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A-Force

A-Force
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Cover of A-Force #1 (May 2015).
Art by Jim Cheung.
Group publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance (May [[2015 in comics#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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Created by G. Willow Wilson
Marguerite Bennett
Jorge Molina
In-story information
Leader(s) She-Hulk
Member(s) Dazzler
Medusa
Nico Minoru
Singularity
A-Force
Series publication information
Format Ongoing series
Genre
Number of issues 1 As of May 2015
Creator(s) G. Willow Wilson
Marguerite Bennett
Jorge Molina

A-Force is an ongoing comic book series published by Marvel Comics that debuted in May 2015 as a part of Marvel's Secret Wars crossover event. The series, created by writers G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett and artist Jorge Molina, features Marvel's first all-female team of Avengers.

Publication history

In February 2015, Marvel Comics announced that they would launch A-Force in May 2015. The series, written by G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel) and Marguerite Bennett (Angela: Asgard's Assassin) and drawn by Jorge Molina (X-Men), features Marvel's first all-female team of Avengers. The team, led by She-Hulk, initially consists of Dazzler, Medusa, Nico Minoru and Singularity, a new "cosmic powered" hero, but features many more characters.[1] Wilson stated that Marvel editor Daniel Ketchum mandated that the team be composed entirely of female characters, but gave the writers total discretion when it came to which women to choose.[2] Ketchum also brought in Bennet, whom he worked with on Nightcrawler, to co-write the series with Wilson.[3] The series takes place following Marvel's 2015 Secret Wars crossover event, which finds the entire Marvel Universe, including the Avengers, disbanded. What is left is a patchwork of different environments and on one such environment called Arcadia, which Wilson describes as a "feminist paradise", a familiar threat arises that forces A-Force to come together.[4] Bennet elaborated,

It's this world where the Marvel heroines are leaders in their own civilization. I really didn't want to have some kind of validating reason... So I didn't want to do anything like, "all the men disappeared years ago" or "ever since all the menfolk were killed in that war" or something like that. There are men—there are heroes there. You'll see familiar faces and favorites, but the heroines are in charge, by majority. It's just this is how their world evolved. They were competent. They were clever and they were the ones in charge because of their skills and they were the best fit for these roles and demands of their world.[3]

About the roster Wilson said, "We've purposefully assembled a team composed of very different characters—from disparate parts of the Marvel U, with very different power sets, identities and ideologies. They'll all have to come together to answer some big questions: What would you sacrifice to succeed? What is being a hero worth?"[5] Wilson elaborated:

This an opportunity to put people who would normally have no reason to interact with each other on one team... I want people whose power sets really build on each other so that there are specific limitations that can only become overcome by working together. Nobody's so overpowered that it gets boring and nobody's so underpowered that they have to be saved all the time. I wanted a balance visually and practically... What's also going to be interesting is working out the power structure of the group. You have several people on it who are used to being either their own bosses or in a leadership position, and all of a sudden they're together.[4]

Bennet explained that although the team features a broader roster, Dazzler, Medusa, She-Hulk, Singularity and Nico Minoru make up the core members. Bennet stated that she found Dazzler's optimism to be the most interesting explaining, "It's really hard to write a dark and dire book if you've got Dazzler there beside you." Regarding the dynamic between Medusa and She-Hulk, Benned said,

They're both leaders and there's a lot of conflict between them. They are very supportive of one another when operating against a third party, but they also disagree with how things should be handled when it comes to crises. Medusa is monarchy; She-Hulk is democracy. Medusa is the right of queens and She-Hulk is the rule of law. She-Hulk is much more balanced than Medusa. It's the two of them playing off of their strengths and sometime playing off of each other for both necessary good and necessary evil.[3]

The series also introduces a new character named Singularity, a pocket universe that gains self-consciousness during Secret Wars. Wilson likened Singularity to Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation and said, "Her entire existence is so unlike that of ours that she really has to learn about what we think of as being an individual and having an identity from the ground up, with no point of access except those she meets." Wilson also stated that Singularity can act as "a whole world within herself and she can also move between different worlds and dimensions like taking a walk, so she has access to all corners of the Marvel U in a way that other characters do not."[4] "[Nico Minoru is] one of the first people we have encounter Singularity," Bennet revealed. "So Nico is put in charge of acclimating this character and showing her their civilization and world while trying to save it. Nico is sort of like the grounding human force and the anchor that begins to show Singularity the capacity of human beings, both for good and for evil, so Nico becomes even more invested when she starts to see her homeland through the eyes of this stranger."[3]

