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

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Dustin Weaver Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 7, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 9
9.1Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Leonardo Da Vinci was an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. So was Issac Newton. So were Imhotep and Zhang Heng and Galileo and many other geniuses throughout time. They were the first heroes to defeat Galactus and the Brood and turn Celestials back. They saved the world long before Captain America or Iron Man were ever born, but what does this mean to our heroes of today? What does this mean to Nick Fury? Do not miss this Marvel Comics masterpiece that fans will be talking about for decades to come. All the insanity is courtesy of JONATHAN HICKMAN (FANTASTIC FOUR, SECRET WARRIORS, Nightly News) and DUSTIN WEAVER (X-MEN). Rated T

  • 10
    The Weekly Crisis - Matt Ampersand Apr 12, 2010

    One of the best books to come out in a long time, S.H.I.E.L.D. is awe inspiring in it's scope and ambition. The creative team offers an incredibly good looking and smart book. Buy it, read it, put it down, think about it, and read it again, you will not be disappointed. I cannot recommend it enough, it has plenty to love and much to offer for all kinds of readers. The wait for the next issue of S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to be an incredibly long one, as it looks like the book is going to be shipping bimonthly, but that leaves more time for me to concoct speculation and mad theories. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Apr 6, 2010

    But, here's the thing. Everything I've described up until now? It's all window dressing for the main story set in the 1950s. Leonid, a young man with powers relating to the stars, is recruited to join S.H.I.E.L.D. and brought to the Immortal City beneath Rome. That's where the rest of this story lies, as we start to learn hints of the source of the organization's power, as well as Leonid and his father's connection to S.H.I.E.L.D. even before Leonid's recruitment. There are lots of little surprises in store for you, like the figures chasing after Leonid's father, or just why we're learning about all of these S.H.I.E.L.D. agents from the past. It's an imaginative, fun introduction to this new "S.H.I.E.L.D." series, and it's quite frankly the best issue #1 I've seen in a very long time. It will be hard for "S.H.I.E.L.D." to keep up this rush of newness and wonder and excitement throughout every issue, but for now I'm absolutely in love. This is a top-notch debut, and I wish all superhero Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Tony Rakittke Apr 8, 2010

    Until they release the next issue, that is. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Apr 12, 2010

    SHIELD #1 was a superb read and I strongly recommend that you give this title a try. Hickman and Weaver are a dynamic team and they complement each other perfectly. This issue should appeal to super hero fans as well as fans who typically avoid super hero titles. SHIELD #1 is simply a cut above the other comic books that currently populate the market. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Apr 7, 2010

    The organization known as SHIELD is about to get a major redefinition. In Hickmans hands, and with no Nick Fury in sight (at least not yet), SHIELDs readers are going to be taken where no Marvel Comics fan has been before. Not only is this series gonna to be a blast, its gonna be huge. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Dan Phillips Apr 7, 2010

    Like Chew #1, S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 is in many ways a perfect debut. It accomplishes nearly everything a first issue should, providing readers with a strong hook, a sense of its characters and an idea of what sort of craziness is to come. The issue sucks you into its world on the very first page and doesn't let go until the last. It's not quite as complete as Chew #1 was, but then again not many debut comics are. The only real problem I have with it is that its protagonist is the least developed and intriguing of all its characters. Regardless, after only one issue I'm already comfortable calling S.H.I.E.L.D. the boldest, most creative and exciting Marvel comic on the stands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Apr 28, 2010

    Every once in a while, a comic comes out that you know is special from the minute you open the first page. SHIELD is one of these comics, but I'll be damned if I can tell you exactly what it's about. It's like a secret history of the world that actually delivers on that billing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Apr 8, 2010

    The hype surrounding this issue was pretty huge, but the creative blows that away with a takenoprisoners approach to Marvel mythology that simultaneously flies in the face of everything you thought you knew about the Marvel Universe and captures the sense of wonder that makes Marvel's Silver Age comics so timeless. This is a beautiful book that is going to be divisive, but if you can stomach the retcons and playful approach to history, there was no other book that could even come close to this one this week. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Apr 12, 2010

    S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 is as fascinating a launch as I can remember anyone putting out in several years, and it earns a more-than-impressive 4 out of 5 stars overall. Bottom line: Its good, and I want to know more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Apr 10, 2010

    History buffs might find some errors with some of the dates in the stories, but the inclusion of some of these historical characters is fairly brilliant in its own right. This is a story that exams a secret organization that has had some famous members for thousands of years and this is the ground floor of that story. Thirty pages of amazing art and a great story should be enough to get you to drop down four bucks on this. It's definitely worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Matthew J. Brady Apr 6, 2010

    One hopes that Hickman has a well-thought-out plan here, since every indication points to exciting and interesting secrets revealed, crazy sci-fi action, and mind-bending concepts like time travel and cosmic Marvel characters like Galactus and the Celestials. And, of course, it would be nice if he gets a chance to tell whatever story he has planned, rather than getting cancelled after four issues or so. But whatever the case, it's nice to see Marvel do something so interesting and offbeat, expanding their universe into the past as well as the future and setting one of their more imaginative writers loose to come up with whatever he can. It might not be perfect, but we can enjoy it as much as possible while its here. Read Full Review

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