America (4) #1-6
Writer: John Ney Rieber
Artist John Cassaday
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Wes Abbott
months after the attack on the NYC Twin Towers, Fury dispatches Captain
America to Centerville,
a mid-Western town taken hostage by a self-proclaimed terrorist.
America finds that the terrorists are equipped with S.H.I.E.L.D.'s latest
CAT-tags, used for tracking the vital signs of whomever wears it.
Fury points the way for Cap to fly to Dresden to learn who is arming
the terrorists with S.H.I.E.L.D. tech. There Captain America confronts
the Al-Tariq, whom he killed in Centerville. There, Cap learns that
Tariq plans to equip the armies of the world with the CAT-tags he
them with it.
by Nick Fury in issues #1-2, 4-5
technology to the CAT-tags has been seen before used by S.H.I.E.L.D., however
its been implanted
into the agent's body.
of the Presidential cabinet do not have authority over Nick Fury..
charged at the time of publication, reading this story
in 2004, the story seems rather lackluster in plotting and
not as damaging nor reinvigorating
to the title character as many claimed. Fury's
scenes however are pretty strong and well written. Captain
America's comments about Fury getting too caught up with playing
with his toys
seems an indictment of the way many writers have used Fury
in previous years and it's true. Likewise Fury's ordering Captain
America on a mission
just after Sept 11th seems realistic to what Fury would
be doing and exposes the weakness in Riber's take on Captain
America. The plot involving
the CAT-tags is interesting and its nice to see for once
that its NOT a rouge band of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (see next storyline
for that tired old
cliche). The connection to Dresden makes for a bit of a
missed opportunity as Fury and the Howlers were there during
the fire bombings so it would
have been interesting to see Cap and Fury together investigating
the source of the tags, but then again, the comic ain't called
and Nick Fury. The art is fantastic but not a real essential
volume for the Nick Fury library.