Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #15-19 "Apogee of Disaster"
Writer: D.G. Chichester
Penciler: Bill Jaaska (#15), Herb Trimpe (#16-19)
Inker: Romer Tanghal (#15-17) Fred Fredricks (#18-19)
Colorist: Andy Yanchus
Letterer: Philp Felix

A group of disgruntled scientists from Datalink steal a NASA space shuttle and set off to recover a satellite which holds an alien techno-virus. With assist from the Fantastic Four, Nick Fury leads a strike team into space where they tangle with Lohan, a nasty techno-virus creature which seeks to suck the knowledge of the world.

  • Continuity Notes
  • Appearances by Mr Fantastic, Human Torch and The Thing
  • First appearance of Bruno Kreah. His appearance in this story is significantly different from #20 onward through series end
  • The Inhumans base on the moon is seen briefly
  • Final appearance of the redesigned helicarrier
  • Herb Trimpe returns to Nick Fury, having last worked on issue #15 of the original series.
  • Philip Felix joins as letterer, serving as the longest running member on the SHIELD (2) creative team

Quite possibly the worst storyline ever published in this series; surprisingly plotted by usually reliable Chichester, with some uneven art provided by Herb Trimpe. Starting off promisingly with the first issue, the story unnecessarily drags on for another four, with an endless string of plot twists that seem to emerge as results from attempt to write the silliest story of the year. This story nearly outmatches the silliness of Fury smoking his stogie and Dum Dum wearing his hat in the space-based What If... #14 with the sight of blue-mohawked Nina and baseball-capped Bruno in NASA attire. Lohan, as the villain, is hands down the worst conceived villain in SHIELD history in my opinion (yes, worse then Supremus) and the fact that he just doesn't die is part of the torture of these issues. Not even the guest spots by the Fantastic Four help this mess. 

Give my sacrifice meaning....avoid this story at all cost.