Comics to Read After Last Night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 4 “Eye Spy”

There sure are a lot of eye problems in the Marvel universe.

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We’ll bring you up to speed with some extra reading material to dive deeper into last night’s episode of Agents of SHIELD, “Eye Spy.” As always, if you missed the episode, beware of possible spoilers.

Last night’s story followed a former SHIELD agent, Akela Amador, and her bionic eye. As it turned out, she was being used by an evil entity that so far remains nameless, and with this new malevolent force came a lot of speculation as to who may be behind it. Near the end of the episode, Agent Ward photographs what is hinted may be an alien language, which has led some to believe the evil force in question may be S.W.O.R.D.

Astonishing X-Men Volume 3, #5

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Introduced in Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon himself, SWORD — Sentient World Observation and Response Department — is a SHIELD counterpart that focuses on counterterrorism against extraterrestrial threats. Relations between the two agencies had deteriorated since Nick Fury’s departure from SHIELD, and it could very well be that they have interests that aren’t necessarily in line with SHIELD’s on the show.

The SWORD story arc in Astonishing X-Men involves SWORD bringing the X-Men into space to stop a missile from being launched at the Earth, and it also reveals that SWORD has an operative working inside the X-Men.

Of course, the unnamed enemy could still also be SHIELD nemesis Hydra, which we covered briefly in the Agents of SHIELD episode 1 comic recap.

Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #27

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Since the baddie this week was likely to be a one-time character, and our evil force has yet to show itself, now might be the time to catch yourself up on some SHIELD history. Akela Amador lost sight in one eye due to a SHIELD operation gone bad. In keeping with the theme of lost eyesight, you can read the story of how Nick Fury’s eye was originally damaged in Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #27.

Aside from that, there were more hints dropped by Amador that everything is not as it seems with Agent Coulson. She definitely seemed to know something was wrong when she asked, “What did they do to him?” Perhaps her x-ray eye implant allowed her to see that he’s not exactly himself? We’ll have to wait and see what she was talking about.

(via Marvel Database, images via Marvel)

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