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Secret Warriors, Vol. 4: Last Ride of the Howling Commandos (Secret Warriors #4)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  260 ratings  ·  16 reviews
The glory days of WWII are revisited as you are invited to the reunion of Steve Rogers, Nick Fury and the remaining members of the US's most elite Special Unit from the Greatest Generation! Find out why raves that SECRET WARRIORS is "a surprisingly tense and engrossing black-ops story." COLLECTING: Secret Warriors #17-19, Siege: Secret Warriors
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published November 10th 2010 by Marvel
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Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)

Now this is what I'm talking about!

Loves me some Howling Commandos action - and this volume delivers that in spades. Almost (Kinda, sorta, not really at all actually) like a break from the rest of the series.

Point is - this one zeroes in on Fury, Cap, and the mother-fucking-Howling-Commandos! Why wouldn't you want to read it?
This series just keeps getting better. This volume takes a very slight break from all the Hydra/Leviathan/Secret Warriors three-way spy battle to focus just on the Howling Commandos' involvement in the war. This is the first book I've read by Hickman where I really felt like he nailed the character work and didn't leave it as a secondary thought. He really presents the Commandos (who were the original team of soldiers who followed Captain America into Normandy) as being from a different, prouder ...more
Great stuff. Hickman crafts an intricate weaving of stories, pathos and political intrigue in this book that tells a sad, almost inevitable tale of the Howling Commandos' coming to face their greatest threat ever from Hydra.

Gruff men who take their lumps, face their demons not because they're smarter but because they were raised and hardened to accept it and fight until they're dead, because that's what good men do. It's a bit mythical and hard to relate to, but it's also supremely aspirational
Probably the best installment in the series so far.
This book had a lot of the same flaws as the previous one. And yet in this one it worked. The story was told completely out of order, in fact it had no clear plot. But there were just a couple of vignettes all of which worked pretty well. Captain America joining the Howling Commandos for a reunion. Phobos at the White House. Dum Dum at the United Nations. A last battle in China. And yet in this book it was compelling. Perhaps the lack of superhero times like Daisy's helped.
Andrew Uys
Feeling shorter than the other graphic novels in the SECRET WARRIORS run, the "Last Ride of the Howling Commandos" picks up just after the events of Seige, and has a touching reunion between Steve Rogers/Captain America & Nick Fury (plus the rest of the surviving Howling Commandos who served with him in WWII). While the pacing was good, and the POV coming from Dum Dum & Sitwell (who've clearly been caught and are now being interrogated) was a cool storytelling choice, I just don't feel t ...more
Marc Burkhardt
Devastating story docked a notch for bleh art.
Utterly wonderful and a fantastic outing for the Howling Commandos. It's great to see them with a chapter of Secret Warriors dedicated to them, and it fits well in a series that is for the most part episodic, focusing on different storylines with greater or lesser intensity. This is a chapter that no Howling Commandos fan can miss, with a nostalgic look back to the Commandos of old, a poignant consideration of how their time has passed and a heroic and heart-breaking last ride.
Jordan Lahn
This was a very different volume because the Secret Warriors themselves didn't even appear! lol I enjoyed the focus on Dum Dum and the Howling Commandos (although I'm not sure how so many of these WW2 vets are still alive and combat ready after all these years... do they all have infinity formula?), but the ending was very depressing. And as I read ahead I can tell the story just gets darker...
I was liking this series up until this point, but it became convoluted to the point of incomprehensible, the art got really sloppy, and there seemed to be a lot of characters I'd never heard of before getting killed in some way that was supposed to feel dramatic. Poor in every way.
A complete 180 turn from what has occured before.
I'd rather it were about Nick Fury doing a mission or, you know,
the group of characters working for him--the ones in the 3 books prior.
Shannon Appelcline
To a certain extent, this volume feels like its scope has gotten too big for us to focus on the comic's main characters. However, wow it's epic too. And touching.
It does not realy cover the secret warriors that much, but its nice to see the howling commandos back.
this one lagged... it's still good, but will possibly be made better (or worse) by what is to follow...
Nov 10, 2010 Adam rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Pretty disappointed in this one. Feels like I only bought half a book.
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