Friday, April 9, 2010

This Is Not How The World Ends...!

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

The Pharoah Imhotep confronts the monstrous alien Brood in ancient Egypt. Celestials stalk 2nd century China; thousands of years later, Leonardo da Vinci discovers something incredible hidden in the heart of the sun. In 16th century Rome, Galileo Galilei stands for humanity against the coming of the World Eater, Galactus. But this is not how the world ends...!

Jonathan Hickman, easily one of the most clever writers working in today's comic book field, pulls out all the stops for the strongest first issue I've read in ages. Revealing wild snapshots of the hidden history of humanity and the development of the mysterious organization known as The Shield, Hickman brings us the untold story of the end of the world -- and the select few who, armed with the secret, stand together in defense of the Earth. Artist Dustin Weaver delivers big visuals that complement the epic storytelling and ably demonstrate why the safe money is on this guy becoming the next comic book artist superstar.

I always love it when comic companies step back and let talented creators go nuts on their classic concepts -- it's how we get modern must-reads like Alex Ross' Marvels and Neil Gaiman's 1602 -- and, yes, even though it's only at #1, I can say that S.H.I.E.L.D. really is that promising. If you're looking for something that will shake up your reading list, do yourself a favour and pick up S.H.I.E.L.D.... but don't wait too long! Word on this thing is spreading fast, with the first issue sold out at Marvel and a second printing slated to ship within weeks. Ask a Curious Comics staff member how you can get your hands on a copy!

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