Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Carlos Pacheco
Cover: Julian Totino Tedesco
Released: December 31, 2014
Luckily, SHIELD #1 has its appeals regardless of your attachment (or lack thereof) to the show. Waid’s typical charm is on full display, resulting in a light and largely accessible first issue.
While most of the main players from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. appear in this issue, Waid kicks off the series by focusing primarily on Agent Coulson. Waid offers a glimpse into Coulson’s childhood and how a lifelong obsession with superheroes led to his new role as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Special Ops Supreme Commander. This instantly humanizes the character, who has always come across as a bit cold and lifeless in the comics compared to his live-action self. He makes for an appealing lead due to a combination of tactical wizardry and extreme nerdiness. Even with gods and superhumans clash around Coulson, he remains steadfast and in charge of the situation.
Some of the difference in Coulson’s personality stems from the fact that Waid seems to be drawing specifically from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and disregarding Coulson’s comic book origin story as laid out in the mini-series Battle Scars. I can see some readers taking issue with that mismatched continuity, but as long as the end result is better it’s not too egregious an offense. In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling
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