How y’all doing, True Believers? I probably won’t make a habit of reviewing this show weekly, but given the hype it seemed just plain wrong to not a) acknowledge that the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show has started airing and b) tell you what I thought about it.
Our episode opens on a blue-collar, down-on-his-financial-luck black dude and his kid out and about in the city. An explosion rocks a nearby building, and the guy sneaks off and, demonstrating superhuman strength, climbs the side of the building to rescue a woman trapped inside.
Elsewhere, Agent Coulson emerges from the shadows to assemble a not-so-crack squad of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, whose mission is going to entail keeping tabs on the ever-increasing members of the superpowered population.
You know how sometimes you don’t realize you wanted something until someone comes along and hands it to you on a silver platter complete with fanart and your fandom OTP?
This fic is that thing.
Imagine a world where Nick Fury has, because of reasons, allowed the entire S.H.I.E.L.D. staff to engage in a paintball battle on the Helicarrier. Last man (or woman) standing gets a favor from Fury.
Take a second and just imagine the greatness there.
Obviously the Avengers are going to team up and kick some ass, but Steve and Tony’s massively unresolved sexual tension needs to get dealt with before it causes a problem.
This is my favorite kind of crackfic, because it is written so seriously. It’s like the fic where the Master is an octopus. It doesn’t punch you in the face with slapstick goofiness and out-of-character portrayals—it’s funny because it’s a totally ridiculous situation protrayed in a ridiculously serious way.
So basically here’s the deal: Excellently written Avengers crackfic, Natasha badassery, Steve/Tony UST, Coulson being the equivalent of a nuclear strike against the other paintballers, all bundled up with the beautiful companion art seen above. It’s 8,200 words of pure genius, and I recommend everyone check it out.