By Marguerite Bennett, G. Willow Wilson, Jorge Molina and Laura Martin
Girl power is all the rage these days and what better way to showcase that then with an all female superhero team. A-Force has been a very well written story and isn’t just some cheap ploy to get money from readers. While many of the Secret Wars tie-in books have been great, this one has been the most surprising. Credit that to the well written story and the stunning art.
If there were an MVP of the tie-in books, it would have to be Marguerite Bennett. She’s been doing good work on this as well as Years of Future Past. Pair her up with G. Willow Wilson and there’s a pretty good chance you’ll have a hit. This issue continues to crank out the hits as we find out that someone in Arcadia is a traitor. Wilson and Bennett don’t reveal who that is just yet, but it lets our minds wander who isn’t on the side of the angels. The writing duo love She-Hulk; she is the unquestioned star of this book and they write her extremely well this issue. From taking on She-Thors to avenging a fallen friend, she rocks. Nico is a character that also plays a pivotal role in this series. Bennett and Wilson play up her new-found friendship with the unknown being throughout the series. This issue we see them communicate and how far they’ve advanced in their short time as buddies. The best thing the writers do this issue, is they continue to make you like and care for every character they touch. Dazzler, Medusa and Nico are all written the best they have been in years; all due to the talent of the ladies writing the book.
The pencils this issue are handled by Jorge Molina with colors by the legendary Laura Martin. Molina does an excellent job with the pencils. Everything is smooth and looks great. When a comrade falls in battle, you can see the hurt on the face of every team member. Everyone has a different look of sadness to them too, which makes it even better. Molina uses a lot of close eye shots this issue. That can be a risky move because you don’t want to over do a similar panel too much, but it pays off for him. Through the eye panels we can see what the characters are really feeling. Molina crushes the art this issue. The Colors by Laura Martin are nothing short of fabulous. Any panel featuring the Unknown Being is great for colors because her body pretty much consists of stars and space. Martin makes your eyes gravitate to her every time she’s on panel. The art is amazing and makes the writing pop.
A-Force #3 is a can’t miss issue. This series has been extremely fun and this was the best issue to date. The writing has brought life to some characters that many have thought to be lame. The art is extremely good and done by people who love what they do. This is a series for anyone and everyone.