Nick's World

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Nick's World
Cover to Marvel Knights: Double Shot #2 which features "Nick's World", with art by Glenn Fabry[1][Note 1]
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Marvel Knights
Schedule Single
Format One-shot
Genre Superhero
Spy comics
Publication date July 2002[5]
No. of issues 1
Main character(s) Nick Fury
Creative team
Created by Grant Morrison
Written by Grant Morrison
Artist(s) Manuel Gutierrez
Penciller(s) Manuel Gutierrez
Inker(s) Manuel Gutierrez
Letterer(s) Wes Abbott[Note 2]
Richard Alan Starkings[Note 3]
(With Comicraft)
Colorist(s) Jeromy Cox
(With Avalon Studios)
Editor(s) Nanci Dakesian
Kelly Lamy
Stuart Moore

Nick's World, (also known as Nick's World...)[8] is a twelve-page comic book story featured in the second issue of Marvel Knights: Double Shot written by Grant Morrison[9] and drawn by Manuel Gutiérrez.[10][11] The story concerns a young spy who tries to trick Nick Fury.[12][13][14] The story was originally intended to be a part of a much longer series but after the follow-up series proposal was ignored by Marvel, Morrison incorporated much of the psychedelic super-spy material into his Vertigo title The Filth.[15][16][17]

It was Morrison's only solo Marvel Knights story.[18][19]

Publication history[edit]

The story was first published in 2002 under the Marvel Knights imprint. It was then reprinted in Marvel Crossover #33[20] and again in 2011 in Fantastic Four: 1234.[21][22][23][24]

In Italy the story has been published in Spider-Man #388.[25]

Plot[edit]

The story begins with Nick Fury and a female agent talking about his car needing a new tire. The page gets cut and a new figure is introduced, a man in a strange get up who explains who Nick Fury is and reveals that the scene is just a training exercise with a young spy named Chris Kong who is strapped into a machine which makes him experience moments out of Fury's life in an attempt to mimick him perfectly so that he can infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. and replace Fury. It is also revealed that the man is in the company of some alien like creatures. The man tells Kong that it is not enough that he is a master of disguise but that he must truly become like Fury, think, act and feel like him since S.H.I.E.L.D. has telepaths superior to those they work with. The man also reveals that Kong has failed every mission so far in rather embarrassing ways, he lost at the roulette table, accidentally killed a cat instead of its megalomaniac owner and failed the most recent one which they just attempted.[26][27]

Kong tells the man that he seems to make small mistakes that lead to total disaster. The man then tells him that he clearly lacks some quality that Fury possesses, Kong agrees and says that he must begin his physical transformation into Fury and complies with having one of his eyes amputated. The man states that now that Kong is wearing Fury's trademark eye-patch maybe now he will bring more of his fire to the simulation. Kong answers that he feels a lot more like Fury and tells them to run the machine again. The page cuts back to the scene with the car, suddenly a man in a parachute land on the Kong and the woman and they are dragged into the road where they are run over by several cyclists. An upset Kong exclaims that this cannot be happening since he's Nick Fury and that wouldn't ever happen to him. The man reappears and tells Kong that he is far from being Nick Fury and that he has failed yet again.[28][29]

The story ends with the reveal that Kong's superior is actually Nick Fury himself and some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents disassembling the set which the story has taken place in.[30]

Reception[edit]

The story has been described as a cross and double-cross, Steranko-esque spy surrealness, and "James Bond meets cosmic 70's Kirby" story.[31]

