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 magazine
selected FURY — to be released on May 1st as a trade paperback (with an order cut
off date of April 11th) — as their “Cool Comic” of 2002. Following articles
in Vibe and The New York Times Book Review, this feature marks the third
time 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 intentionally
over-the-top violence, explaining that Marvel’s MAX Comics line has adopted
a parental-advisory system after it “dumped the Comics Code, which has
regulated the industry since the 1950s.” Describing Fury as “more Ol’ Dirty
Bastard than he is Captain America,” journalist John Weir salutes the deeper
political 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 2001
draft choice knows a thing or two about cool comics!
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