Nick Fury was once a major power player. As head of S.H.I.E.L.D., he commanded respect in addition to having access to every iota of information available on everyone’s personal details. Despite this, he is often written as a kind of gristly uncle with a cigar firmly set in his stubbly face and a snide comment in his quiver. But gone are the days when Nick would rub shoulders with Reed Richards and trade industry info with Tony Stark.
After waging his own Secret War on villainy, the world has changed forever for Nick Fury. The trust and privelege he once enjoyed is gone forever. Living off the grid, Nick has discovered that his lifeling nemesis Hydra has secretly gained control over most of the world. With no favors to call in and unsure of who to trust, Nick has assembled a team of green recruits to battle this new war. They don’t have much in the way of battle smarts, but they have enough moxy to follow Fury into a firefight.
Sometimes, that’s where it counts.
Entering it’s sixth issue, this series by Brian Bendis and Jonathan Hickman has won me over. Full of tight writing, intelligent plots and clever (but not distractingly so) dialog, this could be one of the hidden gems of Marvel Comics. The latest storyline involves a desperate assault on a flying fortress dock where Nick’s team of ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agents is hopelessly out-gunned by Norman Osborn’s H.A.M.M.E.R. soldiers. Just when things looked their worst in issue 5, Hydra showed up to remind everyone just how bad things could get. But was Nick worried? Hell, no. His Secret Warriors arrived on the scene ready to dish out whatever Hydra could give.
Today the sixth issue hits the stands and from the looks of the two-page spread below is going to be wall-to-wall action in the mighty Marvel manner.
Pre-order on Amazon: Secret Warriors: Nick Fury Agent of Nothing Book One.