SHIELD is the newest Marvel title by Jonathan Hickman. The story is the secret history of the Marvel universe and the history of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The story starts in the '50s with a young man named Leonid who is taken to an immortal city under Rome. He meets a group called SHIELD who go into their history. We see glimpses of the past. First in Egypt with the Brood being defeated by Imotep and his band, including an early Moon Knight and Apocolypse. We see a few pages in China with a Celestial. Then there's a cool bit with Leonardo DaVinci. Finally Galaleo attempting to repel Galactus. The series then goes forward a few years to where Leonid has been in the Immortal City for a few years now. He's visited by the Night Machine who is also his father. The Night Machine takes Leonid to a secret room. Along the way we meet two SHIELD agents, Stark and Richards. It ends with Leonid coming face-to-face with DaVinci.
I liked this issue, a lot. There's a lot of little snapshots of things to come. Already there's a lot to discuss.
I'll just leave it alone right now and see if anyone else has read it so we can get a full-fledge discussion going on.
I didn't really have any interest in this book at all, but the review that Doc B posted over in the "What Comics Have You Read Today" thread may have changed my mind slightly...
To you, Jason, or any others who have read this book: what other comics (or other media, I suppose) would you liken this comic to?