Four (3) #504-508"Authoritative Action" (2003)
Writer: Mark Waid
Penciler: Howard Porter
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Letterer: Rus Wooten
Cover artist: Tony Harris/Tom Feister
wake of Dr. Doom's apparent final defeat at the hands of the Fantastic
Four, a brutally scarred Reed Richards leads his family and team to
Latveria where they begin to disassemble Doom's vast arsenals. Meanwhile
international outrage over Richard's proclamation of sovereignty over
Latveria, but more importantly its technology, pressures the United
States. Nick Fury is called in to lead a multinational force to
arrest the FF for treason. Unbeknownst to all, Richards has one final
gambit to play with his oldest adversary.
is mentioned as the United Nations peace-keeping force.
is apparently given the task of heading up an international force
has weapons that can take down the Human Torch and the Thing.
helicarrier has a teleporter.
makes a short cameo in issue #509 in the next storyline, Fantastic
Four: Here After
- Reprinted in Fantastic
Four: Authoritative Action TPB
The strongest showing by Fury in the FF title in more then a
decade makes for one of his best guest-shots of 2003. Few
writers really take up the long-established relationships Fury has with
both Reed Richards and Grimm, but here we see noticeable restraint by
Fury to carry out his objective and give the FF every benefit of the
doubt when possible. Fury's disbelief at Sue being kept out of the loop
shows how its not just an assignment for him. However its clear that
continuity has implicitly been chucked out, with comments about Johnny
Storm being out of high school as early as seven years ago and Fury referring
to Ben as Mr. Grimm (I'm sure he doesn't call him that at the poker games).
Art wise the pen and ink
team is up to the job and Fury's look is akin to the style seen in the
Man Hunt storyline running in Iron
Man. After a Fury drought during his run on Captain America,
at last we have Mark Waid writing Fury, and he captures his relationship
with the FF and the tight-rope he walks with his job well. As for
the tiny continuity quibbles, once again S.H.I.E.L.D. is made international
unit and the later issues
featuring Fury leading an invasion force are confusing as to whether
he is marshalling S.H.I.E.L.D. or international troops.