I’m generally not a huge fan of Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman. She’s just never been a favorite character of mine. But I was curious to see how they used her in a solo story in SHIELD 4. I was also amused that the famed member of the Fantastic Four was in issue four, but I don’t know if that was deliberate or not.
Phil Coulson recruits Sue for a mission that requires both her invisibility and her force fields. It’s a decent combination of espionage and super powers that’s really kind of rare. They push Sue’s powers, and make her use them in a lot of very creative ways. Coulson and Simmons, from the tv show, get used as good support, but it’s mostly Sue’s show. I was impressed with the story, and enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to.
Plot: I’ll give the plot a 4 out of 5. It was creative and well thought out, with some really unusual uses for Sue’s abilities.
Art: The art was decent. I’ll go 3 out of 5 for it.
Positives: Some really original uses for Sue’s forcefield powers. Coulson being used more as a planner and motivator, although he does jump into action near the end. Simmons’ knowledge helping save the day, and a very clever booby trap for the asset they’re trying to rescue.
Negatives: It was kind of a stretch that not only was someone else going after the asset in play at the exact time as SHIELD, but it ended up being an old foe of the FF’s. All the villains and groups out there, and they went with that?
This was a fun story that showed how much you can do with a known character used in a different way. It was a great example of what SHIELD can do when they work with the supers. I liked it.
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Chris Sprouse, Karl Story
Colorist: Dono Snachez Almara
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Julian Totino Todesco