REVIEW – Strikeforce #1

Strikeforce #1 - Marvel Comics

Written by Tini Howard

Art by Germán Peralta

Colors by Jordie Bellaire

Letters by VC's Joe Sabino

Cover by Andrea Sorrentino & Dean White

The Avengers aren't the only ones that know how to assemble.  Marvel has had plenty of team-ups in the past.  This new story might be one of the most interesting team ups yet.  Things are about to get weird, and definitely a bit scary.  Let's find out why this Strikeforce is together.

Imagine having to stop something that is really powerful, but the more people that know about it, the more powerful it can become.  Simple, right?  That's kind of the circumstances here as the characters you see on the cover (Blade, Spider-Woman, Angela, Winter Soldier) along with Wiccan and Spectrum are in.  They don't band together so much as they end up forced together.  What happens in the beginning of the book is freaky enough, but once the true threat is revealed it's kind of next level.  You also see a couple of more familiar faces that may be affected by this, as well.  That is actually one of the big questions that we are faced with heading into Issue 2.  I'd love to tell you more, but I'd have to spoil about 85% of this story, and I'm not going to do that.  Trust me. (You'll get that when you read it.)

This feels like Marvel leaning a bit into the horror realm.  To me, it was a bit more freaky than scary.  I'm not saying that's a bad thing, but it's more a psychological kind of freaky than anything else.  What they're dealing with is quite the credible threat, but I'm not sure there is a scare factor there.  You could think of this almost like "Dark Avengers", with magic and strange happenings being the main theme.  Trust me, that is the kind of idea that I can get behind.  Plus you have an unconventional team being led by someone who doesn't necessarily play nice with others.  Pair the odd team dynamic with the weird stuff, and this story seems to be off to a good start.  The colors really set the tone too, which is why you get Jordie Bellaire to do this book.  The rest of the art is good too, but it's the story that is either going to hook you or it won't.  I'm more intrigued than I am excited, but I am definitely up for seeing where this goes in the first few issues.

RATING:  PICK UP

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