Page 45 Review by Jonathan
Cuba. Christ, what a clusterfuck that was.
It was the agency at its most stupid and most arrogant. There were so many hidden agendas that the right hand lost sight of what the left was doing from the get-go. And it cost more guys their lives than... oh, sweet fuck.
But it got me where I wanted to be: right back in the goddamned front line.
Following on from the recent success of the non-continuity Max exploits of the PUNISHER, another trigger-happy Marvel stalwart gets his turn. Yes, everyones favourite monocular Machiavellian maestro, cigar chompin Nicholas Fury, steps forward and centre to recount his exploits in some of historys most horrific hotspots, beginning with Vietnam and then Cuba in this first violence-laden volume.
Devotees of Ennis will know that war history is a true passion of his, with fictionalised versions of true events being plotted to near-perfection in his WAR STORIES and BATTLEFIEDS series. And this work is no exception as Nick covertly inserts himself into two black ops which both end rather disastrously, primarily due to the idiocy and ineptitude of those further up the food chain flying desks and shining seats with their asses. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose eh? As the French colonials are the first to find out in French Indochina, or Vietnam to give it the rather more familiar and colloquially correct nom de guerre.
Nick is on the ground primarily in an observer capacity, just keeping an eye on the creeping red peril as the rising spectre of Communism threatens to become the big challenge to the US burgeoning political global hegemony, all under the auspices of democracy, of course. Except in Furys world observing usually means working out precisely whose head it would be best to put a bullet in next.
I am enjoying this title immensely, I knew I would right from reading the title of the first issue While All The Planets Little Wars Start Joining Hands which is a line lifted from one of my favourite The The tracks, Sweet Bird Of Truth, about a soldier reflecting upon his role in the carnage of war as the aeroplane he is on is about to crash-land, almost certainly fatally, in the Arabian Gulf. Its a song which sums up the younger Furys combat lust to perfection. Live to fight, and dont worry about the when the day comes to face the consequences. Hell learn, and Im looking forward to Garths exploration of Nicks journey from young hothead to becoming a far more wise, and indeed cynical, head on very weary old shoulders indeed.