Review Fury Max #9 “Making Sense of the World 1 Bullet at a Time”

Nicholas Fury made his mark on the world as a World War 2 hero. Now the government has him coordinating Black Ops missions in the heart of Vietnam. Paired with the Marines greatest sniper Frank Castle, they aim to take down one of Vietnam’s great lieutenants. After being captured Castle and Fury are held as POWs. With a little luck in a few well-placed bullets they just might Make it out of this alive and complete their mission.

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Fury is quickly becoming my favorite title in the Marvel Max line up. Garth Ennis’ ability to write world history war comics is unparalleled. He is a true student of world conflicts and his diligent study of American triumphs and failures is reflected in every line he writes. He is so accurate with his narratives I started to believe the incident within the issue really might have happened. Garth Ennis gives his readers glimpse into Frank Castle that is rarely seen within the Punisher comics themselves. Showing the reader that Frank has always been The Punisher, he just needed a push to take it to the streets. I have always been an Ennis fan and deeply enjoyed reading his comics, but Fury Max is one of his greatest achievements. The story Ennis has crafted of Fury’s pre S.H.I.E.L.D adventures is amazing. He fills in the Gaps between The Howling Commandos and S.H.I.E.L.D with direction and credibility. Nobody writes historical war like him.

The major breakdown in this issue is the art. Goran Parlov’s illustrations are not clearly defined. At a few points I could not tell who Fury was and who was Castle. Obviously fury is the one with the eye patch, but not all the panels show Fury from that angle. This became a colossal hindrance to me. Parlov’s very raw artistic style is great for some titles but collapsed the overall narrative of Fury. Art can create a world where mediocre writing becomes acceptable, increase the depth and impact of an astonishing issue, or it can degrade the most brilliant of narratives. To the dismay of Fury issue 9 it was the latter.

Greg Ennis did a fantastic job scripting this comic. Goran Parlov on the other hand was not up to the challenge of illustrating the dynamic narrative put forth by Ennis. Fury Max #9 receives a 6 out of 10. Which one is Nick Fury? The one in the eye patch! I don’t see an eye patch.


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