Thursday, April 8, 2010

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

First off, I hate typing posts with the acronym S.H.I.E.L.D. in them. You have to hold shift and hit a letter then release, hold shift and hit a letter then release, hold shift and hit a letter then... ahhhh! So tedious!

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (thank you copy + paste) has been on my anticipation list since I created the list about 5 days ago. Also on the list: the Anaheim Comic Con, Friday's "Spartacus" episode and the last disc of season 1 "Beast Wars." This previous Wednesday brought me the comic and as hoped a little bit of joy.

The book starts out by telling a brief tale of the origins of S.H.I.E.L.D. and why they are called S.H.I.E.L.D.. With the help of Apocalypse (sweet 1 panel cameo), an ancient Egyptian, or as we know him today the Mummy from the Brendan Frasier Mummy movies, beats back an alien race trying to take over the Earth. He takes out the alien queen with...his spear? Oh, but he was holding a shield! I guess Marvel couldn't come up with a good acronym for S.P.E.A.R.. (Super Powered Egyptians Always Rock)

As the story moves through time we see other earth protectors including Leonardo Di Vinci. Is it just me, or is anyone else getting tired of the stories that talk about how smart and clever the Turtle's leader was? I would love to read a comic where he was actually not very bright. His inventions that seem to be in his notes were actually just instruction to toys he won at fairs for knocking over 3 water jugs with one rock. "That da Vinci... dumb as a stone, but what an arm!"

For Marvel's purposes Jonathan Hickman writes the Renaissance man himself as a wise old sage who invents and...time travels? Yeah, I don't know what's going on either. But this comic of the day does leave me a bit curious. And who knows, maybe da Vinci will end up being a moron with a hell of a fastball.

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