The Shield #1

The Shield #1

Writer: Chuck Wendig, Adam Christopher Artist: Gary Martin, David Williams Publisher: Dark Circle Comics Release Date: October 21, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 3
7.4Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

New ongoing series from Dark Circle! "Daughter of the Revolution": Part 1-Since the dawn of the republic, whenever her country faces its blackest days, she returns: a spirit of the revolution sent to fight for what is right. But when she reappears for the first time in a generation with no memories - not even of her own identity - and encounters an evil force expecting her arrival, all The Shield can do is run!

  • 10
    Den Of Geek! - Chris Cummins Oct 21, 2015

    Don't miss it, or risk losing out on one of the year's most stunning debuts. Read Full Review

  • 10
    First Comics News - Giovanni Aria Oct 17, 2015

    She appears to be hunted by the government, but it's not entirely clear right now how that happened. There is cover action, secret shadowy agents, a hint of conspiracy, mystery, reincarnation and full on kick ass action. Adam & Chuck tell a compelling story and Drew knocks it out of the park with art that looks both realistic and exciting at the same time. You don't have to have any familiarity with the older Shield. This is an entirely new Shield and I give this my highest recommendation. You will love this first chapter. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Oct 24, 2015

    This book was completely off my radar, but I had seen it mentioned in places online. I'm thankful that I did because it spurred me to check this out, and I'm glad that I did. An exciting opening that instantly grabs the reader transitions to a woman in search of her past, and it's a varied one at that. A strong story with superior illustrations make this a book I'll follow. If you think there's nothing new in comics, this will prove you wrong. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Rainbow Hub - Sam Riedel Oct 24, 2015

    What I'm trying to say is that this is a book that has a lot to say, and knows exactly how it wants to phrase it all. As the first arc ("Daughter of the Revolution") continues, we're almost certainly going to see more nuanced politics and characterization, but this is what you need to know: there's a lot of evil in America, and some of it wears a suit and rides in a black helicopter around the edges of your peripheral vision. But the idealized version of America we grew up with isn't dead, just dormant, and this team is primed to ask the big questions: what's the value of a country, when you get right down to it? Back in Phoenix, Wendig told me that "patriotism is a moving target." If any comic can shoot out that bullseye right now, I think it's The Shield. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 22, 2015

    This new take on the original patriotic superhero has more in common with the Assassin's Creed franchise than any superhero comic. That idea of a modern heroine wrestling with memories of forgotten exploits and military campaigns goes a long way towards distinguishing this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Oct 19, 2015

    So should you wait for the trade in order to avoid the narrative disruptions that can happen with a first issue? Heck no! Go put this one on your pull list immediately. The Shield is going to be something special. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 21, 2015

    While my mind instantly went the Sleepy Hollow TV series route here with some of the initial foundations laid down, it looks like the book wants to play bigger than that with the time scale. That offers up all sorts of potential. But that initial piece and the lack of a character name started me off not quite on the wrong foot yet not exactly on board. But as the issue progresses and everything comes together, The Shield essentially nails it. It has a lot of work to do, a lot to set up and a lot of characters that are likely to become a part of it, but this opening installment has given me what I think is my first must-read Dark Circle book so far. Solid scripting and pacing, great color work and some absolutely fantastic artwork makes this a winner with a whole lot of potential ahead of it. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    We The Nerdy - Alexander Handziuk Oct 16, 2015

    Ultimately, the Shield #1 is a good debut issue, that successfully reinvigorates a 75 year old character with wit, vigour and a whole lot of badassery. If you're into dark superhero comics or are just interested in an easy jumping on point into the world of Dark Circle Comics, then The Shield #1 is definitely the book for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 21, 2015

    Dark Circle has a winner on their hands with "The Shield" #1. Wendig and Christopher weave together a mystery with threads of history, while Johnson provides a visual spectacle rife with strong images of powerful personalities and spectacular characters. Fitzpatrick's colors have a real-world tint to them but do not hesitate to be bold and sassy, and Deering's letters round out the presentation. Though not an all-ages read, it's a smart, fresh interpretation of a vintage concept given a new burst of energy. This is a great place to start, as "The Shield" #1 is a strong, standalone entry point to a whole new world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dawn of Comics Oct 14, 2015

    This heroine looks like Captain Americas sidekick, but don't let that fool you, this girl is the MAIN attraction. The idea of a hero born again and again when there's a war is a great concept. The pacing was good and the art is great. The lead is powerful without being cocky and the mystery of the agent that knows who Victoria is and what he wants is interesting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Alamo Oct 17, 2015

