A-Force #5 Review

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The Shield, the surrounding cement thick barrier separating civilized domains and the domains of the forces of evil, has been punctured. Loki, the mistress of mischief, the traitor and the bringer of Arcadia’s demise was the source of this puncture. The members of the A-Force assemble and are joined by the other inhabitants of the paradise of Arcadia. Jumping into the skirmish to alleviate the oncoming swarm of zombies, well-known heroines and those that may not be as well-known step into the ring to fight and protect their island paradise.

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Marguerite Bennett and G. Willow Wilson have composed a masterful work of feminine heroism, displaying the comradery and witty banter between heroines. The exchanges between heroes in each panel as they fight off this horde of zombies are comical, well placed and themed. Each character’s little quirks or traits are briefly reflected in their one panel of fame. One panel specifically as a nod to Ms. Marvel’s individual storyline was one I found funny just to have had placed there. Another panel that quickly became my favorite was the female reality of Spider-Gwen and MJ. When you’re on a predominantly women filled island, I would understand that that would be the case. The writers do an exceptional job of showing their wit, as though they are portraying this zombie beat down as a festive event or as though it were easy. Bennett and Wilson are only part of the equation for success that I believe this mini-series has had. Jorge Molina does a great job displaying the fight in the city scape and the expressions on the faces of the heroines make you feel chills for their ferocity and tenacity that you don’t want to mess with.

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Throughout the mini-series there has been this cosmic woman that appear at the beginning of issue 1. Since she appeared, all sorts of odd things have been occurring, but we’ve never known her name. I had my guesses like Captain Universe but there is a panel where a woman I believe to be Captain Universe blasts a hole through a charging zombie Hulk. I believe the reason we don’t find out her name until the last few pages are because that is what set the premise for summarizing the main themes of the whole mini-series. Single words that this woman uses to summarize what she has learned from the A-Force that help the members of this all female squad remember what it meant to be a team. To be friends. To be family.

I don’t have much against the series. I thought the way it ended went well, it continued the theme of lost loved ones and justice for them as well as the remembrance of what they did for us. The first and last pages especially sold it for me. I thought it was a great way to start it with all their faces making one woman with the beginning monologue and how the last page held a portion of that same beginning monologue setting it up for the new beginning of the A-Force series that is coming in December and I can’t wait to read it.

Check out your local comic book store and read this issue yourself. Did you have issues with this issue? Did you think it brought up old points? Are you excited for the new series coming in December?Tweet me @gntlmnbowtie or comment down below to tell me what you thought of this issue and the whole series.

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Conor has been around comics for a few years now, researching and reading all sorts of series, characters, authors and illustrators. He is working on developing his illustrating technique during his free time. He is slightly biased toward the Marvel comics persuasion but is open to reader suggestions of all kinds.
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