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Force Works #2: Review

Aug 1994
Andy Lanning, Tom Tenney

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4 stars

Force Works #2 Review by (January 2, 2019)
Abnett and Lanning co-script again.

The aliens, Century and elements of his costume remind me of Grimjack, and Tom Tenney's art possibly owes something to Flint Henry's tenure on that series.

The heroes aren't very heroic, leaving the aliens to the mercy of the Scatter.

Black Widow and Vision are next in Thunderstrike #10 but then it's BW's time to wander off because she's not in Av Annual #23. And the following Av #376-377 only feature Crystal and Quicksilver.

And our cast, apart from the Recorder, will also have stuff to do before the Scatter invade next issue:-
Iron Man will conclude his #306, restructuring his company. Then he and the main team will get involved in the end of War Machine's adventure in Imaya (WM#1-4). Century will join them for a tale in Marvel Comic Presents #159 as US Agent butts heads with Hawkeye (again), and that duo will continue into #160-161.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Force Works #2 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Iron Man returns to Force Works HQ alone having lost the rest of the team on their 1st outing last issue. He checks if P.L.A.T.O. can find them. The AI says Wonder Man seems to have been destroyed in the explosion of the Kree warship. Scarlet Witch, Spider-Woman and U.S. Agent were taken by the Scatter aliens through an unknown kind of space-warp and PLATO can't detect their locator tags anywhere. Avengers' leader Black Widow contacts him from the old West Coast Avengers Compound where all this happened. She says the Kree 'terrorists' are being taken to the Vault. Vision suggests the Rigellian Recorder RE-404 and the alien Century be taken there as well, but as they talk Century teleports from there to behind Iron Man.

Century recognised the Scatter last issue but repeats his claim that his memory is confused and he is sure of very little apart from their name and his own. PLATO scans the alien and declares him of an unknown species who has been surgically altered, plus the warp he arrived through last issue was similar to the 1 used by the Scatter. Century *does* know some other stuff - that he is a traveller between dimensions using his staff Parallax. He thinks he met the Scatter a long time ago and that they are evil. Parallax can follow the trail of the Scatter, and Century takes IM with him to find the other 3.

We get there 1st and find the missing 3 in an alien place. The Scatter who brought them here just leave them but our heroes follow and meet up with some other aliens who say they are the last of their kind. The Scatter invaded their world and have eaten the rest of the people. When their larder is empty they will move on to another world. They claim that Century leads the Scatter to new worlds.

The Scatter return and consume some more of the aliens. It turns out that are only hosts to colonies of carnivorous insects which invade your body and do the actual eating. As the trio try to stop the slaughter Iron Man and Century arrive and join in. Century says he needs the power from the Scatter's transmitter chamber in order to transport them *all* back to Earth. USA doesn't trust him because of what the other aliens said. Century doesn't *remember* guiding the Scatter but admits it *might* be true. However Scarlet Witch decides they *have* to trust him.

Meanwhile on Earth PLATO has been fielding calls from Captain America, Nick Fury and Vision wanting to know what's going on. The Recorder suddenly pops in and says he's decided to follow Force Works around and record them.

Meanwhile elsewhere Force Works fight their way to the transmitter chamber, Agent on point and IM as rearguard. They all get on to the transmitter platform and Parallax takes them home. But Century tells them he detected the Scatter's next target - Earth, and they'll be here soon.

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Tom Tenney
Rey Garcia
Joe Rosas
Tom Tenney (Cover Penciler)
Rey Garcia (Cover Inker)
Letterer: Jack Morelli.
Editor: Nel Yomtov. Editor-in-chief: Tom DeFalco.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

Plus: Century, P.L.A.T.O., Recorder RE-404, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), U.S. Agent.

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