S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Carlos Pacheco Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 31, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 13
7.5Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

• High-tech weapons. High-stakes missions. High-octane adventure! For the men and women of S.H.I.E.L.D., it's just another day in the field!
• Special Agent Phil Coulson brings together the best and the brightest, the gifted and the elite, normal people and superhumans from across the Marvel Universe on an as-needed basis to confront, combat and curtail dangers beyond the scope of any conventional peace-keeping force!
• Writer Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL) and a rotating crew of mission-specific top flight Marvel artists make you one promise: Every issue: Twenty pages. One mission. Unlimited budget. Unlimited imagination. Six periods. And a helper monkey. Welcome to Level Eight. Welcome to S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • 10
    ComicBuzz - simon Jan 5, 2015

    The first issue of S.H.I.E.L.D provides a great introduction to some characters that we think we already know, an interesting story, great art from Carlos Pacheco, a solid foundation, and loads of promise. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - AJ Jan 3, 2015

    Carlos is the penciller here with Mariano Taibo and Jason Paz on the inks, Dono Almara on the colours, and Julian Totino Tedesco on the cover. As I said above, I loved the artwork here. Mark Waid went absolutely nuts on the story, and the art team delivers handily, drawing all sorts of heroes and villains; Iron Man, Hyperion, (new) Thor, Blue Marvel, Hulk, Agent May, Maria Hill, Jemma Simmons, fire demons, storm giants, and so on. The colours are also often quite… light-hearted and bright, which just adds to the fantastic overall atmosphere of this debut issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 3, 2015

    But it's a fun, over-the-top romp that gets the series off to a strong start. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Oct 12, 2015

    In conclusion, an excellent story that by far, is a way better concept and story than what the show Blindspot, has shown us so far. The story by Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig, unfolds a spy thriller, hurling the reader the reader into a world of high stakes politics and secret identities. The art by Drew Johnson is luminescent and drawn with realistic tones, which serves this action packed narrative. Overall, probably the best comic to come out of the Dark Circle imprint and one that is long overdue. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Jan 2, 2015

    Overall, this is a great issue and looks like it will be a fun monthly read and a good counterpart to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. With Waid at the helm, and a new artist each month, this has the seeds of interesting and wonderful adventures to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Dec 31, 2014

    Simply S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 is the book to read if you are a fan of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or love the role Coulson has already been playing in the Marvel Universe so far to this point. There's just no reason to ignore a title like this when Coulson is someone like every one of us who loves superheroes and superhero books. Only difference is that Coulson's hobby is now his job. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 31, 2014

    This series may be a result of trying to incorporate elements of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series to comics but that's okay. It's been too long since we've had a proper S.H.I.E.L.D. series. SECRET AVENGERS is doing a fantastic job but that's focused on a smaller group of agents and Avengers. Mark Waid has the freedom to call forth whichever characters are needed for the story. There is a lot of potential in being able to see heroes work outside their comfort zone along with the government agents in order to stop big threats. We'll be getting a different artist for each mission and Carlos Pacheco does a great job with a huge number of characters involved in the story. It's not clear how exactly this series fits in with the Cinematic and established comic continuity based on all we've seen of Coulson in comics so far. This has the makings of a really great and fun series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - Dan Gehen Dec 31, 2014

    S.H.I.E.L.D. #1is a solid first issue that anyone can pick up. Waid and his art team invite readers to follow a cast of characters that lack marquee value, but make up for it with personality and chemistry. The issue's structure sees a complete story told in the space of 30 pages while laying the seeds for a greater, overarching narrative should be enticingfor readers looking to try something a little different.Even with the $4.99 price tag, it's not a painful price to bear during this light week. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboys Inc - Josh Epstein Jan 1, 2015

    For a series based on a show spun out of a movie franchise, "S.H.I.E.L.D. #1" is a fine debut. It's fun, charming, and finely executed. While it loses a couple of points on the finer points of the art, Mark Waid was the perfect choice to write this book, and delivers with aplomb. Definitely a good read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Jan 2, 2015

