Entertainment Weekly has just revealed the new art for episode 2×13 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “One of Us”, and it features Cal front and center!
Along with the reveal of the new art reveal, EW has an interview with Executive Producer, Jeff Bell.
EW: The first thing that struck me about this piece is how much it looks it could be the cover of a graphic novel—just very cleanly drawn with muted colors, and the way Cal’s team is assembled, you can tell they all have distinctive personalities.
JEFF BELL: It could definitely be a big spread inside, or the cover of a comic. But I just love Coulson surrounded by villains, and the giant Cal looming over, and S.H.I.E.L.D. behind him. This was a different episode for us. We’re pretty serialized, and every now and then you want to find a way to take a little detour that keeps the emotional life of your story going, but you want to explore other corners. And this one really does that. We’re spending a lot of time with Cal in this episode, and his friends.
Will these “friends of Cal” be people we recognize from the comics?
I would say if you are a diehard Marvel fan, there are names that you will know. Whenever we can, we try to pull characters from the Marvel universe. And we have Drea de Matteo from The Sopranos playing the lovely lady you’re seeing there on the right, and it’s a really fun episode. And there’s a… not darker, but more of a gothic tone to it, if that makes sense.
As gorgeous as this art is, it’s also much darker than the previous pieces, both in tone and in coloring. Obviously, you’re playing to the strengths of your artists, but are we to assume this will be a bit heavier, especially compared to the first two episodes of the season?
We’ve done some dark episodes where some terrible things happen, and this is more gothic dark with Cal and his team. In a weird way there’s a lot of… I’ve never used the phrase “sprightly joy” before in my life, but there’s this odd mirth. There’s this quality of this group together that is really fun, and even though they bear ill will for Coulson and his people, they’re rendered with a lot of love. Monica Breen, who wrote the episode, really captured a nice quality for these people—Cal and his band of misfits going up against Coulson and his band of misfits. And I think this poster really captures that. But there’s also larger-than-life looking Cal, and in many ways, he looms like that for Skye’s character—sort of as the other father figure—and in many ways, the “dark dad.” And in addition to the S.H.I.E.L.D. bird, there’s another bird. There’s a reason it’s there, as you would imagine, but I love that that’s there.
I’ve got to admit, this is my favorite print (so far) for the second season. Not only do we have Cal front and center in this one, but we have his team of Super Villains surrounding Coulson on the bottom half of the print. I’ve already purchased the “Aftershocks” print for this season, but I’m highly considering purchasing this one when it goes on sale tomorrow.
You’ll be able to purchase your own print by going here tomorrow afternoon. It’ll cost you $49.95 + tax and shipping & handling.
Source: Entertainment Weekly.