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A Son’s Loss

May 10, 2010

     With Siege nearing its end, we’ve gotten five one-shots detailing other parts of the involvement of a few of Siege’s important players.  Only two of them featured the writers behind their related books: Siege: Loki, and Siege: Secret Warriors.  As a fan of Secret Warriors, I just had to pick the latter up.  So in Siege: Secret Warriors #1, Phobos watches the monitors as the Sentry fights his father Ares, then rips him in half.  He flashes back to a time when his father told him that, if he should die, certain questions will have to be asked, and actions undertaken.  So Phobos grabs his sword and gets access to one of Nick Fury’s bases that provides a back door into the White House.  Earlier, Nick Fury contacts Norman Osborn by virtual reality feed and tells him that he’s screwed.  Phobos arrives in the White House and beats up a ton of Secret Service people, trying to get to President Barack Obama.  Captain America and Fury fight the U-Foes, and Fury invites him to a Howling Commandos reunion.  Phobos’ attack forces the president to flee, and after having taken out all of the Secret Service left on the premises, Phobos leaves him a note, telling him to reflect on giving Osborn power and on how lucky he was to have escaped from a god.

     Since the issues of Secret Warriors that I haven’t read are the ones focusing on Phobos and his father, I’m missing some major interaction and character development that contextualizes what happened in this issue.  I’m waiting on the trade paperback for that.  At any rate, it’s rather interesting to see the most badass twelve year-old ever take out basically the entirety of the Secret Service singlehandedly.  Phobos’ part of the issue, which was the majority, was mostly one extended action scene, with the framing parts at the beginning and end.  The Nick Fury parts were fun, if not really meaty in character development.  Really, it was just a great chance for him to chat with Cap for the first time in a long time.  It’s good to see that Jonathan Hickman can write these two together, especially since the next Secret Warriors arc is a World War II flashback.  Alessandro Vitti’s art was rather nice, and he’s definitely good at choreographing Phobos’ fight scenes.  It’s also one of the only times that a twelve year-old actually looks like one in a comic book.  I love Stefano Caselli, but he makes Phobos look like a full-blown teenager.  I do wish that artists actually knew how to draw a katana guard, but that’s just the Japanophile in me.  This was a nice fun issue, but it wasn’t anywhere near as great as Siege: Loki.  Hickman could have really delved into Phobos’ reaction to his fathers’ death a lot more, but maybe he’ll leave that for future arcs of Secret Warriors.  Instead, here, we just got some great action.  Not like I’m complaining or anything.

Plot: 8.2      Art: 8.9      Dialogue: 8.8      Overall: 8.2

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