Nick Fury #1 and 2
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: James Robinson
Inker: Hugo Petrus
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters: Travis Lanham
Review by PeteR
There are certain characters who are forever tied to specific creators. The Green Lantern/Green Arrow run by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams, Frank Miller’s Daredevil and Jim Steranko’s Nick Fury comics come instantly to mind. Anytime Nick Fury appears in a series, Jim Steranko’s distinctive contribution will be the elephant in the room. The first two issues of Marvel’s new series, Nick Fury by James Robinson and Aco, embrace Steranko’s legacy while carving out their own place in comic annals.
The first two issues regale the reader with individual solo adventures of Nick Fury Jr. In the grand tradition of the James Bond movies, Nick Jr is able to create chaos equally in casinos and outer space alike. Each mission evolves around Fury retrieving some McGuffin deep inside an enemy’s stronghold. Attempting to thwart him is the platinum haired Frankie Nobel, Agent of HYDRA. It is apparent that the story arc is less about “what” Fury is after as it is setting up the dynamic between Nick Fury Jr. Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Frankie Nobel.
The mighty writing chores for Nick Fury are performed on by James Robinson (Starman, Golden Age, and Hawkman) who brings his respect for older heroes and combines them with innovated perspectives of those characters’ successors. There are a couple of moments where Robinson’s writing reminded me of Warren Ellis, which is cool since Ellis recently penned a couple James Bond stories for Dynamite.
Nick Fury’s artwork is laboriously crafted by Aco (Constantine, Deathstroke, Midnightner) and inker Hugo Petrus (Batman, Midnightner, Star Trek, Waypoint) who imbue every page with frenetic action. Each issue has a two page spread with the Mission name and a spectacular vista. The attention miniscule details force the reader to explore every nook and cranny of the pages.
The breakaway creative star of Nick Fury is colorist Rachelle Rosenberg (Mockingbird, Spider-Woman, Spider-Man 2099). She provides a psychedelic coloring to the series that makes every page a lunatic cacophony of pigments. There are pages that should have a pair of sunglasses included because the saturation of hues is so overwhelming. I particularly appreciate the coloring of Nick Fury’s eyepatch. If that sentence alone doesn’t intrigue you artistically, I don’t know what will.
Why you should buy this book? Because Nick Fury succeeds in combining the best aspect of the spy genre and possibilities of the graphic art narrative. Robinson’s writing combined with Aco’s art and Rosenberg’s manic colors are a stunning and breathtaking combination. Put on your favorite James Bond movie soundtrack and strap yourself down for a thrill ride of spies, impossible weapons, exotic locals and dangerous women.