Secret Warriors #10
Secret Warriors is a group spun-off from the Secret Invasion storyline. Led by Nick Fury, it consists of sons and daughters of Marvel characters and other youngsters. Taking a break from its usual action, issue #10 is a character-driven solo story featuring Secret Warriors team member Alexander Aaron and his dad, Ares, the God of War and member of Norman Osborne’s Dark Avengers. Snowbird makes a cameo appearance standing around at the end.
The issue tells the ancient story of Alexander’s origin and recent events that lead up to Nick Fury surrendering him to Ares, a recent opponent of the group. Ares brings his son to a heavenly fortress, whose location is tagged “Somewhere Else”, presumably on a coincident god-plane. There, he goes before the Council Elite of the Earth’s pantheons in the Great Hall and joins the mightiest of warriors as Phobos, God of Fear.
Standing around in the Great Hall are a motley crew of various gods and god-like beings from around the Marvel Universe. Crack out your “Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica” to keep track of them all, but you’ll easily find Hercules and if you look hard, Snowbird, very tiny, standing before a pillar.
During a celebration following the ceremony (which could have been a bit grander and drawn out and included a battle, a trial of strength or a labor task), you can see Snowbird from behind standing next to her former lover, Hercules in a 2pg spread.
The concept of the “Earth’s pantheons” should immediately remind the reader of Incredible Hercules #117, where a group of Earth’s Elder gods gathered to form the God Squad to lay an attack on the Skrull gods during Secret Invasion. It’s likely that writer Jonathan Hickman would not have chosen Snowbird to be one of the spectators at the ceremony if it weren’t for that God Squad/Sacred Invasion storyline, so here’s another “thank you” to Fred van Lente, the writer of that series.
Note: it’s a shame she wasn’t shown in greater detail because the team of Alessandro Vitti on pencils/ink and Sunny Gho on colors was a real knockout, simply some of the most beautiful art I’ve seen in a comic book. Just look at this tiny inset taken from the 2pg spread to see the detail of coloring on the back of Narya’s head to get a quick impression of the overall quality of their work.