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Appearing in "The Delta Equation"

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Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #1.

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Synopsis for "The Delta Equation"

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Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #1.

After an act of sabotage brings down the SHIELD Helicarrier, Fury's team risks their lives to extract the machine's powerful energy core only to have it stolen from them in a raid by Hydra agents attacking from a massive AIM ship leaving Agent Quartermain and several others in critical condition. Fury has enough to worry about when one of his deepest cover agents, Rollins, calls him in to his post at Roxxon Chemical with dire news about a mysterious Project Delta, a name that reminds Fury of a proposed SHIELD retraining program that didn't get off the ground. Rollins leads Fury to Roxxon's mainframe where their Delta turns out to be a collection of highly classified data on SHIELD operatives and technology. If that wasn't disturbing enough, they spot from the shadows a group of hooded figures carrying the stolen power core.

News breaks at SHIELD Headquarters the next day of Quartermain's passing. Nick can barely process it on top of what he's learned at Roxxon. He reports everything to SHIELD's shadowy supervising council and demands immediate authorization to raid Roxxon for the core and the sensitive data, but they suspiciously give him the runaround, secretly plotting to stop him. Rollins is soon caught at Roxxon by Agent Woo, and when Fury is called back to the council, they have Rollins there refuting his earlier report. Realizing just how deep the conspiracy to undermine SHIELD from within has gone, Fury makes a break for it. The council orders all agents to stop him, but Nick's closest friends, having no idea what's happening, are naturally reluctant. Dum Dum stops Rollins from shooting Nick, giving him his chance to escape.

Appearing in "Into the Depths"

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Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #2.

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Synopsis for "Into the Depths"

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Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #2.

Following his escape from SHIELD, Nick Fury has literally gone underground in disguise as a homeless man in the tunnels below Grand Central Station. He has a secret safehouse behind the tunnel walls with supplies and arms, but nothing else and nowhere else to go now that he's a fugitive. Even checking out his apartment from a distance turns out to be a mistake, as one of the numerous undercover agents watching the place spots him heading down into the sewers and follows him to ambush. The agent reveals herself to Fury as a SHIELD agent, but Nick is dubious since he doesn't recognize her at all. She gives him a hard fight; he finds that he can't quite knock her out, so he's eventually forced to kill her, though he finds something surprising about the body.

Back at SHIELD HQ, Fury's closest associates are being individually interrogated by the council to determine their level of loyalty to the director. Dum Dum Dugan and Gabe Jones both unambiguously side with Nick. The Contessa finds she can't quite decide between her dedication to being a good agent or to the man she loves. Jasper Sitwell reasons that Fury would expect him to be a good agent and follow orders. Shortly afterwards, the council appoints Sitwell as the new director of SHIELD.

The next day, Sitwell announces his new role on a podium flanked by stormtroopers and Agents Woo and Rollins, and his uncharacteristically demagogical rhetoric leaves Dugan and Jones feeling especially uncomfortable. Over the next few days, Rollins goes to various superhero teams friendly with Nick Fury to make it clear they won't be permitted to help him. Fury recovers from his fight in the tunnels in the company of other homeless people until Jimmy Woo and several SHIELD agents catch up and start slaughtering them to eliminate witnesses. Fury gets away, but now has the guilt of several innocent lives to add to his misery on top of learning that the council got to Jimmy too. Realizing he needs help, he chooses the Contessa to trust and sends her a covert message to meet the next day at their spot on the East River waterfront. It proves to be the wrong choice, as Val thinks the best way to clear Nick is to bring him in and give him a chance to explain. Several SHIELD agents appear at the meeting place trying to kill Fury, much to Val's horror.

While the council moves forward in their plans, they interview another new pawn in his knowledge of Nick's methodology while his mind is still in a morpheus state so that he won't remember the conversation. It's Clay Quartermain, apparently alive and well while the rest of the agency mourns at his funeral.

Appearing in "Uneasy Allies"

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Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #3.

