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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

SHIELD cover 1

Title: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (“The Coulson Protocols,” episode 1)

Writer: Marc Guggenheim

Artist: German Peralta

Color Artist: Rachelle Rosenberg

Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Editor: Katie Hubert

Published by: Marvel Entertainment LLC

Reviewed by Grim_Noir

The mission was simple; too simple. Operatives Geuggenheim and Peralta had been assigned to restart Marvel’s comic book version of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (already a sucessful TV show). The previous comic book version had been a “guest-hero-of-the week” series. I had been with S.H.I.E.L.D. since I archived Operative Steranko’s adventures as a kid and I enjoyed reading all previous exploits, so my role this time would be harder: I was a helpless observer.

I cased my usual comic shop momentarily before moving in. My wife, Clockwork Hamma, chatted up our local contacts while I made the exchange. Cash for the 28-page floppy mission debriefing. At home, behind closed doors and drawn blinds, I poured another mug of coffee and cracked the cover…

May and Tony

Writer Marc Guggenheim is a verteran who had a history of playing both sides of the Big Two; most notably The Flash for DC and The Amazing Spider-Man for Marvel. If the money was right, he would even do freelance projects for televison like Eli Stone and No Ordinary Family. Recently, he has become very high-profile as co-showrunner for most of the DC television universe; true ratings weapons of mass destruction for the competition.

Artist German Peralta is an experienced worker of the “Marvel Way,” having proven his loyalty to the company on Carnage and Moon Knight before this assignment. Yeah, he’d been around and his expressive artwork has a lack of line variations that makes it look more like painting than drawing. Not my first choice for a title of this sort, but it grew on me (even if Director Coulson exhibited some HIGHLY unrealistic abdominal muscles, at one point).

Daisy and Bobby

The tale starts very straight-ahead. Once again, Tony Stark has lost another piece of armor and it was used to rob the Pentagon. No one at the Department of Defense wants to talk about it (especially to Stark). As Coulson investigates, we learn some secrets about his past, not the least of which is that Lola may be a “who” as well as a “what.”

I say “may be” because this operation goes sideways rather quickly and there appears to be a lot of disinformation. Neither writer nor artist feel on-point with this story (so far). I had difficulty placing where in the mythology this file fits. Hunter is gone, but Deathlok and Mockingbird both are working with the team. Fitz is coming on to a woman who ISN’T Simmons. And Coulson shows no signs of an artificial hand. The only familiar element is Jemma sulking in her lab. What is going on here? Am I being fed a boatload of red herrings? Or has the revival team for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seriously bungled their job?


Current Evaluation: Fun, but wildly non-canonic. Recommendations: Further observation required…

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