Phil Coulson captured our hearts in the Marvel movies. His low key, right in the middle attitude and humor made him a fan favorite and when he died in Avengers the outcry was heard throughout all Geekdom. He got his own TV show, although it doesn't have his name in the title like Peggy Carter got, it is his, he is the star. One would have thought that it would have been enough, but Marvel being the company they are will always put out more if they think it will sell, so we got a comic book. I got the book, and here is my review.
WARNING: I DO SPOILERS
Writer: Mark Waid
Pencils: Carlos Pacheco
Inks: Mariano Taibo/ Jason Paz
Colors: Dono Almara
Letters: Joe Caramagna
Design: Jessica Pizarro
Produced: Marvel Comics
Phil Coulson is a person with one thing on his mind. Super Heroes. Not just the comics, but everything. From early childhood to High School, to College, to current day Phil reads, learns and catalogs people with powers. In this case when he sits at a table with those same heroes playing cards, it pays off.
All heck is breaking loose on Earth and the heaviest hitters of the Avengers are right in the middle of it. What does that have to do with Coulson SHIELD Special OPS Head Honcho? Turns out everything.
Like I said up above Coulson knows his stuff, so much so that he recognizes that a sword found in Sharzad is made of Uru metal and he knows who it belongs to. It's Hemidall the Sentry of the Bifrost and he is getting his butt handed to him.
So what do you do when you have a madman with a sword made of Uru that is beating Hemindall? You send in Valkyrie and the Black Knight to keep him occupied while you destroy an army, and it works. So army defeated, Hemindall has his sword all is good. Nope it's not Hemindall, it is some god like baddie with a serious mad on, and he is spoiling to chew gum and kick butt, but he doesn't have gum.
Everybody is in for this one with a whose who of Heroes doing their thing, but it is Coulson who gets the job done. Why? Because he is a man with a plan.
Whats Good: A better question is what isn't? Waid has his finger on the pulse of Coulson and SHIELD, the dialogue in this book is second to none and this book feels like I am watching the TV show, except it is better. The quiet snarkiness of Coulson has been elevated to a hysterical level, and the supporting cast is there just to receive it. Waids take on this book should be the TV show. I know they can't put all the heroes that managed to show up in the pages of the comic, but truthfully they are the supporting cast here and that is fine by me.
Pacheco's work has never been better, but I expected that. From childhood to God Killer ending he does everything with a flair that makes you want to turn that next page just to see what he did with it. His middle two page splash is a whose who of heroes that are clearly drawn, but hidden throughout the page of big monsters and carnage. It was a little of the Avengers mega poster combined with Where's Waldo.
Whats Bad:This book is big fun, it is big action, it is big thoughts and it is big story. I cannot for the life of me find a flaw other than it only comes out once a month.
S.H.I.E.L.D 10 out of 10
Next up for me is a return to the Spider-verse, but until then