Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #38-41 "The Cold
War of Nick Fury"
Writer: Eliot Brown & Bob
Sharp (#38-39), Scott Lobdell (#40-41)
Penciler: Jerry DeCaire (#38), Don Hudson (#39), Paul Abrams (#40-41)
Inker: Don Hudson
Colorist: Kevin Tinsley
Letterer: Micheal Higgins (#38-39), Philip Felix (#40-41)
drags Fury for a series of interrogations concerning his recruitment
into the OSS and the CIA; one mission involving the capture of Ishi,
a renegade Japanese colonel with radical bio-weapons. Weary of the sessions,
Fury has the "Super Agents" break in and Fury is finally told the reason
behind the interrogation; Ishi was back and producing a deadly virus.
Fury and the "Super Agents" track him to his lair and find Ishi dead
at the hands of his employer, Crossfire. Crossfire intends to spread
the virus through relief aid missions to the Third World. The Super Agents
take on Crossfire and his robot minions while Fury sabotages Crossfire's
premise is slighlty letdown by its two final installments illustrates
the dilemma of the two directions this title seemed to always struggle with. The first two
open with great promise and delivers on the story arc's title with
a rare look into Fury's pre-S.H.I.E.L.D / post Howler career. The pair of
tales are a solid throwback to the character's war comic roots and
writers Bob Sharp and Elliot Brown cook some great stories and solid
sparse pencils by Don Hudson and Jerry DeClaire are straightforward
and realistic with some great layouts reminiscent to Jackson Guice's
work on the book.
The last two issues shift into the modern day and its a bit jarring when suddenly we're treated to
Paul Abrams more muscular pencils, which matches Lobdell's more super-hero oriented storytelling. There is some nonsensical layouts where people shoot their laser guns
at nothing for no reason other then it "looks" exciting. The last two issues could easily been summed up in two
pages with more excitement, since as villains go, Crossfire is about
as one-note as they come; not helping is his costume makes him look like
a overzealous ER officer. The art team delivers a standout page in issue #41 where Fury is underwater (pg.27) and Lobdell digs deep into Fury's psyche with a well written monologue.