In the Marvel Universe, the Venn diagram of super spies and super heroes has a healthy overlap. A lot of heroes either got their start at or have taken assignments from S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's premier spy agency. This has led to a number holding dual membership with S.H.I.E.L.D. and teams like the Avengers; Black Widow, Hawkeye, Spider-Woman, Falcon, and others have IDs for both organizations in their wallets.
In some cases, enlisting with S.H.I.E.L.D. involves getting a whole new look, one that usually fits in with the agency's no-frills, utilitarian styles pioneered by Nick Fury back in the '60's. That tradition continues in this week's ALL-NEW INVADERS #6, wherein Jim Hammond – the original Human Torch from World War II – pays a visit to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s tailors.
We now present to you, in chronological order, Jim Hammond's new look and four other S.H.I.E.L.D. redesigns.
1. KITTY PRYDE
Yep, the X-Men's teenage genius joined S.H.I.E.L.D. briefly in the late '90's. She signed on to help repair the Helicarrier's damaged computer systems, and of course ran afoul of the ghost of her old nemesis Ogun. S.H.I.E.L.D. chose to give Kitty a standard issue jumpsuit equipped with the many, many holsters that have become the agency's unofficial trademark.
2. RED GUARD
Okay, we're counting all of these as one entry. In the alternate, Magneto-ruled reality depicted in HOUSE OF M, a number of super heroes came together to form S.H.I.E.L.D.'s elite Red Guard. Rogue, Toad, Nightcrawler, Spider-Woman, and Mystique all appeared wearing uniforms that mixed aspects of the classic S.H.I.E.L.D. look – holsters, the white and black color scheme – with more than a few nods to Magneto's royal look.
Ex-New Mutant and general X-Men ally Sally Blevins reappeared after a lengthy absence in the midst of the Morlocks. This apparent betrayal shocked the group of X-Men investigating the Morlocks' terrorist actions, until Sally Blevins revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D. had placed her deep undercover. This time the spy agency ditched all of its go-to accessories and instead opted to outfit Skids in a yellow and black mini dress.
4. STEVE ROGERS
After returning from the dead, Steve Rogers chose to let Bucky keep the Captain America title and instead took a job as America's top cop and acting director of S.H.I.E.L.D. With the new job came a whole new look, one that evoked Rogers' history as the Sentinel of Liberty but also incorporated more spy elements (holsters). This uniform has proved to be an enduring one; Nick Fury Jr. currently wears it.
5. JIM HAMMOND
Now that the original Human Torch has entered active duty again, he's gotten a whole new look. As of this Wednesday's latest ALL-NEW INVADERS issue, Jim Hammond's flame-off form will look much more in-line with S.H.I.E.L.D.'s operatives. Unlike the rest of the super spies, though, Hammond's new uniform has a personal touch – the flame logo emblazoned on his chest – and a fiery color.
Check out the debut of Jim Hammond's new look in ALL-NEW INVADERS #6, on sale this Wednesday!