Thursday, October 1, 2015


"A-Force" has been one of the series more attuned to the developments in the main "Secret Wars" title.  The fact that everything falls apart on Arcadia in this issue seems to portend that Doom is in fact slowly but surely losing control of Battleworld.

Jennifer follows the portal that opened last issue to the "Age of Apocalypse" (or maybe "Years of Future Past") Manhattan.  Before she can even beat down some Sentinels, three female Thors appear to arrest her for crossing boundaries.  Jennifer escapes by jumping through the portal and somehow (it's unclear how) realizes that said portal came from inside Arcadia.  As a result, she realizes that Arcadia has a traitor in her midst and that this person is trying to pin the portals on Nico's friend (named, so far, ??).  Before Jennifer can do anything with that information, the Thors appear to send her to the Shield.  Medusa sacrifices her life to buy Jennifer and the rest of A-Force time to escape, and they ultimately hide in the body of ??.

As much as I want to like this story, I can't say that I do.  Too much happens that doesn't flow logically from previous events to feel like I'm really connected to the story.  For example, Jennifer seems shocked (shocked!) when it appears that Medusa is the traitor, despite everything about her character over the last two issues screaming that she would do anything to be the Baroness.  But, of course, we see that Medusa was just faking out the Thors when she used her hair to entrap the rest of A-Force; she instead sacrifices herself to save Arcadia.  Moreover, Jennifer also appears to be mystically attuned now since she was somehow able to ascertain that the portal came from inside Arcadia.  I could continue, but trust me when I say that this series just has too many random moments like these.  It's like the authors are hellbent on telling the story that they want to tell despite the action on the ground not matching that story.  It's as if they forgot that they control the narrative and the action.

** (two of five stars)

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