Characters Appearing: Al Mackenzie, Alexander Goodwin Pierce, Bruno Krea, Contessa Valentina Allegro De La Fontaine, Human Torch, Kate Neville, Mr. Fantastic, Network Nina, Nick Fury, Thing
Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD #15-19
Issue(s): Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD #15, Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD #16, Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD #17, Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD #18, Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD #19
But Bill Jaaska's art on #15 is just terrible. Here's Nick Fury, in disguise, infiltrating something or other. Notice the character de-aging 10 years between panels.
And here's the bad guys of our issue, awkwardly posed while overwhelming us with exposition.
Have a cigar?
Ok, the story. Those technicians, who as i understand it are not exceptional intellects and are feeling a little insecure about it, have stolen a space shuttle so that they can fly into space and do something to increase their brain size.
Nick Fury and his crew of rag tag boring SHIELD agents go to the Fantastic Four to borrow a space ship to go after them.
Trimpe's art, generally speaking, is not really an improvement over Jaaska.
And maybe that's for the best, since this scene could have been a lot more graphic.
But like i said, whatever the faults of Trimpe's art, it's made up for with a space monster.
That guy is actually Peter Lohan, the leader of the technicians. The process that was supposed to increase his intellect instead turned him into a giant big-headed monster. And once he's transformed, he turns on the rest of his crew. So this is almost a MODOK story. Except that this is literally all that happens. SHIELD basically just spends the rest of these issues running away from Lohan.
So just sit back and enjoy your Lohan.
Get your own Lohan action figure!
The FF's ship is damaged and they have to take refuge on the moon. Despite what seemed like a resolution in the last Bob Harras arc, Kate Neville and Val Fontaine are back to their rivalry over Nick.
SHIELD salvages equipment left behind from the Apollo mission to repair their ship, and Kate and Val are sent to the Blue Area to fill up the oxygen tanks. Note that Val apparently didn't pay close attention when Nick told her about the Inhumans. It didn't "used to be" a hideout for the Inhumans. It currently is (if a city can be called a "hideout"). But the part they are in is the old Kree ruins.
This arc also introduces a new SHIELD engineer, Bruno Krea.
He's from Brooklyn, so not for nuthin', badda bing, etc..
In addition to being unintelligible, he's kind of an idiot-savant. Able to come up with designs for weapons and equipment without any understanding of how they work. He can't even operate a hand drill. Almost along the lines of Forge except that Forge does seem to have legitimate engineering capabilities in addition to his mutant power.
Bruno helps dismantle the Apollo equipment to repair the SHIELD ship.
You might expect the Inhumans to show up to see about the monster running around on the moon but they don't get involved. Network Nina tries to use her telepathy to stop Lohan, but winds up getting possessed by him. But she's restrained and SHIELD manages to get off the moon. Lohan chases them, and Nick winds up fighting him in space. He is riding around in a floating chair, and he eventually directs the chair into Lohan's mouth and causes it to explode. Which may sound awesome, but it looks like this.
I mean, i guess it is awesome, in its own weird way.
Another thing to gripe about regarding this series is the pacing. Five issues for this story?! This has been the case since the very first arc. Someone writes in to complain:
In the Death's Head stories with which Harras opened this series, we were treated to this "trust me, I'll get to the story" method of comic book storytelling. The entire storyline could have been handled in one issue (maybe two) and might have actually been interesting. But to wait six months... was a stretch I think most readers were unwilling to make.
But readers will have to get used to it. This book may be a vanguard of the decompression trend, but it's happening across the line and will become the standard.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The Thing is still in his exoskeleton.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
"This book may be a vanguard of the decompression trend, but it's happening across the line and will become the standard."
IMO, the difference is other books, for the most part, did it better. The upcoming "Revenge Of The Sinister Six" was a storyline that I thought was perfect for six parts. I eagerly awaited each issue of this story.
Posted by: clyde | July 21, 2015 2:49 PM
"A Rob Liefeld comic is at least interesting, if only as a horror show. This is just banal."
Definitely made my day reading this line and the review in general, particularly the incredibly age-changing Nick Fury and...Lohan.
Posted by: Ataru320 | July 21, 2015 3:11 PM
Fnord, I think you're underestimating what a menace Lohan is. Lohan is a trainwreck. Lohan is a menace to society. Lohan is a threat to all that is decent. OK, maybe I'm thinking of a different Lohan.
Posted by: Michael | July 21, 2015 8:48 PM
Bruno Krea looks suspiciously like Master Billy Quizboy from Venture Brothers in one of those scans.
Posted by: Chris | July 21, 2015 9:37 PM
Michael, very funny comment about Lohan! Had a good laugh to start my day :)
Posted by: Jim W. | July 22, 2015 8:20 AM
This book looks seriously like a placeholder for copyright and trademark purposes to me. Alas, so do many others of the 1990s.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | July 22, 2015 10:23 AM
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