Characters Appearing: Dum Dum Dugan LMD, Gabriel Jones, Hate Monger (Hitler), Jimmy Woo, Laura Brown, Nick Fury
Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #9
Issue(s): Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #9
The first one starts with Nick Fury about to get some bad news from a doctor, but the doctor is killed by one of the Hate Monger's agents in an assassination attempt meant for Nick (and we never do find out what the bad news was).
As the assassin escapes, Nick notes the giant H on his rescue craft and realizes it's a return of the Hate Monger.
Nick rounds up the gang, with Gabe Jones apparently having been hanging out in some kind of alternate dimension...
...and they trace the assassins to, i don't know, maybe the Savage Land? Or just someone's LSD-induced nightmare.
Wherever they are, it's the right place.
The Hate Monger keeps the working brains of his former advisers on the ceiling.
But things get weird when one of his current advisers suddenly figures out that working for Adolf Hitler isn't exactly the path to world peace.
Oh hey, you're a bad guy? I mean, i knew you were the leader of the Nazis and and all, but going for revenge? That's just tacky!
And don't let that guy pretend that he just now found out that the Hate Monger was Hitler. He dies talking about "mein fuehrer" and with a final Sieg Heil. But on the other hand, what's this talk about "everything I lived for will be in vain"?
And even if he really didn't know it was Hitler until the end (is his final dialogue ironic?), the guy's other name is the Hate Monger. Generally if you're looking to join a group to better mankind, check to see if the leader of the group's name is something like that; it's a good clue that something isn't quite on the up and up.
Also among the Hate Monger's current allies is this lady with the outrageous hair style...
...but that turns out to be the boldest disguise ever (i dare you to not believe this is my real hair), and the lady is really Laura Brown.
You'll notice during the dual unmasking scene above that Nick Fury notes that Hitler Monger already seemingly died once, and he dies again in this issue when the naive/confused scientist blows up the island base. But the Hate Monger will nonetheless appear again next issue, leading Nick to not know what's going on.
Much later we'll learn that Hitler has a series of cloned bodies thanks to Arnim Zola and that's what keeps him going despite all these deaths.
Ok, so this issue didn't really have much in the way of social commentary. Hate Monger is pretty generic in goals here (and why are there dinosaurs?!*). But it does introduce Hate Monger and Laura Brown to the "cast".
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Masterworks: Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD vol. 3
There are dinosaurs because the giant squid was lonely and wanted friends. That's my only real reason.
Posted by: Ataru320 | December 11, 2014 3:27 PM
Laura Brown's wig might be modelled after the hairstyle of a character called Lhassa from George Wundar's version of TERRY AND THE PIRATES.
Posted by: Luke Blanchard | November 23, 2016 5:43 AM
Friedrich's issues seem to be a conscious effort to reset the series to the pre-Steranko status quo. Laura Brown is back as the love interest, the other new agents Steranko introduced are shelved in favor of the Howling Commandoes veterans, and the plotting goes back to a more straightforward "Fury et al. fight a megalomaniac in a war of gadgets and disguises" bit rather than Steranko's use of private detective and Will Eisner-esque storytelling gimmick.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | June 28, 2017 7:48 AM
Frank Springer's work here looks really great.
Posted by: Wis | June 22, 2018 7:25 AM
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