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When We First Met – Agents of SHIELD, Part 3

In this feature we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore. Not major stuff like “the first appearance of Superman,” but rather, “the first time someone said, ‘Avengers Assemble!'” or “the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny” or “the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth” or “the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter.” Stuff like that. Here is an archive of all the When We First Met features so far! Check ‘em out!

This is the third in a three-part look at the debuts of notable SHIELD agents. Click here for the first part, which spotlighted SHIELD directors. Click here for the second part, which spotlighted classic SHIELD agents. Today we look at notable members of SHIELD from the past twenty-five years or so.

Elektra Assassin #2 introduced us to the Wile E. Coyote to Elektra’s Roadrunner, a SHIELD agent named Garrett…

The end of the issue finds Garrett blown up. However, this is SHIELD, so that’s not the end of his story…

#3 sees him back in action, now as a cyborg.

The 1989 Archie Goodwin/Howard Chaykin Wolverine/Nick Fury Graphic Novel the Scorpio Connection introduced Nick Fury’s son, Mikel, who thinks Nick Fury KILLED his dad…

At the end of the story, Fury turns him around…

And eventually Mikel became a valued member of SHIELD.

In Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men, the X-Men are attacked by an alien named Ord. Is it possible that SHIELD has something to do with him? Cyclops goes to Fury in #3, but is rebuffed.

A mysterious woman then appears…

In #6, after the X-Men discover Colossus is really alive, the X-Men capture Ord but SHIELD shows up to say that he has a version of diplomatic immunity. We meet the mysterious Agent Abigail Brand fully here…

Finally, after Fear Itself, we had a mini-series called Battle Scars, whose first issue introduced us to two Army Rangers, Marcus Johnson and his best friend “Cheese”…

Eventually we learn that Marcus is the son of Nick Fury and bad guys want to kill him (or WORSE!). Cheese helps out his friend and in the end (after Marcus loses an eye), both men get offered jobs at SHIELD…

Except to see a lot more of Fury and Coulson now that their respective characters are being featured so prominently in film and in television.

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Ah, that’s is how they transition to making Fury black (so to speak)? So where is Nick-the-first these days?

In a weird piece of symmetry, the Ultimates Universe seems to be getting ready to introduce Nick-the-first into ITS universe soon.

Man, I love Agent Brand. And oh yeah, I remember Elektra Guy. Was he ever used for anything else, or just that series?

I’ve never heard of these Fury kids till now, and Coulson I know only from the movies, although I guess I read somewhere that they were going to be incorporating him into the comics.

Centipede Damascus

December 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Buttler: Garrett actually showed up in Secret Warriors, which was a fantastic series you should definitely read.

Luis Olavo Dantas

December 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Sigh. Introducing movie Nick Fury this way was a terrible move.

It makes SHIELD look like a bunch of hobbists who don’t have any particular reason to mind having the boss-man announce his own newcomer son as his successor. Not what one would expect of a serious counter-espionage agency.

And that is if one can even get past the contrivances of losing the eye, having the same legal name, and coming out of thin air like that.

….I might’ve been able to take Fury Jr. seriously had he not chosen to dress in Captain America’s Not-Quite-Cap hand-me-down costume.

Mikel Fury also showed up in Secret Warriors. Hickman used every SHIELD agent he could get his hands on and then created a bunch of new ones.

Marcus Johnson’s transformation into Nick Fury, Jr., was a little forced, but it’s easy to imagine Nick Fury having a bunch of kids out there. He’s been around for close to a hundred years now, and it’s not like he spent much of that time single. The dude got around, as any super-spy would.

I love all the Jake Fury/Mikel Fury/Scorpio stories. Either of them would be a great edition to the tv show

Love this series. I have an idea for one segment. First time Hawkeye called himself Br’er Hawkeye. Always wondered when that one started.

Ever see Spider-Woman #37? The way Terry Austin inks Steve Leialoha’s Countess De La Fontaine leaves nothing to the imagination – and this is before waxing.

And hey – now we get two Nick Furys? Bonus.

Holy crap that Marcus/Nick Fury & Coulson stuff was TERRIBLE. People actually bought that crap (I mean that figuratively & literally).

Hickman also killed off Mikel in what amounted to a filler issue of SECRET WARRIORS.

Hickman also killed off Mikel in what amounted to a filler issue of SECRET WARRIORS.

I dunno if it was intentional or not, but a lot of the “big” changes in Secret Warriors seemed almost like they were designed to be non-permanent. Almost like it was a commentary on the cyclical nature of “final” statements in comics that are never actually final statements.

Fury Jr. is still one of the single most amazingly dumb, contrived things Marvel have done in the last decade.

Holy crap, how many kids does Nick Fury have?

Also, gotta love that xeroxed panel of Kitty and Colossus in that X-Men story.

You gotta figure at least a dozen more we don’t know about yet! :)

Nick Fury says “Check out my Mutant power of not moving a single muscle.”

Kitty and Peter are all like, “Pshyeah, whatever, we can do that too.”

Then Nick Fury says “Yeah, but watch this, I can actually talk while I do it.”

Mmm… no Alexander Pierce yet? I always thought he was one of the SHIELD agents like Clay Quartermaine and Jimmy Woo that were all over the place.

Also, gotta love that xeroxed panel of Kitty and Colossus in that X-Men story.

Look again. There are a lot of xeroxed panels in that sequence. I heard Cassady had a lot of lateness issues. Is that what made him abuse the xeroxing technique? Or is that his normal thing?

Ha- yeah, you’re right…it’s funny to see the two panels of Fury and his agent, and the only thing different is that Cassaday just redrew the arm to make him point. I don’t remember him doing it all that much in the series I bought with his art (no X-Men buyer me), so I’d chalk it up to deadlines. Only John can tell us for sure!

So when you guys say “xerox” do you mean it literally or just that he’s drawing the same figures identically over and over?

So when you guys say “xerox” do you mean it literally or just that he’s drawing the same figures identically over and over?

Literally.

Well, this being the Age of Photoshop, most likely he’s just cutting and pasting.

…Cassaday also isn’t doing much in the way of backgrounds here, is he?

Yah, John Cassady just sucks, doesn’t? Right? That’s what we’re saying here? What an obvious hack. Yep. You betcha. Couldn’t draw his way out of a paper bag. Why the hell do I read fan comments? I mean, I always start because I want to see what the reaction to a given story or change is but the comments always devolve into a bunch of catty critiques of men and women who CAN create comics by a bunch of fans and wannabees who can’t. Look, I’ve even been sucked into it! Shame on me. This has got to be the snarkiest thing I’ve ever said or written to a group of people, ever. But I don’t care. You should all lose your internet services permanently. Idiots.

Now settle down there, pard- I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’ve always thought Cassaday was one of the best artists working today. His Planetary stint was excellent. That said, just look at the pages- you gotta do what you gotta do to stay within deadlines and keep the money flowing!

Customart, that’s an old, old argument but it’s never been a good one (a logical extrapolation would be that anyone who’s actually creating professionally is above criticism by anyone who’s not their professional peers, and I don’t buy that). We buy the stuff (or don’t); we’ve got a right to critique. And the criticism was overwhelmingly of this particular bit of art–it’s not like a general discussion of how worthless Casady’s entire output was. It may astonish you, but some creators really have made bad comics, even though they’re professionals and I’m not.

Robert W. Greene

December 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I think you left some out, remember Network Nina the telepath from the middle S.H.I.E.L.D series?

I liked the panel repetition artwork, it works pacing-wise, a certain droll humor to it.

That said, “berk” is a very rude word, if you know what it means. Never say it to an Englishman.

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