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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 thLeonardo 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?Collecting: S.H.I.E.L.D. 1-6...

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S.H.I.E.L.D.: Architects of Forever Reviews

  • Anne
    2018-12-07 10:52

    2.5 starsI'm sorry, but this just didn't do it for me.The artwork was stunning, though! Beautiful! Really, I would have read it just to look at the lovely pages. But as far as the actual story goes?Nah. It wasn't something that interested me. The idea was really cool, but the execution was slow, confusing, and ultimately boring.And considering this was a slim volume with such nice artwork, I'm sort of surprised.The concept is this:The greatest minds have always been in the background of our world, protecting us from the unseen threats of the universe.Da Vinci, Galileo, Newton, Tesla, Michelangelo, etc...The story contains images of the past, present, and future showing the reader how everything has unfolded over the ages, through the eyes of...Starboy? He's made up of (what looks like) stars, and his origin is still not totally understood, even to himself.Much of the story was simply too trippy for me, I'm afraid. I liked Starboy (or whatever his name was), but the rest of the cast of characters was too silly for me to take seriously. And they weren't meant to be silly. There were supposed to be all impressive and amazing. For whatever reason, I found myself rolling my eyes at the idea of these dudes having all of this knowledge, and making all of these grand gestures.However, most of my friends loved this.So.I'm thinking it's a case of It's not you, it's me, and not that this book just flat-out sucks.

  • Martin
    2018-12-04 09:40

    The Marvel Universe is populated by truly exceptional characters. From the Avengers to the X-Men, from the Fantastic Four to Daredevil and Spider-Man, the stories set in that shared universe have captured the imagination of readers everywhere. But what if there was more to the Marvel Universe? Something we could not even imagine? When this book was first released, Jonathan Hickman (The Nightly News, Pax Romana) was one of the newest voices in comics and he clearly had some brilliant ideas he wanted to share with us: Take the idea of a hidden history (like The Planetary Omnibus) and the idea of a group made up of famous historical figures (like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1, but actual people instead of fictional characters of literary works), toss in Marvel Universe tropes like Galactus the Devourer of Worlds, Celestials, S.H.I.E.L.D., Howard Stark and Nathaniel Richards, and what you get are the ingredients for one of the most inspired stories to have come along in a while. "S.H.I.E.L.D.: Architects of Forever" chronicles the beginnings of the world-spanning agency charged with the protection of our planet. Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Sir Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, (the list goes on)... they're all here. That this book is so full of new ideas and concepts is in itself a great thing. This book was to be only the first volume of a multi-volume saga. Too bad there never was a volume 2, I would've liked to know where this was headed.

  • Issa
    2018-11-19 11:35

    I read these issues back when they came out and they are absolutely one of the craziest retcon stories that I have read! Did you know that both reed Richards and tony stark's dads were SHIELD agents? Did you know Leonardo DaVinci was Shield agent too? No? Read this. You will see seeds of future Hickman stories like infinity and New Avengers runs presented here. Absolutely gorgeous artwork too

