Wolverine/ Nick Fury: Scorpio Rising (1994)
Writer: Howard Chaykin
Artist:  Shawn McNamus
Colorist: Gloria Vasquez 
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos

Fury's son, Mikel, is not quite cutting it as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and soon he's seduced away by the cry of his homeland, Carpassia which is undergoing revolution. He takes the Cosmic Key and heads for Carpassia where Hydra is using LMDs to wage war, as well as to bait Mikel and take possession of the Key from him. Fury and Wolverine team up again to go set Scoprio straight and rid the country of Hydra

  • Continuity Notes
  • Cover appearance
  • Sequel to the Scorpio Connection
  • Appearances by Val and Scorpio
  • The Scorpio Key is now known as the Cosmic Key, presumably in an effort to distinguish it from the sentient more powerful original.
  • In the Iron Fist miniseries, its unclear which Key is being stolen, the original or the Cosmic Key.
  • Reprinted in Wolverine and Nick Fury: Scorpio
  • For more on Chaykin's work on Nick Fury, click here for our 2012 interview with him

Sequel delivers a little too much dumb Marvel-style action and not enough plot to compare favorably with the classic original. Chaykin's story lacks any of the stellar work he did on DC's Blackhawk or even the subsequent Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. series, throwing the three leads together for no particular reason. While the original clearly established motivation and rationale, this book is just a string of random coincidences. Also the emphasis is on Wolverine, this time having him narrate the story. The themes of loyalty and aging are sorely missing here and the book is all shoot-em ups and punches, little drama. Even more curious is Chaykin's take on the Fury father/son dynamic, which is in contrast to the one in the subsequent Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. series. The art is not my cup of tea with some very anime-style facial expression. All this makes it sound horrible but it's not really, just very, very disappointing.