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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #10 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday
Back To The Status Quo
Written By: Marc Guggenheim
Art By: Ario Anindito, Rachelle Rosenberg
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 26, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
So quite a bit has been happening in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
during the Civil War II crossover. Elektra is now in charge of the team, Jemma
is being turned into a Deathlok, and Phil Coulson has been fired from
S.H.I.E.L.D. However, it would seem that all of those things are going to be
wrapped up in some way now that this series is coming to an end. That’s right,
issue #10 will be the end of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and I don’t really blame
anyone for it. I bought the last four issues because they were tie-ins to Civil
War II and probably one of the few books whose tie-in actively was involved in
the events or ideas surrounding Civil War II. That said, I doubt many people
bought those issues and I’m not at all surprised that the series will not be
continuing. However, we still have the final issue to read. Will it be
exciting? Will it tie up all the loose ends? Let’s find out.
Our issue begins with Leo Fitz standing over the body of
Phil Coulson who clearly has been shot in the chest. He is bleeding and unconscious,
possibly dead and a gun lays on the floor. We immediately cut away to a
storyline that happened beforehand upon the S.H.I.E.L.D. Battlecarrier. While
Deathlok gets Jemma ready for her transformation, Phil Coulson has been
captured as we saw in the previous issue. He is interrogated by Maria Hill for
a moment when a loud noise shakes the carrier. We then flash forward a little
bit and Phil is in a diner with Leo and Daisy. The group decides that they are
going to have to deal with some unfinished business with General Strakofsky.
Phil has information about Strakofsky’s involvement with the trial of Clint
Barton as well as sources claiming that he is selling weapons to the Russians,
so the three agree to take him down.
Fitz arrives at the General’s home and talks to him about
his little deal with the Russians. Fitz does his spy thing while Daisy and Phil
monitor them from outside the house. They get the General to admit his
wrongdoing but just then they are confronted by three robots who immediately
attack them. We then flashback to the past on the carrier where Phil is still
locked up. Turns out the shaking was caused by Jemma who appears to be
disoriented and raging because of it. We then cut back to the General’s home
where the team is fighting the robots. They are able to defeat them and provide
back up for Fitz just in time as the General was about to shoot him.
Back in the past, Elektra attempts to restrain Jemma but her
new Deathlok strength proves too strong for her. Maria Hill finally pulls a
weapon and plans on killing Jemma if she has to when Phil interrupts them. He
has been freed from his cell by Melinda May and he asks that he be allowed to
speak with Jemma first. He thinks he can bring her back to reality. Luckily
enough, he’s right and Jemma regains her composure and realizes where she is.
Back in the present, The General resists his arrest and ends up discharging his
firearm into Phil Coulson’s chest. Coulson falls to the floor and Daisy uses
her powers to suddenly throw the General across the room.
We return once again to the past where Jemma is completely
normal again. She thanks Henry for keeping her alive even though she has been
turned into a Deathlok now. Maria Hill returns Phil Coulson to his cell but
tells him it will only be for a little while. She tells him that she just plans
on holding him until the latest superhero civil war ends. Then she will cut him
loose. We finally cut to the present for one last time and Phil Coulson is
laying in a hospital bed until he is visited by Commander Carter. They were
able to use the recording that Fitz gave to put Strakofsky behind bars and
S.H.I.E.L.D. admits that they were wrong in firing Coulson before. They decide
that he should be with S.H.I.E.L.D. once again and it seems that the team is
back together. This is where the series leaves us.
I’m not sure if the creative team knew this was going to be
their last issue or not. On one hand, you have they trying everything they can
to get back to the status quo, but at the same time they had so many storylines
going that they just had to ignore now. Elektra being the new leader isn’t
really addressed and she doesn’t appear in the final team shot. In addition,
Grant Ward being back isn’t even mentioned aside from the fact that he was
talking to Phil before Maria Hill came up. Then, all the Civil War II debate
that was going on earlier is now gone because other stuff has to be wrapped up.
It a very rushed issue that ignores a lot of the new stuff that they
introduced. That said, I didn’t hate it. It’s not an amazing issue or anything
but it’s decent. Probably one of the better issues of this series that I’ve read.
Just goes to show you, sometimes less is more.
Bits and Pieces
While the final issue of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t
address many of the ongoing storylines that have been introduced in the last
couple issues, the storytelling aspect of this issue is actually very well
handled. It does seem that the creative team learned this was going to be the
final issue in their run and just did everything they could to end it as close
to the status quo as they could. That is a little frustrating but I understand
it. Ultimately, it has a satisfying ending.