Start Date: December 2014
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Carlos Pacheco (#1); Humberto Ramos (#2); Alan Davis (#3)
Colorist: Dono Sanchez Almara (#1); Edgar Delgado (#2); Matt Wilson (#3)
Inker: Jason Paz (#1) ;Victor Olazaba (#2); Mark Farmer (#3)
The extent to my comic book knowledge pretty much starts and stops with the Marvel and DC Wiki pages, and a little goading to read more comics from a friend. However, when I was notified of a new comic series based on my favorite television series, Agents of SHIELD, I knew this was one comic that I had to pick up from the very beginning.
That actually sounds a little misleading. I’ve read comics before. About five years ago, I had collected and read the Transformers: Evolutions, Tranformers: Generations, and Tranformers: Infiltration series.
It wasn’t until recently, when I became so invested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), that I began reading the first compendium of The Avengers to get the back stories on these characters that I know and love. But I stopped reading that compendium about 10 pages inside a “Hulk Smash” scene because I was given new characters that I knew nothing about.
Yes, I am ashamed to admit it, but I had no idea who Ant Man or The Wasp were until I checked the Marvel Wiki. Turns out, I suffer from what some call a “box set” mentality: you know the idea that you have to read or experience something from the very beginning in order to really get the full effect of a it. Yes, that’s me in a nutshell. (It may be attributed to the Literature Nerd in me, or it could be that I really dislike not having all the info I need on existing characters, or learning about these characters as the storyline progresses.)
It is with this mentality that caused me to give up reading where I was in The Avengers to go back to the very beginning of each series to read about what these heroes have done before they became part of team. And it is with this mentality that I picked up the new SHIELD series that started in December 2014.
Okay, there were more reasons for me picking up the comic series from the beginning: 1.) It’s based on the show itself. Although certain characters from the show are not within the comic because they were previously established Marvel characters, however, I’m not going to spoil anything for anyone there. 2.) It’s about my favorite show – which comes back from midseason hiatus March 3. And 3.) It’s about the team that I came to know and love during season 1 and season 2 of the ABC show.
Although the characters of Grant Ward and Skye – er, Daisy Johnson – aren’t in this series, the characters of Phil Coulson, Melinda May, Jemma Simmons, and Leo Fitz are. Also, like the show, Coulson’s team is assigned these missions to recover artifacts, stop alien invasions, prevent strange mansions from being invaded, and I’m sure the writers have plenty more adventures waiting on the crew.
One of the things I really enjoy with this series is the introduction of new characters that I’ve only heard about in passing at conventions or through friends. Issue #1 introduced me to a plethora of characters that I’d not encountered before: Hyperion, Blue Marvel, Nova, Black Knight and Valkyrie, as they took down a very unlikely foe. Issue #2 allowed me to meet Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, as she helped the team save her high school from destruction. And Issue #3 has introduced me to Pavel Rasputin as he helped Coulson and Spider-Man save the world from evil.
Yes, I may have had to Google a few individuals to see where they belong in the comic universe, what powers they possess, and find out where they first originated in the Marvel Universe. It may be cheating in order to do that; however, if I went back and used my “box set” mentality, I would have to comb through a bunch of other series and comics, and I would never be able to start this series.
Okay, that’s me over-exaggerating. I may have been able to start the SHIELD series in about 5 years’ time.
All in all, I really enjoy how this comic is able to take the same dynamic seen in the show and adapt it to comic book form. It focuses well on the interaction between team members, and how they work together to get a job done.
And Fitz finally gets his monkey. What else isn’t there to love about it?
Although SHIELD is only three issues in, I must say that I am really looking forward to what the writers have in store for this series. I look forward to getting to experience more adventures with the team, and learning about more Marvel characters that I’ve not met yet.
This Monster highly suggests starting this series for any comic lover, but I suggest it even more if you’re a fan of the television series and want to have more adventures with Coulson and his team.