Saturday, January 3, 2015

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

   The idea behind this series seems to be: "We'll tell the kind of stories we wish we could afford to do on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show."

   And there's nothing wrong with that. I like the show a lot - it really picked up momentum after the tie-in last season with the Captain America: Winter Soldier movie, and this season has been even better.

   But the live-action show is limited in how much super-hero action it can include - both because of money and availability of the film stars.

   No such restrictions here, so the creative team cuts loose, throwing in a cosmic menace and an army of Avengers.

   That gives artists Carlos Pacheco, Mariano Taibo and Jason Paz lots of room for action and mayhem.

   But the focus is on Phil Coulson, the agent who uses his encyclopedic knowledge of superheroes to overcome any menace. (Could writer Mark Waid be projecting here?).

   The only problem is that all the superhero action tends to overshadow the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.

   But it's a fun, over-the-top romp that gets the series off to a strong start.

Grade: A-



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