MARVEL ANNOUNCES MARK WAID’S S.H.I.E.L.D. AND MORE AT NEXT BIG THING PANEL
Marvel really likes to spread its announcements around at San Diego Comic-Con, and that’s never more evident than at the publisher’s final panel of the weekend, which it calls ‘Next Big Thing’, possibly because Columbo has a prior claim on using the phrase, ‘One More Thing,’ just as you’re getting ready to leave.
The major new announcement out of the Next Big Thing panel is that Marvel is finally going to publish a new S.H.I.E.L.D. book (which I’ll henceforth refer to as SHIELD, because no-one has time for that much punctuation). Mark Waid will write the new series, with Carlos Pacheco on issue one and a rotating team of artists thereafter. Agent Phil “Cheese” Coulson will be the book’s lead, and each issue will tell a self-contained story.
Never stopped Steve Jobs… ;-)
One of the best examples of artistic integrity on a corporate scale.
No matter how many times I see this, I never fail to be impressed by that last sentence.
I feel like the most important line in this is “These depictions were wrong then and are wrong today.” Most often a statement like this is used to simply cover, to gloss over, as if being a product of one’s time is an excuse or defense rather than a partial explanation.
The story for “The Ultimate Computer” was written by Laurence N. Wolfe, whose career as a mathematician led to his fascination with computing technology. His initial outline focused on Dr. Daystrom and the M-5 unit, almost entirely excluding the crew of the Enterprise. D.C. Fontana, seeing an opportunity for a good story from such clunky beginnings, focused on how James T. Kirk reacts to a computer that could theoretically do his job for him and his fear of being replaced.
I love everything about this episode except the tag. The M-5 has just killed the crew of an entire Constitution Class starship, and instead of a solemn ending, Spock insults McCoy and we laugh ourselves off to the next mission. How fun!