Mistaken Identity And Strange Allies: Strikeforce #1 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
There’s been a massive containment breach at a USAMRIID Research Compound, and Black Panther, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, and Ghost Rider of the Avengers have arrived to help with the cleanup. Once inside, they discover that Angela, Spectrum, Spider Woman, Winter Soldier, and Wiccan were apparently responsible for the containment breach. The five are taken back to Avengers Mountain, and Black Panther calls in Blade for help with resolving the situation. Blade confronts the five heroes from the compound and tells them about a run-in he had with peculiar shapeshifters, and he thinks that they are behind these heroes suddenly waking up in the USAMRIID Research Compound.

Strikeforce #1 cover by Andrea Sorrentino and Dean White
Strikeforce #1 cover by Andrea Sorrentino and Dean White

Strikeforce #1 kicks off this new Marvel team series coming to us from creators Tini Howard, Germán Peralta, Jorie Bellaire, and VC’s Joe Sabino. It brings together a strange and motley crew of superheroes who have been framed by mystical shapeshifters.
Frankly, this kind of goofy gang is what I live for in comics, and including some favorites of mine like Winter Soldier, Spider Woman, Spectrum, Blade, and Wiccan means that I’m absolutely going to have to check it out.
The execution is solid. Putting these characters on the run from the Avengers adds some compelling drama. The characters behave like what we expect from them–with the exception of Bucky, who is far more joke-y than what one might be accustomed to. I don’t necessarily dislike that change though.
Spider Woman and Spectrum don’t get many lines in this issue, though I’m sure that will be rectified in issues to come.
Strikeforce #1 art by Germán Peralta, Jordie Bellaire, and letterer VC's Joe Sabino
Strikeforce #1 art by Germán Peralta, Jordie Bellaire, and letterer VC’s Joe Sabino

Germán Peralta’s artwork is a little rough in some panels, but Peralta’s work is great in the vast majority of the comic. It gives a grittiness to many scenes while doing justice to the various costumes and styles on display with Strikeforce. The gore isn’t abundant and is often hidden, but Peralta plays that well too. Jordie Bellaire’s color art is great as always, and it adds a lot of additional personality to this already endearingly-strange comic.
Strikeforce #1 is a peculiar read. It more-or-less takes place in the shadow of War of the Realms, and it brings together a crew of disparate heroes who’ve rarely been on a team with one another in the past. It plays at being a gritty X-Force, Secret Avengers, or the more recent Savage Avengers type of team, but the story is based around Norse fantasy and filled with one-liners and sass. All in all, despite the conflicting elements, I still quite enjoyed it. As such, I can give this one a recommendation. Feel free to pick it up.
Strikeforce #1 comes to us from writer Tini Howard, artist Germán Peralta, color artist Jordie Bellaire, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, cover artist Andrea Sorrentino with Dean White, and variant cover artists Ryan Benjamin; Joe Bennett; Scott Hanna with Dean White; Mike Deodato Jr. with Dean white; Greg Horn; Joe Quesada with Richard Isanove; and David Yardin.
Final Score: 7/10

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