Nick Fury, Jr. made his debut in the 2012 miniseries "Battle Scars" where it was revealed that he is the son of the world's most prominent super-spy, Nick Fury, Sr. Since then, he's dropped the "Jr." from his name and stepped out of his father's rather large shadow to become an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in his own right. Now, Nick Fury will star in his first ongoing series from writer James Robinson ("The Golden Age") and artist ACO ("Midnighter and Apollo").
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Robinson told Newsarama the series "began with me asking editor Mark Paniccia why no one had done a comic with young Nick Fury." The last time fans saw Nick Fury was in a "Civil War II" tie-in story for "Civil War II: Choosing Sides" from the creative team of Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire.
Fury will be matching wits and skills with Frankie Noble, Agent of Hydra, "who is very much the opposite number to Fury in all ways" for a series of single issue stories and short story arcs. Robinson described it as making the writing match the character and comic.
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"It isn't that I'm mad for either single issues or for long multipart arcs. It's whatever suits the comic and the character at that time. In this instance, the Fury we had in mind and the missions we intend to send him on, suited the single issue format."
The original Nick Fury has started to pop up across the Marvel Universe in his new role as the Unseen after the events of "Original Sin." However, Robinson has no plans for him to show up at the beginning of his run on "Nick Fury."
"Not in the first six issues, although we refer to him and the long shadow he casts on Nick as the series unfolds."
On the art side, ACO will channel legends like Jack Kirby and Jim Steranko to bring their old-school psychedelic stylings to modern readers. "I think ACO and I are both in love with the style of that time. The clothing, pop art, bold graphics, and the fact that this was a time when spy fiction was at it's peak, no doubt tying in with the Cold War that was going on. It's interesting that this book found its way at a time when Russia seems to be getting up to its old tricks, so maybe we're tapping into the zeitgeist now too"
"Nick Fury" #1 goes on sale this Spring.