The first issue of A-Force introduced the all-female superhero team and gave us both a giant shark attack and some great drama. After Miss America damaged the wall between Acadia and the next realm, the Thors sent her to prison. While mourning the loss of her friend, Nico encountered a strange girl who fell from the sky – a girl who appears to be made of stars.
This issue continues where the last one left off, with most of its character focus on Nico and the mystery girl. She can’t speak, but seems to be an emotional being who is always either frightened or friendly and smiling. There’s also a mystery where she, whether intentionally or not, could be responsible for the giant shark appearing in the first place. Most of this issue’s story revolves around not only figuring out who this girl is, but where the shark attack came from. Not unlike Old Man Logan, the mystery starts opening up to other realms in Battleworld. It seems that sooner or later, A-Force won’t be in such good standing with Doom anymore. The writing team of G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennet works so well. All the characterization feels right, the story is interesting and there’s a good balance of drama and fun.
The art by Jorge Molina is also great. This comic is bright, colourful and well detailed, making for an overall appealing look. The fight scene flows well and gives a bunch of the core A-Force members something to do, even if briefly. The mystery star girl’s emotions are well drawn, both with her face and body language. And of course when A-Force discusses the girl’s fate, Nico guards her with an angry, determined look that just feels right.
This is my favourite comic of the week, and with Secret Wars 4, Years of Future Past 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 47 also being very good, that’s saying something. Marvel fans in general should give this series a chance, and not just because it’ll continue after Secret Wars.