Thursday, May 21, 2015

A-Force #1

   I feel sorry for the heroes in the rest of Battleworld (the planet-wide division of realities into separate "countries").

   That's because, judging by this issue of A-Force, all the super-heroines are located on the land known as Arcadia.

   But it's not like Amazon Island - apparently there are some men here, too - but none with super-powers (that we've seen so far).

   Arcadia is presented as a near-utopia - but that's quickly disrupted when a giant prehistoric shark attacks, and the dramatic repercussions give us a look inside the new social order facing these warrior women.

   I have to admit, I'm not planning to buy most of the spin-off Secret Wars books - but this one was impossible to resist.

   The art by Jorge Molina and Craig Yeung is excellent - each character is unique, the environments are lush, the layouts are powerful - vey clean and dynamic.

   The story by Marguerite Bennett and G. Willow Wilson is quite good, with each character defined, given a unique voice and the story clearly spelled out (not an easy thing to accomplish with the Battleworld concept). And it's nice to see a comic about women written by women.

   So a strong start here, with new and familiar heroes working together - I'll stick with this one.

Grade: A-



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