Mighty Avengers #12
Nick Fury, Wolverine, Daisy Johnson, Daredevil, Captain America, Thing, Mr. Fantastic, Spider-Woman
Nick Fury, Skrulls
Nick Fury, Maria Hill
Nick Fury, Spider-Woman
Pg1-pg3: Secret War #5-FB
Wolverine guts the Fury LMD, and we see Fury’s side of the conversation. Occurs simultaneously with Secret War 5-FB.
Pg4-pg6: ‘one month later’
Fury, disguised and in hiding, is approached by the Contessa. After she gives him a hard time over his disguise, they retire for the evening.
Pg7-pg12: the next morning
The Contessa excuses herself to pick up some food, but something seems strange so Fury follows her. Invisible, he watches as she meets a contact, telling him she needs at least a week to gain his confidence. When she returns Fury is waiting for her with a gun. He asks her twice who she really is, and when she refuses to answer he shoots her in the face. RIGHT IN THE FACE! By the time her body hits the floor, she’s reverted to her Skrull form. Fury watches invisibly as others gather the body, and uses a translator to discover they’re speaking in Skrull.
Pg13-pg17: ‘two weeks later’
Maria Hill wakes up to find Fury in her room on the Helicarrier, using her computer. He warns her that people may not be who they seem to be, without spelling out ‘Skrull’. He tells her to start using the new design Life Model Decoys; it’s not cheating or cowardly, it’s smart thinking. He then jumps off the Helicarrier and flies away with his awesome jetpack.
Pg18-pg22: ‘two months later’
Between pg20 & pg21 of New Avengers 23, Fury meets with Spider-Woman and explains the Skrull situation. He tells her to get back into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s good graces, grovel if she has to, and she eventually agrees. He returns to his safehouse and looks at his wall of suspects.
We don’t use ‘~’ for FlashBacks, but this case should be an exception. Secret War was loaded with FlashBacks because at the time that was the story telling device Bendis was in love with, and that’s the only reason this particular sequence, ‘Wolverine guts the Fury LMD’, is in Flashback. These three pages show Fury’s end of the events, happening simultaneously with that segment of Secret War, and should not replace the original scene.
Fury’s disguise is basically Ultimate Fury. The Contessa gives him some crap over it, so he turns the disguise off. Given her remark of needing at least a week to gain his trust, they obviously haven’t been together a month for him to re-grow his hair, and since he’s disguised next issue as a shaved Ultimate Fury, he’s using holograms to disguise himself.
The Skrulls used ‘Contessa’ to try to lure Fury here, and again to lure Dum Dum Dugan in the Secret Invasion Internet Prologue. This Skrull was killed, the other replaced Dum Dum. Given that she’s been transferred to England, and the repeated use of her, I’m not convinced she’s been replaced yet.
Maria Hill appears here ‘shortly’ after she’s promoted to Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and sometime before Civil War starts up.
This conversation happens during New Avengers 23, between pg20 & pg21. Spider-Woman mentions that she’s been recently threatened by S.H.I.E.L.D.; give up Fury or go to prison. This happened in New Avengers #23, she cut her ties with them, then cut her ties with Hydra. She has nowhere to go and Fury knows it; he’s been spying on her for the last week. He tells her to grovel if she has to, and that’s what she does in New Avengers 23 pg21. It’s just not on the S.H.I.E.L.D. side of the Civil War, she just didn’t have much of a choice.
Fury’s wall of suspects has a couple of people circled in two colors. Some are in blue, other are in red.
Daredevil, Spider-Man, Lockjaw, Stature, Namor
Wolverine, Hulkling, Sentry, Dr. Strange
What do the two colors mean? Confirmed Skrull/Suspected Skrull? Confirmed not Skrull/Suspected Skrull? Easy to replicate powers/Difficult to replicate powers? Who knows?
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