Comic Book Review: Wolverine/Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection

A S.H.I.E.L.D. undercover unit is attacked by a lone, ruthless assassin.  After his work is finished, the assassin leaves a calling-card on the body of one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, a disc bearing the zodiac symbol for Scorpio.

Long-time readers of Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. know that Scorpio is a name that Fury has a history with.  Scorpio was a terrorist-spy who was later revealed to be Jake Fury, Nick Fury’s younger brother.  The thing is Nick saw his younger brother die, so who’s running around in the Scorpio costume? Has someone new taken up the mantle, or is Jake somehow back?  He’s determined to find out.  The answer will be more than he bargained for.

Nick’s not the only one on the hunt, though.  Turns out that one of the agents Scorpio murdered once saved the life of a Canadian government operative, an operative who would later go on to become Wolverine.  It’s a debt that Logan never repaid, and the only way he can settle up now is by killing the assassin.

Archie Goodwin weaves a surprisingly mature tale of two men whose pasts have come back to haunt them.  The story moves at a brisk pace, and when it’s time for the action, Goodwin doesn’t hold the characters back.  This was a book free from the restrictions of the comic code, so when Wolverine swings his claws, he strikes to kill.

The art is provided by Howard Chaykin who can convey action and the scenes of conversation with equal appeal.  His Nick Fury looks handsome and cool, the way a fictional secret agent should look.  His Wolverine looks feisty and dangerous, although he should probably be drawn a bit shorter, especially when standing next to Nick Fury.  We’ll forgive Chaykin this one quibble as it’s a mistake made by almost every artist, and because he draws some of the sexiest women in comics.

Wolverine/Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection is published by Marvel Entertainment, written by Archie Goodwin, with art by Howard Chaykin.

Reviewed by T-Shirt Joe

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