What is the central conflict of this series? That was in no way clear in the first volume.
I'm still not sure what the plot is for this series.
Leonardo Da Vinci vs. Isaac Newton for the control and future of SHIELD.
Newton is convinced that SHIELD is just a caretaker for the world, and that the world will end in 2060, and it's our fate to die. He wants to make that happen.
Da Vinci doesn't believe in fate, and offers eternity.
I don't know what is confusing here, honestly. A history of SHIELD, and a battle for it's future.
I see clearly now -- there are two sides. One full of men who believe that we are exactly who we are meant to be. Who accept the fate they have been given and find enlightenment in the embracing of it.
And the other comprised of men who believe that there is no possibility beyond their reach. That they are masters of their own destiny.
For years , these two ideas have warred within me. But I see now that this battle was a lie. I see clearly now.. a third way. And I will be a dynamo to power the change.
Leonid, from SHIELD #6.. basically tells you right there what it's about.