Characters Appearing: Al Mackenzie, Alexander Goodwin Pierce, Contessa Valentina Allegro De La Fontaine, Death's Head (Gnobians), Kate Neville, Lump (Gnobian), Network Nina, Nick Fury, Red (LMD), Wilhelm Schmidt
Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD #2
Issue(s): Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD #2
He's been there before, with Baron von Strucker.
Meanwhile, the CIA learns that the President has basically reinstated SHIELD.
It's not really SHIELD yet, but Fury does add Alexander Goodwin Pierce back to their ranks.
We also see the mysterious lady from last issue sneak onto their plane. Nick, over the objections of Val Fontaine, is taking the group to see "Network Nina". But while Lump is getting scared by the Death's Head...
...the mystery lady finds herself in telepathic contact with him, and her screams alert the SHIELD crew that she's on board.
She's identified as one of the Deltites, the self-aware LMDs that caused the destruction of SHIELD.
Lump had good reason to be afraid. His "father", Schmidt, is taken over by an alien entity. The alien also considers Lump to be its child, though.
The connection between the LMDs and Lump and his relatives is further reinforced.
Meanwhile, we're introduced to Network Nina, a former SHIELD ESPer.
While Nick and company are visiting Nina, the aliens send some of their Death's Head soldiers to capture "Red", the LMD.
They do manage to capture Red, along with Kate Neville (notice the reference to "Strucker's contamination")...
...but Fury's group manages to kill one of them, revealing a creature that looks a lot like Lump.
There is an explanation coming for all of this, and the connections to SHIELD's LMDs and Baron von Strucker do in the meantime help explain what this is all doing in a SHIELD book, but it's still a pretty dull story that doesn't feel like a SHIELD story, or at least not a good way to kick off a new SHIELD book working in a status quo where the organization has been disbanded.
I do like the Kim DeMulder finishes and the coloring by Bernadette Jaye. I think i'd rather see the art working with a Steranko spy story or maybe a Jack Kirby inspired blow-out return of AIM or Hydra that requires a reformation of SHIELD. An examination of where SHIELD and Hydra's impossible technology came from, with an explanation involving aliens, is really not my idea of a good time. But there's nothing here that's really bad (except Nina's outfit!); it's just kind of blah.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: I'm allowing for some time between last issue and this one since it's not a direct continuation, and same with the space between this issue and the next arc (which continues directly from #3-6).
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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