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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 232

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

Today we look at one of the more overlooked cool Grant Morrison story (mostly because I don’t think it has ever been reprinted), his Nick Fury story in Marvel Knights: Double Shot #2!

Enjoy!

Marvel Knights: Double Shot was a cool mini-series where they just had cool creators do pretty much whatever they wanted to. Like most other cool anthologies, this did not last long.

In this issue, #2, Grant Morrison and artist Manuel Gutierrez did a very cool short story about an agent who has been tasked to infiltrate SHIELD and pass off as Nick Fury. Of course, the problem is that Nick Fury’s lifestyle is something very difficult for someone else to live…

Of course, then there is the big twist. But I’ll let you find this issue and discover the twist yourself.

In any event, this was a strong look at a theme Morrison later explored in the pages of Final Crisis – the notion that there are certain people (here Nick Fury; in Final Crisis Batman) that you just cannot duplicate, because they are truly unique individuals.

It’s an interesting (and humorous) ode to the coolness of Nick Fury. Gutierrez does a fine job on the artwork.

The issue’s other story is good, too, writer/artist Ted McKeever does a story where a mad scientist gives Man-Thing emotions (it ends about as well as you would think)…

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Just dug this out of a cheap bin a few months ago, adding to my Morrison collection. There’s a lot of The Filth in this Fury story.

Are those the yellow aliens from Animal Man?

Nice choice. I didn’t even know this existed.

Wow, what a great little gem of a story. Some comments:

1. Is it just me, or does the guy implanting Chris Kong look more than a little like Grant Morrison?

2. Call me cruel, but I chuckled over the eye amputation scene.

3.Grant really captures the Steranko vibe in this story.

4. Damn it, MARVEL, you need to collect this! Put this and whatever other Morrison odds and ends you have lying around into a trade paperback, stat!

Yeah, I was also going to ask if the handler/guy in charge was a Morrison guest appearance.

This is a great issue. Morrison and McKeever in one book, I’m in heaven.

But where would they reprint this? Is there much Morrison stuff at Marvel that hasn’t been collected?

But interesting point about the thematic similarity to the Batman Last Rites/Final Crisis story. Good call.

Did this come out before the Filth? Was it maybe even a “try-out” to see if there was interest in a Morrison Fury storyline?

And since Bill’s phrasing reminded me of it, The Filth and the Fury is an interesting movie about the rise and fall of the Sex Pistols. Just sayin’.

Did this come out before the Filth? Was it maybe even a “try-out” to see if there was interest in a Morrison Fury storyline?

Yes and probably yes.

Cool. Why would Marvel pass something like that up? I suppose if it had been anything like the Filth, with Fury and SHIELD, though, it would have been very odd in the Marvel U. “How do I tell my grandkids I like it Thai ladyboy style?!” Imagine Tex Porneau getting his hands on, say, Bruce Banner. Egads. Ok, now I realize why Marvel would pass on it.

I just looked it up on comics.org, and see that this issue came out just a few months before the Filth started. Huh. And it was right in the midst of his New X-Men run, so I guess he didn’t have a Marvel exclusive contract.

Uh, they blind the guy’s wrong eye (Fury wears a patch over the left eye, they blind his right eye), is that the twist?

Travis Pelkie,

RE: reprinting NICK’S WORLD, I just did a search through Morrison’s MARVEL work, and you are right about nearly all of it having been collected*. However, his Captain Britain story, CAPTAIN GRANBRETAN (a text piece), has not, to my knowledge, been collected. So, MARVEL, how about a new trade paperback of MARVEL BOY, with NICK’S WORLD and CAPTAIN GRANBRETAN tacked on?

*I am, of course discounting the work that he did for MARVEL UK on such licensed properties as ZOIDS, ACTION FORCE, and DOCTOR WHO. I just can’t see MARVEL being willing to work out the rights for publishing a collection of such material, although PANINI has reprinted some of his DOCTOR WHO stuff.

I noticed they got the wrong eye, too. If that is the big twist, it seems a bit obvious.

The obvious twist for the Man-Thing story would be for the guy to inject him with fear, which causes the Man-Thing to burn himself up. Is that what happens?

It’s been a while since I read the issue, but I don’t think the BIG twist is the eye, but I think it plays into it. Of course, I can’t remember one way or another, so I can’t really spoil it. I hope.

Trajan, I think it was IDW that was putting out the Morrison Dr Who comic. Not sure how many there were, but I have the first issue, so it’s at least 1 :)

Yeah, the eye patch mistake plays into the twist, but only in a very minor way.

Travis Pelkie,

Both PANINI and IDW have reprinted some of Morrison’s DOCTOR WHO work. I only mentioned PANINI because they have a relationship with MARVEL.

“Captain Granbretan” is reprinted in the Captain Britain Omnibus.

Jonny Kiehlmann

August 23, 2010 at 4:07 am

Morrison’s Fantastic Four, 1234 is out of print — maybe this could be in a new trade of that?

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