Writer: Mark Waid, Artist: Mattia De Iulis, Letters: Joe Caramagna, Cover: Adam Hughes
Ten years ago, shortly after she received her amazing powers as a result of being exposed to cosmic rays with the rest of those who would become the Fantastic Four, Susan Storm — at the request of Nick Fury — applied her uniquely suitable abilities on a part-time basis to the world of international espionage.
Today, whilst Sue loves her life as a member of the Fantastic Four and has seen almost everything the cosmos has to offer, the fact is her kids are growing up now, Reed is as absorbed by his work as ever, Ben is spending all of his time with his new bride, and Johnny...is Johnny. Sue meanwhile is stuck in a routine of coffee mornings, haircuts, and fashionable handbags.
Something is missing, and Sue feels she could use a change of scenery — a chance to recalibrate and find a new footing. The problem with wishful thinking, however, is that sometimes you get exactly what you ask for!
So when the CIA call Sue in as an advisor after her one-time spy partner is caught behind enemy lines by a hostile foreign power with strict instructions that she absolutely, definitely, must not get directly involved under any circumstances, well, what's a woman with the power to literally go wherever she wants undetected supposed to do?
Whilst "Susan Storm: Super Spy" seems like a natural fit for a character who has invisibility as her primary power, and it seems impossible to imagine how no one (the events of the latest issue of Ta-Nehisi Coate's Captain America series aside) struck on the idea of Sue as a covert operative earlier, her career as a sleuth isn't as simple as just having the right skills for the job.
The main issue Sue faces here is that she has one rule: she will not kill. The problem with that is that she is faced with a mission that is very much predicted to be the "kill-or-be-killed" kind of assignment. Sue then has to come to terms with the possibility that in order to save her friend, she may have to walk down a road much darker than any she has taken before, which has the potential to pose a very challenging conundrum for one of Marvel Comics most moral and virtuous characters.
Throw in a nice little flashback involving the original Nick Fury, an appearance by his son Fury "Junior", as he acts as facilitator for Sue's off-the-books mission, plus a supporting role for the Black Widow who — having abandoned the hero life as of her most recent series, and seemingly once more embracing her passion for wet work — may be intended to occupy the position of a kind of murderous Jiminy Cricket on Sue's shoulder, and what you have here is a genuinely entertaining first issue of what could be a great little mini-series. All helped along by crisp art from Mattia De Iulis, and an amazing cover by Adam Hughes that is sure to become one for the collectors!