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Fury #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.

WHO IS S.C.O.R.P.I.O.?

A glamorous rogue agent with a deadly secret lures NICK FURY into the action-thriller of a lifetime… HIS FATHER’S!

Following the trail opens NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN FURY FILES from the Howlin’ ’40s… the Swingin’ ’60s… and today!

But it takes more than ONE Nick Fury to unlock a mystery decades in the making – and to answer the question… WHO IS S.C.O.R.P.I.O.?

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
41 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0BWSPBW6T

9%
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 98

    Comic Watch

    Ewing’s been one of Marvel’s best architects over the years, working on developing amazing character defining work, diluting them to their essence, and building up what works, while fixing what doesn’t. He’s building up from his previous work in minis like Wasp, and bringing it here to cultivate it, and building an arc that can touch all corners of the Marvel universe. While he’s not as well known as or lauded as some writers, his quality of work should speak volumes.

  • 90

    AIPT

    Al Ewing has been on a tear celebrating heroes and their anniversaries for Ant-Man and Wasp, and now it’s Nick Fury’s turn. An extra-sized one-shot, Ewing is joined by Scot Eaton, Cam Smith, Tom Reilly, Adam Kubert, and Ramon Rosanas in a story that features Nick Fury’s son, Nick Fury, as well as stories within stories as we explore the different eras of the character’s existence.

    (…)

    If you like espionage, spy gadgetry, and stories that show the wide breadth of a hero’s life, pick up Fury #1. It honors the longstanding hero and sets up new villains and a new direction for young Nick Fury to be further explored.

  • 89

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: A fantastic, classic spy thriller from Al Ewing. The story does a fantastic job of tying both characters together through the history of Nick Fury and creating a narrative that brings them together in an interesting way. I love the tone of the story as well as the action, intrigue and new adventures teased within it. I look forward to seeing where this new Fury goes in the future and what impact he will have on the Marvel universe.

    The Art: All of the artist bring unique and classic styles of imagery to the issue. The visuals are fun and remind me of all of the things I loved about the Nick Fury character and his adventures.

  • 86

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Fury #1 is a good read, but it’s also a touching story about a father and son. Al Ewing always shows up and delivers whenever he’s on a book. The art works wonderfully and the colors blow the top off of this issue. Nick Fury Jr. is in good hands as long as Al Ewing is working his magic on him.

  • 84

    Graphic Policy

    Al Ewing, Scot Eaton, Tom Reilly, Adam Kubert, and Ramon Rosanas craft a love letter to Nick Fury Sr. while creating a new beginnings for Nick Fury Jr. in the Fury one-shot. The most appealing thing about this comic is a different artist drawing a different time period in the lives of Nick Fury Sr. and Jr. Eaton leads things off with a Nick Fury Jr. infiltration that is part Steranko, part Secret Avengers setting up the old/new stakes of Scorpio, the Zodiac key, and of course, The Watcher for the folks that remember Original Sin. Next, Reilly goes groovy/space age perfectly complementing Ewing’s Stan Lee-esque writing style and channeling the collage/psychedelic style of the aforementioned Steranko. After that, we’re off to the Sgt. Fury days with Kubert channeling his father and doing a gritty war comic style to go along with his usual dynamic layouts while he and Al Ewing further the family ties aspect of everything. Finally, Ewing and Rosanas tie everything off with a bow in the present with clean, easy to follow to art that’s really the cream of the crop of current Marvel storytelling. Fury #1 does an excellent job wrapping up the Man on the Wall’s 60 year saga while setting up a bunch of future stories down the line for Nick Fury Jr. We’ll see if they stick, and it’s delightful to see Al Ewing and this varied team of artists weave together old Marvel lore in such an entertaining package.

  • 80

    First Comics News

    Nick Fury, the famed agent and then director of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets the 60th-anniversary one-shot treatment written by Al Ewing that draws on the multiple eras of the character that brings with it the nostalgia factor that really helps in celebrating the legacy of Nick Fury while at the same time, putting the spotlight on Nick Fury Jr. who’s modeled after his MCU counterpart. The one-shot follows Fury doing his best to keep the Zodiac Key away from S.C.O.R.P.I.O. and this is where the one-shot finds its footing as we get to witness such classic eras from Fury such as the Jim Steranko-era and the World War II stories to where it sets up a confrontation between Fury Jr. and S.C.O.R.P.I.O. that could set the current Marvel Universe look more like the MCU. It’s clear that Ewing has a great appreciation for everything Marvel but this one-shot prefers style over substance which does more harm than good. Some of the current Marvel or MCU fans will enjoy this, But I would take the classic Steranko stories over this any day. Sorry, but it’s the truth.

