jim steranko

After ten episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Internet community seems none-too-impressed with this television adaptation of the Marvel Universe. Even I, a man who has tried to remain optimistic about the show’s progress, have begun to lose my faith. It seems that for every one thing they do right, they mess two things up. There’s also another guy – one more important than any raving fanboy – that’s not happy with the way the series is moving – the Nick Fury writer himself, Jim Steranko.

Steranko put together a recap of episode 10 over at The Hollywood Reporter and had these kind words to say about the show:

I’d prefer, upon the investment of an hour of my life, to witness an imaginative, satisfying and complete action-driven story, featuring compelling heroes and villains.
Personally, I find the idea of taking the time and effort (away from the immediate story) to insert clues that may or may not be harvested a year from now to be tedious at best.
It’s obvious by episode 10 that the S.H.I.E.L.D. audience is looking for explosive, fast-moving, plot-twisting, high-tech adventure — and not getting it. And perhaps it’s equally obvious that the Whedon audience is looking for complex character studies and mega-issues — and not getting it. Both expectations are valid, but meeting them both successfully may be as vexing as reading the definitive study of quantum mechanics in a hammock during a hurricane.
It was clear in “The Bridge” that the never-ending agonizing — not only by the good guys, but the bad guys as well — sucked up valuable narrative time (that’s the stuff that moves a story forward) like a Bissell on crack!
Have I just developed a severe allergic reaction to soap or must I accept being flayed to smithereens by every soporific, onscreen character’s romantic history? Sufferin’ succotash! I tuned in to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and got As the World Turns!

Well, he has a few valid arguments there, though I’m sure I could add a couple more to the mix if I tried.

What say you, Nerd Readers? Are you still enjoying the show? What are some of your biggest issues with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Let your inner fanboy-rage loose in the comments section.


Thanks to THR and to Steranko for bringing us the news.

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