    So S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 is certainly a welcome addition to Marvels large amount of titles that they have on shelves right now. Fans of the TV show will love this, but if you havent been watching it, then youll be able to understand whats happening just fine. Waid and Pacheco make an excellent creative team and its good to see that this book has certainly started off on an interesting note with lots of promise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 3, 2015

    SHIELD #1 gets off to a very good start. The potential for the series is incredible, and I hope I'm not misjudging Waid's intentions for the series going forward. Waid starts off smartly with a done-in-one adventure that not only includes awesome character moments and incredible action, but also kicks off a solid ongoing mystery for the series. SHIELD #1 is a fantastic example of how to kick off a new comic book series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Gabe Bustamantez Jan 3, 2015

    I felt that this issue was a charming and accessible first issue. Even for someone like myself who is not very familiar with the TV show, since I checked out after the first few episodes of Season 1. I know–I've been told the series gets much better later on. This is how I hoped the TV series would have been. S.H.I.E.L.D is the first comic series about the organization Marvel has put out in a long time, and I enjoyed the done-in-one format of this issue, I hope it stays going forward with this series, with Coulson and his team being assigned a mission and calling in any Marvel characters he needs to get the job done. This series reminds me of a Marvel Super Heroes version of Warren Ellis' Global Frequency series. The next issue features the new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, so I will be back to check that out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 3, 2015

    While I had a decent time with the book, it's one that I'm hard pressed to recommend just based on the price alone and I only grabbed it because I'm a fan of the TV series. $5 single digital issues just don't cut it for me, but I made an exception here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Roberto de Bexar Jan 5, 2015

    Still, this is an issue that I want in my collection. Waid and Pacheco are just too good to not pick up the book on a monthly basis. Go out and pick it up. For anyone who is a fan of the show, this will be a great compliment to the series. For anyone who is complaining that the show is too limited due to monetary constraints BUT loves the characters on the show, this will definitely be your cup of tea and for anyone who doesnt like any of it well I cant help you. This is another memorable Mark Waid book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Dec 31, 2014

    S.H.I.E.L.D. #1is a solid first issue that anyone can pick up. Waid and his art team invite readers to follow a cast of characters that lack marquee value, but make up for it with personality and chemistry. The issue's structure sees a complete story told in the space of 30 pages while laying the seeds for a greater, overarching narrative should be enticingfor readers looking to try something a little different.Even with the $4.99 price tag, it's not a painful price to bear during this light week. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Needless Essentials Online - Stan Ford Jan 1, 2015

    If I have a problem it's that while Coulson and his agents are the main characters they seem overly reliant on their ability to summon super-heroes to help. I desperately want to see them face down a threat without calling on anyone to help. I want to see Coulson face down someone like Doctor Doom and walk away with a victory. If they constantly resort to calling in an Avenger to save the day. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 31, 2014

    Marvel's latest attempt at a S.H.I.E.L.D. comic may not appeal much to those craving an old school Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD revival, but this first issue does a fine job of drawing elements from the TV series and merging them with the traditional Marvel Universe. Coulson himself makes for a strong lead, and is depicted in a far more likable manner than he generally has in his brief comic book existence. The art doesn't always live up to the quality of the writing, but Waid and Pacheco still succeed in giving us a S.H.I.E.L.D. tale we'd probably never see on TV. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jan 2, 2015

    The first issue is really good, not quite great, with a fun read that should be interesting enough for fans of the television show. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Jan 3, 2015

    The focus isn't completely on the team, but the series has a lot of potential Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jan 3, 2015

    S.H.I.E.L.D is a fun book. It's a one-shot that contains about thirty pages of story for five bucks. The mission is an interesting one and definitely seems like one the red shirts could handle themselves. If you like Phil Coulson then this is a comic book you should check out. I recommend taking a look at this book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Jan 5, 2015

    In its first issue, Mark Waid, Carlos Pacheco, Mariano Taibo, and Jason Paz's "S.H.I.E.L.D." #1 aims to wow but falls a little short of target. Nevertheless, it takes care of the legwork in establishing the team dynamic, albeit lightly, in a fun and memorable way. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Comic Book Herald - Dave Jan 6, 2015

