Silver Sable #24-25 (1994)
Writer: Gregory Wright
Penciler: (#24) Gordon Purcell (#25) Steve Butler
Inker: (#24) Don Hudson (#25) Pam Eckland
Colorist: Mike Kenny
Letterer: Steve Dutro
Silver Sable and her Wild Pack set thier sights on the Genesis Coalition, a breakaway Hydra faction led by Ivan Trefov. Following up leads in war-torn Bosnia, Sable finds her uncle, Fritz helping to run the Coalition, posing as Hydra, to bring more global condemnation on Hydra. Von Strucker, upset by false reports of Hydra causing turmoil in Bosnia, arrives with System Crash to help United Nations forces and shut down the imposters. Fury suspects that something is off about the supposed Hydra forces as S..H.I.E.L.D. arrives to restore order. Sable learns her father is still alive, part of a master battle computer used by the Genesis Coalition. Sable confronts Trefov and kills him in cold blood. Fritz, upset that his plans to destroy Hydra is falling apart fights Sable, but he is killed by the Foreigner (Silver's former lover). Von Strucker orders a retreat and gets out before Fury and company arrive..
by Dum Dum Dugan, Clay Quartermain, and Val. Woo and Pierce are mentioned.
- Issue #25 must take place in between S.H.I.E.L.D. (2) #46 and #47 as Quartermain is seen in combat alongside Fury.
- Gregory Wright was also writer and editor on Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2)
- Story reprinted in .
Fury is not in it much, but these issues are of interest to S.H.I.E.L.D. (2) fans as the return of Von Strucker figures into the backdrop of the story. The story of the Genesis Coaltiion furthers the story of Von Strucker consolidating power within Hydra that made up many of the best issues of the second S.H.I.E.L.D. series. The Genesis Coalition and the interfamily struggle between Sable's uncle and father makes for good reading and I would have loved to have seen more synergy between S.H.I.E.L.D. and Silver Sable, the two character are very well matched. The notion that Von Strucker would look to court good press for Hydra is a bit laughable, but hey, I guess the idea that there's always some one worse holds true. The art is pretty good, in particular I like the page showcased to the left from issue #24; I can see they are taking visual cues from how Heebink and his team are drawing Fury, so it looks cohesive.
I was not a big Silver Sable reader, but I really enjoyed these issues and the added touch of the S.H.I.E.D. vs Hydra war adds plenty of interest for me.