Frank Barbie re on How ling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.
With members like Werewolf By Night, Man-Thing and Teen Abomination, Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. are very different from the team’s WW2 incarnation…
Our All-New, All-Different Howling Commandos are part of a brand new S.H.I.E.L.D. division called S.T.A.K.E. – the Supernatural Threat Assessment and Kill Experts. It’s S.T.A.K.E.’s mission to locate, contain and study the supernatural threats in the Marvel U that are outside the capabilities of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers. They deal with all kinds of monsters and threats that can only be dealt with by monsters of their own.
Dum Dum Dugan, who made a comeback in the recent S.H.I.E.L.D. anniversary issue, leads the Howling Commandos here…
He’s the connective tissue with the old Commandos. He sees this collection of oddities as something more than just “monsters,” and he’s the one who is going to make them a team. More importantly, he teaches them that they are in control of their own identity, although Dum Dum is struggling with his own identity, which makes him a great mentor and leader of our new Commandos.
Are you enjoying collaborating with artist Brent Shoonover?
Brent’s style has given the book a wonderful unique tone that allows it to be action-packed as well as not entirely self-serious. He’s also embraced the weirdness, coming up with a lot of incredible monster designs and action sequences.
What adversaries will the Howling Commandos come up against?
There’s definitely a villain who is going to surface that Marvel fans will recognise from some older comics, but we’re keeping him under wraps for now. The first issue has our team jumping into a mission fighting plant zombies! They tie into an ancient relic the Commandos are tasked with recovering, which ties into the bigger plot that will reveal itself in our first arc. We’re building towards a lot of exciting things such as new characters, S.T.A.K.E.’s secrets, and the past of many of our characters.