Machine #15-17 "The Time War" (1995)
Penciler: Sandu Florea
Inker: Tim Dzon
Letterer: John Constanza
teams up with S.H.I.E.L.D. after one his employees, Sheva Joseph, a former
S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, uncovers a plot to transport 90's technology
back in time to Nazi Germany. Rhodes volunteers to make the temporal
trip to find Josephs and repair any damage to the timeline.
by WWII era Sgt Fury, Dum Dum Dugan, Captain America and
Bucky. Other Howlers who appear in the background are Pinky,
is made of Nick Fury's offer to Rhodes in War
Machine #1 to
first time Nick Fury is "killed" in a 1995
guest cast livens up a tepid story which features the unique distinction
of featuring Nick Fury as both an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a Howling Commando.
The Nazi menace is faceless for the most part, literally in one case where
either the Red Skull or Hitler is obscured, making for a poor antagonism
and a string of fairly unexciting Marvel slugfests. The Howlers get short
rift with only Dum Dum and Fury having any speaking lines. Cardboard characterizations
abound for all of the WWII cast, and shame on scibe Dan Abnett for not having
a single yell of WAHOO, and worse still for watering down a perfect moment
for a classic "You blasted yahoo's" with a lame "You jokers" instead.
If the story is hard to recommend, the art certainly is not. The art team exhibit some cool paneling choices, especially when Fury is killed. I like a comic that asks me to turn it around a few times to see and read what's going on. Florea's art enhances the story, page by page.
Ironically enough this issue marked the first time Nick Fury "died" in
1995, a full two months before the beginning of the Over the Edge storyline.
All in all, this storyline showcased what a perfect match the War Machine
title was for a strong S.H.I.E.L.D. supporting cast, but alas Marvel had other
plans for the ole' Howler.
Worth a catch in the quarter box; recommended for the art or if you're
obsessed with collecting every issue where Nick Fury bites the bullet.