Comic Book Resources called the story the 9th greatest Nick Fury story ever.[32] They stated that the story "Both examines how difficult it is to be Nick Fury while also showing the bizarre lengths Nick Fury will go to protect his place in the world."[33] Brian Cronin has also stated that the story 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."[34]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Man-Thing appears on the cover since he takes part in the second story of the issue named Memories of Green,[2] which was written and drawn by Ted McKeever[3] and has nothing to do with Nick's World.[4]
  2. ^ Credited as just Wes[6]
  3. ^ Credited as just RS[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marvel Knights Double Shot (2002) Nick's world... on The Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators, Archived
  2. ^ December 26, 2014 Knights Double Shot #2: Nick’s World…/ Memories of Green on Fortress of Solitude
  3. ^ "MARVEL KNIGHTS DOUBLE SHOT #2 Nick's World". Deep Space Transmissions. Archived from the original on December 30, 2017. 
  4. ^ Marvel Knights Double Shot #2 Nick's World ... on comics.org
  5. ^ Marvel Knights Double Shot #2 Nick's World ... on comics.org
  6. ^ Marvel Knights Double Shot #2 Nick's World ... on comics.org
  7. ^ Marvel Knights Double Shot #2 Nick's World ... on comics.org
  8. ^ December 26, 2014 Knights Double Shot #2: Nick’s World…/ Memories of Green on Fortress of Solitude
  9. ^ Singer, Marc (2011). Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics. University Press of Mississippi. p. 301. ISBN 978-1617031366. 
  10. ^ Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. : “Nick’s World” comic pages on manuelgutierrez.me
  11. ^ Safron, John. Writings in 2000AD: The British sci-fi comic anthology. p. 824. ISBN 0-7851-0781-9. 
  12. ^ Newsarama Staff (April 12, 2011). "Marvel Comics' JULY 2011 SOLICITATIONS". Comics. Newsarama. Archived from the original on December 30, 2017. 
  13. ^ "El universo Marvel de Grant Morrison". Panini Comics. December 21, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Marvel Knights Double-Shot #2 (July 2002): "Nick's World..."". comicbookreligion.com. January 24, 2011. Archived from the original on December 30, 2017. 
  15. ^ "The Unpublished Grant Morrison: NICK FURY". Deep Space Transmissions. Archived from the original on December 13, 2017. 
  16. ^ Greene, Darragh; Roddy, Kate (2005). Grant Morrison and the Superhero Renaissance. McFarland. p. 127. ISBN 978-0786478101. 
  17. ^ "Grant Morrison". Comic Book Database. 
  18. ^ Morrison, G.; Lee, J. (2011). Fantastic Four: 1234. Marvel Entertainment. ISBN 9780785178972. Retrieved November 8, 2016. 
  19. ^ Brothers, David (April 13, 2011). "The Top 10 Marvel Comics Coming In July 2011". Comics Alliance. 
  20. ^ "Marvel Knights Double Shot (2002) - #2". Comic Book Data Base. 
  21. ^ Fantastic Four: 1234 on the Grand Comics Database!
  22. ^ Nick's World ... on the Grand Comics Database!
  23. ^ Mcculloch, Joe (October 4, 2011). "THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (10/5/11 – Huge Format Changes)". The Comics Journal. 
  24. ^ Newsarama Staff (April 12, 2011). "Marvel Comics' JULY 2011 SOLICITATIONS". Comics. Newsarama. 
  25. ^ "Marvel Knights Double Shot # 2: Nick's World..." Il mondo di Nick…. ComicsBox. July 2002. 
  26. ^ "MARVEL KNIGHTS DOUBLE SHOT #2 Nick's World". Deep Space Transmissions. 
  27. ^ Cronin, Brian (August 20, 2010). "A YEAR OF COOL COMICS". Comic News. CBR.com. 
  28. ^ "MARVEL KNIGHTS DOUBLE SHOT #2 Nick's World". Deep Space Transmissions. 
  29. ^ Cronin, Brian (August 20, 2010). "A YEAR OF COOL COMICS". Comic News. CBR.com. 
  30. ^ Singer, Marc (2011). Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics. University Press of Mississippi. p. 301. ISBN 978-1617031366. 
  31. ^ "The Unpublished Grant Morrison: NICK FURY". Deep Space Transmissions. 
  32. ^ "THE GREATEST NICK FURY STORIES EVER TOLD!". Comic Book Resources. November 21, 2011. 
  33. ^ "THE GREATEST NICK FURY STORIES EVER TOLD!". Comic Book Resources. November 21, 2011. 
  34. ^ Cronin, Brian (August 20, 2010). "A YEAR OF COOL COMICS". Comic News. CBR.com. 

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