Captain America (5) #1-6, 8-9, 11-14"Out of Time", "The Winter Solider" (2005- 2006)
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artist Steve Epting #1-8, 11-14, Micheal Lark #8 (flashbacks;1-6)
Colorist: Frank D'Armata
Letterer: Randy Gentile

The Red Skull is killed and a Cosmic Cube in his possession was stolen. SHIELD calls in Captain America to investigate the mystery. Together with Sharon Carter, Captain America slowly finds himself involved in a mystery with ties to his past, with old friends and foes being killed and his own memories changing drastically, a new foe known as the Winter Soldier slowly tracks down Captain America.

  • Continuity Notes
  • Appearances by Sharon Carter
  • Cover appearance by Fury on #1 and 9; he appears in issues #2-6, 8-9, 12.
  • Jack Monroe worked briefly as a SHIELD operative and had a tracker injected into him without his knowledge.
  • Fury has an executive assistant named Teresa (with a penchant for eavesdropping) aboard the helicarrier.
  • SHIELD can not interfere in US military matters unless asked to.
  • This story seems to be set prior to the later events of Secret War as opposed to taking place concurrent as Fury is seen as the director of SHIELD.

Review
One of the best Captain America storylines in many years, its great to see Nick Fury and SHIELD in tandem with Brubaker's reinvigoration of the title. Although the relationship is far less chummy then that seen in Dan Jurgen's run, Fury and Cap do demonstrate a strong bond. Fury's concern for his fellow agents and Cap is note perfect and other writers should follow Brubaker's example. The story itself is quite good and the action and plotting is just about perfect and offers genuine cliffhangers. Although Fury drops offs during the later portion of the Winter Solider segments of the story, Issue #9 is a highlight with a SHIELD raid and Fury in the lead. Sharon Carter is in top form as well, the addition of a (short-lived) love that isn't Cap shows some dimension to her character. These issues are must-haves for any comic book fan.
 

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Cameo appearances by Nick Fury in Captain America starting with the begining of Ed Brubacker's run. The order is chronological to Fury's life (well, I've tried at least). The year of publication of the comic title appears beside the issue numbers.

Captain America #24 (2007)
Fury chats with Sharon Carter, from inside a Nick Fury LMD!.

The Winter Soldier: Winter Kills (2007)
Gosh, an actual Nick Fury appearence, not just a voice cameo! Bless Marvel. Sarcasm aside, Fury orders Winter Soldier to help out the Young Avengers. A great Fury line when asked if he takes Christmas Eve off, 'Not since 1952'.