  • Sam Quixote
    2018-11-30 09:42

    Jonathan Hickman takes SHIELD down the “Da Vinci Code” route where we discover SHIELD has been a millenia-old organisation tasked with protecting the world from cosmic danger. The members include Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Nostradamus, Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, Zhang Heng, and bringing in the Marvel element, Howard Stark and Nathaniel Richards (fathers of Tony Stark/Iron Man and Reed Richards/Mr Fantastic). The story is about a split within SHIELD with Leonardo da Vinci leading one side and Isaac Newton on the other (you’ll just have to accept that these dudes don’t die or age despite the story taking place in the 1950s). Da Vinci believes that humans have no limits, that no possibility is beyond their reach and that they are masters of their own destiny; Newton believes men are exactly who we are meant to be, that we should accept our fate, and find enlightenment in embracing it. Leonid is a young man who seems to be a central element in this battle and could be the one to unite them and show them a third way. One thing I’ve learned having read a number of Hickman’s books is that he doesn’t do small storylines. “Architects of Forever” is massive in scope and it’s quite common for the story to leap forward in time 600,000 years, then back to ancient times, to the early modern period, and then to the 1950s. The problem with the story jumping around all the time is that the book can seem untethered and the story is quite difficult to follow. Which leads to the problem of Marvel comics where all storylines are expected to lead to a big fight at the end. In a book containing some of the most extraordinary minds that ever lived, isn’t it a bit contrived that the first book would conclude in a mundane fight sequence? If these people are so enlightened, wouldn’t they see the futility of violence and bypass it altogether? But of course this is a Marvel comic so it’s expected. Hickman’s biggest weakness as a writer is creating real characters. All of the characters in the book are basically ciphers. He doesn’t spend time building them up he just throws them into the mix and moves on. Consequently it’s hard to empathise with anyone and care about any of the characters and their personal quests. Like all Hickman books, the high concepts in “Architects of Forever” take precedence over things like character and plot, but it doesn’t make this a boring read. The re-imagining of these characters is incredible and I thought it was a great idea to take these great thinkers who have attained god-like status in our culture and make them appear like gods with a dash of superhero thrown in. There are some excellent set pieces held together with some amazing art from Dustin Weaver. Da Vinci flying into space and Nostradamus looking into the future are all beautifully drawn, as are all of the characters and backgrounds, particularly the Immortal City. And there is a lot of action going on with Howard Stark and Nathaniel Richards chasing Nikola Tesla through time and Leonid discovering SHIELD’s past with the help of da Vinci and Newton. I enjoyed reading whatever was going on in the page right then despite not really understanding the conflict at the heart of the book or what it was really about. It’s fun and highly stylish, action-packed, and contains superb art throughout. My advice in reading this would be to let it wash over you and you’ll get more from the book rather than looking at the detail. In fact, that would be my advice in reading anything by Jonathan Hickman. “Architects of Forever” is bold storytelling on an enormous canvas and we definitely need writers like Hickman to set out storylines like this for a new generation of Marvel readers and show them the wonder and legacy of the cosmic days of Marvel that Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko once created - can’t wait for Volume 2!

  • Aaron
    2018-12-04 08:22

    I feel like this must be one of those love-it-or-hate-it books, because frankly, I kind of hated it. I really wanted to like this book. It's got vast ideas spanning centuries, revealing that the Marvel spy network SHIELD is actually an ancient organization run by such minds as Leonardo Da Vinci and Isaac Newton. It plays with a lot of big philosophies and doomsday speak and fate and science and all things I normally love. But, I really don't think this book is saying anything. I think this is all pseudo philosophy wrapped up in big words that don't really mean anything, complete with characters that are very eloquent when saying nothing at all.I mean, no one in this book ever goes "Hold up. Explain yourself." Shit is just CRAZY. The character we are meant to relate to is never developed. We only know he is some sort of everyman who has some sort of power and was brought into the fold for some sort of reason that no one ever explains. And despite the fact that all of this crazy SHIELD stuff is just as new and crazy to him as it is to us, he never goes "HEY WHAT NOW?!" He just sits there content with answers like "All will be known in time" or "The crow knows best which flock it belongs to" or "Gather ye your sticks and measures for the time is nigh upon us for worldmaking." These are all things I made up that could easily fit within the nonsense this book spews out constantly. It's just empty dumb bullshit and I started to despise it.Now, the art is incredible, and the book was a breeze to read. There are some cool crossovers with the Marvel universe in here, and the stuff that is actually developed and understandable is pretty out there and cool. But, for the most part, this book is nothing. It is nothing wrapped up in a very pretty package. Oh, and it doesn't even end. There was another series after this that I guess wrapped it up, but it was never collected for some reason. So, not only is this bad, it's not even all of it. So, just avoid this. It sucks.

  • Mike
    2018-11-25 05:35

    Fantastic ideas incorporated into this series. No one is investing more into re-imagining the Marvel Universe's already well-established history, and boy is Hickman pouring real effort into this and the Secret Warriors. What with all the multiple-titles-per-month writing going on in Marvel these days, it's a rare treat to get someone who sits down and thinks up more than appears on the page. Weaver's gorgeous artwork lavishly renders each panel, and he does some Big Scenery well.This book for me demanded a careful read and a number of flips back and forth to make sense of all the details. Some may say this isn't a good story or that they didn't like it; for me this is exactly the kind of work I've been looking for, and I enjoyed the challenge, the surprises and the sheer force of imagination that this book brought to me. I borrowed this book from the library but I'm going out to buy it now, and I'll put the next book on my wish list too. This deserves a place of honor among my most prized graphic novels, and I'll happily re-read it just for the "better than petty men" inspiration.

