This series' best-selling point by far is the character of Peggy Carter, who in Atwell's hands is as able as a solo act as she ever was at Captain America's side. Marvel's Agent Carter brings a couple of supporting characters from the Captain America stories to the forefront in Carter and Howard Stark. Obviously this will appeal to Marvel's faithful fan base most of all, but the efficiently written series gives just enough backstory to bring newbies up to speed in no time flat, inviting a wide pool of viewers and setting the scene for a scintillating action series. And speaking of action, there are plenty of sequences that involve explosions, shoot-outs, and some hand-to-hand fighting, but Peggy often heads off others with her considerable brains rather than her brawn. There also are some laughs, mostly at the hands of the mild-mannered butler-turned-spy-associate, Jarvis.
But the series' best-selling point by far is Peggy herself, who in Atwell's hands is as able as a solo act as she ever was at Captain America's side. Marvel does itself a real service by letting this beautiful, clever, self-reliant female operative crush the gender stereotypes of the time, even if it does come at the expense of a somewhat naive male clientele that's overly susceptible to her guile. What's more, as opposed to many of Marvel's heroes, she's remarkably normal, having no "super" qualities other than her intellect, courage, and determination, making her an even more likable female lead.