Rolling Stone magazine names 'Fury' cool comic of 2002

Mon, March 25th, 2002 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

Official Press Release

The gang in the Bullpen has always known that Nick Fury, the cigar-chompin',

butt-kickin' freedom fighter, was cool... and Rolling Stone has made it

official! In their April 11th issue, the mega-popolar music magazine

selected FURY -- to be released on May 1st as a trade paperback (with an order cut

off date of April 11th) -- as their "Cool Comic" of 2002. Following articles

in Vibe and The New York Times Book Review, this feature marks the third

time in two weeks that a major media source has spotlighted a Marvel title.

Showing both a cover by Bill Sienkiewicz and a full-color interior shot by

Darick Robertson, the half-page article celebrates the title's intentionally

over-the-top violence, explaining that Marvel's MAX Comics line has adopted

a parental-advisory system after it "dumped the Comics Code, which has

regulated the industry since the 1950s." Describing Fury as "more Ol' Dirty

Bastard than he is Captain America," journalist John Weir salutes the deeper

political statements that writer Garth Ennis injected into the series,

remarking that the former secret agent "lives in a superhero's nightmare

world where good has sunk money into evil, and the banks and corporations

that replaced Cold War dictatorships are worse than any CIA-backed military

juntas could ever be."

And for those of you keeping score, the last two media features focused on

CAGE and X-FORCE -- which both, like FURY -- were produced in the editorial

office of Axel Alonso. Which has to make you wonder: maybe Marvel's 2001

draft choice knows a thing or two about cool comics!

'Nuff Said!

Bill Rosemann

Marketing Communications Manager

Marvel Comics

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