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S.H.I.E.L.D. – Architetti dell’infinito, recensione: la fine della reinvenzione dello Shield di Hickman e Weaver

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Nato dalle menti di Stan Lee e Jack Kirby, lo S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intervention, Espionage and Logistics Directorate) appare per la prima volta in Strange Tales 135 dell’agosto 1965 sulla scia di serie spionistiche di successo come Organizzazione U.N.C.L.E., l’ente anti-terroristico ha avuto come figura di spicco il colonnello Nick Fury e nei vari decenni ha subito numerosi cambiamenti diventando, dagli anni 2000 in poi, un elemento sempre più centrale dell’universo narrativo Marvel, raggiungendo anche una popolarità insperata grazie alla sua presenza nelle pellicole Marvel Studios e alla messa in onda del serial Agents of S H.I.E.L.D. sulla ABC.
 
Come già anticipato, nel corso degli anni lo S.H.I.E.L.D. è stato soggetto a cambiamenti riguardo il suo ruolo e a revisioni per quanto riguarda la sua storia. La più grande e interessante proviene dallo sceneggiatore Jonathan Hickman che, con le due miniserie intitolate semplicemente S.H.I.E.L.D., reinventa totalmente il senso e lo scopo dell’organizzazione, oltre che la sua storia.

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L’intuizione di Hickman, infatti, è quella di gettare le origini dell’organizzazione ben prima della fine della Seconda Guerra Mondiale, come si credeva fino a poco prima, portandola addirittura ai tempi dell’Antico Egitto per respingere un’invasione aliena. Così facendo, lo S.H.I.E.L.D. diventa un ente millenario il cui scopo è sempre stato quello di difendere la Terra, dividendosi in due parti (Confraternita dello Scudo e Confraternita della Lancia) una in occidente, l’altra in oriente. Nel corso dei secoli le più illustri personalità hanno fatto parte dell’organizzazione, da Archimede a Leonardo da Vinci, passando per Galileo Galilei a Sir Isaac Newton e molti altri ancora, contribuendo alla crescita e allo sviluppo dello S.H.I.E.L.D.

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La vicenda narrativa parte dal 1952 quando Anthony Stark e Nathaniel Richards portato un ragazzo di nome Leonid (figlio adottivo di Nikola Tesla) in una Roma sotterranea e segreta alla scoperta della storia dello S.H.I.E.L.D. Così, Hickman identifica Leonid con il lettore finora ignaro della storia dell’organizzazione.

Lo sceneggiatore si dipana nei secoli tessendo una trama complessa e ricca di colpi di scena complicata dall’esistenza, ancora oggi, di due fazioni all’interno dello S.H.I.E.L.D. che portano avanti altrettante visioni contrapposte. Guidate dagli ancora vivi Leonardo e Newton, la prima - più positivista – ha piena fiducia nella scienza e nello sviluppo tecnologico come speranza di sopravvivenza per il futuro, la seconda propone invece una visione più nichilista nell’accettazione di un destino ormai scritto. Leonid, dunque, rappresenterà una sorta di ago della bilancia per il destino dello S.H.I.E.L.D. e dell’umanità.

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Alle matite delle due serie troviamo Dustin Weaver che realizza tavole spettacolari, estremamente dinamiche per composizione e ricche di soluzioni visive. L’artista ha, inoltre, il gravoso compito di delineare in poche vignette epoche diverse, passando da un secolo all’altro, e il suo lavoro in tal senso è davvero eccellente.

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Il primo numero di S.H.I.E.L.D. è datato giugno 2010 e la pubblicazione prosegue spedita fino al febbraio 2012 quando la serie si interrompe a due soli albi dalla sua fine. Dovremmo attendere oltre sei anni per leggere gli ultimi due capitoli, raccolti ora nel volume Panini Comics S.H.I.E.L.D. – Architetti dell’infinito che include tutto il materiale (one-shot compresi) realizzato da Hickman e da Weaver. 368 pagine per un elegante cartonato oversize 18.3X27.7 cm per presentare degnamente uno dei lavori più interessante degli ultimi 10 anni della Marvel.

