Fury Vs S.H.I.E.L.D. #1- 6
Penciler: Paul Neary
Inker Kim DeMulder
Colorist: Bernie Jaye
Letterer: Janice Chiang
Cover Artist Book
1: Jim Steranko
Cover Artist Book 2: Bill Sienkiewicz
Cover Artist Book 3: M.D. Bright
Cover Artist Book 4: Joe Jusko
Cover Artist Book 5: Kevin Nowlan
Cover Artist Book 6: Tom Palmer
the wake of the crash of the helicarrier, Fury leads a taskforce
to recover its powercore. However a surprise HYDRA attack leaves
S.H.I.E.L.D. sans the core and very nearly one of its senior agents, Clay
Quartermain. Fury is quickly called away from the scene to depths
of a Roxxon Oil facilty where he finds stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. files.Fury is
stripped of command after he brings details of the Roxxon investigation
to the board of directors, forcing him to go rogue.
On the run, Fury attempts to contact Val, but is betrayed by her as
Dum Dum and Gabe investigate strange behavior and goings-on amoungst
the agency, including the new director; Jasper Sitwell. Fury raids
a S.H.I.E.L.D. installation and drafts sleeper agent Alexander Goodwin Pierce
to help him find out what is going on in S.H.I.E.L.D.
Run-ins with dead and oddly aged agents leads Fury to believe LMDs
are involved and he calls on Tony Stark for help. Meanwhile Agent John
Allen, former head of the ESPer division and CIA agent Al MacKenzie run
afoul of the conspiracry that is forming amoung S.H.I.E.L.D., Roxxon Oil,and
HYDRA, and are captured. A raid by Fury frees Mackenzie and he teams
up with Fury and Pierce as they travel to Hong Kong for more information.
The strange cult/conspricay linking S.H.I.E.L.D. and Roxxon, now lead by repeatedly
aging clones of Jimmy Woo and Jasper Sitwell learn that Fury's DNA,
enhanced by the Infinity Formula, holds the ket to stabilizing thier
next-generation Deltite LMDs. As Fury and company discover a HYDRA connection
in Asia, Val goes undercover into the Delta project as Gabe and Dum Dum
Fury forces the new Madame Hydra to lead him and his team to the heart
of the conspricacy, bringing them to the S.H.I.E.L.D. satalite where the final
stage of the cult/conspricacy that is the Deltite Affair begins.
appearance of Alexander Pierce, Al Mackenzie, and Kate Neville
helicarrier's crash took place in the She Hulk Graphic
events of the 1996 Fury oneshot
dispute events in this story
3 dispute events in Iron
Man #118-119, 129 and 174-175
later illustrated the cover for the miniseries trade paperback
Sienkiewick was cover artist for the 2001/02 MAX: Fury miniseries
Jusko illustrated the cover for the first Nick Fury novel, Empyre
DeMulder later served as the regular inker for the first fourteen
issues of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2)
- Reprinted in Nick Fury VS S.H.I.E.L.D. (1991) and S.H.I.E.L.D.: Nick Fury Vs S.H.I.E.L.D.
more, check out our interview with Kim DeMulder
- For more, check out our interview with Paul Neary
more, check out our interview with editor Gregory Wright
Milestone miniseries still holds up as one of the best stories in Nick Fury's
canon and one of the most influential in terms of continuity, directly impacting
the whole of the second volume of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D..
Not wholley original in its premise, previous comics establishing something
amiss with S.H.I.E.L.D. help add to the impact of the story and Fury's disallusion
with his agency crumbling around him is made all the more potent.
The plot builds on the legacy of the old Strange Tales with Fury facing a vast
organization lead by one strong leader and taps into the revelation of the Infinity
Formula from Marvel Spotlight, making the story truely unique to Nick Fury himself.
Although the final twist in the story, wherein Fury's biology is needed, takes
the character away from his unique "everyman" hero status in the Marvel
Universe. The conspiracy itself is little much if you ask me, but in retrospect
does seem to like an honest attempt to explain away some of the more unsavory
S.H.I.E.L.D. elements that had popped up during the 1970's.
The supporting cast is given excellent spotlight, espcecially Dum Dum and Jones,
a hallmark match-up unseen since the days of Stan Lee on Strange Tales. The generational
aspect of the cast and thier actions is perhaps the most insightful of Harras
story; the uncompromising loyalty of the Howlers, the unwavering loyalty of the
S.H.I.E.L.D. cast, but bound to thier duty to the agency, and of course the introduction
of the new crop of agents that would see light in the subsequent S.H.I.E.L.D. series.
Makenzie and Pierce make for the breakout characters here, sadly the former not
living up to the wonderful promise seen in here. Neville is practically a throwaway
character (ironic considering how she ended up) and the unnamed agent who would
become 'Red' tends to get lost amidst the cast. Even with six good-sized books,
the story suffers from too much of a busy cast. Admirable, though it is, the
story maybe could have done with less characters (or maybe more books?).
Sadly much of the daring of the story was undone in less then three year's time.
The new cast established is all but forgotten by Marvel editorial (or killed
at the end of S.H.I.E.L.D. v.2), those dead at the end of this were found alive, and
even the conspiracy itself was deemed too contrived by the "powers that
be" as written by editor Ralph Maccio in his intro to the retconning fiasco
that was the Fury 1994 oneshot.
course this wouldn't be a classic if the art wasn't up to the same
standards as the story and surely it is. The team of Paul Neary,
Kim DeMulder, Bernie Jaye, and Janice Chiang are the first team to
work on an original Fury series since the 1960's and they do an excellent
ob of updating Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. for the time. Especially in the final
issue set aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. satalite wherein the action becomes quite
kinetic, various special FX are used that help maintain the visual
tradition of the old Steranko tales.
In these Nu-Marvel days of loose continuty (if continuity at all)
its hard to say if this miniseries happened at all, but its still
fine read and an essential part of any Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. fan..