Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
#30-31 "The Hunt for the Infinity Formula"
Writer: D.G. Chichester
Penciler: Ernie Stiner
Inker: Don Hudson
Colorist: Tom Vincent
Letterer: Philip Felix
on Deathlok to help defuse a hostage situation involving Leviathan's
Coven who threaten to launch a computer virus. Deathlok learns the operation
was a smokescreen used to download data related to Fury and the Infinity
Formula. Leviathan makes a go for Fury's NYC apartment and takes Kate
hostage while Nina drops Fury and Deathlok off to engage him. Later Fury
learns his body has begun secreting the Formula naturally meaning he
no longer has to take the Formula.
The focus is inexplicably shifted away from the seemingly urgent
threat of the new HYDRA to a filler-style story which is highlighted
by the return of Leviathan. Stiner's pencils match perfectly with
Leviathan's voodo-hoodo look, however once again drawing women prove
not to be Stiner's forte. A major visual element of the Nick Fury book
since its 60's heyday, the women of S.H.I.E.L.D. have always demanded a special
Bond-girl quality but in short, Stiner's Kate Neville is the only female character that stands out in his art. In contrast, the decidedly ugly Deathlok fits the artist' style
well. Of all of Fury's guest
stars, Deathlok certainly stands out as his most unusual; but their
always play better when Deathlok needs Fury rather then vice-versa.
revelation that the Infinity Formula is now a natural part of Fury's
biology is a welcome twist which was already hinted at in the Nick
Fury Vs S.H.I.E.L.D. miniseries, but its nice to see it set in stone thus
eliminating any future hokey Formula stories. Neville and Fury are
accorded some nice interplay, the last real serious treatment of their
relationship. The overall story is noticeably stretched beyond its
limits and all Chichester has to prolong it over two issues with loads
of one-liners from everyone in the cast making the whole affair very
tounge-in-cheek and hard to take serious at all. All this only serves
to spoil Leviathan in his last major appearance, although Nina is still
sassy as ever.