A-Force #1

A-Force #1

Writer: Marguerite Bennett, C. Willow Wilson Artist: Jorge Molina Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 20, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 38 User Reviews: 36
8.2Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

• Marvel's Mightiest Women finally get their own explosive series!
•  In a secluded corner of the Battleworld, an island nation is fiercely protected by a team of Avengers the likes of which has only ever been glimpsed before...
•  Fighting to protect the small sliver of their world that's left, the Amazing A-FORCE stands shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to take on the horde!

  • 10
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg May 19, 2015

    There is a lot to love with this comic. Co-writers Marguerite Bennett & G. Willow Wilson take the opening pages to introduce the cast. We have heavyweights like She-Hulk and Captain Marvel, along with younger heroes Nico Minoru and Ms. America. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comix I Read - Boris Roberto Aguilar May 20, 2015

    A-FORCE #1 was a very strong debut issue. I absolutely loved this issue and feel as though the story was really well set up. We are introduced to our core group of characters, they save the day, they face an problem and we are left with a cliffhanger that makes you want to pick up A-FORCE #2 right away. The art was just amazing and every page was a delight to look at. I cannot stress the need for you to pick this issue up ASAP. Just drop what you are doing, get off the internet and pick up A-FORCE #1 right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse May 21, 2015

    I really enjoyedA-Force#1 and on top of following the series throughout Secret Wars, I hope that the series continues in some form after the Marvel Universe is put back together. Will you get more out of this if you're up to date on Marvel, Secret Wars and all of these characters? Maybe. But even if you're not, this is a great story with a well written cast of kick-ass, but just as importantly nuanced, characters. Did I mention Captain Marvel punches a giant shark? Buy this at your LCS or digital comics platform. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton May 19, 2015

    "A-Force" #1 is a triumph, taking a concept that could have simply been dashed off and then ignored and turning it into a book that I'd cheerfully read every month. Even if "Secret Wars" itself is unappealing, this book muscles its way into your heart through sheer quality. If there are any books that somehow survive the end of "Secret Wars," I'd love for this to be one. "A-Force" is an A-Plus. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby May 21, 2015

    A solid cliffhanger rounds out the intriguing A-Force #1, which is another imaginative and original concept for Marvel's Secret Wars event. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Kelly Richards May 20, 2015

    The expectations for A-Force have been undoubtedly high, partly because of the creative team behind the book, and partly because this is one of the few Marvel titles that features a team made solely of women, but let me tell you, this book does not disappoint. It's funny, it's engaging, it's packed full of action, and it's a little bit emotional. A-Force has a diverse cast of heroes plucked from the full breadth of the Marvel universe and believe me, your favorite is in there somewhere. They are all in there somewhere. You can't deny that even though we are only one issue in, A-Force is pretty tight. Captain Marvel totally punches a shark - what's not to love? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi May 27, 2015

    Molina’s artwork is just as telling as the dialogue, like when Sister Grimm blames She-Hulk for Ms. America’s fate. Each character shows expression more than I’ve seen in a lot of comics these days—Molina goes above and beyond the call of duty here. Basically, this is an amazing comic book, and women in leadership positions is becoming a big thing nowadays. Yay, feminism! You should definitely put this book on your “must-read” list this year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee May 20, 2015

    Overall A-Force is a fun title so far which makes for a great first issue to warm readers up to the characters and premise, but it also leaves behind enough to show that a deeper story is being built here as well. Great cast, great art, great story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 21, 2015

    So a strong start here, with new and familiar heroes working together - I'll stick with this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - Gary Murphy May 25, 2015

    There are some issues stemming from the comics origin as a tie-in to Secret Wars. The origin of many of these characters remains unclear and their home-worlds are equally dubious. One is never quite sure whether these are meant to be continuations of the existing versions of these characters or wholly new incarnations native to Arcadia. Regardless, A-Force is well-worth your time and should prove to be one of the more interesting ongoing coming out of Secret Wars. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Kate Coenen May 22, 2015

    Overall, A-Force is one of the Secret Wars titles I'm most excited about, with an awesome roster of characters and interesting setting fleshed out by a talented creative team. With this first issue, we see that A-Force has a lot of promise, and it will be interesting to see how the story unfolds. Under She-Hulk's leadership, the multiverse is about to learn that the power of the women of Marvel is nothing to be trifled with. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Jonathan Schultz May 21, 2015

    Overall I really think this series is worth checking out, it has a lot of potential. The characters are written well, I'm still a little off put by Stephen Strange, but he was with Dr. Doom when everything went down. He is the only one who seems extremely out of character, but at least there is a reason. The issue has a nice combo with the great art and writing and an excellent cast of characters at their disposal. Plus this is one of the series that Marvel confirmed will continue after Secret Wars is over, which is definitely something to look forward to! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Henry Varona May 19, 2015

