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

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  337 Ratings  ·  23 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 U.S.'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, Premiere, 112 pages
Published November 10th 2010 by Marvel
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Oct 12, 2015 Terence rated it liked it
The Howling Commandos, Captain America's troops during World War II are still an elite group. After so many years though their last ride is upon them.

The Last Ride of the Howling Commandos was an interesting story overall. The Commandos have come together for a reunion and are telling their World War II stories. Interspersed with their stories, The Howling Commandos are shown on their last ride as they take out a Hydra Base. It's a bittersweet volume.

This volume also provides a glimpse at a diff
Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)
Mar 17, 2015 Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai) rated it it was amazing

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?
Nov 04, 2010 Aaron rated it really liked 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
Feb 18, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 16, 2011 Pturingan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best installment in the series so far.
Derrick Affolder
May 25, 2017 Derrick Affolder rated it it was amazing
Documenting the continuation of the shadow war between Nick Fury/HC PMC, Hydra and Leviathan. The story flashes back and forth between a gathering of the Howling Commandos talking about their experiences together, a battle between HC PMC and Hydra, and a UN Security Council interrogation of Dum Dum and Sitwell after the fact. There is exciting action and heartwarming dialogue as you learn more about the Howling Commandos and their fallen men. There is a somber tone over the whole experience as y ...more
Arno Callens
Sep 18, 2016 Arno Callens rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marvel-comics
During the first few issues of Secret Warriors I thought how much the series ressembled Ed Brubaker en Steven Epting's Captain America, only without Captain America. After this, in which Steve Rogers actually turns up, I still stick to that point.

Rogers joins the Howling Commandos, who get the spotlight in this book for the first time. Without spoiling anything I can tell you for a three-part arc things get very emotional. Action and heart have rarely been intertwined better, and it is suitable
Jan 04, 2016 Silas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was very little of the Secret Warriors in this volume. Instead, this focused on Nick Fury and Dum Dum Dugan and the assault on some Hydra bases, as well as the fallout from that assault. Despite not featuring the majority of the characters that have been central to the series so far, it does reference them, and I'm sure the events here will have far-reaching effects upon those characters. Despite not featuring many super-powered characters, this trade was chock full of action, as well as s ...more
Andrew Uys
Aug 10, 2013 Andrew Uys rated it liked it
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
Nov 28, 2011 Magpie rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
Jordan Lahn
Mar 17, 2014 Jordan Lahn rated it really liked it
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...
Nov 19, 2011 Neil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Liam Mcguire
Jun 21, 2016 Liam Mcguire rated it really liked it
Volume 4 was a complete shift of focus from the Secret Warriors storyline to Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos. Usually, I wouldn't have dug such a drastic change, but man, this is really touching and sad. Very nice work by Hickman.
Feb 29, 2016 Scarlett rated it it was ok
Why are Hydra agents wearing those terrible green suits...
Shannon Appelcline
Jul 05, 2013 Shannon Appelcline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, comics-marvel
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.
Nov 10, 2010 Adam rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic
Pretty disappointed in this one. Feels like I only bought half a book.
Jun 30, 2011 Angela rated it liked it
It does not realy cover the secret warriors that much, but its nice to see the howling commandos back.
Jun 27, 2011 Seth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this one lagged... it's still good, but will possibly be made better (or worse) by what is to follow...
Marc Burkhardt
Apr 29, 2015 Marc Burkhardt rated it really liked it
Devastating story docked a notch for bleh art.
Feb 15, 2011 Jacob rated it liked it
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.
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