Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #1-3,5
Issue(s): Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #1, Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #2, Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #3, Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #5
If the previous stories were James Bond, these are The Prisoner. The first and last issues deal with Scorpio, hinted but never confirmed to be Nick Fury's brother.
In between we get a strange sci-fi tale and a ghost story.
The art is fantastic as Steranko continues to experiment with form and panel layout.
The coloring matches to psychedelic artwork.
Sometimes there are large blocks of text which doesn't work for me but it's interesting to see it appear in a Marvel comic for the first time.
Everything here is so different than what's going on in the Marvel line in general. It is a real shame that Steranko basically disappears from Marvel after these issues. It would have been nice to see him continue on either with Nick Fury or elsewhere.
Issue #2 introduces a character called Centurius.
He's a super-genius working on a space-arc that will preserve Earth's life forms since he believes mankind is about to destroy the planet (of course, launching his arc will also ensure that the Earth will be destroyed, but from his point of view that's just accelerating the inevitable).
I think he's probably Marvel's first black super-villain, for whatever that's worth. Outside of this story, he hasn't had a lot of appearances but he eventually becomes a member of the Thunderbolts.
Issue #2 has Jimmy Woo joining SHIELD after a pretty far-out initiation process.
Nick Fury gets some help from a movie crew filming a giant monster film in issue #2. Some of these characters will appear again in some Ulysses Bloodstone stories.
Scorpio appears in issues #1 and #5. In each issue, his identity is a mystery but it's implied that he's someone that knows Nick Fury, with issue #5 implying that it's Nick's brother (and that's confirmed in a follow-up story in Avengers #72). Then it will be revealed the it's actually an LMD of Jake. All the twists and turns around this get a little confusing, actually.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: Skipping issue #4, which was a fill-in by Roy Thomas and not included in the trade paperback.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: Nick Fury: Who is Scorpio? TPB
Inbound References (6): show
According to Dave Kraft just before Defenders #50, this Scorpio is not Jake Fury, but some other guy.
The Comics Code made Marvel remove most of Val's cleavage.
The "Hell Hound" issue is largely Steranko's take on the Gothic Romance genre, which comics in general wouldn't take on until the early 1970s, and sporadically(and unsuccessfully) at that.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 6, 2011 8:04 PM
I dont' very like much this story, about the great Nick Fury's brother Jake has he the time to become Scorpio, New Zodiac president and terrorist ? He needn't do where he had unchess on his residence but he finds it very poorly characteristics to his villain he is insane and rumps around humans who doesn't believe him, he wants revenge and domination about Nick Fury
About Cenuturius, it's a presumed humanity savior military and scientist, he likes animals, houses but for humanity don't you think he tried to dominate with dollars he is conservative and patriotic then, to his ranks, the machine that Centurius built are in great ambition but he tricks Fury and Julia by puilting a transformated weapon destined to kill evil, and I asked myself if that poorly or if he tried to be evil by killing evil ( The same exemple from Professor Power )
Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2012 3:52 AM
Some of the art changes demanded by the Comics Code for #2 were done by John Romita.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | December 30, 2012 7:46 PM
I'd rather look at the art than read the story. I'm not sure if that's necessarily a good thing.
Posted by: JSfan | September 3, 2014 4:10 AM
Never was a huge Nick Fury fan and never bought an issue where he was the primary character. But this is just great, great work by Steranko. One of the few times I would argue for a higher grade, under the theory that people who had no interest in comics would buy this just for the art.
Posted by: Erik Beck | January 24, 2015 8:32 AM
Mark, the Scorpio in issue 1 wasn't Jake Fury, but the Scorpio in issue 5 was.
Posted by: Andrew | February 8, 2015 1:26 PM
Hi fnord, do you know which issue Sternako penciled where the reader had to follow a maze to get to page two? He mentions it in a PBS documentary about comics.
Posted by: JSfan | June 6, 2015 4:59 AM
It sounds like Strange Tales #166 (i've put a scan towards the bottom of the entry), but the maze is really more like just decorations around the sides.
Posted by: fnord12 | June 6, 2015 11:35 AM
Wow, thanks fnord, that's exactly the one! The way he described it, it sounded quite amazing but I'd probably need to have the actual book to appreciate it.
Posted by: JSfan | June 6, 2015 12:05 PM
Now you have scans of the same page twice on that page, except one is bigger.
Posted by: Morgan Wick | June 14, 2015 4:09 AM
Posted by: fnord12 | June 14, 2015 11:08 AM
I don't know if Steranko intended for Scorpio to be Nick Fury's brother. I don't know how accurate this is, but from what I have heard, after Steranko left the book he wouldn't tell anyone who Scorpio really was, so eventually Roy Thomas had him revealed to be Jake Fury in Avengers #72.
Anyone else have any more info on this really old mystery?
Posted by: Ben Herman | June 14, 2015 2:27 PM
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