War #1-5 (Feb 2004 - December 2005)
Artist: Gabriele Dell’Otto
2003, Nick Fury uncovers a secret plot by the Latverian prime minister
fund super criminals with new technology. Dismissed by the President,
Fury calls on Captain America, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Wolverine, Spider-Man,
and Black Widow to bring down the plot. A year later, a plan of revenge
is unleashed, leaving Luke Cage in a coma as Fury and a cadre of NYC
heroes face off against a mysterious
new villain and her hi-tech army.
by the Contessa, Jimmy Woo, Jasper Sitwell, and Dum Dum Dugan.
leaves S.H.I.E.L.D. and goes underground in the last issue.
the villains seen with S.H.I.E.L.D. connections include Mentallo and
is described as a "world peacekeeping" force and an "international
espionage coalition", apparently answerable to the
S.H.I.E.L.D. file database in issue #5 features a bio of Constrictor
with no mention of his ties to S.H.I.E.L.D. as seen
featuring Luke Cage).
Robertson explains that the "media" purposely
does not report stories that involve S.H.I.E.L.D. and/or Nick
of Fury's hand-picked team went on to reform the Avengers in New
special one shot, Secret War: From the
Files of Nick Fury with
background information on the story was released the
summer of 2005.
original synopsis presented in the hardcover reprint
alludes to a slightly different ending where Latveria
and the US go
to war and "one villain
will change sides, becoming a Marvel hero with a lot
to answer for".
in the Secret
War and Pulse: Secret
could have been a seminal event for Nick Fury instead becomes yet another
rehashing of familiar material with mostly lackluster results. Beginning
with strong promise in the first issue (featuring more traditional S.H.I.E.L.D.
have been seen in some time) the plot is hardly given a chance to develop
through the small page counts in each issue and most of it seems to happen
either in flashback or off-panel. The idea of Nick Fury calling in his friends
is nothing new, however its the dynamic that one would look forward to; but
there is none to be found here. In fact one doesn't understand why these
heroes would help Fury at all judging by just the story seen here.
The S.H.I.E.L.D. cast get a good showing. Jasper and Woo, both major supporting
players in their heyday are used well and the Marvel time-slide thankfully
doesn't null their edge as seasoned agents. Its great to see Val again and
agent Daisy Johnson makes for a fine addition to the S.H.I.E.L.D. ranks. However
most of the S.H.I.E.L.D. elements are kept to the bookends, and Mac from S.H.I.E.L.D.
V2 makes a surprise cameo in crossover issues of the Pulse.
the prolonged publishing schedule the miniseries went through, the
story still reads like just sketches of a plot that needs more fleshing
out. My main question after reading everything is why did Fury need to
gather the heroes together in the first place, if all he was going
to do was blow up Doom's castle. His wanting to send a 'message' I
would think would have been as loud and clear if he had done the mission
I would be remiss not to mention the art in the series, a little too
dark for my tastes, but still the series sports some wonderful shots
of Fury and his crew, and especially the helicarrier in issue #1.
story's finale, complete with yet another Fury LMD brings to mind so
many other Nick Fury "deaths" that at this point I think
it would be original simply to suggest that Nick Fury has been dead
for years and
all that are left are endless Life-Model-Decoys. His codas in issue
#5 and issues of the Pulse reveal Fury's genuine affection and admiration
for the heroes which is a humanizing touch, however everyone from Captain
America to Jessica Jones does little more then tell Fury to go to hell.
Also a missed opportunity is the main villain of the piece who hardly
has enough panel time to make any impression at all.
appearances by Nick Fury in Secret War crossover issues.
The order is chronological to
(well, I've tried at least). The year of publication of the comic
title appears beside the issue numbers.
Pulse #7 (2005) *cover
Okay, everyone repeat after me, "Nick Fury controls
the Marvel Universe". Basically that sums up this nonappearance
where Jessica Jones spends allot of time preceding Fury's name with
a string of expletives. Nonappearance by Clay Quartermain as well
in this "Secret War" crossover.
Pulse #10 (2005)
Fury appears via hologram stating how no one will
be seeing him anytime soon as his career is over. The checklist
of comics ignoring this issue continues to grow.