    A-Force is in so many ways everything I expected it to be. It's fun, accessible, and handles the premise of an all-female Avengers team without it coming off as a gimmick. My biggest complaint is that I wish that this premise had been handled without the gimmick of being a Secret Wars tie in. As somebody who has been extremely supportive of Marvel's moves to increase the representation of women in comics, I see no reason why this book couldn't exist in the regular cycle of ongoing titles. I think that it speaks to the strengths of Bennett, Wilson, and Molina that this book has the strength to outlast this event. I sincerely cannot wait to see more, and hope that this book continues to impress. You can buy this comic for anybody of any age and gender, and it will appeal across every demographic. This is just a good comic and it deserves your love. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd May 19, 2015

    A-Force is a striking, fist-pumping, tear-jerking gale thatbreaths a new perspective into the Marvel universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer May 21, 2015

    It's the nature of a miniseries to come with an automatic expiration date, but this is a book that could, with few tweaks, easily stand on its own as a series, despite being indelibly bound to a major crossover event. (Hell, remember thatthis is how Spider-Gwen got her start.) Bennett and Wilson have successfully brought abouta brilliant idea and their execution of it is as marvelous as we could have hoped for.A-Forcehas a might that is truly unparalleled. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick May 22, 2015

    In the final analysis, A-Force is a refreshing and enjoyable debut for a concept that is long overdue and is executed in the perfect way to feel refreshing and bold and yet still undeniably a super-team in the classic Marvel style. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 20, 2015

    While certain details regarding the nature of this team and their connection to the old marvel Universe remain unclear, A-Force #1 marks a worthy debut for Marvel's newest team book. It's fun and fast-paced, but also features great characterization and clear ties to the larger framework of Secret Wars. Marvel picked a solid creative team for this series, and it's already paying off. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 21, 2015

    I'm doing my best to keep my Secret Wars books to a minimum, but A-Force is easily a must check out book. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 21, 2015

    Great cast, great art, fascinating story. It's the real deal… Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher May 26, 2015

    This is also a world where the strength of women takes center stage and they do it without denigrating men. On paper, it shouldn't feel like such a novel concept. Maybe it says something about both genders when something so refreshing also feels so unfamiliar. It's not that the idea of strong female characters not having to beat up arrogant male characters is new. It's just that someone finally took the time to tell that story in a way that all genders can appreciate. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts May 19, 2015

    If there was one thing dragging down A-Force from a perfect score its there doesn't seem to be enough time. We know who these characters are, sure, as well as how the team functions internally, but sometimes the chemistry between characters seem out of place or unbalanced; like we're missing a chapter and this feels like an in between story. A-Force is a triumph in itself, though, and something that should have been tried a long, long time ago. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 19, 2015

    This book was pretty much exactly what I wanted and hoped for. Too many times the female heroes in the Marvel Universe get overlooked. Marguerite Bennett and G. Willow Wilson have created a natural feeling world. It's easy to cry out that having just female heroes is a gimmick but it all simply works here. And it works in a great way. You'll find yourself wanting to know more of the region and the relationship and connections each character has with one another. There's just a wonderful vibe going on. Jorge Molina's art and Laura Martin and Matt Milla's colors add to that. With actual ties to the main SECRET WARS book, this doesn't feel like an isolated story done just for the heck of it. You get a sense that it is part of the bigger story. This is our chance to explore the specific region closely and you'll be glad you got the chance. I'm so ready for the next issue now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboys Inc - Jeff Ayers May 20, 2015

    A good start, but it really needs to pick up and have heart to be a worthwhile book that can last after this mega event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin -  Eva Ceja May 26, 2015

    With beautiful detailed action and unflappable character presences by Jorge Molina (Birds of Prey, X-Men) and Laura Martin (Planetary), A-Force is definitely sure to please any comic girl geek fan and of course the guys toowink wink. Maybe the best part of the comic is proof that sisterhood still exists. Theres less petty bickering here than say this weeks Ultimate End; as heroes from both ends of the galaxy, such as She-Hulk (Jennifer is the overseer of this team, here),  and Attilan Queen Medusa, show each other the respect and admiration youd expect from heroes of this stature. While 20-pages just isnt enough for this enormous team, I love what is happening. Keep it up, comic book world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Herotaku - Brian Benjamin May 26, 2015

    Overall, I have to say that A-Force is off to a great start. I'm invested in seeing where this series will go. Especially knowing that it will be around post Secret-Wars as well. I'm excited to see where this series will go. If you haven't already, please pick up A-Force #1. It's a great first issue and I'm looking forward to more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan May 21, 2015

    Jorge Molina's artwork is full of kinetic energy. The action feels big in scope, and flows like a blockbuster film. The panel layout seems a bit cramped when looking at the page as a whole, but provides intimate looks into conversations between characters when reading. Characters are quite expressive, even when they are specks next to a gigantic shark. Molina's She-Hulk looks fantastic. Powerful and in command, but conflicted by the power she wields in Arcadia. Laura Martin and Matt Milla's colors are bright and full of life. The colors give A-FORCE #1 the feel of a Mediterranean village. Every little light shines bright Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Herald - Matt Lehn May 22, 2015

    Although Wilson and Bennett paint fantastic broad strokes but linger overlong on the wrong details, it's an impressive debut effort with loads of potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Danny Wall May 23, 2015

