Friday, April 10, 2015

S.H.I.E.L.D. #4

   Based on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show (which I like a lot), the S.H.I.E.L.D. comic book takes a different approach to the idea of an spy organization dedicated to saving lives and stopping threats.

   The TV show is only allowed guest appearances by super-heroes on rare occasions - presumably because of time and budget constraints - but there are no such restrictions on this comic.

   And the creative team makes the most of it, so we see writer Mark Waid bringing in a member of the Fantastic Four (a book he wrote some excellent stories for in the past) to help recover a man who's being held prisoner in the strangest prison yet.

   The interactions between Agent Phil Coulson and Sue Richards, the Invisible Woman, are a real treat - and her powers are put the the test in new and interesting ways.

   Take a smart script and add terrific art by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story and you get a strong story that's also a lot of fun.

   Whether you like the TV show or not, I can't imagine any Marvel Comics fan who wouldn't enjoy this series. It's like a terrific team-up comic every month!

Grade: A-


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