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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1


Capsule Review

I don’t much care for the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show, but I still found something to like here. This newest S.H.I.E.L.D. lacks the pizazz of the beloved Jack Kirby and Steranko versions, but it does have a certain charm of its own, with its hyper-competent human-scaled heroes going toe-to-toe with Marvel’s superheroes. Plus we get flying cars and the Helicarrier. Agent Coulson is still back from the dead and still in charge, and he is growing into his role as not-Nick Fury — if he isn’t yet Sean Connery, he is at least George Lazenby, wooing the ladies and soaking up a beat-down from some nefarious thugs as part of his clever masterplan to legally take apart an enemy base. The team consists of back-bench superheroes like Mockingbird and Deathlok (looking more like DC’s Cyborg than the original death machine for-hire), along with characters from the TV show that I don’t know at all, but which I liked well enough. The dialogue had some snap and there were the requisite twists and turns, with a nice reveal at the end. Not an essential book but it falls just this side of entertaining.

Approachability For New Readers

It seems to closely follow the TV show, so that’s a plus. And the dynamics of secret agent stories are kind of baked into our pop culture DNA at this point, so you can’t go far wrong with this type of thing. It works.

Read #2?

I suppose.

Sales Rank

(#50 January)

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


Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1


Capsule Review

S.H.I.E.L.D. is fielding a monster squad? Count me in! I love Nick Fury, Morbius the Living Vampire, Dracula, Werewolf by Night, Ghost Rider, Fin Fang Foom, Son of Satan, and the Monster of Frankenstein! Too bad none of those guys are in this book. Hit Monkey, Manphibian, and Zombie Jasper Sitwell … you’re fired! (Man-Thing can stay, though). Really, with such a rich and under-utilized cast of monster characters on Marvel’s backbench, there’s no excuse for foisting these has-beens and never-wuzzes on us. Let’s never speak of this again.

Approachability For New Readers

It’s fine … but why bother?

Read #2?


Sales Rank

#46 October

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Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.#1


Happy Birthday To Me (Again)

I had a birthday last month, and if it wasn’t marked by faux-5Ks and parking tickets, there was some small gift-giving, thanks to my lovely wife, and my best comics pal, the Ulm.

Happy Birthday To Me!

That S.H.I.E.L.D. collection proves that Steranko knows what ABC does not — how to make great S.H.I.E.L.D. stories. And those tin signs of DC icons will go nicely in my comic book Man Cave.

As things come in, treasures must also go out. I’ve recently updated my bulk comics for sale page with several new lots (including the Ultraverse!), and I even have a few graphic novels available via eBay right now. If you’re in the market for comic book goodness direct from Longbox Graveyard — or if you’d like a way of sending me a belated birthday present! — please be sure to check out what I have on offer.


Jack Kirby’s Gadgets Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Gallery

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Strange Tales #142

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Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuts tonight on ABC, at 8|7 here in the United States!

Longbox Graveyard has been a fan of Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. from this blog’s earliest days … and to help you count down the hours to tonight’s broadcast debut, here’s an overview of Longbox Graveyard’s classic S.H.I.E.L.D. goodness!

Reviews of the original comics properties — Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos and Strange Tales!

Strange Tales #135

A spotlight on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s amazing toys — Jack Kirby’s Gadgets of S.H.I.E.L.D. (And HYDRA, Too!)

Strange Tales #135

You won’t find a more macho super-agent than Nick Fury — Top Ten Manliest Superheroes!

David Hasselhoff?

Brilliant 1960s spy chic — Nick Fury By Steranko!

Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #1, Jim Steranko

The origin tale of super-spy Nick Fury — The Man For The Job!

Strange Tales #135

And finally, the day we spent with Agent Coulson — The Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon!

Agent Coulson

Be sure to tune in for the inaugural television adventures of S.H.I.E.L.D. tonight — and then come back here to post your thoughts about the show in my comments section, below.

Remember … Don’t Yield, Back S.H.I.E.L.D.!


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