Graphic Novel Review: S.H.I.E.L.D – Perfect Bullets
- Credit: Archant
They are the Marvel Universe’s first-line of defence... But who are the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D?
Given the success of the S.H.I.E.L.D television show, it was perhaps inevitable that a Marvel Universe version of the team would eventually feature in their own comic book.
But unlike the TV reality, where superpowered beings are very much in the minority and the world is only just coming to terms with the existence of alien races, residents of the Marvel U are used to both of these elements, as well as the likes of undersea civilisations, magic and supernatural creatures like werewolves, zombies and vampires.
Hence trying to imitate the S.H.I.E.L.D series on the printed page would not really be viable, so writer Mark Waid has instead chosen to embrace the wild and diverse nature of the MU and showcase it through the eyes of Phil Coulson and his team of agents, which now includes comics versions of TV characters like Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons and Melinda May.
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As well as establishing a new team of S.H.I.E.L.D agents, the series also brings in special operatives to help out with certain missions, including the likes of Spider-Man and the Invisible Woman, which ensures plenty of variety in both stories and cast.
The range of missions is also fascinating, with Waid truly exploiting the rich tapestry of the Marvel Universe to offer fresh and interesting challenges to his protagonists, whether it be ridding Dr Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum of mystical house burglars, employing Susan Storm’s remarkable talents to rescue a prison of Hydra, or helping save a high school from black market supervillain gizmos.
- 1 Where in Hertfordshire are the most incidents of weapon possession?
- 2 Light at the end of the gulley for long-running flooding
- 3 Fashionistas flock to Cathedral catwalk extravaganza
- 4 Can you help after man left unconscious outside St Albans pub?
- 5 Girls 'followed' by men in red Range Rover at 2am in city centre
- 6 Market trader says goodbye to beard after 15 years
- 7 Birthday charity walks in brother's memory
- 8 St Albans named among UK's most family-friendly cities
- 9 Needle spiking incident alleged at St Albans nightclub
- 10 St Albans named among UK's coldest cities
The episodic nature of the series to date is perhaps preventing the development of any long-running story arcs, but it’s early days, and both Waid and the team of artists he has at his disposal have certainly not disappointed at any level.
A spectacular start to what promises to be an unmissable series.