Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #11 "Greetings From Scotland"  

Writer: Alan Grant

Penciler: Cam Kennedy
Colorist: Gregory Wright
Letterer: Rich Starking

Fury takes a short vacation to Scotland intending to repay the debt to an old friend from the war, Murdo Mackay, who suspects terrorists are walking the grounds of the ancient tribe of the Sea Eagle. Fury investigates and finds the terrorists are a sham and the whole investigation was merely a ploy to get Fury to fulfill three "tests" qualifying him for sacrifice. The dying Mackay intends to renew himself with Fury's soul and needs to sacrifice him to the spirit of the eagle. Instead an evil spirit is awakened and takes control of Mackay. Mackay's daughter is horrified and frees Fury who tosses the possessed Mackay into a bonfire, thus destroying both.

  • Continuity Notes
  • Flashback to a previously unseen Howling Commandos mission
  • Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD (1) also featured a non-S.H.I.E.L.D. solo story for Fury set in Scotland w/ supernatural elements
  • Reprinted in Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD Classic V.1

Effective little diversion from the main continuity is an excellent mix of the supernatural and espionage which is the hallmark of Nick Fury's SHIELD stories. Narrated as a letter to Fury's current love, Kate, back at Central, guest writer Alan Grant weaves a time shifting tale which recounts a brief exploit of the Howlers, the history of the Tribe of the Sea Eagle, and of course the dilemma at hand. The story effectively rehashes some of the more popular elements of the current incarnation of Fury; the past reaching out to hurt Fury in the present, betrayal by a friend, and Fury as some kind of "chosen" one. The story works flawlessly as a result, aided by some solid work by artist Cam Kennedy who lends a darker more gothic look akin to later material by Stiner.