Monday, May 30, 2011
Mini-Run Review: S.H.I.E.L.D. #1-6 And The "Infinity" One-Shot
S.H.I.E.L.D. #1-6 And The "Infinity" One-Shot
The first issue of the second volume of this series is coming out soon so why not review this first run? Well, this is one strange comic. It almost seems like it could pretty much be some sort of alternate-universe tale any comic publisher did with its use of famous historical figures as members of a secret society--except for the fact that it does tie in two Marvel characters in the form of Howard Stark and Nathaniel Richards, fathers of two famous Marvel characters. Other than those two however, this is one crazy comic that at first seems to read like a jumbled-mess but by the time I reached issue #6 actually made a bit of sense. Plus, Dustin Weaver turns in art that is utterly, incredibly, unbelievably, gorgeous.
I don't want to spoil some of the famous historical figures who pop up as their big reveals are the shocking last pages of a few issues of these comics, but I will discuss the ones we learn about early on and see a lot of, Leonardo Da Vinci and Issac Newton. Basically the comic boils down to a conflict between them and their opposing viewpoints which leads to a war within a hidden city. Oh, there are also weird celestial babies, a young man named Leonid who has skin made of stars, a "Forever Man," Nostradamus is around a lot chained up, and more crazy stuff. I told you, this reads as gobbedly-gook much of the time, but weirdly starts to make sense as you advance. Plus, even if it doesn't make much sense at times it is so pretty. It does have some nice quiet human moments, such as when Nathaniel Richads and Howard Stark discuss their mixed feelings about joining S.H.I.E.L.D. and possibly never seeing their families again:
4 out of 5 stars.