The GeeksverseBattle Scars #6

Battle Scars #6
Published on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 by

Marvel manages to move an old character out and bring in a new one in a way that makes sense.

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Chris Yost w/ Cullen Bunn & Matt Fraction
Penciled by: Scot Eaton
Inked by: Andrew Hennessy
Colored by: Paul Mounts
Lettered by: VC's Joe Sabino
Cover by: Carlo Pagulayan & Jason Paz & Guru eFx
Assistant Editor: John Denning
Editor: Arbona & Brennan

I have to admit, Marvel managed to pull it off. Be warned, this is a spoiler heavy review.

After the fifth issue I was a little disappointed at the big reveal. Nick Fury had a son. He’d already had a son, or two, in his time. So didn’t understand what the big deal was. But now? Now it all makes sense and Marvel managed to pull off a comic book rarity, the perfect retcon.

The Marvel movies are popular. Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury is extremely popular. With the Ultimate universe they were able to get the Jackson-Fury into the comics. But the 616 Marvel U, the main Marvel U, has the older white Nick Fury who’s been around since World War II. So how to bring the Jackson-Fury to the main U? Enter Battle Scars.

The reason why Nick Fury never sought out Marcus Johnson, and even hid his real name of Nicholas Fury (junior)? Makes perfect sense, especially with how they tie it into the fate of Mikel Fury.

The reason they can move Fury Senior out of the books? Makes sense and fits perfectly in with the Battle Scars story and events set up in Secret Warriors. It was a way to give Junior his own “Hydra”, in the group Leviathan, which already has ties to the history of the MU.

Including Coulson as the partner to Junior (his own Dum Dum Dugan) was a nice touch. This Coulson is the movie character in name only, but it’s a nice little easter egg kind of thing.

Not only did Marvel pull off a perfect retcon, adding the character of Marcus Johnson/Nicholas Fury Jr, into the Marvel Universe, but they also were able to logically remove Senior from the board (he’s going to age now) and bring in a very popular character from other media (the Jackson-Fury).

Very well done Marvel.

Battle Scars #6 receives
5 out of 5

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