    The Shield is a solid third entry into Dark Circle's line of relaunched superhero books, following the gritty Black Hood and whimsical Fox with an action packed heroine that kicks butts and takes names. It's refreshing to see another strong female protagonist take the lead in a comic book and while many complain about gender swapping established heroes, I think Christopher and Wendig did the right thing here. Based on this opening foray, I think this series holds some real promise. It remains true that the revolution will not be televised, but one take on it will unfold within the pages of this comic and I look forward to seeing where it leads. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    First Comics News - Richard Vasseur Oct 8, 2015

    The more you read and see of Victoria the more you start to feel awe at her. She is one unique individual that is sure to make an impact. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Plug - Toben Racicot Oct 14, 2015

    I was pleasantly surprised by this issue. It seems basic on the surface but I feel like there are greater elements at work. The Shield isnt the type of book I would normally read, but its premise seems intriguing. With the great art, and the quick paced writing, this book moves fast and delivers well. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Oct 21, 2015

    “The Shield” #1 is a nice start but there's still a lot of room to grow. However it does give you plenty of reasons to stick around for more. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    PopOptiq - Logan Dalton Oct 21, 2015

    The Shield #1 begins as a standard thriller story with maybe a little too much narration from novelist-turned-comics writers Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig, but turns into a more psychological story about PTSD and patriotism as the comic progresses. Much of these psychological effects come from the art and colors of Drew Johnson and Kelly Fitzpatrick, who shy away from the red, white, and blue of the color art and play with grit, grime, and hellfire explosions as Victoria Adams tries to figure out who she is, what's she's been, and what she stands for as the Shield. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Oct 17, 2015

    I'm not always a fan of "dark" comics, but this one has it's merits, and a very skilled art team" Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan Oct 19, 2015

    THE SHIELD has a lot of promising qualities, but it fails to convey them to us a readers. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Oct 21, 2015

    I have a very strong feeling that this is going to be a solid series as we get deeper into some of the vagueness that existed in this first issue. There's a lot to work with here and Johnson's art certainly sells this character, hopefully the subsequent issues will have her really branch out and become a unique character. There is huge potential for this character once we get past the introductions phase and I will definitely be back for the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    GWW - Enrique Rea Oct 23, 2015

    ‘The Shield' #1 didn't live up to expectations but the DNA of a great series is there. A reborn American hero embodied by a more muscular version of Jessica Chastain has a ton of potential. With some character development and cleaner layouts Victoria Adams could become the face of Dark Circle Comics and the flagship book it deserves to be. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Oct 21, 2015

    'The Shield' #1 didn't live up to expectations but the DNA of a great series is there. A reborn American hero embodied by a more muscular version of Jessica Chastain has a ton of potential. With some character development and cleaner layouts Victoria Adams could become the face of Dark Circle Comics and the flagship book it deserves to be. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Oct 22, 2015

    There's a ton to enjoy in The Shield #1, not the least of which is the vigorous delving into defining the role of a soldier and the price of that responsibility. With a plethora of ideas and potential ideals introduced, there's certainly room to find its footing, but it commands your attention almost immediately. Victoria Adams is a bold, refreshing take on a character lost to time and one who's journey looks to be a hard-fought one to accompany her on. Lord knows she'll be able to take it on with unfettered confidence. USA! USA! USA! Read Full Review

  • 4.1
    Multiversity Comics - Kevin McConnell Oct 26, 2015

    The potential for success here was dashed after page 2. Hardly the dark & edgy story Dark Circle Comics was going for, unless they meant for it to be in a dark hole. Color me disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Chase Magnett Oct 24, 2015

    The end result isn't a comic that is offensive or completely without merit. It simply lacks the ability to earnestly recommend itself as something worth continuing. While it's entirely possible that any of its elements, from characters to setting, will be refined as the series continues, there's nothing here to make us believe that will happen. The Shield #1 is a lackluster outing that is best left on the shelf. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Oct 20, 2015

    This start isn't impossible to come back from. The idea of an eternal American warrior isn't a bad one. But the creative team needs to let loose. They had a blank canvas, and the best they could conjure up was the sort of thing that gets canceled after six episodes on USA Network. There's a lot of strong imagery that can be used here. I mean, plenty of characters have draped themselves in the flag with great success! The Shield can be one, too, but the creators need to show some vision first. Read Full Review

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