  • Travis
    2018-11-24 06:29

    Interesting, but it really is all sizzle and no steak.Lots of big, clever ideas and no payoff or any real foundation or hook character to keep me interested.The 'hero' ( or character I think Hickman is setting up to be the hero) has no personality and does nothing.THe idea of a conspiracy stretching through history to protect the world from all the crazy, dangerous stuff in the marvel universe and that it's membership included guys like De Vinci is cool, but it contradicts actual marvel history just enough to distract me with the thought that this is an alternate earth.If it is, we are never told and if it isn't then Hickman didn't do as much research as he should. Either way, it's an annoying distraction.The art is very nice, but in the end, it feels like a bright shiny object they use to distract you from the lack of story.SHame, as SHIELD contains all kind of secret history and funky steampunk technology that I like, but for all it's interesting ideas, the thing reads like a big prologue. You keep reading with the idea that any minute now something will happen and almost a dozen issues in, nothing really does. It all feels like it's setting up something big that you just get kind of tired of waiting for.Good idea, weak execution.

  • Matt
    2018-12-07 05:37

    I originally read this volume on May 18th, 2011 (when I was still in the early stages of my adult comic reading). Having just read it again, with a much greater knowledge of Marvel's distant (and modern) history, I appreciated it even more. In fact, my original rating, was only a 4-star rating, but today it was definitely a 5-star read. I'll start by posting my original review, and then follow that up with some current thoughts.Here is my original review from 2011:The introduction of Marvel versions of real-life historical characters was entertaining, with some of the character choices even being surprising. While I enjoyed the way in which the story was told across several timelines, the plot became slightly confusing at times in regards to what exactly was happening. The artwork was fantastic, and overall, I would say this is a fun, interesting read. Here is my review from 2016:I still agree that the artwork was really great, but I disagree with "Past Me" in that the story was confusing. I was able to follow everything very easily this time around. Knowing things about characters like Howard Stark and Nathaniel Richards definitely helped me in understanding some plot points. Also, the first time I read this, I didn't know what a Celestial was in the Marvel Universe, so that knowledge gave certain scenes more significance. Lastly, reading Hickman's complete "Fantastic Four" run gave me an understanding and appreciate for his epic story-telling. There are a ton of interesting plot ideas and new twists on characters in these pages. Since this series was cancelled years ago, I imagine some of the ideas that Hickman had for it were eventually used in his creator-owned books like "Manhattan Projects" and "East of West." I hate that this series was cancelled so soon. I know that there are some additional issues released, but it wasn't enough for Marvel to put together into a collection (probably because the story wasn't completed). I have read online that Hickman and Marvel still plan to bring a finish to the storyline, but I don't know when that will actually happen.My favorite comic book series is "Morning Glories" by Image Comics. Even though the stories for it and Hickman's "S.H.I.E.L.D." are completely different, this book had some strong "Morning Glories" vibes to it.

  • Chris Lemmerman
    2018-12-02 06:30

    This is perhaps the most high concept comic book I've read, and that can make it discouraging to read. But this is a truly interesting story that delves right to the heart of the Marvel Universe and the way we think about concepts in general.I won't pretend that I understood everything that happened here - I'm certainly not clever enough to do so without help. But what I did get was a brilliantly thought out beginning to an adventure that will no doubt prove to be something truly special, especially when depicted with Dustin Weaver's sweeping visuals - provided Hickman ever finishes it.

  • Claire
    2018-12-12 09:52

    So much information to take in. SHIELD really is an amazing organisation and this comic book collection highlights its entire history, modern day and even the future of SHIELD. Not to be missed by fans.Howard Stark is always a pleasure.

  • Tam Kien Duong
    2018-12-01 07:36

    you have to read this for the high level of constant WTF involving high profile history of science figures. In the first 30 pages Galileo build a laser, Da Vinci something like an Iron Man suite and Tesla travels through Time.

  • Kerry
    2018-12-13 07:47

    This was pretty silly, but then I don't usually read superhero stuff. So I guess it was fun enough to be okay.It cracks me up that Isaac Newton is always a bad guy. Grrr, jerkface Isaac Newton!!(Also, needs more Leibniz. How come HE wasn't Newton's adversary? Too obvious?)

  • Claudia
    2018-12-14 10:45

    If you get confused reading this collection of six issues of SHIELD, skip to the sixth issue. To me, that was the only issue that made sense and explained the rest of the collection. By the way, I give the art five stars.

