The GeeksverseS.H.I.E.L.D. #6

S.H.I.E.L.D. #6
Published on Saturday, February 19, 2011 by

Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Illustrated by: Dustin Weaver
Colors: Christina Strain
Letters: Todd Klein
Cover Art: A- Gerald Patel; B- Dustin Weaver
Assistant Editor: Jake Thomas
Associate Editor: Daniel Ketchum
Editor: Nick Lowe

This is a masterfully crafted series. Hickman does an amazing job of integrating real world figures into the history of the Marvel Universe. This is a world which has been visited by aliens many times in it’s past, so it makes sense that the historical figures would have been affected by these amazing events and been changed correspondingly. Hickman uses Howard Stark and Nathanial Richards to form the ties to the Marvel Universe.

The one drawback of this series is that alot of stuff happens between issues. For the most part the issues move from one to the other, but there is an element of time that takes place between the end of one and the start of another. We learn of events that have taken place in the Immortal City between issues, in this case the escalation of the conflict between Newton and Da Vinci. On one hand we don’t get to see all these events take shape fully and on the other the story doesn’t get bogged down in the building.

It’s a tough line to toe, because some aspects of the building is required for a story to be enjoyed. But Hickman follows the line with minor misteps along the way.

It’ll be interesting to see which side of the conflict Stark, Richards and Tesla (now revealed to be the Night Machine, and excellant choice and use of the historical figure) fall on. Will they choose Newton’s side or Da Vinci’s side?

Hickman has done well in choosing the historical figures to fill the roles. Newton works for the side of no-change. And Da Vinci, the constant inventor, works in representing the side of constant change, always striving for more. Tesla reprsents the wild side, the side that doesn’t follow any rules. The revelation at the end of this issue, that Michalangelo is the Forever Man, is another nice twist added to the series. And that he had a hand in the creation of the Night Machine, the first cyborg, opens up a wider mystery.

Weaver’s art is beautiful. Just amazing to look at. The designs he has created for the two sides, similar but with features that match their figureheads, are a work of art. He puts alot of detail into the backgrounds, showing the wild inventions and weaponry. You can literally see the handguns forming for Richards and Stark.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #6 receives
5 out of 5

The first volume comes to an end. Can’t wait for the next.

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