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  1.  (8049.21)
    I agree that there was more skipping through time periods than getting to know the main character, but with as much madness as was packed in, I'm hooked.
    I've been thinking about this more, and I also feel like a couple of the scenes cannibalized each other.

    We had two scenes of Famous European Scientists From History Inventing Things To Save The World With, and two scenes of Giant Robotic-Looking Aliens Juxtaposed With Gorgeous Historical City-Scapes, and in each case when I got to the second scene I found my interest waning — only to get grabbed again when SUDDENLY THERE ARE DUDES RUNNING ON THE CEILING SHOOTING GUNS THAT LOOK LIKE EXPLODED DIAGRAMS AT US OH MAN.

    Still, I really like what this story does with Marvel history and continuity, and I like the idea of a secret order that's been saving the world for thousands of years, not using superpowers, but using human ingenuity, whether through the application of technology or the application of magic.
  2.  (8049.22)
    Hickman was a professional graphic artist before he got into comics, which explains his superior design sensibilities.

    Personally, I felt that his diagram at the end of the issue was a bit too much — too disjointed from the rest of the material. Its like walking through the Louvre admiring Delacroix followed by a room full of Muller-Brockman posters (Yes, I exaggerate but you get the idea). I do like the mix of bold sans serif type in the logo with the subtle handwritten notes on diagram though (not too sure on the necessity of his 'trademark' paint splatters) and I think that style (old/new) would be better suited for the book instead of his Nightly News style graphics.

    I'll end my nagging now.
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      CommentAuthorNickDonald
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2010
     (8049.23)
    "This is not how the world ends" of course raises the question, 'how does it end?' For my money, that's the key to it. As with every other well written story: hook the reader, then develop the details. It might turn out to be rubbish in the long run, but it's a very strong start.

    It's a damn good looking book and an intriguing enough set up to make me read the next issue. So, I'd say as far as first issues go: mission accomplished.
  3.  (8049.24)
    I saw Hickman's name on the comic and I bought it. Not disappointed. This is the kind of comics I like. BIG ideas.
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      CommentAuthorRob Bass
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2010
     (8049.25)
    Just edged out FEVER as my Best of Week. I'm in love with the FF run, had the highest of hopes for this, and they were surpassed. Was unaware of the B&W variant, will definitely pick that up when I find it. Weaver's lines sing, and Hickman's premise and execution are brilliant.
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      CommentAuthorcosta_k
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2010
     (8049.26)
    So amazing.

    Also, where the fuck-ass has Dustin Weaver been all my life?
    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2010
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    Being the best artist in DH's Star Wars wheelhouse.
    • CommentAuthorPablo
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2010
     (8049.28)
    "This is not how the world ends" of course raises the question, 'how does it end?' For my money, that's the key to it. As with every other well written story: hook the reader, then develop the details. It might turn out to be rubbish in the long run, but it's a very strong start.

    Yeah, I took that to mean that the Shield/SHIELD people (and presumably HYDRA, or the organization that would eventually become HYDRA, which I assume the Chinese guys who talk to the Celestial woman are part of) are in fact aware of how the end of the world will go down, which fuels their confidence in their endeavors. It's not meant to happen like this, so we know we'll be victorious today.
    • CommentAuthorD-
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2010
     (8049.29)
    i need some kind of background to read this?
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      CommentAuthorJJH
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2010
     (8049.30)
    I loved this book--looked great, read great. Fucking Hickman is laying shit out, man. Secret Warriors is a great book too.
  4.  (8049.31)
    D-: No. In fact, might be better if you don't.
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      CommentAuthorcosta_k
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2010
     (8049.32)
    Fun fact;

    I've just randomly started responding to stuff with "Don't worry, this is not how the world ends!" a lot.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2010
     (8049.33)
    that robot looks stunning!

    Looks like a trip to the LCS is needed.....
  5.  (8049.34)
    I dunno about the rest of you but i'm sick of critical thinking,switched-on folk KNOW that hickman ,morrison ,moore ,ellis and a few others always produce genius work or near enough and any opinions to the contrary might as well be farts.
    Just relax and enjoy the brilliance.
    • CommentAuthorcoffeemug
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2010
     (8049.35)
    Looks interesting. The pacing completely threw me off. Too much weird stuff happened waaaay to fast, for my liking. The introduction into the immortal city alone could've probably filled a large chunk of the issue, but at least the "this is not how the world ends"-bit from the flashbacks is a teriffic hook.

    And from what I've read from Secret Warriors, Hickman certainly knows how to write his secret societies, so I'm having a bit of faith here.
    • CommentAuthoralveright
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2010 edited
     (8049.36)
    @jimmyjungle: So you're dismissing any criticism of a particular set of creators on the specious grounds that said creators can somehow do no wrong, while also denigrating the opinions of people who disagree. Seriously? C'mon, as a confirmed fan of Ellis, Ennis, Hickman, Moore, and Morrison, you've got to know better than that.

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    The single itself was a fantastic first chapter, and it'll be interesting to see how Hickman and Weaver explore the architectural skeleton of the Marvel Universe. Haven't fully processed it yet, as you might be able to tell.
  6.  (8049.37)
    I dunno about the rest of you but i'm sick of critical thinking,switched-on folk KNOW that hickman ,morrison ,moore ,ellis and a few others always produce genius work or near enough and any opinions to the contrary might as well be farts.
    Uh...

    ... Okay.
  7.  (8049.38)
    I've had 'Anything by Hickman' down on my standing order since NN. Been wavering a little over the F. Four but this could be where he really comes into his own. This is *inspired* comicwork.
  8.  (8049.39)
    It's not often you'll catch me making special pleading for a Marvel comic. But just fucking look at this. From the b/w variant edition of Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver's wonderfully mad and expansively beautiful first issue of SHIELD:


    Thanks, boss.
  9.  (8049.40)
    I was going to trade wait this, but when I flipped through it at the shop I couldn't resist. The hook for me was when
    the night machine
    appeared, great fucking page in a book with many. While reading I absolutely nerded out when I realized it was
    Apocalypse
    standing behind Imohotep. I sincerely hope everyone listens to Warren's plead, as it would be a shame for this title to see a premature end. Kudos Misters Hickman and Weaver, I believe you've kicked the door wide open with this one.