S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

Review by: glwarm76

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WRITER: Jonathan Hickman
PENCILS: Dustin Weaver
COVER BY: Gerald Parel

Size: pages
Price: 3.99

This is a great first issue, probably one of the best first issues I have ever read, and nearly the pick of the week, but unfortunately the issue is still a first issue. Like most first issues Hickman had to introduce the main character, the world, and the basic premise, while also trying to fit in a compelling story. Did Hickman succeed? Of course he did, but this issue is clearly an appetizer, which is setting the stage for a main course that will completely blow the minds of comic readers. There is a lot here but not enough to have me call this series a masterpiece yet, but its pretty darn close. The scope of this story is massive, stretching continents and centuries but the first issue never makes the story feel unwieldy or forced. The ideas that Hickman has only begun to explore about humanity and our place in the world have me re-reading ever word in this book over and over again. The art in this issue really is spectacular too. The ability of the artist to tell a compelling story that stretches across time and space, while maintaining beautiful character work and conveying Hickman’s crazy ideas in effective manner is truly amazing. Hickman really needs a special artist in order to tell his story and amazingly Marvel has found the perfect man for the job. I can’t wait until issue 2 to see what these two creators have up their sleeves next.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 4 - Very Good

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