- They are going to blink and follow the rules of diplomacy that no one else plays by......and people are going to die. Innocent people are going to die because of this right here. I can't-- I can't go through it again. It's happening all over again.
- -- Nick Fury
Appearing in "Book One"
- Colonel Nick Fury (Main story and flashback)
- Black Widow (Natasha Romanov) (Only in flashback)
- Agent Johanna Maley (First appearance) (Unnamed) (Only in flashback)
- Agent Jimmy Woo (Main story and flashback)
- Agent Jasper Sitwell (Main story and flashback)
- Val Fontaine (Main story and flashback)
- Agent Sharon Carter (Cameo)
- Dum Dum Dugan (Cameo)
- Agent Clay Quartermain (Cameo)
- Lucia von Bardas (First appearance) (Main story and flashback)
- Killer Shrike (Simon Maddicks) (Only in flashback) (Apparent death)
- Tinkerer (Phineas Mason) (Only in flashback)
- Avengers (On-screen) (Only in flashback)
- Jack O'Lantern ("Jason Macendale Jr.") (First appearance) (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only) (Only in flashback)
- Scorcher (Jamal Hudak) (On-screen) (Only in flashback)
- Grim Reaper (Eric Williams) (On-screen) (Only in flashback)
- Goldbug (Jackson Smith) (On-screen) (Only in flashback)
- Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius) (On-screen) (Only in flashback)
- Scorpion (Mac Gargan) (On-screen) (Only in flashback)
- Grizzly (Ted Winchester) (On-screen) (Only in flashback)
- Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom) (On-screen) (Only in flashback)
- Heroes for Hire (Mentioned)
- Mister Fear (Alan Fagan) (Mentioned)
- Sabra (Ruth Bat-Seraph) (Mentioned)
- Bob Woodward (Mentioned)
- Hydra (Mentioned)
- F.B.I. (Mentioned)
- Hammerhead (Joseph) (Mentioned)
- Punisher (Frank Castle) (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- Earth (Main story and flashback)
- United States of America (Main story and flashback)
- New York
- Pennsylvania (Only in flashback)
- Philadelphia (Only in flashback)
- Washington, D.C. (Only in flashback)
- White House (Only in flashback)
- New Mexico (Mentioned)
- Albuquerque (Mentioned)
- Latveria (Only in flashback)
- Israel (Mentioned)
- Afghanistan (Mentioned)
- Iraq (Mentioned)
- Baghdad (Mentioned)
- Australia (Mentioned)
- United States of America (Main story and flashback)
- Astral Plane (Mentioned)
- S.H.I.E.L.D. Flight Pack (Only in flashback)
- Iron Man Armor Model 20 (On-screen)
- Mjolnir (On-screen)
- Grizzly's Suit (Only in flashback)
- Doctor Octopus' Tentacles (Only in flashback)
- Whirlwind Armor (Only in flashback)
- Scorpion's Suit (Only in flashback)
- Vulture's Wings (Only in flashback)
- Jack O'Lantern's Suit (On-screen)
- Pumpkin Bomb (On-screen)
- Goldbug's Suit (On-screen)
- Doctor Doom's Armor (On-screen)
Synopsis for "Book One"
In Harlem, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones return to their apartment, and Luke pressures a group of neighborhood kids to get him the name of a local drug-dealer who is selling to kids. Inside the apartment, they discover a woman who promptly destroys the apartment with a massive energy blast.
Fury travels to Metro Hospital where he finds Danny Rand and Jessica sitting with the comatose Cage. Jessica demands to know why Fury has come.
"One year ago," the Killer Shrike was apprehended by Iron Man and Thor, and interrogated by S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Woo and Sitwell, who demands to know where Maddicks got the funding for his expensive equipment. Maddicks ultimately agrees to turn over the Tinkerer and leads S.H.I.E.L.D. to Philadelphia, but is killed by a trap left by Mason.
"Later," Fury searches the Tinkerer's workshop, finding little, and resorts to calling Natasha Romanoff, who has tracked the Tinkerer at the Latverian International Airport where he is picked up by a car with government plates.
Some time later, Fury meets with the President at the White House and delivers a report "on a project codenamed CIRCUIT" which has revealed that a number of "technological themed criminals" – including Jack O'Lantern, Killer Shrike, Goldbug, Grizzly, and Grim Reaper – "were getting their materials from...the Tinkerer," whose criminal endeavors were, in turn, being financed by Lucia von Bardas, "the elected Prime Minister of Latveria." Fury recommends taking decisive action against von Bardas, but the President suggests handling the situation "diplomatically" instead.
Fury storms out of the White House, explaining to Contessa Valentina de la Fontaine that the government's inaction will get innocent people killed, and that he refuses to "go through it again."
In the "present day," Fury looks on the comatose Luke Cage, and asks himself: "What have I done?"
The most popular and acclaimed writer in comics reveals the darkest chapter in MARVEL UNIVERSE history in this quarterly limited series MEGA-EVENT!
- When Nick Fury finds a disturbing connection between many of Marvel's deadliest villains, he puts together a ragtag team of the MU's most misunderstood heroes for a secret mission to do what the U.S. government could never allow, eventually leading to a super-powered blowout between a "Who's Who" of NYC heroes and mutants!
- Featuring the American debut of the stunning, fully painted work of Italian artist Gabrielle Dell'otto. 48 pages (with ads) include special material detailing the events leading up to the war, who the major players are and what is the SECRET in this SECRET WAR?
- Page 3 of this issue matches page 3 of The Pulse #6, while pages 6-7 and 24 of SW #1 correspond to pages 9-10 of Pulse #6.
- Lucia von Bardas was voted into government in Latveria at the end of Fantastic Four #508.
- Special thanks to Adam Cichowski, Patrick McGrath & Omar Otieku.
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