When S.H.I.E.L.D. just wouldn't cut it, the Marvel Universe turned to a covert team of superheroes known as the Secret Warriors. Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev in 2008, the squad was founded by Nick Fury Sr. during a trial separation from the superhero monitoring agency. The eye patch-sporting spy and his hand-picked team made a name for themselves as a no-nonsense cadre of hardcore heroes who knew how to get things done. Since their origins in the pages of Marvel, the team got a major visibility boost after debuting during the Second Season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The undercover Inhumans team returns to action in the comic book world next spring. Aside from their recognizable new members, it sounds like the superhero spies will get some help from a few big guest stars.
Led by the fearless and powerful Quake a.k.a Daisy Johnson, the Secret Warriors will reform during the Inhumans' ResurreXion this coming spring. Written by Matthew Rosenberg (Kingpin) with art from Javier Garron (Star-Lord), the latest chapter puts together a powerful team consisting of superstar characters like Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel), Lunella Lafayette (Moon Girl), Royal Family member Karnak, and Inferno. However, as Marvel 'Inhumans-verse' associate editor Charles Beacham told Screen Rant in an exclusive interview (read it here), Secret Warriors is the only 'grounded' title among the the relaunch. He also delved into the book's exciting cloak and dagger storyline, and why some big names could pop up:
"Secret Warriors. That's a book that's staying here on Earth and it's kind of an espionage thing going on, so anyone could show up at any point and you never know who they're going to need help from on their mission. You'll have to check it to see what happens."
Editor Wil Moss also explored the book's rich possibilities for cross-overs, as well as the team's importance to the overall MU as the sole Inhumans team on terra firma:
"Secret Warriors especially, we can't say too much about until we launch it. But once we can, it'll become apparent that book is going to have a lot of interesting guest stars appearing in it. It's something that's going to be pretty key to the whole Marvel Universe for the spring and summer."
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Not only will Secret Warriors tie into the happenings on Earth, it also sounds like it will connect to some major upcoming events in the not-too-distant future. Although Moss and Beacham weren't able to elaborate on exactly what those "key" occurrences could be, the series does star some of Marvel's heavy hitters. Beacham delved into the team's reformation, and its current lineup:
"As far as the book goes, [writer] Matt Rosenberg's got some really, really cool ideas and every single one of those characters he's got specific plans for how to use them in their roles on the team. I'm really stoked for it. It's going to be really awesome. Moon Girl is there for a reason. Ms. Marvel is there for a reason. Quake is going to play an awesome role as well. Looks like she's kind of stepped in as leader but anyone who knows these characters is going to enjoy this book and enjoy what these characters do, as they come together."
Even without the possible guest stars, Secret Warriors already has a lot going for it. Marvel regulars and newcomers alike can expect some incredible character dynamics and some high-stakes adventure as, according to Moss, the younger generation of Inhumans step up their game as their elders head to the cosmos. He said:
"Ms. Marvel, Moon Girl, Devil Dinosaur - those are such great characters it's going to be something really exciting in Secret Warriors to see...interacting with each other, bouncing off of each other, and exploring what their Inhuman side means to them. They're such three dimensional characters already, it's hard not to love them, and so it's going to be fun to see them bounce off the rest of the Inhumans world now."
Speaking of characters, many fans of the clan and the Warriors know them primarily from their time on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where such as Quake (played by Chloe Bennet) really tore things up. With SHIELD heading into the second half of its fourth season and an upcoming Inhumans TV series, will there be any connections between the comics and the TV realm. Moss broke down the connectivity, as well as Daisy/Quake's role in the comic:
"The Secret Warriors, that was a series here [Marvel Comics] first; the show ended up borrowing the name for it. We're visiting that whole concept, now with the original series, they brought in a whole bunch of kids but the main one, the star pupil was Quake, was Daisy Johnson. So now, this series is revisiting that and Daisy's in the Fury role - she's assembling the team. So there's some broad similarities between things on the TV and film side but it’s really its own thing. Its own material. The Inhumans TV show that's coming out, it's going to feature cast of the Royals book but both are going to be their own things for sure."
Even though there doesn't appear to be much back and forth between Marvel TV and the comic (unsurprisingly), the rich character pool, as well as the Inhumans in general, will offer fans a roller-coaster ride of espionage and high-energy action this coming spring. Longtime fans, as well as newcomers stepping into the comics from the TV show, can look forward to Secret Warriors as an accessible book with a heck of a lot of familiar faces, including some of the Marvel Universe's breakout stars.It will also be interesting to find out just which guests stars pop into their adventures, especially since the team has connections to the Champions, the Avengers, and naturally, S.H.I.E.L.D.
The true measure of the book, though, will be its ability to take relatable characters and put them into some tight spots. Even without crossovers from the other Inhumans comics (which will happen), or hostilities (even team-ups) with the X-Men, Secret Warriors looks like one of the most exciting ongoing comics to arrive next spring.