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Review – Strikeforce #1 (Marvel Comics)

Strikeforce #1 (Marvel Comics) Immortal wraparound variant cover (detail) by David Yardin
Strikeforce #1
Overall
5.3/10
5.3/10
  • Writing - 5/10
    5/10
  • Art - 5.5/10
    5.5/10
  • Overall - 5.3/10
    5.3/10
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Summary

Writer: Tini Howard
Artist: Germán Peralta 
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Joe Sabino
Maturity Rating: Teen+
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: September 25, 2019

Blade puts together an odd group of heroes to face a threat only they can know about.

 

“Trust No One” Strikeforce #1

A new “old” threat emerges in the Marvel Universe. Something that could potentially destroy the world, something the Avengers, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, cannot know about! Blade, the vampire hunter, knows this threat all too well; he has dealt with it before. He has to assemble a new team to take it down in Strikeforce #1, a new team of a wide variety of Marvel heroes to bring down enemies that no other team could.

Writing

Strikeforce #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Andrea Sorrentino
Strikeforce #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Andrea Sorrentino

Tini Howard pens the first issue of this ongoing series in Strikeforce #1. This was a series which, straight from the cover, I was excited about. When you put an odd group of heroes together in a horror-type setting I am all on board. Maybe I got myself a little too hyped? I found myself a little bored reading through Strikeforce #1.

The story never felt like it “picked up” or was ever really engaging throughout the issue. It feels like the story never got a foothold on what it is or what it wants to be. It kind of jumps around from being a little mystery, a little horror, and then a “funny” team book, and it really never nails any of those.

The dialogue throughout the issue is rough as well. It felt like Howard was trying to hard to be cute or funny and it just came off as awkward and weird at times. All the characters felt the same, cracking awkward one-liners. It didn’t feel natural or in character for a lot of them. The only character that really felt like an individual was Blade. I did like her depiction of Blade. I felt She had a great handle on him and wrote him well. The other character, Wiccan, was also well-written. The humor felt appropriate for his character and felt natural to him.

Art

Germán Peralta handles the pencils and inks for Strikeforce #1. Peralta has a strong, tight inked style that looks solid, but I am not sure it works for the book or story being told. I would like more detailed expressions on characters’ faces. They all seem to have a blank, generic stare a lot of times throughout the issue. I wish the action was a little more dynamic as well; everyone feels “stiff” and rigid on the pages. I am also not a fan of making She-Hulk look like “Strong-Guy” with a huge upper body and tiny little legs; it just looks awkward.

Now, Peralta does do some exquisite background detail throughout the issue. There are some fantastic sequences in a forest and around an ancient pyramid that are filled from panel to panel with some wonderful little details that bring the world and pages to life. There is some fantastic background detail all-around, which I always love.

Jordie Bellaire‘s coloring, while always good, doesn’t seem to have that “pop” to it either. It is a little flatter and toned down and, again, I don’t know if it really fits the story being told. Not that any of it is “bad” but I am not sure that it “fits”.

Conclusion

Man, I didn’t want this review to be super negative because I really wanted to like Strikeforce #1 and it has everything that I should like, but this first issue just didn’t do it for me. It is kind of the opposite of Punisher: Kill Krew, that has a lot of stuff I shouldn’t like but I ended up loving. From the story to the visuals, I was honestly just kind of bored throughout the issue. I actually stopped reading at one point to check and see how many more pages I had to get through, which is never a good sign. I like the concept and idea of the story; it just didn’t feel like this first issue was executed well.

Tini does have an essay in the back about “trust”, so even though I didn’t dig the first issue. I am going to “trust” Tini. Now that the set-up is out of the way, we can get into the “meat” of the story. I know this team are solid comic book creators and can do great work. So, I am going to try out Strikeforce #2 when it comes out and see if it gets any better.


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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