Characters Appearing: Nick Fury, Wild Child
Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD #32
Issue(s): Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD #32
Nick Fury is on an Italian cruise ship where the World Unity Council is meeting. The Council's goal is a one world government. They don't seem to be affiliated with the United Nations, and that's probably why they aren't using SHIELD for security, although Fury is upset about this (he's there as a guest). The ship is attacked by ULTIMATUM, who, as Nick Fury notes, has the same goals as the Council, although they are trying to achieve them by much more violent means.
Since Fury isn't on the ship in an official capacity, he is unarmed, but he does have the usual array of spy gadgets.
Meanwhile, Weapon Omega happens to be in the area thanks to Alpha Flight's world tour.
So Fury fights guerrilla style against ULTIMATUM for a bit but is happy for the reinforcement when Omega arrives.
Does Fury's "thanks" imply that Fury trained Weapon Omega?
There's a bomb on the cruise ship, but ULTIMATUM is escaping with the World Unity Council's gold and a kidnapped victim. So Fury and Omega split up.
The kidnapped woman turns out to be part of ULTIMATUM, but Fury is able to stop her and the entire ULTIMATUM sub thanks to his electrified tuxedo. We never do find out why ULTIMATUM would target the World Unity Council specifically, which seems like something that ought to be explained better, at least for those of us who actually want ULTIMATUM to be a credible group with a real motivation instead of Hydra-lite.
The art on this book has been atrocious, and Dave Hoover's work here is at least a relief from that. The story is very light, but that's also a kind of relief after Chichester's more complicated plotting. But this book is definitely floundering, and, as we'll see, it's not really going to get back on track.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: This was published several months before the Alpha Flight World Tour, which was in Alpha Flight 107-109, but oddly the footnote points to "any recent issue of Alpha Flight". The phrasing, "Canada's world tour" is also a little weird. But it does make sense for this to take place while Alpha is on their tour. The MCP place this between Alpha Flight #108-109. I've pushed this forward in time a little, and Alpha Flight #107 back in time a little, to accommodate.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Okay, this was a lightweight story after the very serious, intense stuff D.G. Chichester was doing. Chichester has said he was fired from Nick Fury, which seemed an odd decision, since the stories he did with Jackson Guice were far and away the best that had appeared in this title, to say the least. Replacing him with Scott Lobdell was definitely doing something of a 180 in terms of tone & style. Still, I did enjoy Lobdell's short run, including this issue. The penciling by Dave Hoover is also solid. I always found Hoover to be a good artist, and he passed away at much too young an age.
In any case, this issue has one of my all time favorite lines, as Nick Fury dryly comments "Canada's Department H... Do those guys have a copy machine where they just keep pumpin' you Weapons out?"
Posted by: Ben Herman | January 26, 2016 7:07 PM
Firing Chichester might have been a desperate attempt to avoid cancellation since sales were still horrible on his issues.
Posted by: Michael | January 27, 2016 11:30 PM
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