Global projections of ideology? Homogeneous liberal democracies? Wut? If the murky art gave me any clue who was saying these things, I would probably understand what was going on, but since it doesn't, I have to make assumptions. Such phrases are obviously ripped right from a future dystopia, so I would like to think they are the words of the big villain of this series, but in today's world, those just might be the ideals of the hero. I really should have been born five or six decades ago, when men were men and liberals were exposed as the pinkos they are.
In any case, SHIELD #2 comes off a huge wave of momentum from its first issue, and comes to a screeching halt at the beginning of this book. Between the scary Obama campaign promises in the dark, and the following sado-masochism scene with Nostradamus, the first few pages of this book left me asking, "wtf?"
Fortunately, it picks up after that, switching between action as Agents Stark and Richards battle Leonid's father while Leonardo Da Vinci spits out pages worth of exposition to Leonid. As the opening with Nostradamus implies, this book is forward looking, pointing to things that will happen in future issues, and in that it does a fine job, setting up a confrontation between DaVinci and the people in the city, as well as the eventual return of Leonid's father as, presumably, some kind of villain, though he will be the hero to me if he is fighting global projections of liberal ideology.
The art here, other then the purposely murky first page, continues to deliver, though the night-time setting and general dark color tones dragged it down a bit, preventing the novelty of the renaissance tech from shining like it did last issue. The page of dialog didn't bother me as it did some reviewers, but overall the expositionary techniques here were all a little bit heavy handed, affecting the immersion in the story.
After the incredible first issue, it was almost impossible for this book to live up to the hype. However, it does a fine job of keeping me waiting for the next issue, and excited about the resolution to some of the plotlines, provided the resolution doesn't piss me off.
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