Against the Machine" -
Uncanny X-Men 371, X-Men
[Summary & Review
by Kevin Sargeant.
X-51 (Machine Man) is pursued and captured by SHIELD troops, because they need spare parts for the new "Project Deathlok". To which they intend to add the remains of Agent 18 (Jack Truman), his brain and nervous system in their project. Fury goes ballistic upon returning to the helicarrier and finding Tech-division has grafted Truman's remains with an android body, under the direct supervision of Major Remington Sole, Projects Coordinator. He had assumed command in Fury's absence and dispatched a squad to Muir Island to investigate an energy signature similar to the Techno-Virus. Coincidentally, Shadowcat, Nightcrawler, and Colossus are visiting Muir Island looking for Warlock who immobilizes a SHIELD squad.
This was an ok story whose only purpose was to set up the M-Tech line of Marvel comics (which have since all been cancelled). The setting on the helicarrier was pretty neat but I didn't like the portrayal of Nick Fury. He states that letting the Red Skull have the helicarrier is not an option, but then lets him get away with it in the end. The Fury I know would not have let the Skull get away, but this was an M-tech story not a SHIELD story so there you go. Also, I missed the traditional SHIELD supporting cast. None of the regulars we know and love were there. Sure there was a cameo by G. W. Bridge, but he's only sort of a SHIELD agent. I did enjoy the spin-off titles, Deathlok (which had a strong SHIELD presence), and Machine Man.