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!

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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

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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