Official Press Release
The gang in the Bullpen has always known that Nick Fury, the cigar-chompin',butt-kickin' freedom fighter, was cool... and Rolling Stone has made it official! In their April 11th issue, the mega-popolar music magazineselected FURY -- to be released on May 1st as a trade paperback (with an order cutoff date of April 11th) -- as their "Cool Comic" of 2002. Following articlesin Vibe and The New York Times Book Review, this feature marks the thirdtime in two weeks that a major media source has spotlighted a Marvel title.
Showing both a cover by Bill Sienkiewicz and a full-color interior shot by Darick Robertson, the half-page article celebrates the title's intentionallyover-the-top violence, explaining that Marvel's MAX Comics line has adopteda parental-advisory system after it "dumped the Comics Code, which has regulated the industry since the 1950s." Describing Fury as "more Ol' DirtyBastard than he is Captain America," journalist John Weir salutes the deeperpolitical statements that writer Garth Ennis injected into the series, remarking that the former secret agent "lives in a superhero's nightmare world where good has sunk money into evil, and the banks and corporations that replaced Cold War dictatorships are worse than any CIA-backed military juntas could ever be."
And for those of you keeping score, the last two media features focused on CAGE and X-FORCE -- which both, like FURY -- were produced in the editorial office of Axel Alonso. Which has to make you wonder: maybe Marvel's 2001draft choice knows a thing or two about cool comics!
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