Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D.  #27-29 (Operation: Cold War)
Writer: D.G. Chichester

Penciler: Ernie Stiner
Inker: Don Hudson
Colorist: Steve Buccellato
Letterer: Philip Felix
* #27-28 Cover artist: Jackson Guice

In the aftermath of the attack on S.H.I.E.L.D. Central, Fury is driven by guilt and anger to lash out at the UN Secretary who labels the incident as minor. Unknown to Fury, the man's family is being held hostage by HYDRA. With his hands tied for funding and hardware, Fury goes looking for old friend Wolverine, who himself was attacked by HYDRA agents in Madripoor. They team up to follow a HYDRA contingent heading for the Arctic Circle to collect a nuclear material from a secreted Soviet icebreaker.

The rebirth of Von Strucker continues, albeit with a new art team of penciler Ernie Stiner and inker Don Hudson. The sharp contrast in art styles is jarring and takes some getting used to, although truth be told Stiner's style doesn't quite meshes with the material. Regardless the new art team do score points in conveying the edgier and darker persona that is now Nick Fury with some somber panels of Fury sulking in his misery. The supporting cast are still well served, especially Dum Dum who gets some action under his belt at last alongside Wolverine and Fury. Nina having to dress down and share body heat with Pierce is classic stuff, as is the perfect nod to then blockbuster hit, Die Hard 2. Unlike other super-hero guests, Wolverine fits in perfectly with the crowd and if only the title had stopped with him and Captain America the book may still be in print today.