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Marvel: arriva il finale di S.H.I.E.L.D. di Jonathan Hickman e Dustin Weaver

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Finalmente, dopo 6 anni, la Marvel Comics ha annunciato gli ultimi due albi della osannata miniserie S.H.I.E.L.D. di Jonathan Hickman e Dustin Weaver.

I due albi #5 e #6, oltre che a un volumetto che ne ristampa i primi 4 intitolati S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Rebirth # 1, usciranno a maggio.

Comicbook.com ha anche diffuso un primo sguardo alle tavole degli albi, oltre che le loro cover. Potete ammirare il tutto nella gallery in basso.

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Secret Wars: annunciata Infinity Gauntlet, ecco tutte le uscite di maggio

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La Marvel ha annunciato una nuova mini legata a Sceret Wars dal titolo Infinity Gauntlet. Scritta da Gerry Duggan e illustrata da Dustin Weaver, la serie vede una giovane donna di nome Anwen che scopre una delle gemme dell'infinito. Scontata la presenza di Thanos.

"Sono stato un fan di Jim Starlin fin da quando compravo i suoi fumetti da ragazzo. Mi ha influenzato molto nel tempo," ha dichiarato Duggan. "La differenza è che in questa versione il titano è un po' più misterioso... ed i nostri eroi non sanno di dover temere il nome di Thanos". Nella gallery in basso trovate alcuni concept art di Weaver.

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Intanto, la Marvel ha diffuso l'elenco di tutte le uscite legate a Secret Wars previste per maggio:

SECRET WARS #1 (OF 8)
JONATHAN HICKMAN (w) • ESAD RIBIC (a)
Cover by ALEX ROSS (FEB150650)
VARIANT COVER BY ESAD RIBIC (FEB150656)
PARTY VARIANT COVER BY CHIP ZDARSKY (FEB150663)
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY SIMONE BIANCHI (FEB150653)
VARIANT COVER BY AMANDA CONNOR (FEB150655)
VARIANT COVER BY Jim Cheung (FEB150651)
CLASSIC VARIANT COVER BY Butch Guice (FEB150652)
YOUNG VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG (FEB150657)
BLANK VARIANT COVER (FEB150658)
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (FEB150654)
PARTY VARIANT SKETCH COVER BY CHIP ZDARSKY
• THE FINAL INCURSION IS HAPPENING!
• THE MARVEL UNIVERSE IS COLLIDING WITH THE ULTIMATE UNIVERSE!
• AND NEITHER WILL SURVIVE!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

SECRET WARS #2 (OF 8)
JONATHAN HICKMAN (w) • ESAD RIBIC (a)
Cover by ALEX ROSS
VARIANT COVER BY ESAD RIBIC
VARIANT COVER BY YASMINE PUTRI
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY SIMONE BIANCHI
CLASSIC VARIANT COVER BY Kevin Nowlan
• WHEN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE IS GONE, ALL THAT REMAINS IS BATTLEWORLD!
• LEARN THE SECRETS OF THIS BRAVE NEW REALM IN THIS SPECIAL OVERSIZED ISSUE!
56 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS #8
AL EWING (w) • LUKE ROSS (a/C)
• These are the stories of the end of the world, and of the people who faced the end together.
• Some of them wore costumes, and some of them didn’t. Some had super-human powers, and all some had were each other.
• They were the Mighty Avengers. And this is what they did on the last day.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #14
AL EWING (w) • LEE GARBETT (a/C)
THE LAST DAYS OF LOKI!
• As the Ten Realms face their last hours, ancient enemies march on Asgardia seeking a final vengeance...
• ...including King Loki - meaner, madder and more dangerous than ever before!
• Meanwhile - what’s happened to our Loki? Has the end come early for everyone’s favorite trickster?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

MAGNETO #18
CULLEN BUNN (w) • PAUL DAVIDSON (a)
Cover by DAVID YARDIN
• Earth is on a collision course with oblivion…and Magneto’s just learned time is running out.
• With everything he’s fought for being brought to an unescapable end, how will the Master of Magnetism spend his LAST DAYS on Earth?
• Will Magneto celebrate his legacy…or be tortured by it?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING #1
CHARLES SOULE (w) • JOHN TIMMS (a)
Cover BY DAVE JOHNSON
Design Variant by DAVE JOHNSON
VARIANT COVER BY W. SCOTT FORBES
YOUNG VARIANT BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
BLANK VARIANT COVER
• There is a rebellion brewing on Battleworld and it stretches far and wide into every domain. Medusa, ruler of Attilan, is tasked with uncovering the leader of this uprising and scuttling it with extreme prejudice. When she discovers the leader of this rebellion is Black Bolt, however, things get complicated.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

