DC Comics has taken its lumps lately (deservedly so) for changing its logo and pursuing prequels to the sacred text that is Watchmen, but I thought I’d step back and talk about DC is a positive light for a change. The New 52 project – in which DC relaunched virtually the entire line with new issue No. 1s – has proven to be mostly a success, in the sense that a lot of the books are interesting again. So I’ve picked out one that I like to start the discussion: Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E.
S.H.A.D.E. stands for the Super Human Advanced Defense Executive, and it is a government agency changed with dealing with weird stuff in the DC Universe – so far, that means fighting a lot of monsters. The organization is run by Father Time, with the help of science adviser Ray Palmer (who may or may not be the Atom in this continuity). In a brilliant bit of inventiveness, Palmer miniaturized the S.H.A.D.E. headquarters, which presumably makes it more difficult to find – and damn hard to attack!