Ennis Returns to FURY MAX for 'Cold War Greatest Hits'
In the years since, the character of Nick Fury has seen a major reinterpretation — first in the Ultimate line of comics, with a version clearly visually based on Samuel L. Jackson, then in the Marvel Studios productions, where the role is actually played by Samuel L. Jackson. Just last week, Battle Scars #6 established a new Nick Fury in the classic Marvel Universe, one that not coincidently strongly resembles Samuel L. Jackson.
But it's the original Nick Fury that Ennis is returning to for the Fury MAX series that debuts this week. And, as he told Newsarama in the following email interview, he's still not backing away from the "mature readers" aspect of the MAX line, as he and artist Goran Parlov take Fury on a tour of post-World War II hotspots.
Newsarama: Garth, the original Fury MAX series has achieved something of a legendary status in the year since its release. How do you personally view the series, looking back?
Nrama: Between the original and Peacemaker, this is your third Nick Fury series. What motivated you to return to the character? What aspects of Fury are you looking to explore in the new series?
Ennis: I'd been kicking the idea around for some time, probably around about when I was finishing up my run on Punisher a few years back. Then, at the start of last year, both Joe and Axel Alonso were promoted to their current positions and Nick Lowe got a bump up too. It's always nice when your friends do well, so I took it as a sign: time to get stuck into that Fury thing I'd been thinking about.
This is very much the Nick Fury I wrote in Punisher, in particular the very last six-parter: angry, bitter, old, still lethal. This is the story of how he got that way.
Nrama: It looks like Fury MAX weaves through several different eras of post-WWII history. How long of a timeline does the series cover? And how did you devise the places (1950s French Indochina, 1960s Cuba) to take Nick Fury?
Nrama: You're reteaming with Goran Parlov for this book. What makes his artistic strengths well-suited for this story?
Ennis: There is simply no praise too high for Goran Parlov. He's one of the very best artists I've ever worked with. His storytelling is bang-on, he has a fantastic sense of location and setting, he draws great hardware, tough guys and beautiful women — his character work just can't be faulted — and he's not averse to doing his research to get everything just right. His Nick Fury is just as good as his Frank Castle, and in my opinion, no one draws a better Punisher than Goran.
Nrama: The original Fury MAX series is somewhat infamous for its extreme content, though Peacemaker, as part of Marvel Knights, was more conservative in that regard. Can we presume that the new series similarly earns its "explicit content" advisory?
Ennis: Exactly the kind of thing I never think about, I always just bash ahead and tell the story. My starting point for Nick Fury was the warrior/politician figure from Miller and Sienkiewicz's superb Elektra: Assassin. I ran with that and made him more grizzled, more pissed off. I haven't seen the film version and I've never cared much for the previous comic incarnations, so none of that means very much to me, really.Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!