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


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (December 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785159010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785159018
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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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.
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By Roger Gilbert on July 14, 2014
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Excellent Graphic Novel.
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mkronck on January 2, 2014
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.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dead Eric on October 14, 2013
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The paperback fell apart on me so I went for the hardback. It's a fantastic story in a top-notch package.
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