Ares and Nick Fury on the cover of Dark Avengers vol. 1 #9 by Mike Deodato Jr. November 2009.
Nick Fury by Jim Steranko.
Founder’s Hospital. Next Morning. Nick Fury and Tony Stark, in Iron Man vol. 3 #67 by Robin Laws and Michael Ryan. June 2003.
Nick Fury: In care you’re unaware, we have a situation.
Wolverine: Screw your situation.
Nick Fury: Tell that to the four hundred dead soldiers in Okinawa
- From Wolverine: Debt of Death vol. 1 #1 by David Lapham and David Aja. November 2011.
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Elektra, Daredevil, Nick Fury, ?, Daken and Wolverine, Carol Danvers as Ms Marvel with Namor.
Cover of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Jim Steranko. December 1968.
Doctor: Got yourself pretty banged up there, Mr. Barton… shattered pelvis… three broken ribs… sprained your neck, cracked your fibia… left clavicle, right ulna… and your spleen nearly ruptured.
Clint: Pssh. Thought you said I was hurt, doc… Paleolithic. I looked it up.
Clint: Feels like I got hit by a truck.
Maria Hill: Shot in the chest point blank. Vest or not, that’s gonna bruise.
Nick Fury: Cracked a few ribs. Bruised your liver.
Kate: You hit your head pretty hard, too.
Clint: But we won, right? Everything turned out okay?
A lot of the fun of Hawkeye is that it is a series told in short stories—one or two issues at a time, and you get a complete beginning-middle-end. However, that doesn’t mean that the different parts aren’t connected, even though they can stand on their own. Because issue five is the end of the first implied arc, this seems like as good a time as any to see what’s been building over the first few months of this book.
So here we have the first scene of the first issue, and the last scene of issue five. Clint’s been getting banged up since the book began—and long before that; his love affair with leg casts is well-documented—but that isn’t just to prove how human he is, how vulnerable. Really, all of Clint’s injuries, from the bandage across his nose in issue one to his bloody footprints in issue five, are showing us how far he is willing to go. He jumps off a building in issue one to make a shot—and we don’t even know what that shot was for. That’s not important. What is important is that Clint was willing to risk spraining his neck and breaking his leg to make it.
By issue five we’ve learned some things—there’s definitely a reason that the first hospital scene is Clint alone with an anonymous doctor, and the second is Clint aboard the hellicarrier surrounded by people who know him. We know the precise stakes of his injuries in the second scene—he was protecting other people, namely Kate and the unnamed Navy Seals.
There’s also a sense that Clint fumbles into his injuries, that perhaps he doesn’t have to get this beat up this often, but he does it anyway because he can’t do anything by halves. To come back to issue one’s refrain of “it’s not like I have superpowers,” these moments of vulnerability, of almost gleeful humanity, underscore that point and at the same time dismiss it. Yes, Clint doesn’t have superpowers. But he can get the hell beaten out of him on an almost daily basis and keep going, keep protecting who he needs to protect and doing what he needs to do.
From Hawkeye Volume 4 #01 (Matt Fraction & David Aja) and #05 (Matt Fraction & Javier Pulido) 2012
Clint: I dunno, I wanted to help. Just seemed like the right thing to do.
Kate: You’re okay, Barton. Anybody ever tell you that?
— From Hawkeye vol. 4 #5 by Matt Fraction, art by Javier Pulido. February 2013.
Clint Barton’s life choices, entirely summed up in two panels.
Nick Fury: Yeah, the hound jumped up against the door.. Slammin’ it closed! But I’d jammed the trick spike that opened the panel to the caverns below. It only took a second ta grab the girl an’ bolt the tower door… Lockin’ the hound inside… Forever! Then, we came back here to the castle.
I an’t no Sherlock Holmes, but I had it figured pretty close. So did Ken Astor. He’d discovered a fantastic plot behind the hell-hound murders. He wired me ‘cause… well, let’s say I have a special interest in these things.
I can’t say if there really are spooks, but that little scuffle tonight convinced me that was no ghost i was fightin’. Nope! It wasn’t Black Hugh, but Sir Gavin Ravenlock. Sorry, Rampson.
- From Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #3 by Jim Steranko. July 1968.
From the Hank Pym Photo Archives- Tony Stark’s Hamptons Hideaway
I love it that the X-Men are there! And that Tony Stark is covering his eye. And, well, what can I say about a shirtless Nick Fury?
Is that really the Beast? Looks more like Wolverine to me.
March 2013 Marvel comics: Ultron, Misty Knight, Ultimate Spider-Man, Winter Soldier, Sif, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Nova. Various artists.