or, oh thank the green fields, they FINALLY brought back Nick!
I donâ€™t ask for a lot out of my comic books. In reality, it is pretty simple; non-powered heroes kicking the sh!t out of powered bad and good guys alike. Iâ€™m one of those who like the Batman plethora of good guys over, say, Green Lantern or Supes.
So, with my excitement level already built up for Marvelâ€™s Secret Invasion, you can imagine how stoked I finally was to see the return of one of my favorite ever super-heroes; Nick Fury!
Thatâ€™s right boys and girls, the eye-patched ex-director of S.H.I.E.L.D. is finally back, and he is going to kick some serious ass!
Secret Invasion kicked off last week (probably two weeks ago, but I have no concept of time anymore) with a resounding bang (Editor’s Note: Actually it was April 2, 2008). Marvelâ€™s â€˜Secret Invasion 01â€™ kicked off what is likely to be a massive success, if Marvelâ€™s lead in and publicity is anything to go by.
Weâ€™ve found out that there are a few Skrull trundling around, and worse, we know that we havenâ€™t found them all. And so each week, with every edition of a Secret Invasion labeled comic, weâ€™re going to be hoping for another reveal.
And boy did we get it. You have to make sure your reading everything SI labeled though, because you might have missed what I nearly missed if I hadnâ€™t gone and checked out Wikipedia. Nick Furyâ€™s lady friend â€“ for those like me who are uncertain â€“ is Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.
Now I started this issue none the wiser as to who Nick was sleeping with, so I didnâ€™t have the â€œAha!â€ moment that Iâ€™m almost certain some of you would have. But even if you had read Secret Invasion Prologue, you might still have been a bit confused as to her identity.
If you missed it, Prologue saw Dum Dum Dugan get gutted by a Contessa-Skrull, who then immediately took Duganâ€™s form. Iâ€™m not sure what this means for Dugan, as we could still have one of those â€œOh my gosh, your alive!â€ moments later down the track, but for the moment, weâ€™re one good-guy down.
So that Nickâ€™s Contessa turns out to be another Contessa-Skrull is not a huge surprise.
You can imagine for yourself if you havenâ€™t read the comic how Nick manages to find this little secret out, and how he deals with it. But it pales in comparison to what he does next; infiltrate the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, so that he can hack in to Maria Hillâ€™s personal computer. Oh yeah, thatâ€™s right, he not only sneaks in to one of the most heavily fortified floating positions in the world, but he manages to get in to his old quarters; the quarters belonging to the director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
This issue takes place in four parts, and the fourth involves a meeting with Spider-Woman, aka, Jessica Drew. Itâ€™s a conversation with good old Nick Fury doing what he does best; cajoling his own operatives to do crazy-assed missions for him for no real good reason.
This issueâ€™s art was really good as well, which surprised me, once I let myself think about it. Very gritty, very dirty, it had a quality to it that I normally donâ€™t abide. However this time, Alex Maleevâ€™s art really matched the story. Because if there is one thing that Nick Fury is, itâ€™s gritty and dirty!
Mighty Avengers, issue number 12, definitely deserves your attention. It gets a 4 out of 5 from me, mainly because of Brian Michael Bendisâ€™ depiction of Nick Fury (yeah, Iâ€™m obsessed!). And to whomever wants to have a go at me only giving good reviews, go back and read my Countdown reviews!