Most of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been brainwashed. The Inhumans are vulnerable, and Earth’s heroes are nowhere to be found (or are trapped), so there aren’t many heroes to be found. Secret Warriors #1 focuses on Daisy Johnson and her assembling a team to fight against America’s new leadership—Hydra.
Matthew Rosenberg takes an interesting approach to this issue. It has little to do with the original Secret Warriors, and is more of a superhero-focused book than a spy/espionage-focused book. It focuses on the Inhumans left behind after Medusa et al went into space.
This first issue is pretty status quo, with Daisy trying to get a team together. Rosenberg throws in flashbacks here and there, and it makes for an interesting backstory. Of course, it does interrupt the continuity of the present narrative, but the flashbacks certainly are implemented with purpose and precision.
Daisy’s characterization is strong and shows her independence/power. Mostly, we see her being bummed by S.H.I.E.L.D.’s current situation. She is the protagonist, but I would have liked to see more from her than just this. She stands out quite a bit because of her personality alone, though, and that is enough to make us sympathize with her character and cause.
Supporting characters do a really awesome job of bringing some vibrancy to the issue. I’m really glad that Rosenberg decided to include Ms. Marvel, Moon Girl, and Karnak. I must admit, I’m a little biased towards Moon Girl because I think she’s an absolute badass. She’s so young but has so much intelligence, so much conviction, such a strong voice… Not to mention she has a freaking pet dinosaur, who also makes a pretty lasting impression in this issue.
Both Javier Garron and colorist Israel Silva do a fantastic job on this issue’s artwork. The very first page alone shows some really detailed and clean line work paired with realistic coloring that looks dramatic, especially because of Silva’s use of light sources from off panel. Throughout the book, action sequences look fantastic and show a lot of movement. Panels are blurred to signify movement and it actually ends up looking really cool. Details in the sky and background environments make this issue look stunning and well worth the read for the artwork alone.
This is a great issue to start off the series. I’m not completely sure how this will link directly to Secret Empire, but I’m sure subsequent issues will tell. Fans of the original Secret Warriors, don’t expect this one to relate much to the previous. There aren’t any solid links, but this is a great story nonetheless. The plot looks promising, so we’ll have to keep reading to find out what Daisy does with her new team!
Written by: Matthew Rosenberg
Illustrated by: Javier Garron