Plot

The A-Force, the defenders of the matriarchal island-nation of Arcadia, responds to a megalodon attack while on routine patrol. During the attack, America Chavez throws the shark across the Shield, the wall that separates their borders, thus breaking the laws of King Doom and is subsequently arrested. Despite appeals from She-Hulk, the baroness of Arcadia, Chavez is sentenced to spend the rest of her life on the wall. In response, She-Hulk tasks the Sub-Mariners - Namor, Namorita, and Namora - to find the source of the megalodon attack. Meanwhile, Nico Minoru lamenting the loss of Chavez, comes across a mysterious figure that fell out of the sky.[6]

Roster

Character Real name Joined in Notes
Captain Marvel Carol Danvers A-Force #1 (May 2015)
Crystal Crystalia Amaquelin
Dazzler Alison Blaire
Jean Grey
Loki Female version.
Medusa Medusalith Amaquelin Boltagon
Ms. America America Chavez Banished to the wall in A-Force #1.
Pixie Megan Gwynn
Meggan Puceanu
She-Hulk Jennifer Walters Team leader; baroness of Arcadia.
Singularity
Sister Grimm Nico Minoru
Spectrum Monica Rambeau
Spider-Woman Jessica Drew
Storm Ororo Munroe

Critical reaction

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Issue Rating
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Greg McElhatton of Comic Book Resources gave A-Force #1 four-and-a-half stars out of five writing, "A-Force #1 is a triumph, taking a concept that could have simply been dashed off and then ignored and turning it into a book that I'd cheerfully read every month."[7] Tony Guerrero of Comic Vine gave it four out of five stars saying, "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."[8] Jesse Schedeen of IGN gave the issue an 8.4 out of 10 and said, "While certain details regarding the nature of this team and their connection to the old marvel Universe remain unclear, A-Force #1 marks a worthy debut for Marvel's newest team book."[9] Eric Diaz of The Nerdist gave it three out of five burritos and wrote, "Overall the issue was fine, and I'm curious to see where it all goes, but I'm far more eager to see what can be done with this grouping of awesome female heroes once the wacky conceit of Secret Wars is over and they return to the Marvel Universe proper."[10] Lan Pitts of Newsarama gave it an 8 out of 10 praising the artwork of Jorge Molina, Laura Martin and Matt Milla.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ Dickey, Josh (2015-02-06). "Marvel assembles first all-female Avengers team, the 'A-Force'". Mashable. Retrieved 2015-02-05. 
  2. ^ Arrant, Chris (2015-02-06). "MARVEL Announces All-Female Avengers Team -- A-FORCE". Newsarama. Retrieved 2015-02-05. 
  3. ^ a b c d Richards, Dave (2015-02-20). "Bennett Assembles Battleworld's Mightiest Heroes in "A-Force"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  4. ^ a b c Truitt, Brian (2015-02-06). "Female Avengers team comes to the fore with 'A-Force'". USA Today. Retrieved 2015-02-05. 
  5. ^ White, Brett (2015-02-06). "Marvel Announces Female-led 'A-Force' From Wilson, Bennett, Molina". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2015-02-05. 
  6. ^ Bennett, Marguerite; Wilson, G. Willow (w), Molina, Jorge (p), Molina, Jorge; Yeung, Craig (i), Martin, Laura; Milla, Matt (col), Petit, Cory (let), Ketchum, Daniel (ed). A-Force 1 (May 2015), Marvel Comics
  7. ^ McElhatton, Greg (2015-05-20). "A-Force #1". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  8. ^ Guerrero, Tony (2015-05-19). "A-Force #1 Review". Comic Vine. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  9. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (2015-05-20). "A-Force #1 Review". IGN. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  10. ^ Diaz, Eric (2015-05-19). "Review: Marvel’s A-FORCE #1". The Nerdist. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  11. ^ Pitts, Lan (2015-05-19). "Best Shots Advance Reviews: A-FORCE #1, PLANET HULK #1, SPIDER-VERSE #1". Newsarama. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 

External links

Official website