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Written By: Kelly Thompson
Art By: Paolo Siqueira, Rachelle Rosenberg
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 14, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
I have to give this title a little bit of slack, despite the
fact that so far I have been unimpressed. Honestly, there have been several
titles that I have loved in the past that have suffered due to the Civil War II
crossover that is plaguing Marvel. Don’t get me wrong, some have continued to
thrive, but others are going through a nearly insufferable drought of quality.
Now, I haven’t read the A-Force issues that occurred before this crossover but
I know a few people who really sing its praises. Perhaps they are right and it
is really something special. Unfortunately, if that is true, this isn’t the
case anymore. So, let’s bite the bullet and jump into this issue.
We left our team in the house of the Michael’s during an
attack on the town that is turning them into giant bug creatures. Ulysses has
had a vision about Nico taking the life of a girl named Alice which has led
Captain Marvel and Medusa to confront her. Carol and Nico talk about things. Carol
wants Nico to come into custody so that they are able to make sure that nothing
bad happens while Nico loathes the idea of being under arrest and still wants
to help the people of the town. This results in Medusa attempting to streamline
the conversation by binding Nico in her hair but she is stopped by Dazzler,
Singularity, and Elsa.
Frustrated, Singularity uses her powers to teleport the team
into the sky and threatens to imprison them all inside of her if they don’t get
along. Despite agreeing to finally work together, tensions among the team are
still high and certain members are still at each other’s throats. While they
remain at the house, Medusa and Dazzler seem to finally bury the hatchet when
their touching moment is interrupted by one of the giant bugs appearing in the
home they are taking refuge in. In the town, Carol, Nico, and Elsa have gone
searching for a way to stop the bugs. Nico and Carol are able to somewhat find
common ground when they are suddenly confronted by a giant bug.
Carol fires a blast into the creature who releases some kind
of substance that pins Carol and Elsa to the wall. Nico then faces the creature
but is clearly outmatched. However, suddenly Nico realizes that she is hearing
a voice from the creature. Due to her magical abilities, the creature is able
to communicate with her. Turns out that the giant bug is what has started the
infestation in the town. Turns out that the creature is actually the girl Alice
that they have been looking for. She allows Nico to free Captain Marvel and
Elsa Bloodstone. The three attempt to come up with a plan but Alice has clearly
thought of her own plan. She wants Nico to use her magic in order to kill her
in hopes that it will subsequently cure everyone else in the town. Nico
immediately refuses but the scene suddenly changes when she turns around to see
Carol unconscious in the claws of the newly transformed Elsa Bloodstone. This
is where the issue leaves us.
Once again, A-Force has given us a lackluster tie-in to
Civil War II. As a fan of those old 50’s sci-fi horror films, I appreciate what
they’re going for. It’s incredibly goofy but yet serious and I like that. I will
happily give them credit for it. However, I don’t fully understand everyone’s
motivations. Everyone seems intent on making the most trouble for themselves
without thinking twice. Honestly, everything about this story feels very poorly
thought out so far. For the most part, I really enjoy the art that we’ve been
getting but it’s unfortunately overshadowed by the rest of the issue. I really
like the cover though.
Bits and Pieces
A-Force #9 fails to raise the series out of the hole that it
finds itself in now that we are dealing with Civil War II. The series is
attempting to use the tone of old 1950’s sci-fi horror films and some
incredible art to win the reader over, but unfortunately the story is what ties
everything together and if it fails, everything else does too.