  • John
    2018-11-18 12:38

    So, I feel the Marvel Universe generally works best as shorter-run narratives/epics essentially mini-series or seasons, while DC works best as longer ongoing runs. This allows Marvel writers/artists to have a perennial/evergreen story generally free of canon/continuity issues and gets them to flesh our their vision without the interruption of say--a crossoever event.For me, this would include Young Avengers, Hawkeye, NextWave, Moon Knight (Lemire), Superior Foes of Spider-Man (Spencer), The Defenders, etc. These comics, I feel are often the "thesis" of certain creators on what makes the Marvel Universe such as special place. This to me, would also include Hickman's SHIELD series. While not as all as encompassing as his Fantastic Four/Avengers/Secret Wars Narrative--it has all the excesses and indulgences of Hickman. It feels the most "independent" and "creator-owned" of his Marvel work. Also, the most R&D in a weird way. This run basically posits that SHIELD has excited for several thousand years, and that members such as DaVinci, Newton and Tesla were all members. It's a bit of a clumsy, yet fun idea for a superhero universe. That being said--it's got a nice sense of revisionist history in a Warren Ellis vein with titles like "The Unholy Resurrection of Leonardo DaVinci", "The Madness, The Child and the Star Madonna" and "The Forgotten Machines of Nikola Tesla" to name a few. It's well-designed and well-executed comics. It's a renaissance man doing an ambitious book that adds layers to a universe he doesn't own. "Without Purpose, a Man is Nothing". The ending is not out yet (May this year); but the secret society of SHIELD is about guiding humanity to the Final Fate of Man or Freeing Him From That Tether

  • 47Time
    2018-11-23 10:41

    The Shield organization has been around since antiquity and has been led by Imhotep, da Vinci, Galileo, currently Newton and the next in line is Leonid. He is brought to the High Council of Shield where he is shown the hidden history of the world. The current leader of Shield will have to deal with a Shield brother from the past who believes that a new age and direction for the secret organization is needed.The story unfolds in primarily two timelines, with many flashbacks from historical moments pivotal to Shield. There is a great deal of complexity, so this comic seems targeted toward a more mature audience. The artwork is beautiful, albeit overwhelming at times, perhaps intentionally to match the deep story. It has overlapping panels, wide angles combined with close-ups, an extreme amount of detail. It's something that you really need to step back for, so skimming is not an option.(view spoiler)[Leonid's father, Nikola Tesla, also called the Dark Man, intends to destroy Shield and Shield agents Richards and Stark force him to sacrifice himself in a explosion that transports the three of them into another time. The two Shield agents will need to band together with Tesla to get back to their time.Running before his father exploded, Leonid comes face to face with Leonardo da Vinci. The latter believes that Shield was corrupted by current leader Isaac Newton who was looking to discover a mystical higher understanding. Da Vinci aims to gather followers inside Shield, effectively splitting the organization into two factions. The subsequent battle is fierce and Leonid's intervention to try to stop it doesn't help. (hide spoiler)]

  • Raymond
    2018-12-03 11:48

    I don't get it. So many folks raved over this but I wasn't impressed. Two of the three stars are for the wonderful art. This reads like two thirds of a good story. The concept is great but the execution is severely lacking - there's just no substance to it. I have enjoyed most of the other stuff I've read by Hickman, but not this one.

  • jordan
    2018-11-26 12:39

    I don't often review comics though I read more than my share. Occasionally, however, there comes along something that really grabs my fancy. More often than not, it is a book about which I am the last to board the train, like Fables. Then there are those rare cases where a book comes along that I want to push on fellow fans of the form.With S.H.I.E.L.D. Architects of Forever, Hickman demonstrates why I so love the Marvel and DC Universes (a feud in which I refuse to engage), with all of the byzantine baggy histories which both have amassed through the decades, often to their editors' discomfort but to a talented writer's delight. Some may get bogged down wondering how this book will integrate into Marvel's "continuity," (I suspect it largely won't) but for me, I just delighted in Hickman's inventive blending of historical persona (Galileo, Tesla, Newton, Leonardo, etc) with Marvel stalwarts (Celestials, Galactus, the Brood) and with a few favorite characters' fathers thrown in for good measure. Weaver's art is lovely and unusual, proving a fine compliment for Hickman's story.As someone who now reads comics only when collected in volumes, I can't wait for the next volume of Hickman's SHIELD. I can't remember the last comic I so much enjoyed.

