or, oh thank the green fields, they FINALLY brought back Nick!

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I don’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. I’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 Marvel’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!

That’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!

MIGHTAVN012.jpgSecret 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). Marvel’s ‘Secret Invasion 01’ kicked off what is likely to be a massive success, if Marvel’s lead in and publicity is anything to go by.

We’ve found out that there are a few Skrull trundling around, and worse, we know that we haven’t found them all. And so each week, with every edition of a Secret Invasion labeled comic, we’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 hadn’t gone and checked out Wikipedia. Nick Fury’s lady friend – for those like me who are uncertain – is Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.

Now I started this issue none the wiser as to who Nick was sleeping with, so I didn’t have the “Aha!” moment that I’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 Dugan’s form. I’m not sure what this means for Dugan, as we could still have one of those “Oh my gosh, your alive!” moments later down the track, but for the moment, we’re one good-guy down.

So that Nick’s Contessa turns out to be another Contessa-Skrull is not a huge surprise.

You can imagine for yourself if you haven’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 Hill’s personal computer. Oh yeah, that’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. It’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 issue’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 don’t abide. However this time, Alex Maleev’s art really matched the story. Because if there is one thing that Nick Fury is, it’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 Bendis’ depiction of Nick Fury (yeah, I’m obsessed!). And to whomever wants to have a go at me only giving good reviews, go back and read my Countdown reviews!

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Joshua Hill

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9 Comments

  1. Josh P.
    April 28, 2008 at 3:31 pm — Reply

    No mention of the Fury-board at the end? that was probably the most interesting and thought provoking aspect of the issue. What does it mean!?!

  2. mosdef
    April 28, 2008 at 5:57 pm — Reply

    yeah i agree, the fury board wasnt really shocking it was pretty interesting though. he had all the new avengers circled, i dont know why. maybe they are all skrulls

  3. Gaumer
    April 28, 2008 at 7:18 pm — Reply

    The Fury board made me drop my jaw. I dont think I have ever studied a page in a comic book more.

    The comic book made me go back and pick up a 3 year old TBP (Secret War) and I love that about this event.

  4. April 28, 2008 at 8:27 pm — Reply

    I found it interesting to note which characters had been circled, and with which colors.

    The lead up may have been a little dragging, but they have been doing a good job with keeping everyone interested.

  5. April 28, 2008 at 9:03 pm — Reply

    I think that the Contessa bit was strong characterization, and the ending had a nice “WTF?” to it, but overall, the issue felt like Marvel is vamping for time…

    “Ya want Skrulls? Well, we ain’t got any, but there’s some big hinty things going on that might make you feel like something’s happening.”

    The shaven-headed Nick Fury (which felt like a pretty obvious reference to Ultimate Nick) bit was funny, but otherwise, this issue was pleasant, filled in a few blanks, but wasn’t very fulfilling for me.

  6. Rowan
    April 28, 2008 at 11:15 pm — Reply

    why is darkhawk on the board !?!?! will he be one of the heroes that Fury asks to help him kick skrull butt ?

  7. Jim
    April 29, 2008 at 12:32 am — Reply

    re: the board, the color of the circle is most intriguing to me. Daredevil is circled. Is this the DD skrull from the Echo issue of NA or the DD whose wife is cuckoo for cocoa puffs?

    and lockjaw a skrull? lockjaw? not lockjaw please, he’s like the snuffalapogas of the Inhumans

    or maybe circles don’t mean skrulls at all.

  8. Josh P.
    April 29, 2008 at 7:26 am — Reply

    Well, there are red and blue circles. One probably means Skrully and the other are the heroes Nick can trust and/or recruit. Which means which is the mystery.

    I also picked up the Secret War trade recently.

  9. Frazer H.
    May 1, 2008 at 8:15 pm — Reply

    I think blue means heroes who have skills that could come in handy – Stature (Pym particles, always handy, may also mean Fury knows Pym’s been replaced), Lockjaw (teleportation), Daredevil (radar), Spider-Man (spidey sense) and Namor (not too sure – underwater army?, influence?,)

    Red heroes are those Fury definitely wants on the team – Wolverine (history with Fury, he’s in EVERYTHING!), The Sentry (most powerful hero on Earth), Dr. Strange (sorcerer supreme, Illuminati’s already shown the skrulls had problems with magic) and Hulkling (possible diplomatic relations, conversion of Skrulls to Earth cause).

    Fury ending the issue looking at the board saying ‘I’ll be ready’ fits with this for me as well.

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