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In Review: Marvel’s new Nick Fury is a positive tonic

Nick Fury #1 - Nick Fury by ACO

Nick Fury #1 -Sample Art

Writer: James Robinson
Penciler: ACO
Inker: Hugo Petrus
Colourist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: 19th April 2017

The Book: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!

Nick Fury #1 -Sample ArtThe Review: Marvel’s new Nick Fury book has gone back to the character’s psychedelic 1960s roots – and true to its promise from interviews such as this one with artist ACO, it’s an absolute gem.

Nick Fury #1 -Sample Art

Away from (so far, thank goodness) the convoluted, multi crossover mess that most Marvel (and DC) books suffer from, not only does Nick Fury #1 offer a fun story featuring the son of the original super spy; we’re also treated to Jaw-dropping art from ACO (inked by Hugo Petrus), the whole mix cranked well beyond 007 thanks to stunning colour from Rachelle Rosenberg.

For some preferring the interminable multi-part, referential nonsense that many modern “Big Two” comics now are, thankfully you’ll be disappointed. Yes, this first issue hardly has a complex story but you can pick it up without worrying about the rest of the now desperately confusing Marvel universe (which both film makers and TV producers have very wisely chosen to ignore in adapting the comics).

Instead, sit back, enjoy a fun, action-packed adventure perfectly suited to the oft-derided “floppy” format of US comics, without having to wait for a slow-building arc to complete or guest star bolt ons that would overshadow the principal characters.

Nick Fury #1 sets out the stall for this new series nicely, with plenty of promise – including, perhaps, further down the line, a father and son reunion. If you like your action comics shaken not stirred, this is one for you.

Oh, and grab some copies of Andy Diggle’s James Bond series while you’re at it. Also recommended!

Nick Fury #1 is on sale now in all good comic shops and via various digital platforms – buy it from Forbidden Planet using this link (using this link helps support downthetubes) | Click here for our UK and Ireland Comic Shop Map

Read a Newsarama interview with writer James Robinson about his plans for the series

Read an interview about the new Nick Fury with artist ACO on Marvel.com

About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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