By Nathan Smith
Every week we'll pick a handful of awesome comics from the thousands available through Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. From creator spotlights to editor's picks and more, this'll be your spot to find something new and cool.
This week we feature the Man in the Mystery Mask, Nick Fury, currently embroiled in "Secret Invasion." From his time in the Army to Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and beyond, here are 5 must-read Nick Fury comics available on Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited.
ULTIMATES ANNUAL #1
Who do you call when the Ultimates aren't around? The Reserves! This annual, brought to you by the creative team of Mark Miller and Steve Dillon, chronicles Nick Fury's attempts at creating a back-up team of super heroes. But in the process Fury may ignite a super-soldier arms race! Does Fury really have the world's best interest in mind? But more importantly, can you trust him?
SGT. FURY & HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS #1
Before he was the director—or even an agent—of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury commanded a rag-tag group of soldiers in WWII dubbed The Howling Commandos. After the Nazis capture the leader of the French Underground Resistance, it's up to Fury and his Howlers to rescue him, or all the plans of D-Day could be revealed to the Germans! Touting the first appearance of a young, brown-haired Fury, this comic brings the war-time action that only Stan Lee and Jack Kirby can deliver.
SECRET WAR #5
One year ago today, a secret war took place involving an unlikely group of heroes, a Latverian ambassador and nearly all of the world's tech-based super villains. Now it's all coming back to bite Nick Fury in the butt. Brian Michael Bendis and artist Gabriele Dell'Otto stage the conclusion of their five part mega-event. Take extra care in reading this bad boy, as it spins directly into and sets up the stage for the NEW AVENGERS and "Secret Invasion"!
SGT. FURY & HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS #13
When the Star-Spangled Soldiers, Captain America and Bucky, discover a secret Nazi operation deep in the heart of Axis territory, they summon the toughest group of vets imaginable: Sgt. Fury & His Howling Commandos! Stan "The Man" Lee and Jack Kirby bring you this action-packed comic recounting the first meeting between Captain America and Nick Fury.
FURY: PEACEMAKER #1
Looking back into Nick Fury's past, Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson present this 6-part mini-series detailing Fury's time in the army—even before he ran with the Howlers in WWII. In Kasserine Pass, Nick fights for his and his soldiers' lives while squaring off against the infamous 21st Panzer Division, led by the imposing General Stephen Barkhorn. How will Fury and his untested troops fare against the battle-hardened war veterans of the Tunisian desert?