    Waid's story largely works, but the art and coloring in this issue is extremely uneven. It's frequently difficult to tell Agents apart, and there were several panels were I was pretty sure Coulson was talking but couldn't really tell for sure with the art. Likewise, SHIELD #1 from Carlos Pacheco feels very "house" Marvel style, which isn't surprising but perpetually disappointing when playing in the helicarrier that Steranko built. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 2, 2015

    In the end, there's very little to recommend this issue or this series. The action of the script is good and Waid goes out of his way to show how awesome Agent Coulson is as a character. Unfortunately, the same effort wasn't applied to the rest of the cast and readers who aren't already familiar with the show won't have much to catch their interest. The artwork is merely decent, apart from the coloring, which is abysmal. All in all, this is typical of the kind of mediocre work one expects of a tie-in comic. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jan 2, 2015

    Either way, it'll be ok – the only way to really lose this battle is to stand right in the middle. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Population Go - Chris Lemmerman Dec 30, 2014

    This series has a lot of potential. Based on fan-favorite characters, and featuring new guest stars every month, with writer extraordinare Mark Waid at the helm, you'd think this would be the perfect first issue to set things off. Unfortunately, it seems that there are teething problems to get rid of first. Whilst Coulson shines through in this issue, the other SHIELD characters fall to the wayside. The same is true of the artwork " Coulson looks great, but everyone else seems rushed and unfinished. I have high hopes for this series, but this is a bit of a rocky start. Hopefully the addition of everyone's favorite teen superhero, Ms. Marvel, in issue 2 will get things going in the right direction. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jan 1, 2015

    This is not worth $4.99 for a better than average story with middling visuals. Disappointing. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 5, 2015

    On the whole, S.H.I.E.L.D. is a comic that's packed with characters and is hardly offensive - it's not a bad comic, but it also hasn't cracked the code to make it a particularly good or memorable one yet, either. Part of that is because it's inherent to the book's concept that the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aren't even Z-listers - they're outside the fold, just assembling the real heroes to get the real work done. It's hard not to feel at least a little dismissive at this team on the outset, with their lackluster jumpsuits and their nondescript action. They're everything superheroes aren't - and right now, that's not doing S.H.I.E.L.D. any favors. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Caro Jan 2, 2015

    The Good First issues can be tricky. The pressure is on for the creative team to prove that they are worth another look. Mark Waid comes out of the gate full force with S.H.I.E.L.D #1. Making fan favorite Agent Coulson the main star of the issue is a smart move to draw in fans of the movies and tv series. Using a great balance of humor and action, Waid makes the battles seem relevant to these characters and not simply reactionary. I was originally concerned about this being more for fans of the tv series or for fans of the comics, but it did not take long to see that this was made with both in mind and works. And can I say how great it is to see Valkary again! Carlos Pacheco and the art team are a nice fit for the title bringing solid work. A photo realistic look would be easy to do with an already established tv series, but the consistently strong art with lack of over detail is something I appreciated. Pacheco catches Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson in a great way. The Bad Since I enjoyed the issue it's more of a nitpick to say I would have liked it to be more about S.H.I.E.L.D. I'm left wondering what kind of role will SH.I.E.L.D. play in this world. It's hard to tell with just one issue where Waid plans to take this. Are we going to get something that's more on the character development side like his "Daredevil" or something that's more on the action side like his "Incredible Hulk"? Personally, I'm a fan of Waid's work but think he shines when he dives into the character's emotional side. While Pacheco did a great job making Coulson look like Clark Gregg Fitz, Simmons and May look a little stock image. I would love to see more to identify them in future issues. The Comical Helper monkeys! And do I sense a little resentment towards lady-Thor from Valkary? Well? I had high hopes for this book and was not disappointed. Felt like Waid was given the keys to the toy store and is going to have fun playing. Glad we get to go along for the adventure.

  • 8.0
    Utsav Jan 5, 2015

    Fun issue, Coulson is characterized nicely, although his fanboyism is reffered to too many times. At one point I felt like, I get it Mr Waid, Coulson loves superheroes, get on with the story!

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