coverNLB Call No.: 741.5973 ENN [ART]
ISBN: 0785117695

I didn’t really know much about Nick Fury. Almost nil. Until I read this.

An ‘Origin’ story of the Marvel character, Nick Fury (in the current graphic collections that I see on the shelves now, he’s depicted as leading the S.H.I.E.L.D. agency. You’ll recognise him by his right eye-patch).

A complete collection of the series #1 to #6 (see this Marvel Comics Publishing Catalog page).

The Plot

The story takes place before S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Howling Commandos. It’s WWII in Tunisia (North Africa theater of war). Nick Fury (then a Sargent) and his unit is decimated by German firepower. Lost in the desert. Stumbles onto some German soldiers who beats him up. Saved by a British SAS detachment. Ends up working for British SAS. Goes on an assassination mission behind German lines to kill a German field Marshall (Stephen Barkhorn). Ends up not finding Barkhorn but another ranking German officer, who tells the Allied troopers that Barkhorn is on a mission to assassinate Hitler, after which he will consolidate German forces and negotiate a surrender.

Fury and the commandos deal with the dilemma of choosing to believe the German officer (which could be false, and they fail their mission) or not (which means they have to kill Barkhorn, who might really have successfully pulled off the coup but would be killed before he has time to negotiate a surrender and bring a swift end to the war).

In the end… (ok, this part you go read). And we learn how Fury injures his right eye and therefore has to wear an eye patch.

Sigh. I’d like to note down what happens in the end, for my reference. But nah, that will really spoil th fun for anyone who hasn’t read the series.

I enjoyed this.