This is a whopper of a Graphic Novel.

Complete series, book one to five, of the “Secret War” saga.

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What’s the secret?

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WARNING: Plot-giveaway:

A mysterious animosity between Captain America and Fury develops, after Luke Cage is hospitalised from what becomes clear as retaliatory revenge strikes against the superheroes. The whole thing starts with the discovery that many super villains possessed technology that was advanced beyond what they could afford. Which leads to Colonel Fury, head of S.H.I.E.L.D, secretly assembling a team of super heroes, and embarks on an unauthorised (hence, “secret”) retaliatory strike against a rouge nation. The bulk of the novel is really about the aftermath of that war “that never happened”.

The various elements of the graphic novel — the motive, the counterstrike, and counter-counter strikes — gradually reveal themselves like jigsaw pieces, fall into place with each turn of the page.

The interestingness-factor goes up with excerpts of interrogation transcripts (by two SHIELD characters, Agents James Woo and Jason Stillwell. You go through those parts like you’re accessing the files by logging into the database as a SHIELD agent would.

There are also more files on various superheroes and villians.

You’ll learn how Fury picks his team (Spider-man, Dare Devil, Wolverine, Captain America, Black Widow, Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson) and decides who are those he’d want and those he had to drop.

You’re introduced to a Who’s Who of sorts, of both the good and the bad ones.

I was introduced to villains and heroes like Diamondback, Hudak, Grizzly, Spider-woman, Warbird, Sentry, Iron man, Punisher, Hulk, Hawkeye.

We learn how Daisey Johnson discovers who she really is, and her powers (revealed via transcript — which is an interesting way of presenting an ‘origin’ story).

It’s a very well thought-out series. An explosive start, spiced up by the artwork and dialogue.

A must-read for marvel comic fans.

Even if you’re not a fan, the mix of new and familiar heroes and villains is bound to intrigue you, as it did for me.

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