(2) #1-5 "The Scorpio Key Saga" (August
2001 - January 2002)
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Chuck Austen
Colors: Nathan Eyring
has formed an alliance with Iraq and S.H.I.E.L.D. hires the enigmatic assassin
Elektra to investigate matters which reach a crisis point as the forces
of the Zodiac Key are unleashed.
- Continuity Notes
by Dum Dum, Sharon Carter and James Woo, who is secretary of state
for the United States.
mentions that he knew Elektra's father, and that he had a chance
kill Hitler and didn't, most likely a reference to The Fantastic
Scorpio Key is hidden away from S.H.I.E.L.D. and the rest of the world
once owned a dog.
Stanley Dreyfuss was an LMD series 44.
in the Elektra:
Scorpio Key Saga TPB
as part of Marvel's DotComics at their website.
all honesty its all Elektra's show (of course, its her title), but Nick Fury
presents a strong presence here as the story posses one of the better S.H.I.E.L.D./Hydra
battles of recent years. Further interest is piqued as many traditional S.H.I.E.L.D.
hallmarks appear, including the Zodiac Key and a new twist on the LMD. Fury
gets in some great lines, especially when he's watching Sharon Carter defend
S.H.I.E.L.D.'s existence to a U.S. Senator on a political roundtable show. Ironically
enough Fury logs in most of his panel time during the Nuff Said issue of
Elektra, however the last issue showcases one of Nick Fury's best moments
in a looong time as he cuts down Elektra and justifies his methods with a
great allusion to the FF #292 (his chance at killing Hitler). I dunno how
other people read it, but Fury comes off better here then Elektra.
The Stanley Dreyfus sub-plot however may be the longest lived
legacy of this storyline. The notion of self-aware LMDs and Fury's ambivalent
use of them adds a new darker level to Fury. Coupled with his casual use
of LMDs to stand in for himself without telling anyone, Fury's speech about
his nervous dog showcases a rather hard-edged view on LMDs and their potential.