- I believe in an idea... An idea that a single individual who has a right heart and the right mind... That is consumed with a single purpose... That one man can win a war.
- -- Steve Rogers
Appearing in "The Last Ride of the Howling Commandos"
- Nick Fury (Only in flashback)
- Captain America (Steve Rogers) (Only in flashback)
- Dum-Dum Dugan (Main story and flashback)
- Caterpillars (Team Black) (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Alexander Pierce (Only in flashback)
- Ellis Love (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Bobby Gomorra (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Lauren Wolfe (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Aaron Downing (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Ahmed Noor (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Ben Huth (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Cornell Gray (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Ryan Ralston (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Sharon Carter (Only in flashback)
- Nick Fury's Howling Commandos/Howling Commandos PMC (Main story and flashback)
- United Nations Security Council
Races and Species:
- Humans (Main story and flashback)
- Earth (Main story and flashback)
- Amulet of Abbadon (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Captain America's Shield (Only in flashback)
- Captain America's Uniform (Only in flashback)
- S.H.I.E.L.D. Uniforms (Only in flashback)
- Hydra Uniforms (Only in flashback)
- S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier The Iliad (Only in flashback) (First appearance)
- S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier The Argonaut (Only in flashback) (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Last Ride of the Howling Commandos"
At a bar, Nick Fury is taking a drink, with a grim look on his face.
Meanwhile, at the United Nations, five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council are having an off-the-books meeting with Dum Dum Dugan and Jasper Sitwell, who are explaining the services of the Howling Commandos PMC. The representative of China simply interprets their band as a bunch of "hired guns". He asks Sitwell about what contracts the Commandos have taken one, such as with any nation, corporation or individuals. For the last question, everyone in the room knows that the Commandos are working for Fury, though Sitwell is in no position to confirm it. The Commandos then explain that about a week-and-a-half ago, there was a "get-together" or a party as Dum Dum puts it. It was the gathering of the old Howling Commandos, who celebrated with a toast. Captain Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter also arrive to join party. They then reminisce about Rogers' speech to the original Commandos before D-Day, about how one man can win a war.
The representative of the U.S. then asks about what recently happened in China, for everyone knows that there's a Hydra base -- Hell's Heaven -- located there.
A flashback shows Caterpillar Team Black taking down the Hydra base, along with HC backup.
The UN produces satellite photos detailing the Commandos' stolen Helicarriers located in the same area. The U.K. Representative demands to them if they are so righteous enough to think that they are more important than their government. Dum Dum answers yes. China then takes it that they invaded sovereign territory. Dum Dum simply answers that they took out a terrorist base that China knew about, just as much as Russia knows about the Leviathan bases activate along the borders of his country. Therefore, the Commandos are the only ones who are willing to stand up and deal with these threats, the way sovereign nations are afraid to do. The UN then asks if this was an isolated incident or are the Commandos going to continue with their current course of action. Dum Dum stand up, admitting that most of their men are dead. The last page of the comic depicts the smoldering wreckage of the Helicarriers.
The Heroic Age is here, kicking off a new story-arc – with special guest-star Captain America! 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 ComicBookRecources.com raves that SECRET WARRIORS is “a surprisingly tense and engrossing black-ops story” in part 1 of “Last Ride of the Howling Commandos!”
- This issue is reprinted in comics and books, see references below for more info.
- Robert "Rebel" Ralston points out that John Garrett is a member of the Howling Commandos.
Links and References
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