Friday, May 06, 2005
FORCE WORKS #3 Marvel Comics, 1994
Force Works was an Avengers spin-off created by writing team Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning that never took off, primarily because it blows.
See if this sounds familiar: Some heroes from Earth's main super-team get frustrated with the way things are done in the big leagues, so they break off into a splinter group that plays by its own rules. Operating out of a base full of mysterious technology, our new hero team consists of a couple of "star" heroes, a couple of heroes nobody cares about or has ever heard of, and the team asshole. They pick a stupid name and embark on a series of "radical" adventures before they are cancelled after around twenty issues. Yes, Force Works is basically the Marvel version of Extreme Justice.
You know, I don't even want to get into criticizing Force Works in terms of story or concept. It just didn't work for me. I usually like Abnett & Lanning's stuff - their recent run on Legion of Super-Heroes was awesome - so they get a free pass. Let's just say that the entire series didn't work for me, particularly because of the rotating artists on the book. Force Works was sort of a weak idea, but the inconsistent art didn't help.
Tom Tenney pencilled the first four issues before he was replaced, and I can see why he was swapped out. The art in this comic book is absolutely ghastly.
A charitable take on the art in Force Works is that Tenney is actually a really bold artist who was trying something new with his work, and people just weren't ready for it. Either that, or I missed the issue where everybody gets a dose of Smilex. Seriously, the art is bad. All the male characters in this book look like grinning, cadaverous freaks.
Behold the psychedelically hideous art of Force Works:
Ladies and gentlemen, the beat poetry of Zombie Tony Stark.
The entire book is like that. I don't even know what to say - art like this completely destroys the story. You can't even focus on what's going on. It's like, "I think they're fighting aliens b-but - why does Iron Man look like that?!!" Tenney draws women slightly better - if you think women should all have long Gandalf eyebrows, that is. Still, they fare better than the male characters in the book, who all look like The Red Skull.
You want more? Check out US Agent, below. What the fuck is up with his mouth? Whose teeth look like that?
I think he should be yelling "Face melt!" I mean, he looks like Bill the Cat. That's a deal-breaker - no crazy-eyed Bill the Cat heroes for me, thank you.