Review: S.H.I.E.L.D.: Architects of Forever

S.H.I.E.L.D.: Architects of Forever
S.H.I.E.L.D.: Architects of Forever by Jonathan Hickman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fantastic ideas incorporated into this series. No one is investing more into re-imagining the Marvel Universe’s already well-established history, and boy is Hickman pouring real effort into this and the Secret Warriors. What with all the multiple-titles-per-month writing going on in Marvel these days, it’s a rare treat to get someone who sits down and thinks up more than appears on the page.

Weaver’s gorgeous artwork lavishly renders each panel, and he does some Big Scenery well.

This book for me demanded a careful read and a number of flips back and forth to make sense of all the details. Some may say this isn’t a good story or that they didn’t like it; for me this is exactly the kind of work I’ve been looking for, and I enjoyed the challenge, the surprises and the sheer force of imagination that this book brought to me. I borrowed this book from the library but I’m going out to buy it now, and I’ll put the next book on my wish list too. This deserves a place of honor among my most prized graphic novels, and I’ll happily re-read it just for the “better than petty men” inspiration.

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