Synopsis: The world is a dangerous place. And there’s danger in drawing attention to your plans. When S.H.I.E.L.D. needs a lone agent to infiltrate, capture and remain anonymous, there’s no one better than NICK FURY. An all-new era for the superspy begins here, as Fury is sent on a top-secret mission to the French Riviera. He’ll need to outmaneuver the enemy as the complex dance of espionage begins, but will he meet his match in the mysterious FRANKIE NOBLE? Grab the edge of your seat and don’t let go — this caper’s just getting started!
Review: This first issue sets up for a new series of adventures fearing a somewhat younger Nick Fury than the one we know from the films. He’s still black and still bald, but his eyepatch is white and smarter than the average eyepatch.
James Robinson lays the groundwork with a fun opening story, which sees Nick having to steal a USB Stick containing some of Hydra’s deadliest secrets. In order to do this he has to infiltrate a Casino on the French Riviera.
Fury’s first job is to create a series of distractions in order to take out the security cameras.
The artwork throughout this sequence is eye catching to say the least. It offers up a full overview of Fury’s actions using unusual circular panels. Its a nice break from the more traditional approach and felt like a sort of homage to sixties spy shows.
The art by ACO is pretty lush and the action is fairly visceral.
The sequence toward the end of the issue where Fury takes on Frankie Noble who has an impressive flying Gun Ship is gorgeous. There’s a definite homage here to Marvels Agents Of S.H.E.I.L.D as we see Fury taking on the Gun Ship with his flying car, which doesn’t look to far removed from the one that we see Agent Coulson use on the show.
The issue closes with Fury getting away with the Hydra secrets, but sets up for future encounters with Frankie Noble who is out for revenge.
As first issues go. This was blatantly set up, but was fun with some really cool gadgetry.
I’m definitely onboard for another issue to see where all of this leads.
Special mention should go to the colourist. Who was obviously having a bit of a 1960’s acid trip.
- Art Work8.7