    She-Hulk makes a commanding leader for the heroes of A-Force, although before Ms. America can become the break-out star, she's sidelined. Whether or not you think it's a gimmick to have an all-female hero team, there better be more opportunities for a truly ensemble cast for this book to live up to such a promise. That, and some confusing visual sequences, makes the reading experience more uneven than it deserves to be, but the book remains an intriguing and worthwhile addition to the Secret Wars line-up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli May 23, 2015

    "A-Force" may or may not be on your radar. With so many tie-in comics for the Secret Wars event it is difficult to know which to pick up and which to pass on. This is definitely one to pick up. The comic is focused on the female characters, but provides nice characterizations and interactions that it feels more like a team book about super-heroes than a gimmick about female characters. With surprises left and right and great visuals you will be entertained from the beginning until the end. I recommend picking this up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois May 21, 2015

    Jorge Molina also does a great job in the issue as well. As the controversy that sprung up around A-Force early on attempted to point out, body types with women in comics can persist toward the negative end of the scale, but A-Force from the cover onward defies that trend. The women in the issue are powerful and heroic, the actions scenes are drawn with plenty of kinetic energy, and since this is Battleworld, the out of place figures that appear stand out in a way thatll make comic fans happy with how bizarre the setup is. That being said, A-Force is more than worth your 3.99. While it may have sprung out of an event, it stands out on its own enough to warrant buying it even if you only want just 1 comic. Also it has a Megalodon, how can you say no to that? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboys Inc - Jeff Ayers May 20, 2015

    A good start, but it really needs to pick up and have heart to be a worthwhile book that can last after this mega event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker May 20, 2015

    A-Force is so much fun. Seriously, you cant go wrong with a comic that has She-Hulk as the leader and Captain Marvel punching a freakin shark. All comics should be required to have Carol Danvers punching something. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt May 21, 2015

    The story ends up being interesting in its own way, but also begs a few questions. Is battling it out the only way to incorporate universes together? Also after the confusing reboot of Spider-Woman into Spider-Verse, is launching a new concept into a crossover a good idea? Whatever it is that those answers are it is evident that this series while passable in a sense, is also a bit of a letdown. The choice of She-Hulk as the leader of this team is among one of the more interesting and has potential for growth, but there are few other decisions such as this in this title so far. The medium of comics has been screaming for a concept like this for a long time, as a changing fan base seeks out more well written female characters, but this does not seem to be the vessel in which to do it. It is fun, but it also feels like a lot of what has come before it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma May 23, 2015

    A-Force is not what we were necessarily expecting it to be, could never have been what we were expecting. The pressures to introduce a series, a cast, a pluraverse (not a word), are occasionally too much for the book, as I've said above. That said, what's harder to give due weight to is the fact that if you, for some inexplicable reason, decided to burn this comic and commend its ashes to the wind, there's a good chance that wherever the pieces settled they would form a message, "Comics should be fun." And A-Force is, even if that fun is just revving up. My final word on A-Force #1 is that this is just the beginning and it reads as such. This issue is largely inoffensive and doesn't bowl you over with its strengths, but its triumphs are subtler, setting up a world full of promise. A-Force #1 could never have lived up to all the hype we piled upon it, but it is a solid comic that points the way to a series that yet may. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills May 22, 2015

    A-Force could have been something really special had it been allowed to really exist on its own terms. The writers do a great job with what they're given, telling an exciting, emotional story with relatively brand new characters. And artist Jorge Molina and his team bring it to life with exciting detail. But A-Force and it's all-female superhero team are just a gimmick in the larger Secret Wars universe. To call this the ‘first ever all-female Avengers team' is a disservice to that very idea. Someday there should be an all-female Avengers team, or an Avengers team that's majority female, or an Avengers team with an equal split of members. But if you're going to do it, do it in a way that reallymatters. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk May 22, 2015

    A-Force #1 was an average read. I can't recommend buying it, but I can't recommend avoiding it, either. It is just an awkward in-between issue. Like I said before, I think an all female team is as weird and unappealing as an all male team. So, A-Force #1 had limited appeal to me in the first place. If you just cannot get enough all female action then A-Force #1 will probably be right up your alley. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett May 20, 2015

    For readers excited about Secret Wars and the epic superhero tales promised, A-Force #1 is a mixed bag. The tone and story are consistent with big crossovers, but share some of their failings as well. Consistent presentation of those ideas is where the issue really has troubles though. If Molina and Cheung's work improves, then A-Force may be one of the most fondly remembered series of this entire event. Read Full Review

  • 3.8
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes May 23, 2015

    I have to say I was looking forward to reading this book. I read a couple of Marvel books at the moment, Captain Marvel and a thoroughly enjoyable Spider-Woman. Unfortunately this book has none of the wit or charm of either books. I am not sure it reads like a straight up Avengers book either. The fact that there is no real consequence, as the Marvel universe will no doubt reboot, only adds to the sham of a progressive book, hiding in the mainstream. Read Full Review

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