Review: Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

Howling_Commandos_of_SHIELD_1_CoverHidden deep beneath AREA 13 lies the clandestine headquarters of S.T.A.K.E.–a top secret division of S.H.I.E.L.D. housing aliens, mythical beasts, and all manner of extra-normal entities. Under the command of legendary soldier Dum Dum Dugan, these monsters step out of the shadows and defend the world against supernatural threats too dangerous for normal men as THE ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT HOWLING COMMANDOS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.!

I’ll straight up say, if the thought of Zombie Jasper Sitwell, Teen Abomination, Manphibian, Vampire by Night, Orrgo, Hit-Monkey, Man-Thing, Warwolf, and the LMD Dum Dum Duggan doesn’t put a smile on your face, this comic is not for you.

Written by Frank Barbiere with art by Brent Schoonover, Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 had me smiling throughout, and at parts straight up giggling in the absurdity (and fun) of it all. I loved Man-Thing’s inclusion in a previous incarnation of the Thunderbolts, and Hit-Monkey’s various mini-series had me entertained. To me, those two were the draws for me, but the use of Dum Dum, especially post LMD (life model decoy) revelation, and Orrgo are break outs in the issue. Orrgo especially had me laughing at his statements and I hope Barbiere plays up the character more and sees the potential that I do.

This first issue is very much that, tons of potential. There’s lots of bright spots, and some so-so, thankfully more of the former than the latter.

Schoonover’s art is entertaining and he captures a lot of the kinetic fun of it all. Some of the art is really solid and it matches the comedic nature of a lot of it with a slightly cartoon look to it. Basically, the art does a great job matching the vibe.

The first issue is a solid start. It definitely had the comedic and fun moments I was hoping for, and you can see Barbiere working through how the team will gel together. It’s a menagerie of characters that I wondered how they’d work together, and we’re seeing the answer is quite well. An entertaining start that has me interested in seeing what comes next.

Story: Frank Barbiere Art: Brent Schoonover
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

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