REVIEW: S.H.I.E.L.D. #2

Editor’s Note: I’m having a less than busy day, so I’m reviewing all the comics that I’m reading today before moving on to the next one. Some of these may seem redundant based on previous reviews, but that’s what I’m reading today.

shield2tnS.H.I.E.L.D. #2

MARK WAID (w)
HUMBERTO RAMOS (A)
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
Variant cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Synopsis:

• Why has SHIELD agent Jemma Simmons gone undercover at the Coles Academic High School in Jersey City?
• Maybe it has something to do with the all-new Ms Marvel…
• …and the most dangerous lunch meal ever served

Review:

It’s rare when I laugh out loud reading a comic, but as I turned the first page, I laughed out loud at a horrible cliché that I completely did not see coming.What’s even better, Mark Waid found a way to make it relevant and let Simmons find common ground with Kamala Khan. Coulson’s role as the expert on superhumans finds a kindred soul in Kamala, which is why she is such a great character to have in the Marvel Universe. She’s the hero that reminds us that heroes are supposed to live up to a higher ideal, a feat she does again here. Also, nice nod to Jim Steranko in this issue.

shield2_12tnI’m not generally a fan of Humberto Ramos’s art style, but it works perfectly here. His style illustrates Kamala’s powers perfectly and in doing so in such an over-the-top way, makes the regular people seem so much more grounded. I do have issues with Edward Delgado’s coloring, which seems so heavily grounded on sharp gradients, that upon casually thumbing through, get very distracting, but when you sit down to read, everything pops as it’s needed to, so it’s not all bad. Some of his shading is very good indeed.

So read this book, you may just like it. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is a genuinely good comic with some good humor from a good writer.