Last review for the night is the final issue of the Battle Scars mini-series... Now, I read this comic before I typed up this review(which I normally don't do), so I'll refrain from saying anything else until we get to the “Thoughts” section of this issue, because there's A LOT to talk about!
Battle Scars #6(of 6):
Summary: While Orion is torturing Nick Fury in order to keep him distracted long enough for Orion's telepaths to tear the info about the new SHIELD from Fury's head, Marcus Johnson is sneaking through Orion's base, stealthily taking Orion's goons down out. Orion manages to get the info he wanted out of Fury's head, but gets shot in the head by Marcus while gloating(luckily for Orion, he was wearing a helmet!). That pisses Orion off so he attacks Marcus, but that's exactly what Marcus wanted, as the building suddenly shakes with several explosions, explosions set up when Marcus sabotaged Orion's ammunition bunkers before confronting the villain. The explosions take out Orion's computers, which causes him to lose all of the information he had gotten from Fury's mind. With that, Orion has had enough and moves in to kill Marcus, at least until his friend Cheese and the Avengers(!) burst onto the scene. During the fight, Orion decides to make a break for the door, and Marcus, not wanting the man responsible for murdering his mother and turning his life upside-down to escape, lunges at Orion, affixing a grenade to Orion's chest... You can guess what happens next. Marcus, being close to the blast, ends up going unconscious, but blacks out with the satisfaction of knowing he had accomplished his mission. Some time later, Marcus wakes up in the hospital, with Nick Fury standing there. Fury tells Marcus that Marcus had two choices... Go into hiding and hope that no other villains of Fury's try to hunt him down, or get into the game himself and hunt down the scum before they came for him. With that, Fury has a quick bonding moment with Marcus, telling him that he too was an army ranger, before gracefully heading off into the sunset. As for Marcus? It turns out his birth name was actually Nicholas Fury, Jr, and the newly named Nick Fury joins up with SHIELD to carry on the family name.
Thoughts: Okay, I KNOW I'm going to take A LOT of heat for saying this(although not as much heat as I took for that Iron Man/Magneto fight... I'm STILL puzzling THAT out!), but I LOVED turning Marcus into a total rip-off of the Samuel L. Jackson version of Nick Fury(right down to his name!). Most casual fans only know Nick Fury from the movies anyway(it's only us more hardcore fans who know the LOOOONG history of the 616 Fury), so why not make the change? The fact that this mini-series was really strong helps make the change more palatable for me too. If this mini-series sucked I'm sure I wouldn't be so willing to forgive the switch, but this mini WAS really good! It made Marcus into a character I wanted to root for. He's a good guy. He does the right thing. He's likable. His history is easy to understand and isn't as convoluted as the 616 Nick Fury's. Seriously, if you would have told me 6 months ago that Marvel was going to swap out the 616 Nick Fury for the Ultimate/movie version, I'd have told you I hated the idea. But as it is, I not only like the idea, I'm extremely interested to see where Marcus pops up next and look forward to seeing him rise through the ranks of SHIELD to claim his rightful position as director.
Score: 9 out of 10.
Sweet, they even gave Marcus Cap's awesome Super-Soldier outfit!