P:R Approved: Kris Anka’s Lady Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Note: This isn’t an official design, but it should be. P:R Regular (and upcoming artist on X-Men) Kris Anka is still finding time to do redesigns on the side, this time with a bit of casting with an all-female team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. From left to right you have Maria Hill, Agent 13, Bobbi Morse (Mockingbird), Black Widow, Spider Woman, Daisy Johnson, Victoria Hand and Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. Only thing missing in my book is Melinda May from ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! I really enjoy how Anka’s integrated the superhero members of the team’s costumes to work with the standard S.H.I.E.L.D. togs, and would love to see these individually in full turnaround. – Chris A.

19 comments to “P:R Approved: Kris Anka’s Lady Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
  1. I did a quick scan for Chastity McBryde and then lost most of my interest.

    As is often the case when examining Anka’s work, I see cosplayers rather than superheroes. It might be because they all, with the exception of the one on the far right, appear as if they’re about 17 years old and weigh 90 lbs.

  2. This really isn’t much of a redesign since, aside from Spider-Woman, they’re all wearing pretty much their standard outfits, and we can’t see enough of Spider-Woman’s to really judge. (I’m not sure what Val is wearing.) I also wonder about the lighting. The modeling on the figures suggests they’re walking towards the light, but the conical pink overlay gives the impression of a spotlight coming from behind them. It’s a bit contradictory/confusing, visually.

    That aside, it’s a nice enough illustration.

  3. I would have loved to have seen different body shapes, but the costume design here is impeccable, I love it.

    On the other hand, “Natalie Romanova”? Is that new? Didn’t she use to be called Natacha? Or is that someone else?

  4. I didn’t think that Maria Hill’s ethnicity was ever specifically mentioned, though she was usually depicted with a darker complexion than what we see above.

    For better or worse, the Marvel movies’ canon has asserted primacy over all others. I don’t see how it’s much different from Nick Fury now being black in all forms of media. Personally, I think it’s a shame to see characters, regardless of how established they are, changed in that way, but it seems to be a trend that most people are comfortable with.

  5. while it’s never been completely specified in the comics, i believe Maria Hill is hispanic. At least thats how she appears in Ultimate Spider-Man (comic) and on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

  6. i dont have an opinion as to what maria hill’s ethnicity should be (and i do believe artists/fanfic writers etc should be able to portray their versions of characters as they see fit), but i will say that maria being currently portrayed mostly as white is not the same as nick fury being currently portrayed as black. it is the same if you want to say that as a fan or an artist youre sticking to avengers movie canon. however its not the same issue. the issues of Why A Character Should Be White and Why A Character Should Be Black are pretty drastically different. does it make a difference whether maria hill is a person of color? heck yes it does. i think it would make a difference to a lot of female comic fans who do not often see themselves represented in comics. (also is there a rule that if nick fury is black, that means we never need any more black characters? is our quota full now?)

  7. I’ve never gotten any indication from the comics or the animated TV stuff that Maria Hill was ever anything other than caucasian.

  8. Melinda May isn’t in the group pic because she’s already there. Everyone else is late (and getting pranked).

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