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S.H.I.E.L.D.: Nick Fury VS. S.H.I.E.L.D. Hardcover – Dec 21 2011


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As Ralph Macchio's assistant, Bob Harras edited several titles, mostly tie-ins such as Micronauts, Rom Spaceknight, Saga of Crystar and U.S.1. He subsequently became chief editor of the X-Men titles and wrote for multiple series, including a three-year run on Avengers. Graduating to editor in chief, he oversaw well-received runs of Captain America, Daredevil, Deadpool and other titles, as well as the controversial second Clone Saga in the 1990s' Spider-Man titles. Harras has since worked as contributing editor at Wildstorm and collected editions editor for DC Comics. He became DC's editor in chief in 2010.

After stints on Warren Publishing's Eerie and IPC's 2000 AD, Paul Neary moved to Marvel UK as artist on the imprint's Hulk and Nick Fury features, as well as multiple Doctor Who sagas. With then-newcomer Alan Davis, he migrated to more mainstream titles, inking Davis' pencils on Uncanny X-Men and Captain Britain, as well as on DC's Detective Comics. Returning to Marvel UK as editor in chief, Neary launched Death's Head II, Motormouth, Warheads and other 1990s titles. He has since returned to art, inking Bryan Hitch's pencils on Wildstorm's Authority; and Marvel's Fantastic Four, Ultimates and more. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
Comic kitsch BUT c'mon it's good, very good. July 2 2015
By Qesher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Upon receipt I did what one reviewr advised: page through from front to back and admire the art. This allowed a speed-read of the text, to be sure; such does not, for me, detract from future readings. The sources for art and storyline, their influences are apparent to aficionados. (Echoes of Steranko's Fury #1 and #2 for example -especially the latter, Mad Scientist Gets Back At The World For Disregarding His Genius, c. 1968; the religious/totalitarian motifs; the 007/Goldfinger steal in the form of the world's greedy industrialists being hoodwinked by the Laura Brown clone). If not apparent, this won't mar my enjoyment, nor yours. Someone took a coffeebreak and let a stand-in draw some panels, in vol. 6.. The abrupt interruption was at best quaint, at worst ludicrous but in sum I am glad that someone was given a chance to draw in the style of Saturday-morning kiddie cartoon animation: be proud of your contribution nonetheless. The skin-tight female attire with protruding mammary equipment was overdone as was the topless gun-toting woman on cover #1- jus' sayin'. Nick's bikini/SM/crucifixion motif is rather avant garde, and obvious in its symbolism- well done. Shades of Dali. The plight of the homeless was depicted, as also the implied sub-text of religion-as-crowd-control and the "Rapture" ascensions (I think of those silly religious tracts being grinded out over the decades by one Jack Chick--himself as reclusive as J D Salinger and Harper Lee), adding a bit of not so subtle social criticism to the surface structure of the storyline. Madame Hydra No. 6 was a direct femme-fatale steal from as far back as Terry and the Pirates/Steve Canyon days - one thinks of Caniff's Madame Hook/"Enter The Dragon Lady", and Miss Fear out of 50s Blackhawk stories. Maybe even the original c. 1965 Poison Ivy in Batman. Catwoman? Black Canary. Countess Val is her own ever-lovin' Countess Val. And Jimmy Woo! From the Yellow Claw vs SHIELD Steranko cliffhangers of Strange Tales #160-166. And before that, Woo vs Yellow Claw (post-Korean War "yellow peril"/McCarthy witch hunt), 1955 when Marvel was Atlas. Nick Fury's persona continues true to form. He appears to be showing his age in more ways than one. And a tinge of a little-known higher level of academic education than heretofore. I come away with a positive impression of the whole series' descriptive atmosphere of noirish spy paranoia and distrust and betrayal and shifting alliances and double-cross. John leCarre and the Samson spy novel saga by Deighton comes to mind. The betrayal by one's own government (including the UN). The use/abuse and abandonment of agents and other operatives including "sheep-dip"--expendable active duty military in ....intelligence roles. I am reminded of how the KGB nearly put NATO to bed and then suffocated it with a pillow during the scandals of the 70s. Of the backstabbing and betrayal and fingerpointing and left-hanging-out-to-dry move/countermove of Iran-Contra. The Soviet-controlled long-term deep moles in the Agency and the USN. Of the Soviets literally running France as a de facto satellite for a generation. I was in the Twilight War in the 70s-80s, 'nuff said about that, and it struck close to home. Quite close. Nick Fury vs SHIELD is in my view up there alongside the SHIELD of Strange Tales 135-141 (the original Hydra), and 150-158 (a re-match) and the Steranko issues of #1-3, 5. Sure the dialogue is corny and overloaded with didactic, explanatory word-balloons ("ah poor dear, you wouldn't have known that"). And as has been pointed out, too many laser-beam curlicues and some off-the-wall variants of goose-stepping sieg-heiling goons fanatically and frantically willing to give their lives for The Cause. Throw in the Mad-Scientist Take-Over-The-World modalities (Pinky and the Brain!). Neo-Bond-Babes. The Needs-of-the-many-outweigh-the-needs-of-the-few shtick (Cf Spock's death in Star Trek II). Add a dash of cornball old-fashioned patriotism and loyal camaraderie. That's the stuff! Give it to 'em!! Keep going, we love it!!! Well I love it too. Five stars. Any gripes I may have, I just tell myself not to criticize unless I can do any better. A worthy addition to the classic canon of Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Story/Art = 5 Book quality = 4 Jan. 2 2014
By mkronck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Collects: Nick Fury vs. SHIELD (1988) #1-6
-all 6 issues are 48 pages each for a total of nearly 300 pages of story.

