A Review: THE SHIELD #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of THE SHIELD #1 from Dark Circle Comics (an Archie Comics imprint). Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig write, Drew Johnson draws, Kelly Fitzpatrick colors, and Rachel Deering letters.

She has no identification of any kind, but the she stopped a crime. She also did a bunch of collateral damage, and Cole thinks she knows who the mystery woman is. Cole arranges to let her get away, and the woman runs. She also has a few moments of clarity and a bit of an awakening along the way. But when she finds Cole again, something else – something bigger – finds them both.

Our mystery woman learns fast. She goes from nobody to superhero in a single issue. And I like that approach – too much emphasis these days on origin stories, so that this book gets right into the action is a nice change of pace (there might be a pun there). And our meeting with the “bad guy” is brief enough to plant lots of questions in our minds, and not much else. Oh, and then there’s the fight scenes. They’re amazing, especially the single-page one where she takes down three guys.

If you’re into exciting, action-laden re-envisionings* of historic superheroes (that’s "historic" in at least two senses of the word), then this is your book. And who isn’t into that, really?

*I’m not sure that’s a word, but it should be.
THE SHIELD #1 is available now at your FLCS or at darkcirclecomics.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )