FORCE WORKS #4-5 (1994)

Scarlet Witch is hanging out in a belly shirt when she sees an alert in the Baltic region.

Main story: A dude in Slorenia taps into the ancient power of Ember and becomes Force Works’ first rogues gallery member.

To really dig this, we have to care not only about a new villain but about an entire country’s civil war that is both generic and brand new to us, as readers. This title asks a lot from us–to bond with so much “newness” quickly and in short bursts of violence.

To try to be more intimate, there are back-up stories that familiarize readers with the cast of Force Works, and are narrated by their Recorder robot.

The back-ups are better than the main features.

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