Specs from Marvel.com:
Published: December 31, 2014
Writer: Mark Waid
Penciller: Carlos Pacheco
Cover Artist: Julian Totino Tedesco
High-tech weapons. High-stakes missions. High-octane adventure! For the men and women of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s just another day in the field! Special Agent Phil Coulson brings together the best and the brightest, the gifted and the elite, normal people and superhumans from across the Marvel Universe on an as-needed basis to confront, combat and curtail dangers beyond the scope of any conventional peace-keeping force! Writer Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL) and a rotating crew of mission-specific top flight Marvel artists make you one promise: Every issue: Twenty pages. One mission. Unlimited budget. Unlimited imagination. Six periods. And a helper monkey. Welcome to Level Eight. Welcome to S.H.I.E.L.D.
Score 8 out of 10
Phil Coulson Lives! And now he gets to star in his own comic! If you have been enjoying Agents of SHIELD on ABC then this is the comic for you and if you just love superheroes in all forms, this comic is also for you (but it’s mostly for me so hands off my issue!). We get to see Agent Coulson become the man he is today and start his new job as S.H.I.E.L.D. Special Ops Supreme Commander (fancy title, I know) and is in charge of investigating the strange and protecting the world (or rather SHIELDing it. Get it? I’m funny dammit). We see the comic book versions of Agent May, Agent Fitz, and Agent Simmons and with any luck, introduce some other characters from the show (like Mac). Agent Coulson’s first day is a big one as all manner of creatures begin pouring out into Earth (Midgard for you vikings) from the 9 (I guess it’s 10 now because of Heven? Check out Angela: Asgard’s Assassin for more info on that) and even all the Avengers can’t handle it! But Coulson has a plan!
I loved seeing Phil grow up and the fact that he’s basically a huge superhero junkie but he lives in the world where it’s real. His skill is thinking outside of the box and pairing superheroes together that could work in unique ways (he also claims to have figured out how Quicksilver can kill the Hulk, but I’ll believe that when I see it), so don’t mess with the agent. I love all the big fights and how Coulson has every superhero every committed to memory. Very fun stuff, expecting a lot from this series. Plus, Fitz finally gets his helper monkey! But not exactly how you’d expect…
Maybe its the fanboy glasses, but I didn’t see anything bad about this issue, it’s a #1 that packs a punch, just how they should be!
I love the idea that Agent Coulson’s hobby turned into a job and he gets to save the world doing it! Not to mention, he basically gets to call in almost whatever superhero (or super-heroine) he wants in on missions. Learn from Coulson, love what you do and find a way to turn it into your job and do some good!
Some alternate covers (sadly, i could not find them to purchase but they’re out there true believers!):