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THE SHIELD #3 REVIEW
Review by: Blake M. Petit
Quick Rating: Good
Title: Hearts and Minds (Kicking Down the Door Part 3); Burning Inside Part 3

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The Shield and Magog face down Grodd!

Writers: Eric Trautmann; Brandon Jerwa
Pencils: Marco Rudy & Eduardo Panscia; Greg Scott
Inks: Mick Gray & Eber Ferreira
Colors: Jason Wright; Tanya & Richard Horie
Letters: Sal Cipriano
Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Cover Art: Francis J. Manapul
Publisher: DC Comics

As Grodd and the “Brain Emperor” unleash Hell on the Shield and Magog, the two of them find themselves at odds both with their enemies and with one another. Their natural animosity, though, will need to be put aside if either of them are to survive.

At first blush, this storyline would seem to follow the standard “hero fight, hero team-up” template, but when you break it down, it’s actually a much richer story than that. The friction between the Shield and Magog doesn’t come about due to some misunderstanding or mind control or anything like that, but through genuine differences in the characters, their methods, and their mindset. This is really the biggest reason I can’t quite get behind Magog as a solo hero – he works much better in this antagonistic role that we get here and in Justice Society. Sure, he’s on the side of the good guys, but his methods make him a pretty dangerous figure, and one that very few heroes can really tolerate. Even when they join up to take down Grodd, you’d be hard-pressed to refer to their interaction as a “team-up.” It’s more like they’re just putting up with each other until the threat is gone. As such, it’s one of the most unique such storylines I’ve seen in a long time.

Rudy and Panscia’s artwork isn’t bad. It’s not perfect, but there’s a darkness to it that suits this storyline very well. That may be more attributable to the ink and color team, though. There are some weak poses and weak panels that pull things down overall.

The Inferno back-up tale sharpens just a little this issue, as the man who doesn’t know who he is continues his flight. He’s looking for clues, and as such, there’s a nominal direction to the story, but I can’t really get a fix on where it’s going, and that hurts. Greg Scott’s artwork, similarly, is okay, but it’s maybe a little too dark here, to the point where there are pages that make it difficult to comprehend just what we’re seeing.

Good issue, but this book does have room to improve.

Story: 4

Art: 3.5

Overall: 3.5

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