ULTIMATE END #1 (OF 5)
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (w) • MARK BAGLEY (a/C)
VARIANT COVER by DAVID MARQUEZ
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
YOUNG VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
• MILES MORALES and the rest of the heroes of the ULTIMATE U face final extinction
• As the end of their world becomes inevitable, will the heroes’ heartbreaking sacrifices make any difference?
• The dramatic end of an era begins here!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

MASTER OF KUNG FU #1 (of 4)
Haden Blackman (w) Dalibor Talajic (a)
Cover by Francesco Francavilla
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
KICK-BUTT KUNG-FU ACTION!
• Welcome to the mystical land of K’UN LUN, where the study of martial arts reigns supreme!
• In a world where everyone is well-trained in at least some form of deadly combat, what becomes of a drunken, drop-out failure?
• If anyone speaks out against Emperor Zu, the price is their head! Good thing Shang-Chi’s a man of discretion and...oh, who are we kidding. This is going to get nasty.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD #1 (OF 4)
JOSH WILLIAMSON & ED BRISSON (w)
MIKE HENDERSON & SCOTT HEPBURN (a)
Cover by PACO MEDINA
VARIANT COVER by JAMES STOKOE
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
• When the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe collide, there is only…Battleworld!
• Featuring the fights, battles and blow-ups that are just TOO BIG for Secret Wars!
• When a Dr. Strange-possessed Punisher goes on the run, only Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk and Ghost Rider can track him down!
• Question: What happens when M.O.D.O.K. recruits every single M.O.D.O.K. ever for his evil schemes? Answer: M.O.D.O.K. M.A.D.N.E.S.S.!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

SECRET WARS JOURNAL #1 (OF 5)
Prudence Shen & Michael Rosenberg (w)
Ramon Bachs & Luca Pizzari (a)
Cover by Kevin Wada
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
WITNESS THE STRANGE TALES OF BATTLEWORLD! TWO SCINTILLATING STORIES OF SECRET WARS!
• Is LADY KATE of 1602 the nefarious HAWKEYE BANDIT who robs from the rich and gives to the poor?
• Can an enslaved band of MUTANTS in EGYPTIA overthrow their overlord, KHONSHU?
• Can YOU afford not to read the coolest, hippest, most continuity-important book in all of SECRET WARS??? Because this is TOTALLY THAT BOOK. But don’t tell anyone. It’ll be our little Secret…Wars Journal.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

DEADPOOL’S SECRET SECRET WARS #1 (OF 4)
CULLEN BUNN (w) • MATTEO LOLLI & JACOPO CAMAGNI (a)
Cover by TONY HARRIS
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
YOUNG VARIANT BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
ALBUM ARTIST VARIANT BY NICK GANZIN
BLANK VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
• NOT A SECRET WARS TIE-IN!
• Well...it is...but not THAT Secret Wars.
• Remember the original Secret Wars from 1984? And remember how Deadpool played a huge important role in it? Wait...you DON’T? Then you need to read this series immediately and be educated! From the team that brought you DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED comes the most Secretest War of all!
• Plus: a bonus Deadpool Contest of Champions tale!
40 PGS./Parental Advisory …$4.99

INFERNO #1
DENNIS HOPELESS (w) • JAVIER GARRON (a/C)
VARIANT COVER BY ADI GRANOV
• Spinning out of the universe-shattering events of Secret Wars comes a new twist on the X-Men classic that’s a whole hell of a lot hotter than you remember
• 5 years ago a band of demons rose up out of the fiery depths and turned Manhattan into Hell on Earth. The X-Men fought to vanquish the demon horde and... The X-Men failed.
• Welcome back to the Inferno.
• On this the fifth anniversary of Manhattan’s fall, Piotr Rasputin is leading a small band of mutants back into the Inferno. Colossus doesn’t know what they’ll find on the other side of those flames but he knows for certain... They’re not coming back without his sister.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

