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Comic Book Question of the Week Results: What did you think of 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?'

We like the show, but did you also dig it? Come see what the Comic Vine community thinks of the first episode!

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is finally here! The debut was a huge hit for Marvel and ABC, luring in over 12 million viewers. Comic Vine's Editor-in-Chief Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero gave the first episode a positive review, but we also wanted to see how everyone else feels about the premiere. Because of that, we decided to let you all speak your mind in the 'Question of the Week's' latest poll. So, how'd the CV community feel about the show's first effort? Love it? Hate it? A resounding 'meh?' Well, 37% of you dug it and said you'll definitely tune in next week!

I can understand why most of you voted "pretty good." There was an abundance of Joss Whedon's signature humor, more of the charismatic Clark Gregg is always a good thing, and there was plenty of fan service packed into the episode. But, there certainly were some tropes and two specific characters were hardly well-received. Then again, this is only the first episode, so the show has plenty of room to grow and develop. Hopefully instead of trying to juggle characters equally (an understandable move for the first episode, though) we get can a bigger spotlight on specific individuals in each episode and, of course, focus more on the allegedly big threat S.H.I.E.L.D. is facing. Let's just hope the twist with Agent Coulson surprises us instead of being the super obvious (*cough* LMD *cough*). All in all, it was absolutely a fun debut and just like most of you, I'll definitely check out the next episode.

Here's the full poll results:

  • Pretty good. I'll tune in again. 37%
  • Loved it! I'm hooked! 26%
  • Eh, it was alright. 17%
  • It's still on my DVR. 12%
  • It was kind of disappointing. Not sure yet if I'll watch the second episode. 4%
  • Really didn't like it and I'm not bothering with the next episode. 4%

Check back next Tuesday for an all-new Question of the Week! Do you have an idea for a good/topical question? Be sure to recommend it below or tell Gregg via Twitter.

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Posted by redhood21

Well, given how heavily tied into the movie universe this is. I really hope Coulson is an LMD and will eventually become Ultron.

Unlikely as that may be.

its obvious hes an LMD...what do you think they meant "he can never know" was about...what else would they never tell coulson? cap used to be johnny storm? lol

i thought it was good i just hope its not too good for the plebs like every show whedon does

Posted by mkukie68

I find the disparity between the movie FX and the show FX kind of funny. The FX in Agents seems to be like the original Spider-man

Posted by ips

was horrible. far too campy. it has potential but pull back on Coulson's goofball happy approach. inject some gritty into it and then it could work.

it's basically a Marvel verion of NBCs Heroes. but with way more cheese and not enough realism.

Posted by christianrapper

I think the best character was the special guest character mike peterson. too bad he won't be a regular character. he was awesome. the other characters seem to be kind of stale. i also liked coulson. it's a shame when the guest character out shines the regulars.

Posted by The_Tree

The more I think about it, the more I dislike it.

Edited by Badmojo7A

It was better than average, but still kind of meh. I am going to give them a break since its the first show so it is usually the weakest because it has to spend time doing character introductions. Still, the characters are kind of two dimensional in action and personality. I think more episodes will iron out the kinks. I do think sky is the weakest character. We already have the genius twins, bio and tech, both seem pretty good with computers, but you would assume the tech guy would know how to hack computers unless you throw in some contrived reason why he could not. Sky the *rebel* hacker(really???) only purpose seems to be to be a cheap reason to add another pretty face to the show and have a character that goes (predictably) against the rules all the time. Hopefully her character will be interesting and not annoying. In the end, needs a few more episodes to get a good feel.

Posted by agentvenom22

I thought it was just rediculously cheesy. The ending was so bad I cried myself to sleep.

Posted by shackle

Whedon is his own worst enemy when it comes to television. In the comparatively compact story-telling format of film, his humor is succinct, to-the-point, and clever. In the extended, long-term story-telling of the television format, however, he gets far too cute and too enamored with his own cleverness. The numbers are going to plummet for this show.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

I'm still giving the show a chance. I just hope that it picks up, and since pilots tend to be boring to begin with, I'm gonna give this show the benefit of the doubt for now.

Posted by ladymastermind

It was pretty cool,nice tie in to Iron Man3. I wonder if there going to be any appearances from the Black Widow or Hawkeye. Definitely on my watch list along with Sleepy Hollow and Elementary.

Posted by Novemberx2

3 questions came to mind while watching this:

is this a story that needed to be told? - probably not based on what we've seen so far

who is the real target audience? not sure if aimed at idiots who thought iron man 3 was good (lackluster humour) or comic book fans(endless references to other marvel elements)?

and how is Jeph Loeb still got a job?

Posted by MaccyD

@novemberx2: 3. I actually noticed that straight away and I actually laughed out loud...

Posted by AmazingWebHead

Still mad at Joss for cutting Pym from Ultron's origin, but it was a great show. Can't wait for the next episode!

Posted by kilowog52

I had been very excited for this show since maybe a year before it premiered. It's comic books, after all. However, I still opted to record this and watch NCIS during the time slot they both aired, since that show's tenth season ending was so exciting. I watched Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the next day. Its premiere episode really wasn't very good at all. I hope it gets better. I'll probably continue to record it while watching NCIS due to my love of comics and everything comic-related.

Edited by Miss_Garrick

LOVED IT!! The flying car was perfect 60's Marvel, and it is still up in the air how Coulson survived, so my fan theory is still workable. YAY!!

Edited by Kondorr

I think the "signature" humor was really forced...
The casting was on the level of "The Bold and the Beautiful"

The effects were quite nice and if not for the really bad dialogue, the really wooden characters, and the "signature" humor it might have been quite solid...

Even Coulson was not really likeable...

As it is now I think it was as silly as Spiderman 3...

I liked the inclusion of Extremis though... but it was not enough...

I am going to give this show 2 more episodes... but honestly... I believe that the only good thing Whedon ever did was The Avengers movie... the rest was just lame & overhyped sci-fi TV for a timeslot somewhere around 8 o'clock on a saturday morning!

(so the kids can watch something while the parents finallly get some sleep)

Posted by Avengers_4everXX

It didn't blow me away, but I'll give it some time. It took Buffy a season to find it's groove and then it was off like a rocket, so I'm willing to give it a good twelve episodes. I thought the "cheesiness" was a breath of fresh air from the, quite frankly, over-hyped "dark and realistic" TV shows that seem to dominate the air(like a certain show that ended last night who shall not be named). The characters were okay. I'd prefer if Coulson had just been revived like his cover story, because honestly I'm more interested in the back stories of the other agents(especially the asian lady) than the BIG MYSTERY THAT COULSON CAN NEVER KNOW ABOUT. Hopefully it'll improve, and I wouldn't mind seeing some B or C list comic book characters around instead of just all brand new people