By Koppy McFad
June 26, 2010 - 03:57
The Shield's comic-book comes to a premature end but the creative teams manage to wrap things up both in the main feature and the back-up featuring the Fox. In the main story, the Shield and the Justice Society defeat the bad guys so easily, it makes the villains look ineffectual. The back-up story with the Fox does try to throw a few twists to keep things interesting. Both stories end with the signs that greater things are in store for both of our heroes, (which is ironic since the book just got cancelled...)
The Shield's story has all of the good and bad qualities of previous issues. The hero is presented as a confident intelligent, well-trained soldier, not a chest-beating Rambo or a remorseful 'Oliver Stone' type. On the other hand, his reliance on his uniform and his support team, make him seem less heroic. The vague capabilities of his super-suit also makes it easy for him to pull some new capability out of thin air, which comes off as a bit cheap. The original Shield may have been a Superman rip-off but at least you knew he was the one doing all the superheroics.
The art throughout the book is very well-done, except in the parts when the artist focuses on high-tech devices. Then, it gets a bit lost in an attempt to show off how clever the artist is, in drawing all the circuits and gears.
Rating: 7.5 /10