  • Eric England
    2018-12-09 10:27

    S.H.I.E.L.D.: Architects of Forever by Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver is a brilliant if often infuriating look into the hidden history of the Marvel Universe. The story tells of the secret origins of the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization and traces the roots to the real life Egyptian engineer Imhotep. Hickman then combines real history, speculation, and the cosmic concepts of the Marvel Universe and blends them into a potent stew. The story feels fresh and new at every moment, even when it frequently spirals out of control. The most genius idea of all is taking real-life figures like Galileo, Issac Newton, Leonardo Da Vinci, Nostradamus, Michelangelo, and Nicola Tesla and making them into superheroes. These men were monumental figures both in life and in the annals of history. Why not transfigure them into our icons-the superheroes of page and screen? Dustin Weaver's art is simply beautiful. He rises to every challenge handed to him by the dense scripts and creates a new world all its own. His style evokes that of the Kuberts while retaining its own flavor. This graphic novel, while excellent, is not for everyone. The plot can be jumbled and disjointed. The character work is functional at best. Worst of all, this story has still not been completed. I would recommend this volume.

  • Yurana
    2018-11-21 13:39

    I really liked the idea of a conspiracy spanning back thousands of years about the beginnings of Shield. Sadly this book just did not deliver.It basically is all exposition with no actual story or character development to speak of. And if you want to set up a great conspiracy typ story than things have to be as least a bit mysterious at the beginning instead of just dumping exposition at the reader. Almost every great inventor/genius of history is somehow shoehorned into the "story" (there is really not much of a story, the protagonists doesn't do anything and has no personality to speak of, he is just dragged from one place to the next by other people) with no payoff and in the end I ask myself why I should care about any of this.One other thing that really bugs me personally: There is not a single female character in the whole story (well, there is one, she has maybe two lines). It's all white males all the time and the retelling of history through the great Shield conspiracy is annoyingly eurocentristic.

  • Jordan Lahn
    2018-11-19 07:31

    Every time I read a book by Jonathan Hickman my brain hurts. I turn the last page, close the book, and try to figure out what I just read.That being said, this is just a fascinating concept. Combines steampunk, history, and superheroes. I didn't fully understand half of Hickman's concepts, like the Human Machine and the Five-Fold Understanding, but they felt big and weighty and made me feel like this was a book to reread and think about and try to understand better.I really wish volume 2 had been completed so I could immediately jump into that. Hickman always lays out these long term plots, and I'm sure part of the reason I'm struggling to understand is because there are answers to come in later volumes. Rumors on the Internet indicate that he's working on the next issue right now, although I worry about whether it will be published after such a long gap. I hope it does, because I will be very interested to read more.

  • Tomer Soiker
    2018-11-28 13:29

    Expectations were high back when this series was previewed. I eventually had to pass on reading it monthly and recently purchased it in trade. My familiarity with Hickman is short (only read his first and incredible work, "The Nightly News") and his new rise to fame at Marvel seemed like something to look for. While his ideas on this book are somewhat interesting - making SHIELD an eons old secret organization that protects the world and run by the greatest minds of history - the final result is a bit messy, and sadly ends as a setting for the next volume, with not much of resolution for this one book.The best, however, is Dustin Weaver's art (a couple of years ago I picked him as an artist to look up for: http://panelsonpages.com/?p=7205). His designs, probably with the guide of Hickman, an artist himself, bring a steampunk atmosphere to the story and generally he proves that he is one of the best artists in the business.

  • Brandt
    2018-11-21 10:32

    This book is frankly a bit odd, as the only actual Marvel characters who appear in it are the father's of Tony Stark and Reed Richards. My understanding is that this is part of Hickman's story arc that leads eventually to Secret Wars but as of yet, I don't understand how. What I do understand is that Hickman manages to weave the great minds of the past into an interesting, if not confusing narrative that is continued in a second volume. Also, there are cameos from both Galactus and the Celestials, throwing this into the "cosmic" realm of Marvel stories. Since I have seen Goodreads lists indicating that this is Hickman's Marvel "Overture" I am sufficiently interested here to see how this opening leads into the rest of it.

  • Michael Liggett
    2018-12-16 13:37

    This was a great concept that once again Marvel didn't have a clue how to continue. The art, though it was the kind of heartless clean lines with muddied digital coloring that most Big 2 comics languish in these days it actually worked for this particular story somehow. And while the writing was a bit elementary (DaVinci had a habit of telling people who he was and how important his actions were) it was a great combination for turning one of Marvel's older institutions on its head. If only they kept a good team on this title after the first few issues...then there would be a volume 2 to go off about!Marvel needs to learn how to end a story and not just start one with the hopes it will make them money in perpetuity.

