matkrenz's Secret Avengers #5 - The Secret Life of Max Fury review

Now this is a history lesson i can listen to.

This is the 5th issue of Secret Avengers. 
The Story:The issue starts with Nick Fury in France getting chased by S.H.I.E.L.D and getting caught by Nick and Dum Dum Dugan.In present time we have Steve and Sharon asking Nick why is the person who is working for the Shadow Council looks like him but then Nick Fury suddenly realizes who it is.Nick says that years ago when his brother Jake was working with Zodiac stole an L.M.D and used the Zodiac Key to give him all of real Nick Fury memories.But after Zodiac fell,Jake killed himself and captured the L.M.D he lost his mind since he learned the truth.After he escaped the S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier a lot he went on thinking he's Nick Fury and doing what the real Nick Fury would do.Wich is taking out terrorist plots.After capturing him,real Nick talks to fake Nick and says that they are going to kill him since he is essentially a mistake and watched him burn but it seems he actually die at that time.After Steve and Sharon tell Nick to tell them information if he has any they leave.We cut back 5 years ago and we see somebody sneaking in the S.H.I.E.L.D and getting the fake Nick Fury and decides to name him and he chose Max.In the Shadow Council HQ he shows on a screen all of the Secret Avengers members except Ant-Man.And the person who saved Max Fury is John Steele. 
The Good:We finally learn who this Nick Fury is and it all makes sense in a way.The art in this issue is really good and works very well with the whole spy action and i would like to see more of David Aja,Michael Lark and Stefano Gaudiano and i can't even tell them apart wich is a good thing.I also liked how Brubaker not only set-up a great spy vs spy action for future arcs and how he purposly left out Ant-Man of the members that Max listed. 
The Bad:This issue is entirely set-up for the future and the fight scene's kinda felt forced but it did work in the end. 
The Verdict:This series has been great and this issue was expected to come to give us a lot of backstory but Ed Brubaker is able to to make this entertaining.This issue is a buy.

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Posted by Icemizer

This issue could easily have been run as a back up story to the main one without losing anything. It really reminded me of an old Marvel Two in One. In this Issue Nick Fury & Nick Fury. Stil Brubaker is building a great little universe here. Now if Bendis could only do the same. Thanks for a great reveiw of this book.

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