Nick Fury: Scorpio Rising (1994)
Artist: Shawn McNamus
Colorist: Gloria Vasquez
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Mikel, is not quite cutting it as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and soon he's seduced
away by the cry of his homeland, Carpassia which is undergoing revolution.
He takes the Cosmic Key and heads for Carpassia where HYDRA is using
LMDs to wage war, as well as to bait Mikel and take possession of the
Key from him. Fury and Wolverine team up again to go set Scoprio straight
and rid the country of HYDRA
delivers a little too much dumb Marvel-style action and not enough plot to
compare favorably with the classic original. Chaykin's story lacks any of
the stellar work he did on DC's Blackhawk or even the subsequent Fury of
S.H.I.E.L.D. series, throwing the three leads together for no particular reason.
While the original clearly established motivation and rationale, this book
is just a string of random coincidences. Also the emphasis is on Wolverine,
this time having him narrate the story. The themes of loyalty and aging are
sorely missing here and the book is all shoot-em ups and punches, little
drama. Even more curious is Chaykin's take on the Fury father/son dynamic,
which is in contrast to the one in the subsequent Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. series. The art is not my cup of tea with
some very anime-style facial expression. All this makes it sound horrible
but it's not really, just very, very disappointing.