The GeeksverseFLASHBACK REVIEW: Kitty Pryde Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (1997)

FLASHBACK REVIEW: Kitty Pryde Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (1997)
Published on Thursday, June 2, 2011 by

This 1997 three issue run may not be the most memorable but it is an interesting look at Larry Hama’s non-G.I. Joe writing. Kitty Pryde Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 features Kitty as the only agent that can save S.H.I.E.L.D. so she must leave Muir behind temporarily and lend a hand.

Script Larry Hama
Pencils Jesus Redondo
Inks Segio Melia
Coloring Glynis Oliver
Lettering Jim Novak
Editor Bobbie Chase
Editor in Chief Bob Harras

This issue opens with Kitty’s rocky relationship with Peter Wisdom. By leaving Muir and Excalibur she also leaves behind her rocky relationship with Peter Wisdom. That not only removes Kitty from that mire but also frees Hama up not to rock that continuity boat. Hama does dive into the workings of S.H.I.E.L.D. ran by grumpy G.W. Bridge and Contessa Valentina Allegro De Fontaine. Absent is Nick Fury, who was on the run at the time because he made a tough call. G.W. Bridge and company arrives on Muir to recruit Kitty because she is the only person in the world that can save S.H.I.E.L.D, a fact that does not sit well with Bridge. Kitty is enlisted as a low level tech intern for a period of one year, a contract that has to be invoked later in the issue to keep Kitty on the carrier.

Kitty’s mission seems to end in one page. After being recruited, traveling, and boarding the helicarrier in secret all she has to do is log into the computer. That frees up the critical systems. Kitty is ready to leave but instead is taken down to the tech room to wait for future trouble. Trouble comes in the form of Ogun!

Ogun was a ninja master that helped train Wolverine but later went evil. Luckily Wolverine and Kitty Pryde over powered him and killed him. Unfortunately Ogun’s spirit still persists to destroy Kitty. Ogun’s recent stint in a cyborg has apparently now made him capable to do ninja voodoo on computer systems and telephone lines.

In the end, this is a cliff hanger ending that sets up an action packed second issue. This issue is full of ninja voodoo, S.H.I.E.L.D. and a good natured Kitty Pryde not using her mutant ability at all. Hama may be better known for his G.I. Joe writing, but his Marvel writing stint also included Wolverine, Avengers, Wild Thing, Dakota North Investigations and Kitty Pryde Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fighting to be the most overlooked are Dakota North and Kitty Pryde. This Lockheed-less comic is decent but forgettable. One of the only places that might get excited about this comic is a web community that enjoys both Kitty Pryde and G.I. Joe as this one does.

If you know someone wanting to make obscure S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, then you should buy them this comic.

If you just love Kitty then pick up this comic.

If you want to be a Larry Hama completest then pick up this comic.

If you find this in a dollar bin somewhere then enjoy!

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