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Man, Myth, Legend.. Phil Coulson | SHIELD #1 Review

Written by  Published January 19, 2015 01:20
There are very few secondary characters that have broken the glass ceiling of support to go main stream in comics. It happens all the time on TV where we see spin offs all the time. George Jefferson was nothing more than a supporting character on All in the Family, but became a star of his own show after just one season. Robin had his own book for a while, but Dick Greyson had to become Nightwing to make a title for himself. I say that because it does happen, some comic book support characters do sometimes get their own book. It is usually a sidekick, but hey even Jimmie Olson and Lois Lane had their own books back in the day (propped up by Superman making an appearance every issue). Now a day you just don't see it happen. When have you ever read J Jonah Jameson #1? Lets face it, if you are a supporting character you are just not going to get your own book, be the star of your own book, or get more than a special issue in the Heroes book, where the hero still makes an appearance unless you have a super power, Right? Wrong! It seems all you had to do was be in SHIELD (and you know be in a Marvel movie).


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.


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Writer: Mark Waid

Pencils: Carlos Pacheco

Inks: Mariano Taibo/ Jason Paz

Colors: Dono Almara

Letters: Joe Caramagna

Design: Jessica Pizarro

Rated: T+

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 recognizesblogger-image--1718946522 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 blogger-image-229224516pulse 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

Dan Robertson

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