AUTOGRAPHED COPY (DAVID L. WALKER)
Writer: David F. Walker
Artist: Lee Ferguson
Colorist: Jason Keith
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artists: Mike Dedato & Jordan Boyd (variant) Christain Ward; John Tyler Christopher.
Nick Fury Jr. tracks the latest Hate-Monger to a Hydra lair where both are transported to 1965. There Fury crosses paths with his father, Nick Fury, recently installed director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Together both Furys journey to Hawaii, where the Hate-Monger looks to change history..
- Appearances by Dum Dum Dugan and Gabe Jones in the 60s, and Maria Hill in the present.
- Fury Sr. initiates time displacement protocols and emergency time portals.
- This is the second team-up between the Furys, the first being their first meeting in Battle Scars.
- Fury Sr. is glimpsed in his Watcher guise at issue's end.
- Read more about the origins of this miniseries in these articles at CBR:
The 50th anniversary of S.H.I.E.L.D. was shaping up to be a depressing affair considering most of the characters who has been associated with it were no longer viable characters in the Marvel (Cinematic) Universe. And then along comes this gem of a special, quite a surprise indeed. The setup is perfect, bringing together the two Furys, appropriately hunting down the villain that brought Nick Fury into the modern day, long ago in the pages of Fantastic Four. The inclusion of the Hate-Monger and Fury Jr. on the hunt for him makes for a great scenario and shows how this next-generation Fury could easily pick up his dad's rouges gallery and have exciting stories. Walker shows a great ease with these characters; I'd love to see him write more adventures for Fury Jr. Walker's story offers excellent commentary on how the more things change, the more things stay the same, contrasting the Watts riots with the police brutality against African Americans that has been in the news so much in recent years. In direct contrast to the disappointing 'Man on the Wall' Fury that was seen in Original Sin the year before, here we see a return of the classic Fury, as a man who deeply cares for people and the ideals of his country and is troubled when he sees that the nation is not living up those ideals. The story's mystery of who the Hate-Monger is gunning for is a great reveal and continues Fury's streak of saving Democratic presidents.
The art from Ferguson and Keith is good, especially with the layouts showing the different time periods. The style, a cartoonish noir look that uses shadows effectivelly throughout, creating a great atmosphere. The scenes set in the Watts neighborhoods are especially moody, with a color palette that evokes the fires of the riots.
When Fury's son ruminates "how did you change so much? How many secret wars did it take?", it outlines perfectly the unfortunate direction Fury Sr. was set on by modern day writers who strayed from the original character as developed by writers like Lee and Steranko and others. Here's hoping Nick Fury Jr. avoids those pitfalls and enjoys some more good storytelling like the kind found here in this issue.