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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday
Written By: Marc Guggenheim
Art By: Ario Anindito, Rachelle Rosenberg
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 21, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a weird book in this
crossover event so far. The focus of the book is clearly on Coulson for the
majority of the time and he doesn’t seem to know what side he’s on. In one
issue, he’s siding with Captain Marvel and then switches over to Iron Man’s
side and then sides with Captain Marvel again but then he changes to being on
neither side and it’s been one hell of a rollercoaster ride with him. (Except a
rollercoaster is more entertaining.) Anyway, at the end of the latest issue, we
got one hell of a cliffhanger as it would seem that Fitz has been working as a
spy. Then, he was caught by Elektra who is now going to be the new leader of
the S.H.I.E.L.D. team. So, what will this new S.H.I.E.L.D. team be like and
what will become of Fitz? Let’s find out.
We pick up where we left off with Fitz on the floor and
Elektra standing above him. Deathlok rushes over and questions her method which
gives Fitz and opening. He throws a flashbang and disappears. Elektra contacts
another new team member to try and locate Fitz. Turns out that Grant Ward will
be joining the team once again. Seems like S.H.I.E.L.D. is doubling down with
their former enemies. Ward informs her that he believes that Fitz had some sort
of transportation device as well which allowed him to escape the area.
Mockingbird and Deathlok question bringing Ward on to the team so Elektra
informs them that he has a collar around his neck that will kill him if Elektra
triggers it. She ends by informing the team that their current mission is to
apprehend Coulson dead or alive.
We then jump to Phil Coulson who has drawn a gun on an
intruder. The intruder simply explains that he means no harm. Turns out that it
is Fitz and he tells Phil that Elektra has taken over the team and
unfortunately, she doesn’t know that Phil put him undercover as a double agent.
So, Elektra believes that Fitz is a legitimate traitor. Phil and Fitz then meet
up with Daisy Johnson and convince her to join their cause. Turns out that Phil
got some more information from inside S.H.I.E.L.D. that gave him information on
another one of Ulysses’ visions. A former X-Man known as Jonas Graymalkin will
detonate an incendiary device in Penn Station. Daisy agrees to work with him on
The S.H.I.E.L.D. team brings in May who clearly dislikes the
fact that Elektra now is in command. She especially dislikes her due to her
involvement in the destruction of the Black Hawk which caused the death of many
S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Meanwhile, Deathlok continues to work on Jemma who has yet
to regain consciousness. He prepares to turn her into a Deathlok in order to
save her life and he apologizes to her because he doesn’t want anyone to live
like he does. However, he has adjusted the procedure a bit and it seems that
she will require much less hardware than he has.
Phil and his small team then board a train headed for Penn
Station in an attempt to stop the attack by Graymalkin. They break in and find
Graymalkin just standing there. They try to arrest him and Fitz gets to work on
dismantling the bombs. However, the bombs aren’t bombs at all and Graymalkin
informs Coulson that he was actually going to tell him that he was under arrest
instead. Suddenly, Elektra and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team break through the windows.
It’s a trap and Phil has sprung it. An all-out brawl breaks out and Phil’s team
is easily outmatched. So, Phil instructs Daisy to take Fitz and get out of
there. He is going to surrender himself so that they can get away. They succeed
but May has the chance to catch them. However, to voice her disdain for
Elektra, she chooses to follow the letter of the law when it comes to her
orders and refuses to give chase to Daisy and Fitz. Elektra succeeds in
capturing Phil and when she meets with Maria Hill and tells her that May is having
some issues with her being in charge. Hill isn’t surprised and even voices her
own concerns but seems intent on allowing Elektra to continue. Grant Ward then
visits Phil in his cell and informs him that he’s finished. After all, Grant
has been on the wrong side of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s brand of justice. This is where
the issue leaves us.
This issue is about the same level of quality as the rest of
this tie-in storyline has been. It’s not bad, but it’s also not very good. At
least Phil doesn’t change his mind several times in this one issue. There’s a
great deal of action and I do like that quite a bit. It’s not just action,
there is a good deal of story in there too. I fully recognize that readers who
have been following this series for a while will probably enjoy this issue far
more than I did because it harps upon previous storylines. However, for me,
this issue was just kind of “meh”.
Bits and Pieces
This issue gives us less flip-flopping from Phil and more
awesome action sequences so it’s already getting better, however overall this
issue is far from being anything special. Despite the strides it made, it’s
only slightly better than previous issues but is a bit more coherent. I’m still
not looking forward to more of this series and I doubt many people are.