REVIEW: Strikeforce #1

End of the World

STRIKEFORCE #1/Writer: Tini Howard\Artist: German Peralta\Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino\Colorist: Jordie Bellaire \ Publisher: Marvel Comics\September 25, 2019

Strikeforce written by Tini Howard (Age of Conan: Belit, Thanos) is Marvel Comic’s latest foray into the world of horror and the supernatural following in the footsteps of the excellent series The Immortal Hulk. German Peralta (Age of X-Man: Prisoner X, Cable), Jordie Bellaire (The Superior Spider-Man, Shuri), and VC’s Joe Sabino (Deathlok, Carnage) make up the artistic team.

Sometimes we forget that Marvel has a vast number of characters in its universe. It is one of Marvel’s strength and presents almost unlimited possibilities in terms of putting together teams. In Strikeforce, Tini Howard decided to put together quite a team. It shows a lot of promise. The team, with Blade in the lead, consists of Spectrum, Angela, Spider-Woman, Wiccan, and Winter Soldier. These characters couldn’t be more different, which is what makes the team interesting.

The Story

The story opens with a mysterious group breaking into a military facility and releasing lethal viruses while toasting to the end of the world. Enter the Avengers with their latest member Blade in tow. Tini Howard handles the scenes with the Avengers team very well. The Avengers quell the virus outbreak and find that the apparent perpetrators of the break-in are none other than Angela, Wiccan, Spider-Woman, Spectrum, and Winter Soldier who have no clue how they got there. Enter Blade to explain to them how they got there, but at the same time keeping the reasons from his fellow Avengers. He claims he’s doing it for their safety. It is a mystery that fills Blade with dread. Anything that scares Blade is a doozy.

Blade makes sure the new team knows that he hasn’t recruited them because they’re better than the Avengers, but because they have a shared experience with the true perpetrator. What follows is an adventure that ties in Daimon Hellstrom, his sister Satana and Doctor Doom. Yes, I said Doctor Doom.

Using the Avengers to introduce the Strikeforce team is a nice touch considering all of them have ties to the Avengers. Angela is Thor’s sister; Spectrum (Monica Rambeau) once led the Avengers; Winter Soldier was once Captain America’s sidekick Bucky Barnes; Wiccan is the magical child of the Scarlet Witch and Vision, and Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) is one of Captain Marvel’s best friends.

The Art

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Strikeforce #1 is very well-served by the artistic team of Peralta, Bellaire, Sabino. Peralta has a nice sense of movement. His action sequences are very good. I am a big fan of his rendition of the “old school” version of Blade. Bellaire’s coloring complements Peralta. Whenever supernatural forces are at work Bellaire splashes the background in reddish and purplish colors giving it a very eerie feel.

Conclusion

At the end of the book, Tini Howard asks the reader to trust her. If the first issue is any indication then she has certainly earned it. Strikeforce #1 is off to a good start.

The Verdict 4 out of 5

Martin Reese is a writer and creator of innovative, dynamic sci-fi and fantasy projects for transmedia platforms. He is the author of the blog Martin's Theory of Relativity where he discusses topics relevant to People of Color in sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comics. He is also the author of the story book Mulogo and His Quintuple of Trouble.

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