You would think that a captive audience inside the Moscone Center this WonderCon would be the prime location for a recruiting booth. Instead, SHIELD set up on a corner across the street, inviting passersby to enlist in the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
Attended to by a few 'plain' agents in suits, there were a couple tactical officers helping people through the paperwork needed to apply for SHIELD; the officers were friendly and incredibly well informed on the showpiece of the enlistment booth: a 2012 Acura TL. This car is part of Honda's luxury line and hearkens back to the early heavy-duty look of the mid-size sedan. The 2012 Acura TL is based priced at around $35,000 but SHIELD applicants got an exclusive look at the SHIELD Tactical Package, highlighted by SHIELD decals, flashing lights and a roof-mounted sonic cannon, a.k.a. the Hulkbuster. The EX-5000 is one of many features Stark Technologies, Inc. outfitted for SHIELD vehicles, along with enviro-clone projected holograms, 9 Speed HYPER-Shift Transmission and a self-detonating recon clone. As this Tactical Package was for SHIELD agents ranking 1.5 in clearance, the vehicle was outfitted with bulletproof, hyper-traction tires rather than any sort of repulsor tech probably given to higher ranking agents.
Our paperwork was taken along with a photo for our SHIELD IDs. We also, as part of a recruitment drive, were entered into a system where four agents will be chosen to attend SHIELD's Evasive Driving Course, where I guess you'd be allowed a shot at some 1.5 level clearance. On April 11th, the website joinshield.com will have more information, but currently does allow you to be contacted by an Agent for more information once the selection process begins.
As we departed the recruitment center, a poster on an otherwise undecorated wall caught my attention. Had I, indeed, seen that man?