Comic Reviews: War of the Realms: Strikeforce: The War Avengers and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and The Freshman Force!


759107._SX360_QL80_TTD_War of the Realms: Strikeforce: War Avengers #1 (Marvel Comics)

The War of the Realms continues on, and this time we’re getting a new batch of Avengers to make sure Midgard doesn’t go to hell thanks to Malekith. War of the Realms: Strikeforce: War Avengers, the latest one-shot tie in from Dennis Hopeless, Kim Jacinto, and Ario Anindito may not be an essential read for the overall story, but is plenty entertaining nonetheless.

With Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor off-world, it falls on Captain Marvel to defend the Earth from Malekith’s forces. Unfortunately for her, the choices for a new Avengers roster are getting pretty slim. Gathering a makeshift team of heroes like Venom, Weapon H, Black Widow, Winter Soldier, Lady Sif, and Deadpool, Captain Marvel tries desperately to distract Malekith’s forces long enough to buy the other heroes enough time to turn the tide of the war, but will it be enough?

That’s the main issue behind this story, and of course Dennis Hopeless’ script doesn’t give us a direct answer (Marvel wants to ensure we get the next issues of War of the Realms, after all), but Hopeless does do a great job bouncing these very different characters off one another. This is a team that even my inner seven year old would never come up with, but somehow it works really well. The interplay between all the heroes is so good that you’ll never even notice that the plot isn’t even that important to the story.

Many times the art in different tie-ins looks a little wonky, but for this special Kim Jacinto and Ario Anindito are actually very similar to War of the Realms’ Russell Dautermann. The pair have a very clean style that works for both the action sequences of the book and the few quiet moments, crafting a series of pages that will do well to bump them up into the mainstream of Marvel.

While it doesn’t do much to raise the stakes of the main War of the Realms event, War Avengers is a cool tie-in that packs a lot of seemingly random characters into one team to take on a threat. Does it make sense for Venom, Weapon H, and Black Widow to be on the same Avengers team? Definitely not. But it makes for some pretty fun moments, so that’s worth the price of admission for me.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force #1 (Devil’s Due Comics) aoc3-662x1024

Cashing in on the latest pop culture craze is pretty much par for the course for comic publishers, and Devil’s Due is no exception. They’ve largely made a name for themselves for publishing things of the moment, and now they’ve set their sights on a comic focusing on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the breakout member of the House of Representatives. Ocasio-Cortez is a bonafide lightning rod for both sides of the political spectrum, and it’s a shame that this comic can’t rise to more than just being a simple cash in on the current trend of the moment.

Simply put, this comic is pretty bad. I try not to drag on books that I don’t think work, but Freshman Force really feels like the kind of comic that is made on the cheap to cash in on a big pop culture moment before it’s too late. None of the jokes land, none of the art really stands out, and the book doesn’t really take a stand either way politically. It’s nothing that you haven’t seen on any late night talk show, or even on twitter whenever it immediately happens.

I’m pretty left-leaning, but even I’m embarrassed by this comic. Outside of being a quick collector’s item that everyone will forget about in a month’s time, there’s really nothing here to recommend. Freshman Force is a lazy, forgettable cash grab that doesn’t deserve having Ocasio-Cortez’s (or any politician’s) name on it.

Posted on May 15, 2019, in Comic reviews and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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