Why Marvel legend Jim Steranko was 'disappointed' in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Sep 25, 2013

As we’ve already heard, the debut of Marvel’s new TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had a pretty big audience — and it seems Marvel legend Jim Steranko was also watching. So what does the most acclaimed S.H.I.E.L.D. comics artist and writer think of the small screen version?

Turns out, he wasn’t hugely impressed — writing in The Hollywood Reporter that the series lacked a certain oomph and left him “disappointed” in a few ways. The comics creator will be recapping episodes for the magazine this season, so it’ll be interesting to see how the rest of the season fares.

Steranko created some of the defining Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. stories of the 1960s and 1970s, and is largely credited for the character (and organization’s) popularity. So, yeah, his opinion is definitely worth hearing.

[Spoilers ahead!]

Here’s an excerpt from Steranko’s witty recap, where he takes aim at some of the plot points and tone:

“The show's creators have gone on record to point out the series is about ordinary people, somewhat echoing the Hitchcock approach (ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances). Perhaps, in this case, ordinary may not be enough to warrant audience interest and loyalty.

Additionally, the pilot was riddled with inscrutable, distracting moments. Did anyone notice all the women were cookie-cuttered, dressed the same, looked the same, had the same kind of edge (possibly more than their male counterparts)? In the Act 1 apartment fight scene (orchestrated in the Bourne manner), could anyone determine who was doing what to whom (all those black suits)? Anyone wonder how the superpowered Hooded Hero could be so easily tailed (perhaps for days) by hot babe Skye? And why didn't the S.H.I.E.L.D. interrogators at least get her last name, not to mention her phone number?”

Though most viewers seem to have been pleased, if not completely blown away, by the series premiere — Steranko makes some good points that are worth considering. What do you think? Is Steranko being too tough on Whedon & Co., or is he right on target?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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