Alan's Reviews > The Shield Vol. 1: Kicking Down the Door

The Shield Vol. 1 by J. Michael Straczynski
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Jan 02, 2011

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Nearly a 4 star review with part of the problem being the series suddeningly being canceled. JMS rebooted 4 characters for DC Comics with The Shield being a shot at a patriotic hero (the archetype being Marvel's Captain America). Where this series worked well, much like Ed Brubaker's Captain America stories, is in the solid action movie style story telling. Where the series showed promise was in the slight injection of modern politics, i.e. dealing with true world devasting WMDs and the Shield and his team's mission being to stop the deployment of said weapons. What was overlooked was in how many ways JMS stole from Mark Waid's interpretation of the character.

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