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Review: Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD S01E01 “Pilot”

Agents of SHIELD
Agents of SHIELD

I’m happy to have my fellow writer, Joey, of the 6 Collected Editions Worthy Of Your Attention feature, to provide his own review of Episode 1. My own review follows.

Agents of SHIELD was my most anticipated show of the new TV season. The show that was promoted as the best thing since sliced bread. Was it? No. Did I have a good time? Yes, I did. I enjoyed how it tied into the Marvel Movieverse, and all the little hints of things to come. I even enjoyed all of the cast members, and seeing Phil Coulson again. However there were a few things that annoyed me about the scripting/pacing. The one that is most glaring is the forced humor. Not every character needs to be a comedian. Jokes should be spontaneous, not something happens in every single scene of the show. It killed the flow of things at times. There was also some great smaller CG work, however the bigger CG was pretty bad for a Network tv show. Seen better stuff on some of the better Syfy shows of the past. The show has me just because I am a big fan of the marvel universe, but Arrow on CW set the bar for me on how good a Super Hero Show can be on TV, It’s gonna take some work to get up to that level. I hope it does, It has promise.

…and now my take – Chris

I have to say I’ve been very excited for the premiere of Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD. I’ve been a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and so is my son, Patrick. We sat down at 8p to watch it together and sure enough the mentions of Iron Man, Hulk and the rest of The Avengers and the films were in full force. Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) with some added help from Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) assembles a team within the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division to take on problems before they become bigger threats. The big question on everyone’s mind is how Coulson returned after being killed off by Loki in Marvel’s The Avengers? We don’t get a full answer, but It seems that Agent Hill knows more then she’s letting on. LMD perhaps? We may never know.

Moving on to the plot itself, it reminded me of “the freak of the week” that Smallville was famous for in the early seasons. I hope that isn’t the case here, but if SHIELD is in the superhero hunting/gathering business, then we’ll have to live with it for the time being. One thing is for sure, Coulson & Crew are in the game to register these new “superheroes”, he said so himself. This sets up an interesting dynamic that was teased in the movies but even more so in the pages of the Marvel event, Civil War. It’s never to early to speculate that it could all lead to a major brew-ha-ha in Avengers 3. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, after all this is only episode 1.

Like any good espionage TV show, there is always a shadowy figure or organization. In Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD we get Rising Tide. It could be an arm of AIM – or even something greater like what is revealed in the pages of Nick Fury Vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. What we do know is that Rising Tide was behind the “Centipede” device that transformed peaceful Mike Peterson into a super human. Super-Soldier Serum and Gamma radiation seems to be at the heart of the experiment, which indeed, is very troubling for SHIELD and will be an ongoing sub-plot throughout the season.

After this, first show, I’m all in. And so is my son. But I won’t rest until I see Nick Fury, himself, in his little red Corvette.

CCL Podcast #337 – 2012 Summer Movie and Collected Edition Tie-In Retrospective

Collected Comics Library Podcast #337
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I was a summer unlike any other. The Avengers finally assembled, Batman finished up his trilogy and we had a reboot of one of the most iconic heroes ever in The Amazing Spider-man. But how well did they do at the box office and now that the movies are done, what should you pick up to read? I answer those questions and go over several other movies from the summer including all the animated films.

I also go over the 2012 Harvey Award Winners and answer an email why the Batman Archives Volume 7 is selling at $300!!!


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Ultra Cool: Avengers Vs. X-Men Book Trailer

Marvel has released a new trailer for the Avengers Vs X-Men HC. It’s due out November 7, 2012 and will include the following comic books: Avengers Vs. X-Men #0-12, AVX: Vs. #1-6, Avengers Vs. X-Men Infinite #1, #6 and #9, and material from Point One. In the original solicit stated that it would be 528 pages, but today that changed to 568 Pages. The price remains the same at $75.00 US.

The best-selling comic event of the year, pitting the two most popular super hero teams against one another, hits store shelves in a limited edition, oversized collection with the Avengers Vs. X-Men Hardcover! In a mammoth collection including not only the massively popular 13-issue limited series but the critically acclaimed AVX VS and the groundbreaking Avengers VS. X-Men: Infinite comics! Experience the pop culture event like never before as your favorite heroes like Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, Cyclops, Magneto and more go head to head with the entire Marvel Universe at stake!

The Avengers VS X-Men Hardcover features the top talent of the industry including top-selling authors: Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man); Jason Aaron (Wolverine & The X-Men, Wolverine); Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four, Ultimate Comics Ultimates); Ed Brubaker (Captain America, Winter Soldier); Matt Fraction (Invincible Iron Man, The Mighty Thor) and even more! This unprecedented assembly of acclaimed writers is joined by a cavalcade of the industry’s superstar artists including John Romita Jr (Avengers); Olivier Coipel (The Mighty Thor); Adam Kubert (X-Men: Schism) and others.