  • Neil McCrea
    2018-12-05 06:45

    This could be three stars or it could be five, it depends entirely on the follow up.The art is gorgeous, and Hickman once again does an excellent job of bringing Big Damn Ideas into the Marvel Universe. It is immensely rewarding to read how Tesla, Da Vinci, Newton and others all fit into the convoluted history of the Marvel Universe. I also enjoyed seeing Howard Stark and Nathanial Richards (the fathers' of Iron Man and Mr Fantastic respectively) engage in some 1950's era adventuring.However, Hickman's greatest weakness is in the follow through to his grand ideas. This volume is all set-up and very little meat. The story has a lot of promise, but it is only after reading future volumes that I'll be able to truly judge its merits.

  • Samantha
    2018-12-12 13:42

    There are no women in SHEILD at all?? Come on!Tesla's bird--love it.I do have a problem with the idea of SHEILD as a brotherhood. I understand it is historically accurate that only men would have been recognized as being "worthy" of this brotherhood, but it would have been really easy for the authors to write in a solution to this sexism problem. They could have either made the main character a woman, because I have no idea why it needs to be a man, or they could have just said SHEILD would have been smart enough to recognize the smartest people in the world might include some women from the very beginning. Otherwise, this is a pretty fantastic comic.

  • Sophie
    2018-12-16 10:29

    This isn't perfect, but it's really cool: as it turns out, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been around longer than you'd think, and some of its members include Leonardo da Vinci and Sir Isaac Newton. It's the kind of story that deserves the word "epic", and I love that Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver so obviously let their imagination go wild. Weaver's art is incredible (on a very superficial note: his Leonardo is *gorgeous*), and the way this ties in with the rest of the Marvel universe is fun to see. I love this - originally I intended to wait for the HC collection, but after reading one raving review after another, I couldn't wait. And I don't regret buying those single issues on eBay.

  • Craig
    2018-12-10 11:33

    This was a whole lot better than trying to read the individual issues as they came out on their uncertain schedule. Now, since things are properly sequenced, the story makes a lot more sense. And it's a lot more interesting, too. Almost seems like a dry run for Hickman's work on The Manhattan Projects--the same mad scientists, historical figures, etc. This S.H.I.E.L.D. is a far cry from the one headed by Nick Fury--it's more of an Illuminati sort of group, who wield superscience and even what seems like magic, in defense of our world. Fury's story was always more about espionage and spies, etc. Truly great artwork throughout by Dustin Weaver.

  • Meri
    2018-12-14 11:48

    I suppose I shouldn't judge this premise based on this volume alone (I'm assuming there are others, or going to be? I should research), but it left me a bit disappointed. The idea of ancient figures in history being in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D back in the day is pretty cool, and makes sense in the comic book universe. However, the young guy who seems to be the potential hero is a bit too vague and uninteresting. What's the meaning of his galaxy jeans? I hope things get better in a future volume. I did love the artwork. Da Vinci was buff and totally hot.

  • Alfred Almanza
    2018-11-24 06:46

    Me gusto mucho la idea de que SHIELD nació como una hermandad secreta (muy al estilo Illuminati o Masones) encargada de proteger el mundo y formada por personajes destacados como Da Vinci, Newton, Nostradamus, ¡Tesla! La historia gira en torno a una posible conspiración dentro de la hermandad, el climax de la historia es bastante emocionante pero es una lastima que el comic tenga un final abierto y hasta donde tengo entendido el volumen 2 esta incompleto. Es el único punto malo que le encontre. Por historias como esta, Jonathan Hickman es mi escritor de comics favorito.

  • Sean
    2018-12-12 10:29

    As Jonathan Hickman's epic S.H.I.E.L.D. re-imagination goes on, I realize that I love the idea much more than the execution. Seeing historical figures woven into the Marvel landscape was great but at times.....things got wonky. It was hard to tell the antagonists from the protagonists. Also, the "big reveal" that closed the book means nothing other than the name which doesn't propel the story. Hickman is always high concept but it doesn't always come together seamlessly. Dustin Weever's art was fantastic. Overall, a good book that strives to be more than it is.