BANK JOB: Hickman's Secret Warriors #7

Fri, August 21st, 2009 at 8:58am PDT | Updated: August 21st, 2009 at 9:07am

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Dave Richards, Staff Writer

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"Secret Warriors" #7 on sale August 26

In Marvel's “Secret Warriors” #6, Nick Fury acquired the troops and transports he needs to wage his war against the forces of HYDRA. But for these tools to be truly effective, Fury needs something else: money, and lots of it.

Nick Fury is a clever soldier who's been waging war for decades, so he's certain to come up with all sorts of interesting fundraising opportunities. In the opening pages of “Secret Warriors” #7, on sale August 26, writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Alessandro Vitti show that robbing banks is one of those methods.

Marvel Comics has provided CBR News with a preview of the Bank Job sequence from “Secret Warriors” #7, and writer Jonathan Hickman joins us to provide exclusive commentary on the pages.

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CBR: You open here with a classic thriller story device, the old “which wire to cut” dilemma.

JONATHAN HICKMAN: Yes, obviously we're outside a bank and there's a robbery getting ready to take place. We know that because there's a guy on a roof deciding whether to cut a red wire or blue wire and God bless him but Sebastian, Druid, just can't get anything right so he cuts the wrong wire.

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On the previous page, you introduced readers to a comely bank teller, and here it seems like Hellfire's response continues to show off that he's the most lascivious member of the Secret Warriors team.

JT, Hellfire, is a scoundrel, no doubt about it. He can't not mack on a good looking lady. That's pure distilled Hellfire, “Give me all your money and show me your boobs!” [laughs] That's about as simple as it gets.

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Here things escalate into a full-blown heist as Hellfire's teammates arrive on the scene. Which heist films were on your mind when you were writing this sequence? Were you paying homage to anything in particular here?

We've all seen bank robbery movies and I just pored over every cool heist scene I've ever seen, like, say, from the movie “Heat,” and out came this amalgam of cool scenes.

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In this scene you have the arrival of Nick Fury, who is such a domineering personality. When you write him, is it tough to keep Nick from taking over every scene he's in?

Yes. Nick is both a black hole and the center of the universe. There's no getting around how powerful a character he is. The beautiful thing about Fury and is that, generally, my number #1 rule for him is that he has no inner dialogue. You'll never see that inner dialogue with him because in my mind, even though he's a spy, there's no difference between thought and action for him. Everything with the man is forward motion. Inner dialogue implies that you're thinking things over and you might be second guessing yourself a bit, or that you're working through something. That's not Nick Fury. He's got a plan and knows what he's doing. He's already made up his mind and is 16 steps ahead of you.

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In this scene Stonewall makes short work of a bank vault door that, on the previous page, Hellfire claimed wasn't coming off.

Yeah, so it would be a little ridiculous for him to do it with one hand. See, the difference between “Secret Warriors” and other superhero books is that if we were a regular superhero book, he would have done it with one hand. [laughs] In “Secret Warriors,” Stonewall uses both hands to make things more real.

We know that Stonewall is clearly an immensely strong individual but beyond that he seems to be one of the most enigmatic members of your cast.

He's a very interesting character. He's got a very cool second arc and even cooler third arc. He's been a really slow burn. When the book first started Brian [Bendis, Hickman's co-writer on the first arc of “Secret Warriors” and Stonewall's creator] put that teaser out there of, who is Stonewall's dad? What's his real power?

There's something to Stonewall. There's a bit of nobility in that character that the other kids lack. Maybe that's because he's a little bit older or seems that way. Or maybe there are other reasons for that . . .

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In this scene we learn that Fury makes the most of his need for money by taking it from the people he's fighting and using it against them.

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Yeah, the bank is a HYDRA bank. Fury is funding his efforts with Baron Strucker's mighty treasure chest, but he's an honorable man and wants to leave a note saying that it was in fact him who took the money. Also, he's clearly messing with him. [laughs]

My favorite thing in this scene is the sniveling, weaselly bank president and that Fury just had to punch him. He can't resist despite the fact that he dominates the room already


This sequence was a story about how they get their money and there will be more about the money. We get multiple story points out of it. There's a lot of branching stories in “Secret Warriors.” I have a massive flow chart on the wall and every time I write an issue I end up adding things to the back of the flow chart, where stuff ties back together.

“Secret Warriors” #7 goes on sale August 26 from Marvel Comics.

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