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Synopsis for "Uneasy Allies"

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Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #3.

Having escaped his assassination attempt, Nick Fury starts looking for new allies in his fight against SHIELD, though after Val's betrayal he's more and more reluctant to trust anyone. He finds and coerces into service Alexander Pierce, a low priority sleeper agent who has grown meek and out of shape in his years of cover. He's not much of a soldier at first, but Fury believes he can whip him into shape as they spend the next few weeks raiding obscure SHIELD facilities. During one such raid, Rollins' squad catches up with him and a firefight breaks out. Rollins had been transporting another asset that was ordered to wait behind out of sight, but being unaware of his own situation, Quartermain followed into the battle, shocking Fury that he was apparently alive. After getting away from that, Fury arranges a secret meeting with Tony Stark to try to get him on his side. Stark doesn't trust Fury much after their contentious history, but Fury alludes that it wasn't really him those times. Tony leaves without giving much heed to Fury's aspersions, but when he gets back to his office he's surprised to be met by another Nick Fury that implores him with suspiciously fewer specifics. Realizing what's going on, Stark does his best not to let on that it's the second time he's seen Nick Fury that night and rejects him, leading the LMD to storm out, but not before scanning Tony to get preliminary data for Delta.

At SHIELD Headquarters, ESP division's John Allen is worried about the (falsified) order from Fury to keep the ESPers mind-scanning at full capacity at the expense of their health. He disobeys part of the directive against viewing the scans and is alarmed that as much as 28% of agents show flat scans. He goes to Director Sitwell with these concerns and is blown off with a claim that those agents had to have their minds blocked from scans as part of an internal investigation. It's not a very convincing argument, but it doesn't matter much as Sitwell plans to have Allen eliminated right away. Fortunately for Allen, CIA liasion Al MacKenzie had been there with his own agency's concerns about SHIELD's recent follies and couldn't help noticing Allen was getting in over his head. MacKenzie follows Allen until SHIELD's hitmen make their move and then helps him get away.

Allen and MacKenzie think they're laying low while planning how to launch their own counter-offensive against SHIELD, but their enemies keep tabs on them until they're ready to use them as part of their schemes then move in to capture them. Fury and Pierce attack the facility where they're being held to get them out as well as capturing Eric Koenig for additional information, all while the Council watches things go according to their plan. During the attack, Fury catches a glimpse of Jimmy Woo and notes that he's prematurely aging over the last few weeks. Fury gets Allen and MacKenzie back to his hideout and starts interrogating the captive Koenig. Tony Stark shows up, now on board with Fury's quest, bringing along an LMD detector to sort out who in the room is real. The detector's results turns up negative, but it seems to have a flaw, as "Koenig" immediately starts to fume and his flesh melts away, revealing he's an advanced type of LMD that Stark isn't prepared for. The LMD delivers Fury the message to go to Hong Kong for answers before fully self-destructing.

Meanwhile, the aging Woo makes a deal with Madame Hydra to hand over the power core as part of the next step in their plan.

Appearing in "The Eastern Connection"

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Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #4.

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Synopsis for "The Eastern Connection"

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Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #4.

At SHIELD Headquearters, Sitwell and an aging Rollins meet the fifth generation of Jimmy Woo. Rollins doesn't like the less lifelike appearance and the loss of the fourth's memories, which Sitwell suggests serves as a reminder of their mortality, a nemesis that only the Infinity Formula in Nick Fury's blood can defeat for them. Dugan, Jones, and Fontaine meet to plan an infiltration of Roxxon to get to the bottom of the Council's shady activities. Val has another problem as she's been assigned to Delta, and they're now aware that that's the center of a lot of the suspicious problems at SHIELD. Gabe and Dum Dum are worried, but Val believes she can take care of herself, and if she can find answers at Delta, that's where she needs to go.

