Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Empyre

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Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Empyre
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Empyre cover.png
Coverart by Joe Jusko.
Author Will Murray
Illustrator Jim Steranko
Country United States
Language English
Series Nick Fury, Agent of Shield
Subject Nick Fury
Genre Spy fiction
Published 2000
Publisher Berkley Books
Marvel Comics
Media type Hardcover and paperback
Pages 48
ISBN 978-0425168165

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Empyre is a fortyeight page novel written by Will Murray[1] and published by Berkley Books and Marvel Comics in 2000.[2] It is the first appearance of the character of Nick Fury in novel form.[3] It features illustrations by longtime Nick Fury artist Jim Steranko.[4] The plot revived the concept of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s psychic sensory division from the old Stan Lee and Jack Kirby comics.[5]

Background[edit]

Murray is an longstanding author within the pulp genre and had written over 40 novels in the Destroyer series and many Doc Savage novels before taking on the assignment.[1][6] The book was part of a line of Marvel novels in 2000 published by Berkley Books.[3][5]

Plot[edit]

Nick Fury, Dum Dum Dugan and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Starla Spacek of the new Special Powers Division investigate a global threat as a series of planes mysteriously crash, culminating in the disappearance of an Empyre Airlines jumbo jet. Suspicion initially points to the involvement of terrorists in HYDRA, but Fury soon learns that the true villain is the insane leader of the nation Quorak - who wants nothing less than world destruction.

Sequel[edit]

A sequel novel pairing up Nick Fury and Wolverine was planned but never came to fruition.[7][5]

Reception[edit]

The reviewer of NickFuryAgentofShield.com described the book as a solid but ultimately unspectacular affair.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ashley, Mike (1 September 2011). "The Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes & Impossible Mysteries". Little, Brown Book Group – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ Robert G. Weiner (2007). Marvel Graphic Novels and Related Publications: An Annotated Guide to Comics, Prose Novels, Children's Books, Articles, Criticism and Reference Works, 1965-2005. McFarland. p. 280 and 346. ISBN 978-0786425006. 
  3. ^ a b "The Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Have Come A Long Way Since The 1960s". Unleash The Fanboy. 29 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Thomas, Roy (24 December 2017). "The Alter Ego Collection Volume 1". TwoMorrows Publishing – via Google Books. 
  5. ^ a b c "The History Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: TV, Movies, And Beyond". 
  6. ^ Johnson, Tom; Black, Michael A.; Curry, Lance; Delorme, Debra; French, John L. (30 March 2005). "Tales of Masks & Mayhem". Mystic Toad Press LLC – via Google Books. 
  7. ^ a b "Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD: Empyre (Published August 2000)". Review. NickFuryAgentofShield.com. 

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