S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014 series)

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S.H.I.E.L.D.
S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Genre
Publication date December 2014 – January 2016
No. of issues 12
Creative team
Written by Mark Waid
Penciller(s) Michael 'Mike' Choi
Alan Davis
Carlos Pacheco
Humberto Ramos
Paul Renaud
Chris Sprouse
Greg Smallwood
Inker(s) Michael 'Mike' Choi
Mark Farmer
Victor Olazaba - 'Vinktor'
Jason Paz
Paul Renaud
Karl C. Story
Mariano Taibo
Greg Smallwood
Letterer(s) Joe Caramagna
Colorist(s) Edgar Delgado - 'Pato'
Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Rachelle Rosenberg
Dono Sánchez-Almara
Matthew 'Matt' Wilson
Editor(s) Tom Brevoort
Ellie Pyle
Jon Moisan
Axel Alonso

S.H.I.E.L.D. is a comic book series published by Marvel Comics, premiering with a first issue cover dated 2014. It was written by Mark Waid.[1] The series was loosely based on the TV series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and was used by Marvel Comics to introduce many characters from the show into the world of the comics.[2][3] After its cancelation it was followed by the series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The series also had a spin-off named Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. which picked up after issue 9.

Publication history[edit]

The series was published from December 2014 to January 2016 and was part of All-New Marvel NOW! The first issue had eleven variant covers.[4]

The series features the first comics appearance of the following characters and teams:

Agent Melinda May[5]
Agent Leo Fitz[5]
Agent Jemma Simmons[5]
Agent Billis[5]
Grayson Blair[6]
Mr. Simmons[5]
Skeesh[5]
Colonel Myrdden[7]
Athol Kussar[8]
Ethan Slaughter[9]
Horguun[9]
Agent Jeremiah Warrick[10]
All-New Howling Commandos[a][10]
Detective Nicole Orr[11]
D.E.A.T.H.[12]

Issue 9 of the series (named "The Man Called D.E.A.T.H.") was an extra large special issue and part of series of one-shots to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the creation of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965. The story includes a sequence penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Jim Steranko that had never seen print as part of a series before.[13][14] The issue also features backup stories named "Dugan Lives" and "Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Man for the Job", the former is part of the prelude to the Howling Commandos series that follow this series and the second is a reprinting of the first ever S.H.I.E.L.D. story from issue 135 of Strange Tales in 1965.

Plot[edit]

Each separate issue is mostly a one-and-done story, with some connections between them but the series functions mostly as an anthology series.

Reception[edit]

The series holds an average rating of 7.9 by 72 professional critics according to review aggregation website Comic Book Roundup.[15]

Jesse Schedeen of IGN stated that the series may not appeal much to the fans who are craving an old school type Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. revival, but the first issue does a fine job of drawing elements from the TV series and merging them with the traditional Marvel Comics universe.[16] Meagan Damore of expressed that the first issue focused too much on the character of Phil Coulson and that while he was very well written that could not be said for the other characters. She also said that the first issue does a good job of establishing the team dynamic, albeit lightly, in a fun and memorable way.[17] Michael Maillaro of InsidePulse stated that he enjoyed the fact that story is a complete done-in-one per issue. He also enjoyed the fact that Phil Coulson in his opinion got more characterization in the first issue than he had ever been given before in comics where he is usually portrayed as Nick Fury Jr's sidekick.[4] Jideobi Odunze of GeekedOutNation expressed that if one is a fan of the TV show or Coulson the series is worth picking up.[18]

Prints[edit]

Issues[edit]

Number Title Cover date Comic Book Roundup rating Estimated sales (first month)
#1 Active Mission: Perfect Bullets February 2015 7.5 by 27 professional critics.[19] 94,503, ranked third in North America[20]
#2 Active Mission: The Animator March 2015 7.2 by 13 professional critics.[21] 33,965, ranked 50st in North America[22]
#3 Active Mission: Home Invasion April 2015 6.7 by seven professional critics.[23] 29,790, ranked 71st in North America[24]
#4 Active Mission: Fuel June 2015 8.2 by four professional critics.[25] 26,930, ranked 109st in North America[26]
#5 Active Mission: Magic Bullets June 2015 8.1 by four professional critics.[27] 26,614, ranked 113st in North America[28]
#6 Active Mission: Dark Dimensions July 2015 9.0 by two professional critics.[29]
#7 Active Mission: The Strange Case of Daisy Johnson and Mr. Hyde August 2015 8.4 by two professional critics.[30]
#8 Active Mission: No Angel September 2015 7.8 by three professional critics.[31]
#9 Active Mission: The Man Called D.E.A.T.H. October 2015 7.6 by three professional critics.[32]
#10 Active Mission: The Duck Called H.O.W.A.R.D. November 2015 8.3 by five professional critics.[33]
#11 Active Mission: Fortune's Favor December 2015 8.2 by two professional critics.[34]
#12 Active Mission: Kingslayer January 2016 N/A

