Review: Nick Fury #1

The world is a dangerous place. And there’s danger in drawing attention to your plans. When S.H.I.E.L.D. needs a lone agent to infiltrate, capture and remain anonymous, there’s no one better than Nick Fury. An all-new era for the superspy begins here, as Fury is sent on a top-secret mission to the French Riviera. He’ll need to outmaneuver the enemy as the complex dance of espionage begins, but will he meet his match in the mysterious Frankie Noble?

As if the cover of the first issue wasn’t enough of a clue, the new Nick Fury from writer James Robinson and artist Aco is as focused on the flash and imagery as it is the spy story itself. As hinted by the comics shown within Nick Fury Jr.’s suit on the cover, this new series seems to take a lot of its influence from classic Jim Steranko comics featuring the original Nick Fury. And a lot of that work rests on the shoulders of Aco who delivers a style that’s a fantastic homage to the classic run.

Slick. Cool. Full of action. That’s the best way to describe Robinson’s debut issue as Fury is sent to a casino to retrieve a USB stick with some information on it that has to do with Hydra. Like any good James Bond story the gadgets flow allowing him to cause distractions or hack items and eventually, like a good James Bond story that results in a chase scene full of action and thrills.

And that’s the gist of this first issue. It’s the opening segment of a James Bond film before the credits role down to the femme fatale and harrowing escape.

Again, much of the success of this first issue is on the shoulders of Aco along with colorist Rachelle Rosenberg and letterer Travis Lanham. Both make the art and scenes pop, especially Rosenberg whose color choices harken back to the trippy 60s and 70s. There’s a cool about it all that has one foot in the past and the other in the present.

All in all Nick Fury #1 is a fun first issue that puts this new Fury front and center in a series that harkens back to his father and past. It’s all about style and flash, which much like a Bond film, is exactly what I’d expect. Add in trippy color choices and you have a first issue that goes by quickly, but every bit of it is enjoyable fun.

Story: James Robinson Art: Aco Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.10 Art: 10 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


  • Great review! This wasn’t on my radar before, but now I am definitely going to check it out.

    • Wasn’t sure what to expect myself, but Aco’s art and Rosenberg’s colors sold it for me. It has that “cool” factor visually I was looking for and the story is pretty standard Bond.