Incredible Hulk (3) #88-91"Peace In Our Time" (Nov 2005 - Mar 2006)
Writer:Daniel Way
Artist: Juan Santacruz
Colorist: William Murai
Letterer Randy Gentille

Nick Fury comes calling on Bruce Banner, recruiting him for a journey into space to destroy a sentient HYDRA space weapon. However the Hulk soon learns there is more to the rouge Godseye then Fury would care to reveal.

  • Continuity Notes
  • The New Avengers: Illuminati special states that this Nick Fury was an LMD put in place by Iron Man to achieve the purpose of ridding Earth of Banner.
  • SHIELD has a fleet of space-borne fighters
  • If one takes Fury's story about the Godseye to Banner at face value, SHIELD is indirectly responsible for the Chernobyl disaster

Review
The status quo between Hulk and Nick Fury is always a question of what the writer wants rather then any established history and writer Daniel Way without a doubt subscribes to the "I don't like you Banner" school of thought. Despite a heavy presence, Fury does very little other then prep Hulk for a launch into space and then lots of color commentary from Earth. Based on his attitude, especially the first two issues, it would be easy to characterize this as a MAX-Fury guest-shot, even down to his buzzcut. There is little to like about Fury in this story, although Fury insists this for the good of all. His final betrayal of the Hulk on orders from the informal gathering of Marvel heroes known as the Illuminati poses interesting speculation of Fury's relationship with the hero community. The Godseye serves as yet another SHIELD tech nightmare, reminiscent of Lohan from SHIELD v.2, but done much better. Overall there isn't more here to recommend for anyone other then they Fury completionist.


Postscript- the above review was written before the Illuminati special, which illuminated the fact that this appearance was in fact an LMD. The LMD ploy puts into question anything said to Banner regarding SHIELD, but it also confuses as to how is it that the US government is not aware that they are dealing with an LMD at such a high level when this is meant to place after Secret War. 

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