Review: Nick Fury #1

James Robinson pens this premiere issue of Nick Fury’s long awaited solo outing which has our hero in full-on S.H.I.E.L.D. mode on a super secret mission on the French Riviera. There isn’t a whole lot of dialogue but the dialogue we get is reminiscent of a classic James Bond story, minus the straight up misogyny. Fury comes off as a more bad ass James Bond on a mission to take down the bad guys, in a fancy and exotic locale than usual in charge, S.H.I.E.L.D. head. The switch isn’t a bad thing as it plays well with what we already know about Fury and fills in some of the blanks.

In this issue, we have the pleasure of seeing Nick Fury get his hands dirty. There’s a theft, a fight, some HYDRA drop-ins, a bounty, and some surprising mercy. The quips are tight, the writing is effective, and the story is plausible. This comic is full of action and comedy and reads like a classic spy novel and it’s exactly what any Nick Fury fan would want from his solo outing.

Aco‘s artwork is a bit Archer-esque and, thanks to the story and subject matter it makes complete sense. The lines are strong the color has a lot of extra pop making this issue very pretty to look at. There’s also a nice little synopsis on the first page that lays out the story for the reader, like a top secret file. The intro page provides a nice quick primer for the what happens in the pages that follows without having to go into too much exposition in what should be action based, visual panels.

Overall this issue was a character study combined with a fun romp through Nick Fury’s life and exploits and I was all in. The art matched the subject matter and everything tied together nicely to form a cohesive understandable story.

Story: James Robinson Art: Aco
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review