Battle Scars #4 Review


Marcus continues to fight for his life and a major reveal occurs at the end. SPOILERS AHEAD. Today I will be reviewing Battle Scars #4. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Battle Scars #4

So let’s talk about the book. The Serpent Society attacks and Marcus Johnson is outnumbered and overwhelmed in seconds. If not for the timely intervention of Deadpool, Marcus would be dead. Instead, he uses the distraction to drag Taskmaster to the elevator and escape. As SHIELD arrives at the scene and orders everyone to surrender, Marcus flees in the elevator. Inside, he tortures Taskmaster until he reveals a name. Before Marcus can react, they are attacked by a man in a costume with a scorpion on it. The man easily manhandles Marcus and tells him to stop pursuing this. Then Marcus blacks out. When he comes to, he decides to continue his quest for answers. He decides to track the masked man and follows him to his base. Catching him by surprise, Marcus manages to grapple the man and take off his mask revealing none other than Nick Fury. Fury also informs Marcus that his name is Fury as well. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. OK, the big reveal has occurred, and to be brutally honest, I’m not that excited about it.  Like I said before, I’m not a big SHIELD or Captain America fan so this reveal really doesn’t do anything for me. Also, in all honesty, who cares if Fury has another son? He’s been around long enough and has slept with enough women to justify having a child or two. How will this revelation “change” the Marvel Universe for years to come, as the hype behind this mini claimed? It’s just another random guy. I understand why the bad guys want him now at least. With the infinity formula running in his veins from his almost immortal dad, he would become a hot commodity for anyone who wants to extend their life span for a long time. Also, he makes an excellent bargaining piece in any negotiations with Fury. Still, I would have liked it if he was a super hero’s kid and not a war hero’s. Other than the reveal, the story was pretty solid with one possible exception. How the hell does Nick Fury let ANYONE sneak up on him. 70 years in the business and now suddenly a kid gets the drop on him. Seriously unbelievable. Other than that, this issue had some awesome action and humor. Deadpool was on point this issue and really added comedy to a pretty one tone story. He also provided all of the action this issue which was pretty cool. I love the way he took apart the Society. Now this is how Deadpool is supposed to be written. Uncanny X-Force writer Rick Remender needs to take notes from this issue. The art this issue was spot on once again. Clean and clear with nothing to guess at. The fight scenes were nicely laid out and really cool to see. I also liked the bad guy but I want to know who he is. Still have no clue. In any case, this issue was pretty cool and it definitely moved the series along. Let’s see if there are any more deeper reveals next issue as we will probably finally get Marcus’ origin. Only two issues left. Let’s hope they’re mind blowing. Otherwise, the mini was not worth the hype. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.


Pros Cons
more revelations. great art. nice action. good plot movement the revelation really wasn’t a major shocker

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  1. Doctor Deadpool says:

    It’s been a swell ride so far, sports fans, but I’ll be honest: I only started reading this book because Deadpool was in it. Taskmaster was icing on the cake. I was not dissapointed.

    Honestly, I like Marcus. I like the whole (relatively) “normal soldier getting tossed into a situation that’s way above his pay grade” thing. The fact that he’s ol’ Nicky’s son doesn’t add to or take away from the story for me.

  2. Doctor Deadpool says:

    PS- Looking forward to your review of Deadpool #50. I’ll be watching . . .

  3. Kindagood12 says:

    I believe the main protagonist is the same character who led Leviathon in Secret Warriors who Fury helped bring down at the end of the series. He drained his life force but it was said he had a “thousand lives” and it would take time for him to die.

  4. smurfshroom says:

    Is that really Nick Fury? He said his name was “Fury”; he never said “Nick”. Why would Nick be wearing the Zodiac costume? Has Jake Fury been resurrected (wasn’t he still dead in Secret Warriors; I know Hickman retconned him into be an undercover good guy)? Or is this another LMD created by the Zodiac Key? S.H.I.E.L.D. stuff makes my head hurt sometimes.

    • Victor Kutsenok says:

      Thanks for the comments guys. See that’s where all of my problems come too. I have very limited SHIELD knowledge and I glanced at Secret Warriors briefly so I have no clue as to who or what anyone is. I don’t know who Jake is or what the Zodiac Key is. Which is my one issue with this title. We were promised a universe changing character that was born as a result of Fear Itself. Instead, we get a spy with no history and some connection to Fury. (Not necessarily Nick) I’m completely lost. For now, I’m just enjoying this title for the action and awesome Deadpoo1/Taskmaster commentary. Hopefully, we’ll get a payoff in the end. I have a feeling Marvel will be cramming Marcus Johnson down our throat for the next year anyway so I take it in stride.


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