INFINITY GAUNTLET #1
GERRY DUGGAN & DUSTIN WEAVER (w) • DUSTIN WEAVER (a/C)
VARIANT COVER BY ADI GRANOV
YOUNG VARIANT BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
BLANK VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
Think your life is hard? Anwen Bakian’s family lives in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, scrounging for food and avoiding giant bugs intent on eating them. Mom left years ago to join the Nova force and never came back. So it’s just Anwen, her dad, her sister and her grandpa against the huge insects. That is, until she finds a mysterious stone that may or may not hold incredible cosmic power. Don’t miss this incredible new series by DEADPOOL writer Gerry Duggan and EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE writer/artist Dustin Weaver that will set the cosmic table for the Marvel Universe for years to come!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

OLD MAN LOGAN #1
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (w) • ANDREA SORRENTINO (a/C)
VARIANT COVER by STEVE McNIVEN
VARIANT COVER BY ANDREA SORRENTINO
YOUNG VARIANT BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
BLANK VARIANT COVER
• Enter the Wastelands…a realm where all heroes have been murdered by their arch-enemies, villains who now rule over the land with an iron fist. In the midst of this dystopian chaos, one man may make a difference…a reluctant warrior who was once the greatest mutant of all…a man known as OLD MAN LOGAN.
40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99

SECRET WARS 2099 #1 (of 5)
PETER DAVID (w) • WILL SLINEY (a)
Cover by Dave Rapoza
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
• When everything ends, it’s time to go back to the future. Revisit the world of 2099 and see it a whole new light, as characters who have never been seen before make their first appearances – including the AVENGERS 2099. Can the ideal of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes survive in a world where megacorporations rule with an iron fist?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

WHERE MONSTERS DWELL #1 (of 5)
GARTH ENNIS (w) • RUSS BRAUN (a)
Cover by FRANK CHO
VARIANT COVER BY ALEX MALEEV
• GARTH ENNIS returns to Marvel Comics proper and he’s bringing his The Boys collaborator Russ Braun along with him! Fighter planes and dinosaurs collide in this raucous tale that starts with the classic Marvel character Phantom Eagle and digs much deeper!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

A-FORCE #1
G. WILLOW WILSON & MARGUERITE BENNETT (w) • JORGE MOLINA (a)
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
INHUMANS 50TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT
VARIANT COVER BY RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
VARIANT COVER BY STEPHANIE HANS
VARIANT COVER BY JORGE MOLINA
YOUNG VARIANT BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
BLANK COVER VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
• Marvel’s Mightiest Women finally get their own explosive series!
• In a secluded corner of the Battleworld, an island nation is fiercely protected by a team of Avengers the likes of which has only ever been glimpsed before…
• Fighting to protect the small sliver of their world that’s left, the Amazing A-FORCE stands shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to take on the horde!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

PLANET HULK #1
SAM HUMPHRIES (w) • MARC LAMING (a)
Cover by MICHAEL DEL MUNDO
VARIANT COVER by MUKESH SINGH
BLANK COVER VARIANT
YOUNG VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
• A forbidden zone of wild HULKS
• A battle-worn gladiator named STEVE ROGERS
• A journey that could break the spirit of a world’s greatest freedom fighter.
• PLUS: A back up story by a surprise creative team!
40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99

SPIDER-VERSE #1
MIKE COSTA (w) • ANDRE ARUAJO (a)
Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
VARIANT COVER by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ
• Spinning out of the SPIDER-VERSE event, a team of Spiders finds themselves face-to-face with Battleworld! Starring SPIDER-GWEN, SPIDER-MAN NOIR, SPIDER-MAN: INDIA, MAYDAY PARKER, SPIDER-UK and SPIDER-HAM!
40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99

M.O.D.O.K. ASSASSIN #1 (of 5)
CHRIS YOST (w) • AMILCAR PINNA (a)
Cover by DAVID LAFUENTE
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
• In a world populated by the most fearsome thieves, murderers and ne’er-do-wells, there is one who is a HEAD above the rest…
• Enter, M.O.D.O.K.: The Mental Organism Designed Only for KILLING!
• Killville’s very own Merc with a Maw is open for business! But his next job may be biting off more than he can chew…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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