Friday, August 6, 2010

S.H.I.E.L.D. #3

I have to say that I'm really enjoying this series, but I'm not altogether sure what to make of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The story is fun to sort through, as it takes famous scientists and pivotal figures from history and turns them into - well, superheroes (only without the longjohns).

The series, written by Jonathan Hickman, is telling the secret history behind the organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D., which is one part super-science and one part super-sized conspiracy theory.

This issue centers around Isaac Newton (whose name was misspelled on the alternate cover to this comic - come on, people!) and his thirst for knowledge, which leads him to the brink of the ultimate secret.

We also see how Galactus was stopped in 1582... but to say more would be telling.

Complementing the story is some fantastic art by Dustin Weaver with colors by Christina Strain and Justin Ponsor. The detail is really impressive, the characters are distinct and original, and the splash pages are stunning.

I assume the book is on a bi-monthly schedule because it takes that long to create the art - but it's certainly worth the wait.

For anyone who's up to the challenge, this promises to be a rewarding series as it explores some of the hidden corners of the Marvel Universe.

It's quite a balancing act between the historic and the fantastic, and it should be fun to see if Hickman and Weaver can keep it going.

Grade: A-

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