S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 coming in December

SHIELD_1_Deodato Fresh out of the last day of San Diego Comic Con comes news of a new S.H.I.E.L.D. comic to hit shelves this December. Riding the popularity Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., this new S.H.I.E.L.D. comic will feature characters from the show front and center with Phil Coulson leading the team. Mark Waid (Daredevil, Superman: Brightright) is writing the series and will also feature a revolving list of artists, Carlos Pacheco, Alan Davis and Chris Sprouse to name a few. Via Marvel.com, Waid has this to say about the upcoming series:

Marvel.com: That being said, it appears that Agent Coulson will be the lead character in this new S.H.I.E.L.D. series. What about Coulson appeals to you as a writer? Mark Waid: He is the coolest Marvel Comics fan ever. E-V-E-R. He’s amazing at his job, he’s badass, he’s funny—and he loves the history of the Marvel Universe as much as I do. Marvel.com: You’ll probably get to explore a lot of Marvel history with the series’ done-in-one approach to issues. Are those types of stories more difficult than multi-part story arcs? Mark Waid: Done-in-one stories are more challenging, no doubt—and every story will focus on one mission, yes—but I’d be very surprised if there weren't some evidence of some common thread once we got rolling, something to give each set of issues more of an arc. Marvel.com: Is it possible that some agents from ABC's “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will make their Marvel debuts here, or is that still Level Eight classified info? Mark Waid: Oh, we’re definitely bringing the gang in, from May to Fitz and Simmons and beyond. They're the Marvel Universe “versions” of these characters, which gives us license to really delve into them in ways that are tough with limited screen time each week. Marvel.com: Can we find out a little more about this mysterious helper monkey? Mark Waid: Her name is [editor] Ellie Pyle. Oh, wait, you mean the one in the comic. Look, Leo Fitz has been asking for a helper monkey throughout season one of [“Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”]. Giving him one seems like a proper “welcome to the Marvel Universe” gift, no?

For the full interview head over to Marvel.com.


  1. raindog469 says

    Can someone who speaks comic-ese explain what “They’re the Marvel Universe “versions” of these characters” means? I assume the “Marvel Universe” is different than the MCU in which the TV show and movies take place, meaning that the comic will not be canonical in relation to the TV show.

    Having only ever bought (as an adult) comics that were canonical to Whedon and Straczynski series, I feel like I need some clarification before I add this one to my Mile High Comics subscriptions. (No, I don’t patronize my local comic book stores, because their hours conflict with my office hours, and besides, they’re a bit dismissive of those of us who think of comics as tie-in merchandise and not the modern equivalent of Dickens.)

  2. Bytowner says

    The comics and TV show are stand-alone in relation to one another, being set in different corners of what some call the larger Marvel “multiverse”. Each is canonical within its own medium’s continuity, and the two continuities may – if Marvel ever decides it’s worth doing – intersect at some point down the road.

    Hoping that helps.

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