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S.H.I.E.L.D. VOL. 2 #3 (OF 6)

Sir Isaac Newton’s secret plan reveals itself and the world shudders. Frankly, Da Vinci, Tesla, Nathanial Richards and Howard Stark don’t stand a chance. Especially with the newborn Celestial Baby (who is not such a baby anymore) goes to destroy the Immortal City.

The most critically acclaimed title in comics takes an unexpected turn courtesy of Architect Jonathan Hickman (FF, THE ULTIMATES) and Dustin Weaver (X-MEN).

Story by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Dustin Weaver
Colors by Sonia Oback
Letters by Todd Klein
Cover by Gerald Parel, Dustin Weaver & Sonia Oback

Price: $2.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 0.2%


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  1. This story has gone from ‘vague’ to ‘I’m not really telling anything’ in the span of a year and a half. I literally have no idea what is going on or why I should care about the characters at all.

    But I have a sickness for Hickman and Weaver’s art has been pretty damn good. So hard to justify to drop a Hickman book.

    • Agree with ALL of what you just said.

    • Wow, I was about to leave a comment about how awesome this book was now that the actual story has truly kicked in and everything’s happening…

      Different strokes, I guess.

    • Oh don’t get me wrong, despite agreeing with what TNC said I am still also enjoying this series. Hickman books often seem to not make total sense until the very end so I’m going to keep buying and reading this until it is finished, and then go back and read the entire thing again.

    • I haven’t read it yet, but I thought it was really coming together with the last issue. Maybe I was wrong because these are the lowest ratings I have seen for this book on iFanboy. Looking forward to deciding for myself.

  2. It really blows that this comes out ever 2 months. I’m probably gonna buy the issues but wait to read them all when it ends. I really love this concept and I love Hickman’s writing style, but I had to reread Vol. 2 issue 1 to remember what the hell wqas going on in issue 2 when it came out.

  3. I finally made the decision to drop after the last issue. And I didn’t want to, but I had completely lost the plot.

  4. Is volume 2 the last of it?

    • I believe this is the end.

    • I thought I read that there are 60 issues planned, though that seems implausible on a bimonthly schedule.

    • 60 issues were originally planned by Hickman. I know he said it in an interview but I don’t remember what. (Good journalism there TNC)

      But at this rate with the slow release, INCREDIBLY SLOW pace, and lack of story to begin with…I doubt we’ll even see another volume after this.

    • You know I thought it was sixty too so I tweeted at Hickman a couple months ago and asked him about that and he said SHIELD was always 12 but Secret Warriors was originally 60 before it was reduced, but a bunch of places got that wrong and reported SHIELD as 60.

  5. I really dig what Hickman has done for espionage in the Marvel U, and with the legacy of SHIELD, through the two volumes of this title and through Secret Wars. Willing to stick it out to reread again all at one time.

  6. Thanks everyone for answering.

  7. I love when this book comes out.

  8. This issue was really disappointing for me. It was basically one giant fight, and that is not what I want from this book. This felt like it should have been one or two pages in the next issue.

  9. This was bullshit.

    An entire issue with basically no word balloons and one massive fight scene. Now Dustin Weaver did an amazing job here and he’s going for ‘Eisner’ with these pages. But it’s clear as day now that Hickman has no story here. Otherwise he would’ve spent more time on the characters and tell us why we should be giving a fuck.

    2/5 (All of those 2 points go to Weaver and none for Hickman)

    • @TheNextChampion – I respect your opinion, but will have to disagree. Like @markish said, this fight needed to happen. There was a lot of story that happened. Just cause there are no words, it doesn’t mean Hickman did not setup the action in the script.

      I will concede on the argument that this comic is made for a trade, but I can’t wait that long and choose to read it in issues and love it. I’ll get the giant oversized when its all said and done.

    • 5 of 5 … all of those points go to Weaver.

  10. Good ol’ LFST, some months you get massive blobs of text everywhere, some months you get silent fights. I enjoyed it, and this issue also goes to show that you SHOULDN’T FUCKING TRY TO DIVIDE BY ZERO!!

  11. We hear on the podcast not infrequently how comics have for a while been story driven and the art has been taking a back seat. Now we see a book where the art is clearly in the driver’s seat (at least for one issue), and all some folks seem to want to do is whine about it. Goodness, this is an awesome book, and if you can’t remember what happened in it two months ago, then maybe you shouldn’t be reading it. Sorry … I beg to differ with some of the esteemed fellows on this thread. This is a fantastic book and I’m on for the duration.

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