Among the 45 new #1s planned for release from Marvel this October is "Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.," a new series from writer Frank Barbiere and artist Brent Schoonover. The series features S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran Dum Dum Dugan -- who discovered in last year's "Original Sin" that he's a highly sophisticated Life Model Decoy replacement for the real Dugan, who died decades prior -- leading a very specialized squad consisting of Marvel monster characters Man-Thing, Vampire by Night, Orrgo, Manphibian, Warwolf, Teen Abomination, Zombie Jasper Sitwell and Hit Monkey.
Before that book debuts, next month's "S.H.I.E.L.D." #9 -- an issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of Marvel's premier intelligence organization, with a main section written by Mark Waid that includes a sequence based on previously unpublished art penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Jim Steranko -- will set up the team's status quo, in a story written by "Mighty Avengers" writer Al Ewing and illustrated by Spider-Man and Avengers books veteran Stefano Caselli.
"Al Ewing actually has written an amazing story that sets up the new status quo and digs into the character of Dum Dum post-LMD reveal," Barbiere told Marvel.com of the "S.H.I.E.L.D." #9 intro story. "Clearly S.H.I.E.L.D. has value in Dum Dum being around, no matter what form he's in, and think he can do plenty of good amongst these new Commandos -- but they will be watching him!"
CBR has an exclusive preview of Ewing and Caselli's story from "S.H.I.E.L.D." #9, along with a look (above) at legendary artist Arthur Adams's Howling Commandos-centric cover for the issue.
"S.H.I.E.L.D." #9 is scheduled for release on Aug. 26.