Shield- Bear­ers

Coul­son and company cross into comics

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red alert -

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.

Cast your eyes on that back­ground.

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