Just as many characters from comic books receive their own TV series, those creative energies also work in the opposite direction. Agent Coulson had already started appearing in the Marvel Comics once his popularity had become apparent, and now one of the most popular from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is receiving the same treatment, and that is Melinda May as she will be getting a one-shot comic book as part of SHIELD’s 50th birthday bash. But now we’ve got a first look at the comic, as well as the reveal that the issue will give us the Marvel Comic Universe’s very own take on Agent May’s origins.
We already had an episode last season that explored how May became known as The Calvary, but the one shot will give us a completely different look as it explores May’s origins and how she even came into S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as a different set of circumstances which gave her the nickname, The Calvary.”
The first issue, titled The Calvary: SHIELD 50th Anniversary #1 will find May as she trains a new group of recruits for S.H.I.E.L.D. who are more than impressed at the opportunity of receiving training from an agent of this caliber, where we will also be given flashbacks that will show us how she came to be known as Calvary. Jody Houser, who is writing the comic, said the following:
The decision was made early on that some of the core elements of May’s character, including the tragic background that resulted in her nickname The Cavalry, would carry through into the comic book version. I think that for the characters that transition successfully to comics from another medium — Renee Montoya, Harley Quinn and X-23 come to mind from the just the time that I’ve been reading comics — their circumstances may change somewhat, but the soul remains recognizable. Fans of May from the show should find the comic’s version of the character very recognizable.
The Cavalry will be available next month, alongside several other anniversary one-shots featuring Peggy Carter, Mockingbird and Daisy Johnson/Quake.