The Mighty Avengers #12

    The Mighty Avengers » The Mighty Avengers #12 - [untitled] released by Marvel on June 1, 2008.

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    The Eisner-award-winning team of Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev (NEW AVENGERS ILLUMINATI, HALO: UPRISING) reunite to answer the question that has been on every comic fan's mind for years...WHERE THE HELL HAS NICK FURY BEEN?? Rewinding the clock to Fury's time in SECRET WAR, follow Fury as he puts together the pieces of his life and starts finding clues to a Secret Invasion that makes him TARGET NUMBER ONE. A major Skrull reveal happens in these pages!

    Flashback to several months ago. During the "Secret War," the heroes discover that the Nick Fury they were working with was an L.M.D. (Life Model Decoy). Nick's voice tells them that they are true heroes and they will never see him again. Nick watches through television monitors in his hidden bunker.

    A month later, Nick and the Countess Valentina Allegra Defontaine are enjoying their time together alone, away from S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick figures that maybe they'll just live happily ever after. The next morning, the Countess decides she's going out to get Nick breakfast in bed.

    Nick gets up and activates an invisibility device to follow her. She meets with a strange man in an alley. He asks her if she "got them." She says she'll need at least a week. The man wants the S.H.I.E.L.D. passcodes and Fury eliminated.

    When she returns to their place, Nick is sitting in a chair waiting with a gun. He asks her who she really is. She tells him he's acting crazy. She continues to refuse to answer his question and Nick shoots her in the head. Green blood emerges and Nick is left staring down at the dead body of a Skrull.

    Later he stands on top of the building across from his place and watches with his invisibility device on. He has monitoring devices in place and the language of the men that arrive in the room to claim the body are speaking in the Skrull language.

    Two weeks later on the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, Nick is using a computer in Maria Hill's room as she sleeps. She wakes up with a start. He says he has two things to tell her. He says she is not safe. She is surrounded by people who are out to get her. He tells her to have several life model decoys made of herself and to use them whenever she feels something strange is going down. The second thing he tells her is that he will be watching over her. He says to remember this, unless she is already "one of them." He jumps off the helicarrier.

    Two months later Fury meets with Spider-Woman. He wants her to get back into the good graces of S.H.I.E.L.D. Basically now she will be a triple agent working with him for the sake of mankind. He tells her about the Skrulls. She asks him what he's going to be doing. He says he'll be getting ready. When the Skrulls make their move, he'll be ready to deal with them.



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    Mighty Avengers 12 0

    Now this is an interesting change of pace.  Whenever Mighty Avengers was originally solicited, it seemed to be advertised as the kind of comic Avengers used to be before Bendis starting writing New Avengers.  And certainly, the general chaos and non-stop fighting of the first 11 issues seemed to confirm that.  And all that was fine.  But here Bendis strips things back to write the unseen tale of what Nick Fury has been up to.  The change is very noticeable, so much so that it feels like a differ...

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    Looking for action? Then better give this one a miss. Try Hulk or Hercules instead. But if intrigue and mystery are your thing, then this comic delivers in spades. It's also a vital part of a larger canvas being painted by Bendis. If you want to know what Nick Fury did following Secret War and how his temporary disppearance ties into the current Skrull invasion, then this book tells that story. There's a lovely Jason Bourne/James Bond vibe going on here, helped by Alex Maleev's dark moody art an...

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