Fury, Pierce, MacKenzie, and Allen airdrop into Hong Kong from a Quinjet borrowed from Stark. They meet up with Pail, an old war buddy of Fury's, and Pail's son, Weng, a Sumo wrestler. Together they make plans to find and infiltrate Hydra, where they know the power core ended up. Fury is wary of Weng despite Pail's insistence that he can be trusted. As it turns out, Weng has a weakness as he believes Madame Hydra is his lover. As soon as Weng meets with her secretly and reveals that Fury has arrived, she betrays him and Hydra puts an implant in his brain to turn him into their sleeper agent.

Somewhere high above the Earth, the masterminds behind SHIELD and Delta enjoy the culmination of their plans and the imminent Ascension Call. The man at the center of the Council manipulates Madame Hydra in the guise of Supreme Hydra while making his own appearance similar to that of Baron Strucker, one of the "progenitors". His lover has fun with their variable forms as well by taking an appearance that's a mixture of Val, Gail Runciter, and Laura Brown, the women in Fury's life. While at Roxxon's Delta encoding room, the Encoder prepares Kate Neville as a new Deltite, but she's more resistant than the earlier recruits. However, when the Deltite Laura Brown comes in to deliver a report on the progress of their plans, the news of Fury's movements does lead Neville to believe Fury is the traitor behind everything.

Back in Hong Kong, Weng plays his role to lead Fury and his allies to Hydra's base, but just before they arrive, Hydra activates Weng's implant to make him attack. Before Fury can do anything, Weng kills Allen and his own father, Pail. Pierce goes berserk and charges into Hydra's base, spoiling Fury's plan for a covert attack, but they do the best with what they have left. The Council picks that moment to prematurely activate Hydra's rocket launch, betraying Hydra, who believed they had time to evacuate the launch site. The fanatic Madame Hydra does her best to complete her directive to get Fury onto the rocket in the three minutes to launch, but in the last minute Nick jumps from the launch pad with her in hand and is saved because Pierce is ther to catch them. Hydra's rocket blasts off from underground, killing three thousand people among Hydra's agents and the unfortunate Hong Kong civillians living above, but it's all for nothing as Fury isn't with it. However, the monitors at Delta aren't concerned as Madame Hydra knows the alternative plan.

Appearing in "The Ascension Call"

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Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #5.

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Synopsis for "The Ascension Call"

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Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #5.

Industry leaders from around the world are invited to Roxxon for a business deal that turns out to be a trap to claim them all for Delta, thus allowing Delta to control the world economy.

Having escaped the rocket launch in Hong Kong with Madame Hydra's directions, Fury, Pierce, and MacKenzie continue to follow her into the Himalayas on a promise that it will lead them to a way to get the power core. Fury has also figured out by now that Delta wants to trap him to use the Infinity Formula in his body to counter their impostors' premature aging, but he knows he has little choice but to play along with their game until the end.

At SHIELD Central, the Deltite SHIELD commanders monitor the training of the Deltite Quartermain. He's still unaware of his resurrected nature, but has an unexpected level of recall of his death and encoding, leading Sitwell, Woo, and Rollins to wonder if even the Council is aware of what they created with him. Otherwise, they're envious of his level of humanity, something the other Deltites gradually lose after repeated generations. On the one hand, the fifth generation Woo is impassive, having lost many of his original memories and emotions, while the aging first generation Rollins rages and despairs that the salvation from Fury's blood won't come soon enough to spare him a similar fate.

At Roxxon, Fury's friends do their best to get to the answers with what they have, as Val enters the womb of Delta as per her assignment hoping to investigate it under cover, while Gabe and Dum Dum explore the perimiter for a more direct way in. However they don't escape the Encoders' watch and Gabe and Dum Dum are left fighting to stay alive against their own organization's security systems. Inside, Val isn't able to do much but spectate Delta's unstoppable plan. She meets Neville, who's distressed by the sensation of her mind being in two places at once while her replacement is encoded with her identity.