Collected editions[edit]

Title
[Tagline]
Format Material collected Pages Publication date ISBN Estimated sales
(North America)
Rated
Perfect Bullets Trade paperback S.H.I.E.L.D. #1-6 136 July 01, 2015 978-0-7851-9362-3
The Man Called D.E.A.T.H. Trade paperback S.H.I.E.L.D. #7-12 January 27, 2016 978-0-7851-9363-0

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Consisting of Zombie (Simon Garth), Living Mummy (N'Kantu), Man-Thing (Theodore Sallis) and Frankenstein's Monster.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wheeler, Andrew (July 24, 2014). "Marvel Announces Mark Waid's S.H.I.E.L.D. And More At Next Big Thing Panel". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on March 22, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Siegel, Lucas (July 27, 2014). "SDCC 2014: Marvel – Next Big Thing Panel Weapon X, S.H.I.E.L.D. Series Announced, More". Newsarama. Archived from the original on July 28, 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ Ching, Albert (July 27, 2014). "SDCC: Marvel: Next Big Thing; "S.H.I.E.L.D." Series And More Announced". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on July 28, 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review & Spoilers: S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014) #1 by Mark Waid & Carlos Pacheco". Inside Pulse. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 3 #1
  6. ^ S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 3 #2
  7. ^ S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 3 #3
  8. ^ S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 3 #4
  9. ^ a b S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 3 #5
  10. ^ a b S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 3 #6
  11. ^ S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 3 #8
  12. ^ S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 3 #9
  13. ^ https://comicstore.marvel.com/S-H-I-E-L-D-Vol-2-The-Man-Called-D-E-A-T-H/digital-comic/40608
  14. ^ http://www.techtimes.com/articles/72859/20150729/marvels-s-h-i-e-l-d-9-features-never-before-published-art-by-jack-kirby-and-jim-steranko.htm
  15. ^ "S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014)". Comic Book Roundup. Archived from the original on 2017-07-06. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  16. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (31 December 2014). "S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Review". 
  17. ^ "S.H.I.E.L.D. #1". 
  18. ^ "Comic Book Review: S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 - Geeked Out Nation". 
  19. ^ "S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014) #1". Comic Book Roundup. Archived from the original on 2017-07-16. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  20. ^ "December 2014 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. The Comics Chronicles. Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  21. ^ "S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014) #2". Comic Book Roundup. Archived from the original on 2017-05-10. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  22. ^ "January 2015 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. The Comics Chronicles. Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  23. ^ "S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014) #3". Comic Book Roundup. Archived from the original on 2017-08-20. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  24. ^ "February 2015 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. The Comics Chronicles. Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  25. ^ "S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014) #4". Comic Book Roundup. Archived from the original on 2017-12-16. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  26. ^ "April 2015 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. The Comics Chronicles. Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  27. ^ "S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014) #5". Comic Book Roundup. Archived from the original on 2017-08-19. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  28. ^ "April 2015 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. The Comics Chronicles. Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  29. ^ "S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014) #6". Comic Book Roundup. Archived from the original on 2017-11-19. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  30. ^ "S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014) #7". Comic Book Roundup. Archived from the original on 2017-12-16. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  31. ^ "S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014) #8". Comic Book Roundup. Archived from the original on 2017-12-16. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  32. ^ "S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014) #9". Comic Book Roundup. Archived from the original on 2017-12-16. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  33. ^ "S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014) #10". Comic Book Roundup. Archived from the original on 2017-08-19. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  34. ^ "S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014) #11". Comic Book Roundup. Archived from the original on 2017-09-13. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 

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