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A-Force #1

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SECRET WARS has begun and it's time to visit the 'world' of A-Force.

A-FORCE #1 is on sale May 20, 2015.

The Good

With last week's SECRET WARS #2, we got a glimpse into the new Battleworld. It was an interesting look in how this new world is run as well as the person in charge of it all. The notion of separate regions run by different barons is fascinating. With A-FORCE, we get a closer look into the island region of Arcadia with the Baroness She-Hulk in charge.

To put it simply, this is a world where the female superheroes in the Marvel Universe protect the people. You'll immediately be reminded of just how many great female characters Marvel has in their house. Marguerite Bennett and G. Willow Wilson have created a fantastic world with the interactions feeling natural with a great heaping of fun built in. Although, you'll soon see it's not necessarily a world of fun and games as some serious business goes underway. Each region on Battleworld may have their own leaders and such but there is still the overall command they all must bow down to. Rather than have each world (and tie-in book) feel completely separate, there are things that connect them all, such as the Thors that patrol for the god-leader. In other words, there are consequences to not following the rules as we see in this issue.

The idea of a book mainly focusing on female heroes (there are male characters that exist) might feel like a gimmick to some. That's not the case in the execution of the issue. The way Wilson and Bennett present it here, it all just feels right. With us being immersed into the world and the lives of the heroines, you can't help but want to know and see more. The interactions we see are great and even before you finish the issue, you'll already be looking forward to the next.

Jorge Molina's art is superb here. Along with Laura Martin and Matt Milla's colors, this is a great looking book. It all adds to the 'wanting to see more' feeling. I found myself throughout the issue scanning the backgrounds, trying to take in every detail of this world that I could. The mix of action, emotion, and friendship between the characters is all wonderfully conveyed here.

The Bad

Because of the nature of the story, we're basically thrown into this world. At first, it's not entirely clear what the 'hook' of the world is. We know from the cover and other information that it's a world of heroines. We don't know the specifics or even who gets along with who and if everyone is simply on one gigantic team. Basically, you'll want a little more information. It doesn't harm the story and you can easily dive into this world. You'll just have that little nagging scratch at the back of your head wondering what their history together is. But that's part of the fun with Battleworld and these different regions. We have the sense that they've existed like this for a long long time and we're just now jumping into the story.

The Verdict

This book was pretty much exactly what I wanted and hoped for. Too many times the female heroes in the Marvel Universe get overlooked. Marguerite Bennett and G. Willow Wilson have created a natural feeling world. It's easy to cry out that having just female heroes is a gimmick but it all simply works here. And it works in a great way. You'll find yourself wanting to know more of the region and the relationship and connections each character has with one another. There's just a wonderful vibe going on. Jorge Molina's art and Laura Martin and Matt Milla's colors add to that. With actual ties to the main SECRET WARS book, this doesn't feel like an isolated story done just for the heck of it. You get a sense that it is part of the bigger story. This is our chance to explore the specific region closely and you'll be glad you got the chance. I'm so ready for the next issue now.

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Cool, I might check this out eventually.

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I know this is going to be amazing. I also heard that A-Force is one of the titles sticking around after Secret Wars, which is very interesting to say the least.

Girl Power!

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Yeah, because the all-female book turned out so well for the X-Men...

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Where's the all male Avengers team?

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Yeah, because the all-female book turned out so well for the X-Men...

Eh, how did it turn out? I liked it loads but that doesn't change sales etc.

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@bl00dwerk said:

Yeah, because the all-female book turned out so well for the X-Men...

Eh, how did it turn out? I liked it loads but that doesn't change sales etc.

Not sure. It had a lot of potential, and I remember people being excited about it, but it didn't deliver. I'm guessing this won't, either...

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I'm pretty curious so I'll check this out soon. I need to do some comics shopping on Amazon anyway.

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So what is the story justification for not having any male heroes?

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@bl00dwerk: that book wasn't bad. The writer that came on after Brian Wood just didn't do it for me & if it hadn't been for the artist I would have stuck around for G Willow Wilson's arc on the book because I heard nothing but great things about her story. It seems G Willow Wilson has a good understanding of female characters.

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So what is the story justification for not having any male heroes?

There isn't one. It's Marvel's continued way of pandering to a certain group. That's it...

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@bl00dwerk: that book wasn't bad.

It wasn't good, either. The two best things it had going for it were Rogue and Coipel...

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You had me at "Baroness She-Hulk". :-)

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@bl00dwerk: half of the world's population, that certain group?

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@bl00dwerk: it did have potential though. That first arc ended & it could've gone in a bunch of good directions but if you remember it got dragged into Battle of the Atom which wasn't good. Another thing, I love Coipel but that guy is sloooowww. I knew he wouldn't be around that long. Terry Dodson & Kris Anka did a good job, & I was in it for Jubes.

