Review: A-FORCE #1

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A-FORCE #1
Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art by Jorge Molina and Laura Martin
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: January 6, 2016

With the loss of Battleworld, not only has the A-Force lost disco Dazzler, but the team is having to be rebuilt from the ground up. The relaunch of this series picks up right where issue five of the Secret Wars tie-in miniseries left off. Earth has been put back where it was before the special event, with one Singularity, hanging in space confused and searching for the friends she knew.

The plot of this issue feels like a flimsy wire coat hanger you’re afraid will hurt your clothes more than help keep them wrinkle free. The original miniseries was able to take great risks, such has have characters be “arrested” and force to become part of the police-force Thors, or even kill full heroes off. Now, just like Singularity finds herself in this issue, the plots hands are tied in any sort of risks that can be taken. This is a simply story of one super-powered being reuniting the friends she loves, despite them not knowing who she is or where she’s from in the universe. These limitations are not surprising, since they are now taking place in the regular Marvel universe, but does undercut some of the emotional punches presented in the original Battleworld story.

G. Willow Wilson makes up for this safe plot with fun dialogue, a debatable couple’s cameo and plenty of action filled scenes. The fun and lively spirit of the series is present on every page. However, the plot is buried under the necessity of an opening arc that will reunite our beloved team. It’s something you cannot really forcefully overcome or rush. It’s clear the creative team is working to create a natural and organic story. However, like the first 20-40 minutes of a superhero show you find yourself thinking, “Oh, just get on with it already, so we can see them all together.”

The belated enjoyment is softened by the full and clear art presented by Jorge Molina’s lines and Laura Martin’s colors. While the noses of many of our leading ladies might be a little too similar, there are unique features fans of the previous series will find familiar. The young and naive nature of Singularity is sincerely reflected in facial expressions and mannerisms found on every page. Overlapping panels, gutters, and characters launching across the page help to create a dynamic and constantly moving story. It is clear that the whole issue takes place over a short period of time, with the main character never being able to sit still. Singularity is being chased by a villain whose motivations haven’t been fully be revealed. Logic can easily explain it’s source, as an antithesis spawned to Singularity’s existence. Martin’s colors are key here as juxtaposition is presented between hero and villain, in primary colors of blue vs red. The traditional good vs evil color palette helps to sell the urgency of the story.

Lots of details are given to battle scenes. Joyous and surprising interactions between the team members who do appear are completely sold by Molina’s attention to directions of eyes and mouths. Unfortunately, as the team is being rebuilt, this issue isn’t able to show every member of the A-Force. However, the first three characters touched upon are able to shown in graceful and powerful fashion, all at once.

Fun, humor and action are packed into the pages of the relaunch of A-Force. However, it currently suffers from the traditional hindrances of a first issue while having it’s hands tied to the main continuity, limiting ability to surprise or break new ground. The story is required to rehash old territory for the sake of new readers. It’s a solid stepping stone into what will hopefully turn into a compelling story once the whole gang is back together.

The Verdict: 7.5/10

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