Comic Book Review: SHIELD #4-Coulson and the Invisible Woman
In this fourth issue of the new SHIELD comic book series, we see Agent Coulson recruit another superhero to aid SHIELD against the evil plots of HYDRA. Of course, as we mentioned in our review of the last issue, this series is just a cool way to bring back the Marvel Team-Up series concept in a way that makes logical sense.
SHIELD #4 Cover with Invisible Woman
The formula seems pretty set at this point: SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson identifies a threat (by HYDRA), uses his deep knowledge of the superhero and supervillain world to recruit the super with the right combination of powers to deal with the situation. In the last issue, it was Spider-Man (along with a D-rate villain to help), and in SHIELD #4 it is Susan Strom Richards, AKA The Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four. We say this concept makes sense as opposed to the old Marvel Team-Up series in the 1970s where in each issue, Spider-Man, who normally worked alone, would happen to face a threat that forced him to team up with another random hero. No real logic to it, but it was a fun read back in the day. This Coulson-led team-up is much better.
SHIELD #4 Coulson
Mark Waid has crafted a pretty good story here. We learn a lot about Susan Richards, and we learn a lot about how much Coulson knows about the back history of the heroes. We also see that he can be a bit ruthless in how he motivates those heroes. More on that later.
The storyline is that Coulson needs a superhero with specific powers and skills to rescue a HYDRA flunky who knows too much. The manner in which Coulson contacts the Invisible Woman is classic spy stuff, and it soon becomes obvious that Coulson and Susan have worked together before, and that this is something that she does not want her husband to find out about...hmmm.
SHIELD #4 Susan Storm Richards
This issue is actually more about the Invisible Woman and less about Coulson and SHIELD, but that is ok, as this story is well thought out, and very well paced. We even have a surprise villain show up at the end (though we really should not have been surprised, all in all).
SHIELD #4 is a good comic that is well worth picking up and reading. The art by Chris Sprouse captures the essence of Susan Richards very well, and is well done. The cover art is by Julian Totino Tedesco, and is also very well done. This new SHIELD series is off to a very good start, and we hope this format of the Coulson-led team-up continues.
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