Coulson and company cross into comics
After mining decades of continuity on the big screen and in the Agents Of SHIELD TV series, Marvel is now embarking upon that process in reverse with the launch of the abbreviated SHIELD later this month, in which many of Agent Colson’s team will make their comic debut. However, with the comics version of the covert espionage organisation much stronger than it is on the big and small screen, writer Mark Waid promises a different playing field.
“We’re absolutely taking our character cues from the TV show but there are some necessary differences,” he tells Red Alert. “In the comics, SHIELD isn’t the same bare- bones outfit as it is on the show, but we’re trying as best we can to match the overall tone.”
According to Waid, his interpretation of stalwarts such as Fitz, Simmons and Melinda May varies subtly from their TV equivalents. “That’s only because our lead time is so much longer than theirs is, so we can’t match every beat of things like the soap opera relationship between Fitz and Simmons,” he explains. “If we tried to match it as it stands right now as I give you this answer, by the time we saw print, their TV status quo will have changed.”
Drawn by artists such as Carlos Pacheco, Alan Davis and Humberto Ramos, each issue will be self- contained, allowing Waid to pull in some intriguing cameos. “The book is firmly ensconced in the Marvel Universe, so there’ll be superhero guest stars galore,” he says. “The Marvel edict was to treat this as if the TV show had an unlimited budget, so you’ll be seeing everyone from Spider- Man to Invisible Woman, Scarlet Witch and Rocket Raccoon, just in the first few issues!”
SHIELD leaps into action from 31 December.
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