- Take my advice and make yourself some of the new life model decoys. About a dozen to start. Start using them. Send them in when you feel that itch on the back of your neck. It's not cheating and it's not cowardly. It's smart thinking.
- -- Nick Fury
Appearing in 1st story
- Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine (Death) (Revealed as Skrull)
- Spider-Woman ("Jessica Drew")
- Dard'van (Behind the scenes)
- Thing (Ben Grimm) (Only in flashback)
- Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett) (Only in flashback)
- Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards) (Only in flashback)
- Daisy Johnson (Only in flashback)
- Daredevil (Matt Murdock) (Only in flashback)
- Captain America (Steve Rogers) (Only in flashback)
- Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) (Only in flashback)
- S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier (Main story and flashback)
Synopsis for 1st story
The issue begins with a flashback to when Latveria launched a counter-attack in response to the covert mission in Latveria by a Nick Fury led team that included Wolverine, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Black Widow and Luke Cage. We see an LMD of Nick Fury telling the heroes that he is done with politics. That they will never see or hear from him again. That one day they will look around and see the world like he has to and that they will know that Nick did the right thing.
We cut to one month later with Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine meets up with Nick Fury in his foreign hideout. Nick has a bald head as his disguise. De Fontaine says that they have earned this right to live out their lives together happily ever after. The two proceed to kiss and have sex.
We cut to the next day with de Fontaine slipping out of bed and telling Nick that she will go get them something to eat. We see Nick slip on his cloaking watch that turns him invisible. Nick then follows de Fontaine. Nick sees de Fontaine meeting with a couple of men. She tells the men that she will have Nick’s confidence in a week or so. Then she will get Nick’s pass codes to his private SHIELD files and then kill him. De Fontaine tells the men to tell the Queen that she is in place.
We shift to de Fontaine returning back to Nick’s apartment. Nick is waiting there with his gun pointed at her. Nick asks Defontaine who she really is. De Fontaine says that Nick is acting crazy. Nick then blasts a cap in Defontaine’s head. De Fontaine’s corpse then morphs back to its original form: a Skrull. Nick is stunned.
We see Nick in invisible form spying on his own apartment. The men that the Defontaine Skrull met with are at the apartment gathering her body. They are talking in whatever language Skrulls speak. Skrullish?
We cut to two weeks later at the SHIELD Helicarrier. We see Mariah Hill sleeping in her quarters. Suddenly, she wakes up and is surprised to see Nick Fury sitting in her quarters. Nick tells Maria that she is not safe. Nick tells Maria to start employing the use of several LMD’s. That Maria should use them whenever she has a bad feeling in her gut.
Nick then tells Maria that he will be watching her. That if he ever gets the feeling that Maria is not what she is supposed to be then he will come for her while she is sleeping and she will never wake up. Nick then says that “they” are right in front of her. That “they” are right under her nose. Nick then makes a sudden and swift departure from the Helicarrier before the SHIELD agents to apprehend Nick.
We shift to two months later with Nick meeting with Spider-Woman. Jessica tells Nick that he set her up as a double agent reporting to both SHIELD and Hydra and then he screwed her over in his stupid secret war.
Nick tells Spider-Woman to go back to SHIELD and grovel for a reinstatement. That SHIELD will take her back. Nick says that he needs her eyes in SHIELD. Nick asks Spider-Woman if she knows what a Skrull is. Nick tells her that Skrulls have infiltrated Earth. That they might be in SHIELD. Spider-Woman agrees to spy for Nick. Nick then tells Spider-Woman that he is going to work on figuring all of this out. That Nick is going to put all the pieces together.
We cut to Nick Fury standing in front of a wall full of photographs of various superheroes. Some have red circles around their pictures, some have blue circles around their pictures and others have no circles at all. End of issue.
- The Cover is a homage to Avengers #4.
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