Tuesday, October 6, 2015

S.H.I.E.L.D. #10

   The S.H.I.E.L.D. series (based on the Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  TV show, natch) has been a fun little gem, cleverly straddling the divide between the tube and the Marvel universe.

   Each issue has featured a guest hero helping Agent Coulson's team avert disaster and catch the bad guys.

   But this issue (falling, oddly enough, during Marvel's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of S.H.I.E.L.D.) wanders into the world of the weird.

   As the cover shows, this issue's guest is Howard the Duck, the Disney knock-off (ironically enough, given that Disney now owns Marvel) created in the '70s by writer Steve Gerber.

   But Howard has largely struggled under other creators, who (with a few exceptions) haven't quite been able to capture the offbeat tone and general crazed nature of Gerber's work.

   Until now.

   Waid actually does it, creating a whacked-out (wauughed out?) story with the fate of the universe hanging in the balance, and only a duck can save the day! But he will need a team to face the ultimate menace!

   I don't want to give any more away - it would spoil the weirdness! It's great to read a "real" Howard story again!

Grade: A-


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