A modern take on a Golden Age of Comics Patriotic super hero, this is the story of Victoria Adams, a special soldier / patriot which has been fighting the nation’s enemies since 1776. The story starts with her inflicting serious damage on a British encampment, and onward goes her story through the major conflicts of history. Rising from death like a phoenix from the ashes to face the next great adversary, she uses her amazing abilities to achieve victory in her missions. Into modern times she finds herself in trouble with the law while trying to help, and on the run from a government black agency.
While on the run, Victoria impossibly survives a serious accident, not only alive but uninjured. In fact, feeling better than ever, she races on towards a meeting with a welcome but unexpected ally. She stops along the way to foil another crime, saving a family from a home invasion robbery. With fragments of her memory painfully returning, and the black agency hot on her heels, she arrives at her rendezvous. Scaling the building to an upper floor, she meets her ally, a local detective. As the agency SWAT team closes in and rushes the floor, the detective reveals Victoria’s name, revealing to her that she is The Shield, and always has been. At this point, the agency team breaks in, surrounding Victoria at gunpoint, with laser sites trained, as she at last remembers who she is.
I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this story, written by Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig. Who doesn’t love a good superhero story? This one IS good, with a nice healthy mix of action and mystery. With the main character fighting injustice for her nation and the people, all the while also fighting for memory as to who she really is, or why she can do the amazing things she does. The other plus for me is I love a story with strong female characters as the hero. Victoria is strong, cunning, very much a soldier who lives by her wits as well as her extraordinary abilities. She does what it takes to accomplish the mission while dodging and defeating adversaries, pushing on toward victory. The art by Drew Johnson is fantastic, taking realism to a fine point with amazing detail such as scarring, to a small, hardly noticeable lip piercing on the female detective. There are even bubbles around the edge of a cup of coffee on a desk in the station!
The authenticity of vintage clothing, and the gritty feel of the clothes Victoria ends up in, both in drawn and color technique and shading adds to the realism. The bold, darker coloring really sets the tone for this story, both with the characters and the background settings. While we don’t get to see The Shield in costume yet in this issue, there is a black and white hint to it at the end. Also the costume appears on the main cover and the variant cover art included in this issue. While the artwork there is well done, the costume is the only real area of disappointment, with a simple Red, White, and Blue body suit with basic accessories and a lackluster symbol that didn’t invoke a lot of patriotism for me. Aside from that though I found this comic enjoyable enough that I would definitely check out the next installment and recommend everyone else, especially superhero fans, to pick this one up at Dark Circle Comics
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