I have been looking forward to this for a long time, and it was totally worth it.
You know how you like something? I mean really know? It’s when something in there becomes your new catch-phrase.
“This is now how the world ends”.
It’s a simple phrase, a sentence that out of context, might not even make sense. But when you do know the context, it’s incredibly powerful, like in the world that Hickman is starting to build here.
We know S.H.I.E.L.D. as the premiere superspy group of Marvel Comics, an organization that since the 60’s has helped defend the Earth from superpowered threats, new waves of terrorism, and invasion from other worlds.
But what if it was even older than that? What if Nick Fury and Mr. Fantastic weren’t the first to face threats like that, threads like the insect-like alien conquerors the Brood, or the world-eating Galactus? What if there’s always been a shield defending the planet? And how have they been working and existing this whole time?
Hickman’s building a new secret history for the Marvel Universe here in S.H.I.E.L.D., one that might require a few rereads but i really think will totally be worth it. I know that Hickman’s tackling thin ice here at times, because this definitely has traces of “high-concept” stuff, but then again if you’ve read Hickman’s Transhuman, The Nightly News, and even Secret Warriors (which of course features Nick Fury, oddly enough), you know he’s not scared of bring that sort of stuff into comic books.
I love crazy stuff. I love rad ideas that are just awesome the more you think about them and I love being able to yell stuff like “FUCK YEAH SCIENCE” into the air because it’s awesome, never mind the hangups of continuity or nerds bitching about the realism of minute comic book science when it’s a book about aliens and people flying around. I love making history cool and science fiction and secret worlds and alternate history and people punching Nazi’s and Easter eggs hidden in the art…hold on, I have to catch my breath.
Support this book. Buy this comic. I am, in singles, and you should too.
Why? Because of Leonardo DaVinci, that’s why.