Saturday, September 19, 2015

Agent Carter #1

   When Marvel tries to deal with the real-world timeline, the whole continuity thing gets all mushy.

   So you might expect this Agent Carter one-shot (celebrating the 50th Anniversary of SHIELD) to follow the lead of the (excellent) TV show and set this adventure right after the end of World War II.

   Instead, the issue is set in 1966. In the our world, that would be right after Nick Fury first joined the organization, so that works - but then the issue introduces the Asgardian warrior Sif - and we feel continuity wobble.

   In order to keep its characters from being terribly aged, Marvel has (rather unofficially) set its continuity so that the modern-day heroes became active about seven years ago (that being the point when the Fantastic Four first gained their powers). So Captain America was on ice until about seven years ago, Spider-Man was bitten by a radioactive spider at the same time... you get the idea.

   And while we can accept that SHIELD and Peggy and Dum Dum Dugan and Nick Fury have been around since World War II (two of them are ageless), but how can Sif be introduced before Thor first appears?

   Even in the real world, the timeline is wobbly - Sif didn't show up until a bit later.

   Ah well - other than that it's a fun issue, with Sif and Peggy dealing with a mysterious attack - and both showing how capable they are.

   So if you can get past the continuity, it's entertaining - but despite the bigger action scenes, it's not really up to the level of the TV show.

Grade: B+


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