Saturday, July 3, 2010

Fury #2 (MAX)

Fury #2 - Comic of the DayGarth Ennis is the reigning champ when it comes to pushing the envelope in wide spread comic books. His writing style of bringing the vulgar, ugly and gritty realities of life to comic books is clear to see in some of his popular works such as his Punisher MAX run and his current success The Boys. His The Boys co-conspirator, artist Darick Robertson, had come back to his creative counterpart after several years apart...which leads us to our comic of the day post on which the duo first teamed up.

Marvel's MAX line allows writers and artists of the most popular comic book company (Marvel) to be as real as they want to be. With wide spread books that can reach children Marvel couldn't just allow any of their titles to contain curse words, nudity and graphic violence...society simply wouldn't allow it. So what did Marvel do to eventually get some vulgar filth the adult comic reading public was longing for? Well, they turned to cigarettes.

Cigarettes are bad for you. The data is in. We all agree on that fact; however, apparently there may be some fools (or third world babies - check youtube and be disgusted) or children who had never heard this shocking news. "Smoke in my lungs are...bad? Balderdash!" (I like how my person has never heard cigarettes are bad, yet knows the word balderdash.) If you can remember where we were...the government decided it was in societies best interest to brand every cigarette box with a warning notifying users of the hazards they were about to get into. This branded warning is all it takes to get a potentially harmful product in the hands of citizens.

Marvel, being filled with chain smokers, took notice and slapped a warning of their own on their potentially harmful product. The label reads, "Parental Advisory, Explicit Content." Thus, the Marvel MAX comic line began.

The story of an old-war relic, Nick Fury, was portrayed in the MAX line simply titled, Fury. Ennis writes about a man without a war, a man without a mission, who hates how the country and his specific organization of peacekeeping, known as S.H.I.E.L.D., has changed. Fury #2 is the turning book in the mini series where the need for Fury arises, and Fury is ready and more than willing to fill that need.

Fury #2 is a little over the top in certain scenes. The story is fine, but in several panels involving Nick Fury taking his nephew to the zoo Darick Robertson gets a little crazy with the graphic imagery revolving around tigers, Fury's nephew and a very talkative meal. I almost couldn't look at the panels. The MAX book really allows the artist as well as the writer to take imagination to the extreme, and though it was a little much for me (a little Nancy apparently) I appreciate that Marvel gave Robertson a platform to showcase his talents and unhindered creations.

The MAX line isn't for everybody, and in fact, Stan Lee has been quoted as saying he doesn't care for what Marvel has done with the Fury series (a character Lee created). But times are a'chang'n and so are peoples tastes in comics. I believe the Max line is a great change of pace for Marvel centric readers who want more of an adult touch. Stan Lee may be harmed by the second hand smoke, but Marvel is just doing as the cigarette companies would: giving the public what they want... no matter who it harms.

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