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What does the A stand for?

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What does the A stand for?

Avengers, I guess?

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Really digging Molina's art from what I've seen in previews. Looking forward to picking this up.

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This feels like an Amazon book except the whole Man-killing and raping thing, which is good :D

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@diannah: You are not alone here, sister :)

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@lordandrew: "A" stands for ARCADIA, the name of the Kingdome ruled by Baroness She-Hulk :) yes, is a trick for recall to mind "Avengers", but in fact is for Arcadia :)

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@grandharrier: It's a Kingdom from a different universe than our [or the former Marvel 616]. I haven't readed yet, but I can suppose that is some sort of Matriarchal society. They live into an Island, are female warriors, it may be something like Greek Amazon Society...

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@bl00dwerk: It's not exactly hard to find team books with male characters in at all, this isnt pandering in the slightest.

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Interesting. Will buy

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They should have had one token guy to reflect the absurdity of outdated books like the original Avengers, original X-Men, and the New 52 Justice League...

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@bl00dwerk: It's not exactly hard to find team books with male characters in at all, this isnt pandering in the slightest.

It's not hard to find team books with female characters in them, either. What book do you know of that promoted as the "all male" anything?

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I agree with Tony's review. A-Force is not perfect, but it's darned good.

One spoiler point:

As a fan of She-Hulk, I know it was killing her to let Doom take Ms. America away, even though she seemed rather stoic. But I also know her mind is churning on ways to get America back. Kudos to the writers for knowing how She-Hulk reacts in these situations.

To all the Shulkie fans who don't think she's gotten her due over the years, I have a very good feeling about this series.

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@diannah said:

I agree with Tony's review. A-Force is not perfect, but it's darned good.

One spoiler point:

As a fan of She-Hulk, I know it was killing her to let Doom take Ms. America away, even though she seemed rather stoic. But I also know her mind is churning on ways to get America back. Kudos to the writers for knowing how She-Hulk reacts in these situations.

To all the Shulkie fans who don't think she's gotten her due over the years, I have a very good feeling about this series.

Oh, she'll find a way even if it kills her, you can bank on that. That's just who she is.

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This was good, just not great. 4/5 seems about right for me. I might pick up the next issue, just depends on how good other first issues are on other Secret Wars books I plan on trying. Planet Hulk was amazing.

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I am all aboard this book, we've got shark punshing action. Loved the colors and setting

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perfect rating. definitely a 3 or 4 star book. great art. writing was a bit hit or miss. wish just for my own curiosity they said from which earths each lady came from cause we have some duplicates (spider-gwen was seen in the background as well as luke cage and jessica jones) and some dead people (jean grey) or people decked out in old gear with new ways of using their powers (dazzler). are they all from 616 and this is just doom's vision of them ala house of m with scarlet witch? hopefully we will see but YES another all female book! and i saw crystal in here. oh poor girl still just being used as a background character. one day crystal, one day

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@dark_guyver: its called new avengers. there is also all new invaders. trust there are far more all male books historically then there ever were all female books. its ok for us to have something to enjoy too

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@jyger85 said:
@diannah said:

I agree with Tony's review. A-Force is not perfect, but it's darned good.

One spoiler point:

As a fan of She-Hulk, I know it was killing her to let Doom take Ms. America away, even though she seemed rather stoic. But I also know her mind is churning on ways to get America back. Kudos to the writers for knowing how She-Hulk reacts in these situations.

To all the Shulkie fans who don't think she's gotten her due over the years, I have a very good feeling about this series.

Oh, she'll find a way even if it kills her, you can bank on that. That's just who she is.

Not necessarily. In Gillens Young Avengers run he pretty much established that there are no mulitversal counterparts of America. As America will appear in Siege, also written by Gillen, she would have to logically be brought from one book into the other.

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@jyger85 said:
@diannah said:

I agree with Tony's review. A-Force is not perfect, but it's darned good.

One spoiler point:

As a fan of She-Hulk, I know it was killing her to let Doom take Ms. America away, even though she seemed rather stoic. But I also know her mind is churning on ways to get America back. Kudos to the writers for knowing how She-Hulk reacts in these situations.

To all the Shulkie fans who don't think she's gotten her due over the years, I have a very good feeling about this series.

Oh, she'll find a way even if it kills her, you can bank on that. That's just who she is.

Not necessarily. In Gillens Young Avengers run he pretty much established that there are no mulitversal counterparts of America. As America will appear in Siege, also written by Gillen, she would have to logically be brought from one book into the other.

I was talking about She-Hulk.

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This was pretty good. I wonder if that was the real 616 Kitty Pryde that showed up at the end.