Comic Book Review: S.H.I.E.L.D. #1


S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 2014001-cov-1aa1e-ffef5After a very successful second half of the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., who doesn’t want more of what these characters have to offer Marvel during the winter hiatus? These are all new characters from the MCU being brought to the comics. Their introduction is something you can really get behind when you have nothing to fear in terms of someone iconic being shorthanded by it.

What is great about S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 is that the plot is straight to the point. We know who Coulson is, we know who his team is. The only thing we have to deal with are the possibility of not seeing Skye(Daisy) or Ward in the book. Well Skye more than Ward, but only time will tell. In general all you need to know is that Agent Phil Coulson’s job is to bring together the heroes he needs from across the Marvel Universe on an as-needed basis to confront, combat and curtail dangers beyond the scope of any conventional peace-keeping force. A concept which works not only because Mark Waid and the MCU cleverly built Coulson up to be the ultimate fanboy, but they also already showed this is possible with the Avengers book out this year. Works a bit better with S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 when the tone is balanced between fun and serious, I mean this should be an exciting experience working with so many who can do what they cannot.

Mark Waid is a good choice for someone who should tackle such a book. He’s not someone who will throw only your favorite heroes in there for the sake of fan service. He put the heroes in there that Coulson would choose, and heroes Coulson would have to think outside the box to use as we saw with the first two he kept as a hidden weapon. Overall it was impressive that he could use as many heroes as he did without anchoring them to the teams they are from.

The artwork definitely lives up to the hype that with S.H.I.E.L.D. this was unlimited budget and unlimited imagination. Everything they couldn’t do in the show because of money restrictions these rotating crew of mission-specific top flight Marvel artists can do here. Carlos Pacheco did a great job not only handling so many varying heroes from panel to panel, but had a way of making everything pop out with intensity, even the way things overlapped over panels. This was high-octane adventure and action from start to finish. Some things were choppy when out of focus, though that was the only issue with the artwork. Aside from that the colors were strong and was necessary in distinguishing the many heroes we see.

Simply S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 is the book to read if you are a fan of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or love the role Coulson has already been playing in the Marvel Universe so far to this point. There’s just no reason to ignore a title like this when Coulson is someone like every one of us who loves superheroes and superhero books. Only difference is that Coulson’s hobby is now his job.

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For the same reason you like the show, you will like this issue. Only difference is more heroes and more action.

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