With a limited print run, the Avengers VS. X-Men Hardcover includes a cavalcade of bonus features that bring the Avengers Vs. X-Men experience even further including

· Exclusive (to the collection) behind the scenes extras utilizing special augmented reality technology with the Marvel AR app powered by Aurasma
· Avengers VS. X-Men Infinite comics in print for the very first time!
· A code for a free digital copy available exclusively through the Marvel Comics app & Marvel Digital Comics Shop!

The Avengers and X-Men have learned that the all-powerful embodiment of both death and rebirth known as the Phoenix Force is on a crash course for Earth…and it needs a new host to unleash its immeasurable power. But what is the shocking decision tied to the Phoenix’s return that will pit the Avengers against the X-Men? And when good friends become bitter enemies, what does this mean for the future of the Marvel Universe?

You’ve heard It’s Coming—and this November witness every punch thrown, every shield slung and every blast blown out in the Avengers VS. X-Men Hardcover!

All your favorite super heroes enter the fight—and only one team will emerge victorious!

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CCL Podcast #329 – C2E2 Interview Jim Segulin and Pants with The Avengers

Collected Comics Library Podcast #329
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Jam packed show today.
First off, I talk about Free Comic Book Day and what I got with Patrick and Erin. There were lots of great books this year for kids – and really isn’t that what it’s all about? Getting new readers and kids interested in comics.

Patrick and I also hit up The Avengers Sunday afternoon and we both loved it. I don’t spoil it at all, but I do read the critical essay about The Avengers comic run from the Slings & Arrows Comic Guide. If you do not own it, please do so, it is worth a purchase.

Finally, I complete my C2E2 experience with interviews with Jim Segulin from Raging Bullets Podcast and Pants from Comic Geek Speak. I consider both to be good friends of mine and it was so good to catch up with them.


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And There Came A Day, A Day Unlike Any Other…

…or Week for that matter…

This is truly a historic time that we live in. Not only is the Avengers movie out Friday (in the States) but today we get the first collected editions of the New 52. That is if you don’t count the New 52 Hardcover that came out last December. Take a step back and let it all soak in.

Soon you are bound to see several reviews of the first two released – Justice League Vol. 1: Origin HC (collects Justice League #1-6, $24.99) and Animal Man Vol. 1: The Hunt TP (collects Animal Man #1-6, $14.99) which if you ask me should also be a hardcover. You can’t really go wrong with Geoff Johns who is the solid architect on everything in the DCU and Jeff Lemire is a rising superstar in all things comics. I have yet to be disappointed by either man. Both series are very good choices to kick off these brave new waves of the DC Universe.

But getting back to The Avengers, Marvel has made some interesting choices when it comes to promoting the movie property with their collected editions. You see, in the past a movie will conveniently coincide with an Omnibus or Masterwork. That what we got with Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Captain America and Thor. However, The Avengers Omnibus that collected the original Sane Lee/Jack Kirby run of The Avengers #1-30 and Annual #1 was released back on February 15! This week is a bit odd. The only “classic” material we are getting is Avengers: Kree/Skrull War HC (collects Avengers [1963] #89-97, $34.99). A seminal story, yes, and recently published in Marvel Masterworks Avengers Volume 10 but not exactly the best one to introduce the team to a new generation. I trust that this Saturday, which is Free Comic Book Day, most local comic book stores will have a nice display of Avengers and “solo” Avengers books that will be available for purchase. That should include another book out this week Marvel’s The Avengers Prelude Fury’s Big Week TP (collects Marvel’s The Avengers Prelude #1-4, $14.99) that ties directly into not only The Avengers movie but all the movies! I read it online, and I enjoyed it very much. Patrons should also be aware of The Ultimate line of comic books. These may be better suited for the movie crowd who are interested in more “movie” Avengers and/or the Disney XD series Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. I say this because many of the 1960’s Avengers comics are just not that good and will feel dated to a new reader. But if it’s the classic Avengers you want then here’s a short list of the best and all should be easy to get:

  • Avengers: Defenders War, collects Avengers #115-118 and Defenders #8-11
  • Avengers: The Serpent Crown, collects Avengers #141-144 and #147-149
  • Avengers: The Korvac Saga, collects Avengers #167-168 and #170-177 and Thor Annual #6
  • Avengers: Under Siege, collects Avengers #270-277 (my personal favorite)
  • Finally, another must read storyline, The Bride Of Ultron (collecting Avengers #157-166) is expected October 3, 2012, just in time for the DVD release.

So enjoy this day, week and the wonderful time in which we live. It really is unlike any other.