New Marvel S.H.I.E.L.D. Series TV Tie-In Sounds Great

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 cover by Mike Deodato

Sometimes, fans worry about media versions of their favorite comics, because they’re concerned that changes they don’t like will be made to draw more interest. However, a new series coming from Marvel tied into the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show sounds like it’s making all the right moves to draw a wide audience.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 cover by Mike Deodato

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 cover by Mike Deodato

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 launches in December. It’s written by Mark Waid, who does classic superheroes in fresh fashion, with new and unique ideas. Of course, it’s going to tie into the TV show, which pleases those who want more (or different) with these characters they’ve been watching, as well as making for a familiar starting point, since we already like Melinda May, Leo Fitz, and Jemma Simmons.

It’s going to feature done-in-one missions that are still in continuity with the Marvel universe, which means you can pick up any issue and get a satisfying story (I’m assuming) while still gaining entry into the bigger comic picture, if you want. That structure allows for great artists (who may not want to commit to long runs) to participate. The first issue will be drawn by Carlos Pacheco, with others promised including the great Alan Davis and Chris Sprouse. Said Waid in an online interview,

[S.H.I.E.L.D. has] the best toys. Also, the best allies — anyone and everyone in the Marvel Universe is a potential guest-star in this book, from Doctor Strange to the Thing to Spider-Man to Cloak and Dagger to Groot — if they’ve got the specific skills needed for the task at hand, they’re on the front lines — like it or not.

Executive Editor Tom Brevoort hammers home the advantage the comic has, saying, “We’ve got what amounts to an unlimited budget and the ability to bring in any character at any time. So that’s an advantage that we’re going to press, with the most spectacular set-pieces we can dream up, and involvement from characters from every corner of the Marvel Universe.” I can hardly wait!

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