Content: A fantastic continuation of the Nick Fury/Shield saga. In what is probably his best comic work, Harras does a beautiful job of following up on all of the classic Nick Fury characters from the Strange Tales/SHIELD days, including Dum Dum, Gabe Jones, Jasper Sitwell, Contessa, Laura Brown, Jimmy Woo, etc and so-forth. Any fan of the original Stan Lee-Steranko issues will love the story contained within, and the book manages to maintain an espionage/corruption element that made the original stories so great.

I can't say enough about Paul Neary's art: it's simply gorgeous.

Book: the only detractor I can find is the fact that this book is a normal size hardcover. Paul Neary's art would be much better experienced in oversized format... I'm a little perplexed at this decision, as this story is nearly 300 pages, and the digital issues on Comixology are clearly a high enough resolution to print in oversize.

For die-hard Fury/Paul Neary fans, I'd also recommend the digital issues. The art is wonderful and much more pronounced (and bigger) than in this normal sized hardcover, even on a computer screen.
Awesome '80s spy story that changed the MU forever Dec 14 2014
By kelhois - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A really awesome story, especially for its day. This book requires a suspension of disbelief to be sure, but if you can get past the LMD robots and excessive laser weaponry, this book is great. The art is also perhaps a little scratchy and hard to get used to, especially with the epic digital art styles filling comics today, but there are several points in the story where you can really see how advanced it was for its day. Overall, not a sorry addition to any shelf, especially if you like old Bond movies or love the great stufff Jim Steranko did with Fury.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It gets better, depending on how much you pay for it July 20 2014
By Adrian Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm not going to lie - I don't get the love for this book. From the paper stock (non-matted) to the writing (tedious and boring), Nick Fury vs. Shield might have been good fun for its time, but it looks exceedingly dated and irrelevant today. It feels like an attempted cash-in, given the success of Marvel-related products in other media.

There is one positive. The art works looks great. I know this is the standard apologetic for any comic, but it's really true here. Some panels are just fantastic. I was exceptionally pleased at instances, e.g., where I believed that certain panels actually depicted robots, rather than humans (e.g. Nick Fury and his Life Model Decoy). They don't really look qualitatively different from other instances of characters, but the expressions make me believe that this is a robot (now, I can understand if someone further says, "But if they look like robots, wouldn't that defeat their purpose as decoys?", which is why robot decoys are bad ideas in comics in general). The colors are great, and the art just evokes...motion sometimes. I would advise anyone who is purchasing this to take one cursory "read", doing nothing but turning through the pages and admiring the panels.

The exceptions to the great artwork are the covers themselves. They look hilarious. I don't like beating up on artists, but wow - some of these covers are pretty bad. For example, the cover to issue one, apparently attempting to evoke images of spy novels of the past (with some James Bond influences) depicts a topless woman covering her breasts with two guns. Strangely, however, she only seems to have one holster on her belt. Moreover, it looks like she was sawed in half, and then glued together in an ineffectual manner. Another image shows a man holding a white-haired woman, screaming while firing a gun. His face looks like it was torn in half, and put together, again in an ineffectual manner. I don't deduct any stars for this.

So why the low rating? Well, one reason is the paper quality. For a book with a forty-dollar cover, I expect something better. If you must use this type of paper, make it heavier. Better yet, consider the paper stock of many of the DC archives (a matted, heavy stock that was reminiscent of the type of paper that was required for submission of my thesis to the LoC archives).

But the main reason is the turgid, tedious writing. God, this is painful to read. From the opening scenes, it immediately feels dated and boring. At times, it actually felt like a poor localization of a foreign work. Everyone just says way too much. I don't mind wisecracks under fire - writers have gotten great use out of this (Joss Whedon has made a career of it). But brevity is the soul of wit - if you need five lines for your zinger, I'm bored.

There's just too much exposition. The authors should have given the readers more credit. It's not like writers of the time didn't understand this (e.g., look at Grant Morrison's breezy dialogue in his run of Doom Patrol, which started in 1989). And obviously, I don't expect all writers to be Grant Morrison, but there has to be a happy medium. It took me four attempts (and two full restarts) before I could get through this, and if you have to "get through" a comic, it's not a comic anymore.

At the end of the day, I got this book, in hardcover, for under eight bucks. I can't argue with that price, even with my dislike of the work. The art alone is worth that. Prices are currently good here on Amazon as well. So, let me give a final, Objectivist rating system:

If you purchase this for less than ten bucks: 5 stars
If you purchase for between ten and fifteen: 4 stars
If you purchase for between fifteen and twenty-five: 3 stars
If you purchase for more than twenty-five: 2 stars
Nick Fury at his FINEST!!!! Dec 27 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Holy CRAP!!! This book is AMAZING!!!! If you or someone you love is a true Nick Fury fan, then this book is a must! If you or someone you love is a fan of Bond or other spy films, then buy this book!!!!!


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