The SHIELD comic has been mirroring the tv show to an extent, with greater or lesser success. Some of the issues have been great. Last month’s and this month’s, in my humble opinion, didn’t work as well. Trying to combine the tv and comic continuity is difficult, and sometimes nearly impossible. In this issue, Phil Coulson sends Melinda May and Mockingbird out after someone who is doing some horrific surgeries.
The bad guy is surgically modifying people, trying to give them extra features, like wings and claws and such. This sickens the SHIELD team, and they send resident bad-asses May and Mockingbird after the bad guy. Somehow, it just didn’t feel right. The Mockingbird on tv and the comic one are different characters. Seeing the comic Mockingbird in costume alongside May just felt a bit off to me. They do catch the bad guy and deal with some of his customers in a fairly decisive fashion.
Plot: I’ll give this a low 3 out of 5 for plot. It just didn’t wow me.
Art: The art wasn’t quite right here, either. For the interior art, May just looked slightly wrong, almost like an animae version of herself. And on the cover, Mockingbird looked like she’d been dosed with Joker venom (worse crossover ever). I’m going a low 2.5 out of 5 for art.
Positives: The action was good, and buying and selling modified humans I could see in that world. It’s even compared to sex trafficing, and I get the analogy. That part is creepily believable.
Negatives: As I said, the art didn’t work for me for one thing. Mockingbird seemed a bit off, as well. Basically, both this issue and last felt like they were trying too hard to smush together the comic book world and the tv/cinematic ones, and it didn’t quite come off.
The series has been erratic. This was not one of the better issues. I guess this one will continue past the end of the world sweeping Marvel now in the Battleworld/Secret Wars event.
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Julian Totino Tedesco