On SHIELD's space station, the General Director starts the Ascension Call, sending spacefaring orbs down to every SHIELD location to pick up the elite Deltites. While that's happening, the Director confers with personality tapes representing his progenitors, the several psyches he had been encoded with, including several high-ranking SHIELD agents as well as Baron Strucker. Despite the cacophony of their clashing opinions, he credits their perspectives on leading them all to the near completion of the grand plan, though his lover worries that he may be losing perspective after all.

In the Himalayas, Fury's group is taken in at the secret Delta base with AIM's massive airship. Madame Hydra is as bewildered as anyone else, wondering why the Supreme Hydra is not there to give her her reward. Instead, all they find is the hooded Encoders, treating Delta as a cult and worshipping Fury as their savior. The Encoders prepare them to join the transport to SHIELD's space station as the Ascension Call nears completion. Once all the elite Deltites and the candidates are space bound, the soulless Encoders are left to be "excommunicated" by self-destruct, though in their devotion they blissfully welcome their ultimate fates.

Appearing in "Light of Truth"

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Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #6.

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Synopsis for "Light of Truth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #6.

With Nick Fury captured on board SHIELD's space station, the Deltites proceed to extract the Infinity Formula and arrange an encoding process to transfer it to themselves. The plan was to apply it first to their most advanced Deltite, Quartermain, but the Deltite creator alarms his followers by deciding to experience it himself. The ultimate encoding begins, a process that brings agony to both Fury and the Deltite as the essence is drained from the former to the latter. The Deltite suddenly demands the process halted, having experienced a revelation through the first living encoding putting him in touch with what he believes is true humanity. He has Fury released and takes him aside for a private conversation in which he reveals his origins as a simple laborer LMD that somehow followed a sense of curiosity and ambition that led him to the LMD lab where he took the place of its technician and began experimenting with combining several different personality tapes into his own while also seeking to develop a new, advanced type of organic LMD that would rapidly age to take the place of the person it replaces and gradually impose order on the world through these replacements. The part of the story that shakes Nick to the core is the revelation that it was the Deltite's own machinations in search of a stabilizing agent for his creations that saw Fury recruited as SHIELD's Director years ago. Fury eventually hears enough and tries to fight the Deltite, but soon encounters the encoding's effect of continued draining of his essence into his opponent.

Meanwhile, the captive human SHIELD agents, Madame Hydra, and other Delta candidates stage a rebellion against the Encoders spearheaded by Pierce. Quartermain can't accept his artificial nature and begins to wander the station until he finds the location of the power core. Sitwell, Rollins, and Woo attempt to reason with him, arguing that being a Deltite is better and they're as good as the real thing, but Quartermain can see how deluded they are. In a desperate move, Quartermain releases the core, causing a massive surge of radiation that begins to consume the station. The survivors eventually converge on the creator Deltite's chambers, where the Deltite muses that for all his plans as a soulless machine, human nature couldn't be conquered. He turns towards the escape pods with the plan to start anew now that he has the Infinity Formula to make him immortal, however his lover and closest confidant, who has witnessed his departure from the original plan with the most concern, declares that his creations can no longer accept him as their god and orders him excomminicated. The remaining Encoders surround the creator Deltite and vaporize him, then accepting that the reason for their existence has failed, stand aside so that their captives can use the escape pods to flee and allow themselves to be consumed by the power core's energy field. Fury lingers behind to try and convince the Deltite Quartermain, Sitwell, Rollins, and Woo to come with him to redeem themselves, but they have now all accepted that they're mere shadows of men that died and want to close the loop on themselves. With no one left to save, Fury heads for the last escape pod just before the station is annihilated, and all the remaining Deltites along with it. Outside, the pods are picked up by a ship piloted by Dum Dum and Gabe, who followed the other pods' trajectory after the Ascension Call.

Later, Fury and his remaining operatives organize the complete dissolution of SHIELD in light of the corruption it had fostered for so long.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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