How do you end up with 1970’s Dazzler, female Loki, Nico Minoru, and She-Hulk on the same team? Battleworld, baby!!! During Secret Wars, Marvel launched A-FORCE, with a five comic run, which have been collected into the trade paper back, “A-FORCE Vol. 0: WARZONES.”
Blurb (from goodreads):
An all-new book featuring Marvel’s Mightiest Women! In a secluded corner of the Battleworld, an island nation is fiercely protected by a team of Avengers the likes of which has only ever been glimpsed before. Fighting to protect the small sliver of their world that’s left, the Amazing A-FORCE stands shoulder to shoulder, ready to take on the horde!
Why I picked it up:
Come on. This was on THE VIEW and all over the internet. We knew it was coming.
“All-girl Avengers.” It was the second #1 I had heard of (JEM was the first). Then, my husband told me some magical words. Marvel Subscription. That’s twelve issues of a comic for $28.96 and mailed to me! At the time that was a big deal, as my comic store of the time was far, far away. (I now love my local, up the street store, Robot Zero!)
Jorge Molina does the art and it is beautiful. There are so many details in the island of Arcadia’s setting that give it a richness and depth beyond a cartoon. When I imagined American comics in my head (back in my “Manga Only!” days), this wasn’t what I pictured. This was everything that would have shut me up.
The more I delve into comics, the more I learn that style can easily distort. Even a “familiar face” could need a name for me to place. Here, that wasn’t a problem. I could look and go, “That’s X. I had their comic card.”
Come on, 90’s peeps. You remember there were trading cards for everything back then. I had the complete DC and Marvel sets! I also had the complete ABC TGIF set too. I picked weird things to collect…
I’m sorry G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett. When I saw the cover for #4, around the time I was waiting for issue #2, I had already seen that coming.
Now, here’s the thing. Knowing where the plot is going isn’t a bad thing in my book. That isn’t where the –1 comes from. To me, the journey of the story can be just as important as a surprise plot. And the journey was definitely awesome.
So where did they lose me? In the glossing over of Battleworld stuff. I know it was a way to get me to buy more comics, but come on! There were times I had to stop and assume a lot to fill in gaps. A lot of unsaid things, like small details in montages, led to confusion (though that time it was my friend and I had to explain it to him). While it slowed my pace and perplexed me, it didn’t stop me from reading.
The Intangible Stuff:
It is pretty. The story is good. But, the temporary-ness and shortness of it all made it seem like fluff. It was air. Couldn’t sink my teeth into it, despite there being so much awesome.
Want to talk about timing? It’s new comic day and today a new A-FORCE #1 is out! This is the proper start of these ladies in the true Marvel Universe. When the first arc hits its end, I’ll be sure to talk about it in the newsletter. You are signed up for that, right? If you like the above you totally should. Next newsletter I’ll be talking AVENGERS #0, which introduces all the AVENGER teams (there are so many now).
What female superhero team up would you like to see?
Which of the AVENGER comic line is your cup of tea?
Who would be on your dream AVENGER team?