Fury Max is Garth Ennis’s take on Nick Fury as a Cold Warrior, trading in his jet pack and blue bodysuit for extrajudicial killings and murky political maneuverings. Fighting the Viet Cong instead of Hydra, and working for the CIA instead of SHIELD, this version of Nick Fury is more realpolitik than superhero. Major Spoilers has the review of Fury Max #9 so you can decide if this gritty tale of a real-world cigar-chomping one-eyed spy is for you. Plus: bonus Frank Castle!
Recently, Marvel Comics has gone to great lengths to deliver an in-universe 616 version of Nick Fury that resembles the one seen in the movies (i.e., looking like Samuel L. Jackson instead of Napoleon Solo.) The only real carry-over between the two characters is Nick’s eyepatch, which got me thinking about the visual cues that make a character who they are. Batman’s 1990′s Azrael variant doesn’t say Batman to me, even with the cowl ears, but the all-black variant does, because it keeps the scalloped gloves from the original design, a key indicator of “Batman” for my eye. Even The Doctor, known for changing his entire BODY, has trademark bits, though they vary by incarnation: the velvet smoking jacket, the bow tie, the ridiculous scarf, the even more ridiculous coat, the brainy specs and the question mark motif on his lapels and his umbrella.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced “Miz-rah-hee”) wants to let you know that those shoes DO NOT go with that outfit, asking: Which iconic accessories do you find absolutely necessary for the character to be “done right?”
Hot Toys has announced an upcoming Nick Fury action figure that looks totally awesome, and totally Sam L. Jackson.
Sideshow Collectibles is getting ready to launch pre-orders for the Nick Fury Comiquette statue that allows you to switch between PC non-smoking Fury, and the cigar chomping classic look.
Cage’s Avengers have started to come into their own as a group, but can the team handle a mortally wounded Mockingbird on their first real mission together? Also, what was Fury putting together back in the late 1950’s? Find out after the jump.
Marvel Comics sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek of New Avengers #9 by Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Deodato and Howard Chaykin.
Paramount Home Video sent Major Spoilers one of the behind the scenes clips from the upcoming Iron Man 2 DVD/Blu-ray release where Samuel L. Jackson, Jon Favreau, and Justin Theroux talk up Nick Fury and why he ended up in the movie franchise.
Or - “Awright, You Gold-Brickin Swastika Slingin’ Ratzis And Like That!”
It’s been a while since I’ve checked in with the adventures of Nick Fury (once the head of SHIELD, now a Secret Warrior against something or other) and his charges in the Secret Warriors. Last I read, they were in the midst of the Secret Invasion and they had a new member who reminded me of Gateway, and there was lots of Sturm und Drang about HYDRA being SHIELD being HYDRA. What’s happened in between, you ask? Click away, Faithful Spoilerite, and see what shall be revealed…
Sometimes I wish I had the money to throw my favorite writers and artists in a room and say “GO! CREATE THE AWESOME!” While I don’t have the money, or god-like powers needed to accomplish such a thing, I do have access to Deviant Art, and Comic Twart where I can get a taste of what might be or what could have been. Today’s Art Appreciation Moment of the Day takes a look at Nick Fury as only Evan Shaner could create.
For quite some time I have been meaning to combine my interests in comic book heroes, ancient Japanese poetry and strawberry milkshakes. I really couldn’t work the last one in but if you and I are ever at Sonic together remind me to pick some up.
Anyway, here’s some stuff I wrote while I was supposed to be paying attention to a presentation during my day job:
Even though Marvel changed it’s Ultimate line to Ultimate Comics, and still printed the title banner to read Ultimate Spider-Man, both Ultimate (Comics) Spider-Man #1 and Ultimate (Comics) Avengers #1 have sold out at the distributor level, and are headed back to press.
Marvel sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek of Secret Warriors #6, featuring Nick Fury taking on Norman Osborn’s H.A.M.M.E.R.