Executive producer Joss Whedon brought a superhero-flavored spy thriller to television with “Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which debuted this week.
Based on the Marvel Comics, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” follows the events of the “Avengers” movie, also directed by Whedon. For “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Whedon is joined by his brother, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, both of whom he previously worked with on “Dollhouse” and “Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.”
S.H.I.E.L.D. — which stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division — is an intelligence agency run by Nick Fury, played in the films by Samuel L. Jackson.
The series stars Clark Gregg, reprising his role as Agent Coulson from the Marvel films; Brett Dalton as Grant Ward; and Chloe Bennett as Skye. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” also features Ming-Na as Agent Melina May, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Gemma Simmons, and Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz.
“Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airs at 7 p.m. Tuesdays on ABC.
If the show has you hungry for more espionage in the world of Marvel superheroes, here are five recommendations available in graphic novel format.
‘S.H.I.E.L.D. by Steranko: The Complete Collection'
The stylish artist Jim Steranko created some of the most notable S.H.I.E.L.D. tales in this collection, which contains “Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (1968) Nos. 1-3 and No. 5, plus material from “Strange Tales” Nos. 151-168.
‘Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D.'
Nick Fury is framed in this 1988 miniseries by Bob Harras and Paul Neary. Fury is the last man standing against the secret Deltite cult's agenda as his allies are replaced by identical androids.
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