Three reviews for this Monday night, with the first one being the Ultimates. This series has really picked up since Jonathan Hickman left it(although, in fairness, I can't stand Hickman's writing), to the point where I actually look forward to it every month. The team is still trying to pull America back together and just last issue have discovered that Nick Fury(the 616 one), appeared to be working with Hydra. Onward!
Summary: We begin with the guy who looks like 616 Fury(going by the name of Scorpio) working with the Death's Head faction of Hydra. It turns out that this particular Hydra faction was more radical than the rest of Hydra and that they were actively hunting SHIELD tech. On top of that, they had managed to get their hands on some powerful SHIELD weapon called the Torch. After analyzing the tape of Scorpio, SHIELD and the Ultimates have come to the conclusion that it actually wasn't Scorpio, but was their own Nick Fury in disguise. Captain America is disturbed by the prospect that Nick had gone rogue, but many longtime members of SHIELD refuse to believe that Fury has turned. Hawkeye asks to be let into the Hydra camp so he could extract Fury and prove that Nick was still on the side of the angels. Cap okays the mission and Hawkeye sneaks into the base, under the cover of an explosion. Hawkeye finds Scorpio in the tent with a fellow Hydra agent, as well as The Torch. Hawkeye holds the Hydra agent at gunpoint and asks Scorpio a question only the real Nick Fury would know the answer to, but Scorpio doesn't answer, instead drawing his own gun and aiming at Hawkeye. With Hawkeye momentarily thrown by Scorpio's action, the Hydra agent gets free and Scorpio knocks Hawkeye down. By now, the leader of the Death's Head Hydra sect arrives(a woman named Crimson) and demands that Scorpio executes Hawkeye before Hydra abandoned the now exposed camp. This issue ends with Scorpio lining Hawkeye up for the fatal shot.
Thoughts: I enjoyed this issue. I was a bit thrown by the fact that Scorpio was apparently Nick Fury in disguise if only because it would have been kind of cool to see 616 Nick running around in the Ultimate Universe causing all sorts of hell. If I had a gripe here, it would be that Cap and most of the Ultimates were so quick to believe that Fury had gone bad... Why couldn't he be undercover? Other than that though? This was a perfectly acceptable comic book. No more, no less.
Score: 7 1/2 out of 10.
Damn you, 616 Nick Fury!!!