affect the godling. So it's back to straight swordplay. The SW cheer as Alex shatters Gorgon's sword, but Grasscutter is broken in 2 as well. He continues to attack with the half-blade but Gorgon knocks him down with a mighty blow to the chest, and then stabs the fallen boy in the chest with *his* half-blade.

Mirko Colak
Alessandro Vitti
Andres Mossa
Jim Cheung (Cover Penciler)
Mark Morales (Cover Inker)
Justin Ponsor (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Dave Lanphear.
Editor: Bill Rosemann. Editor-in-chief: Joe Quesada.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Plus: Baron Strucker, Gorgon (Tomi Shishido), Hellfire (JT James), Manifold (Eden Fesi), Phobos, Quake (Daisy Johnson), Secret Warriors, Slingshot (Yo-Yo Rodriguez), Stonewall (Jerry Sledge), Viper (Madame Hydra).

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