  • 75

    Multiversity Comics

    Al Ewing is, unsurprisingly to some, at it again with an expert use of storytelling structure. Working within the bounds of both modern spy fiction and those of earlier decades (most notably those toward the start of Marvel), he jumps between decades as if it was the most obvious approach in the world, diving into both the serious elements and the more ridiculous ones of various different eras.

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    Despite being the only colorist on the book, Jordie Bellaire’s style is so diverse that she could easily have been three or four different people and it would be difficult to tell. With each part of “Fury” #1, she gives a different palette and focus. The first pages concentrate on both the artificial light giving shadows and the very colorful effects of S.C.O.R.P.I.O.’s armaments, melding the mundane and the fantastic. This style is more muted in the final section, but still similar, taking elements of the other eras to feel as a story of both Fury men. The sixties are much brighter, especially in gunfights, using dots of color and bright splashes on the one hand, and darker shadows down away from combat. Meanwhile, the coloration on the forties feels grittier, using heavy shadows in the night, but also more simplistic colors in broad daylight, as if emulating the color styles of earlier eras. The harsh reds, oranges, and yellows stand out against the silhouettes of soldiers, while the green blasts of the occult artifact feel amongst as though they belong to another story entirely, fitting into the vibe of not being what the group of soldiers usually handles.

    Different eras come together into a story that is fun for various eras of Nick Fury.

  • 73

    Geek'd Out

    A lot of the reason why Fury #1 is a worthwhile effort is down to writer Al Ewing’s deft touch. One of his most defining qualities as an author is his deep love for continuity and bringing back the old to make something new, and he definitely does a lot of that here. The plot isn’t anything groundbreaking —why fix something that isn’t broken?— but it does bring Nick Fury (Junior) back into his father’s orbit, with decades of super spy intrigue culminating in a showdown that will require both of their skills.

    As always, however, it’s not the what, but the how, and Fury #1 is an incredibly handsome package from script to page. Ewing and a bevy of artists including Scott Eaton & Cam Smith, Tom Reilly, Adam Kubert, and Ramon Rosanas take the Furies through time and space with segments set in different decades, each styled to look like pastiches of the comics of those era. One of them is specifically set in a comic book depicting the senior Fury’s adventures in the Sixties —a diversion that is actually plot-relevant and not filler— lending a fun meta approach that isn’t cloying or overly obvious. Another section is rendered to appear as though it’s been printed on low-quality paper with imperfect coloring. Ewing’s comics always have a sense of fun behind them, and the aforementioned artists all contribute to this, with Jordie Bellaire’s characteristic colors tying it all together in a visually cohesive way. If you’re looking for a riveting one-and-done standalone comic book that doesn’t require any further reading once you’ve turned past the final page, Fury #1 isn’t a bad place to start.

  • 70

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Fury #1 was incredibly confusing and used mainly as a chess piece to drop subtle hints for this Zodiac Key, these Zodiac Doors, and a tool to usher back into the comic fold Nick Fury… or at least the MCU-looking Nick Fury also known as Nick Fury Jr. If you can comb through the confusing elements and backstories, you’ll see some potential involving Fury and the possibilities of some pretty cool espionage narratives on the horizon. However, since I’m solely grading THIS issue, it’s extremely hard to overlook the crazy narrative beats, heavy dialogue, and confusing story beats for new fans interested in test-driving this narrative on Nick Fury. Fury #1 is not for the newbie or person whimsically interested in diving deeper into the character based on their MCU experience. It’s for the fan who’s been reasonably invested in comics or has been entrenched in the history of Nick Fury to date. Therefore, I’d tread lightly if you’re jumping into Fury #1 or be prepared for a very difficult read.

  • 70

    Major Spoilers

    As someone who has lamented the loss of the traditional super-spy characters in modern stories, I find the return to guts-and-gadgets espionage of Fury #1 narratively satisfying on some levels, as I have wanted to see SHIELD reform pretty much ever since the ridiculousness of Secret Empire, but also can’t quite call the balance of flashback/tribute to new story perfect,. I do wish that some of the events herein had been gradually built up in another series, but overall, I’m looking forward to seeing where Fury goes from here.

  • 60

    ComicBook.com

    Fury #1 utilizes a writer with a deep appreciation for comics and superhero history with a lineup of impressive artists applying their distinctive approaches in appropriate settings; it has all of the pieces necessary to thrill Nick Fury fans. Yet it lacks a story or purpose capable of thrilling, prioritizing style over substance in an issue that few Marvel readers would ever notice they missed.

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