- Audience-Alienating Premise: The almost cartoonishly over-the-top violence and vulgarity of the series (especially Fury strangling Gagarin with the latter's own intestines) infamously prompted George Clooney into dropping out of talks regarding playing Fury in a Marvel production, allowing Samuel L. Jackson to take over. Stan Lee was also unnerved by the comic's content, being quoted as saying, "I don't know why they're doing that. I don't think that I would do those kinds of stories."
- Complete Monster: Colonel Rudi Gagarin is a former Russian Special Forces officer and trainer who has known, and fought with, Nick Fury for several decades. Desiring nothing but war, which he absolutely loves, Gagarin manipulates General Makawao of Napoleon Island into starting a war with the United States, through such actions as renaming the island "The Peoples Republic of Napoleon Island". Later on, Makawao agrees to go on TV and admit the whole scheme in exchange for Fury and his 3 S.H.I.E.L.D. agents finding his daughters; Gagarin shoots and kills Makawao live on TV before he can admit anything. The US does indeed launch airstrikes against Napoleon Island, resulting in the deaths of nearly 1,000 people, about twice as many injuries, and the devastation of the island. In addition, while Fury himself is also a Blood Knight, there is a major difference between him and Gagarin: Fury is A Father to His Men and hates that the 3 agents got killed. Gagarin, on the other hand, when one of the Napoleon Island soldiers fails him, has Fuckface, who had been hideously deformed—including losing an eye—from a shark accident, rape him and snap his neck, threatening that this will be the fate of any others who let him down.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Part of the premise is Fury lamenting being out of wars to fight after the Cold War, tired of being loaned out to other agencies to help in busts, and wanting to fight in a war again. While written beforehand, the series was released after 9/11.
YMMV / Fury (MAX)