Monday, January 3, 2011

S.H.I.E.L.D. #5

This series continues to impress as it plays around with big concepts and historic figures.

For those who came in late, the S.H.I.E.L.D. in this comic may (or may not) be connected to the super-spy agency now being led by Steve Rogers.

But the comic offers up a history of this organization (apparently) dedicated to protecting the Earth from cosmic menaces. It was started in ancient Egypt and continues into modern times with some famous names attached - and some links to Marvel's history as well.

This issue focuses on Howard Stark and Franklin Richards - the fathers of Tony and Reed, respectively. They're being sent on a mission that takes them away from their families - and apparently sends them far into the future.

The comic also focuses on growing tensions in the ranks between the followers of Leonardo da Vinci and Sir Isaac Newton - both are still alive in the late 1950s, thanks to some scientific miracles.

But what are their plans, and what is the Star Child? And how does the mysterious Leonid fit into the picture, and who is his father?

Those are some of the mysteries unfolding here, and it's a lot of fun to follow along.

Writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Dustin Weaver are doing amazing work here, and I can't wait to see what happens next!

This series isn't for the casual comics fan - it will challenge you, surprise you and make you think. I really have no idea where this series goes from here - and I love it!

Grade: A


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