Thursday, October 21, 2021

Andy Richardson:

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Femforce: In Living Color + Giant-Size Wolverine

FEMFORCE: IN LIVING COLOR

In the 1990s, the “bad girls” craze—comics featuring scantily clad women who were frequently motivated by evil or at the very least selfish interests—threatened to take over the world of comics. Fortunately there was still a corner of that world devoted to the longer-lived and more innocuous “good girl” art, which featured similarly voluptuous females wearing equally small amounts of clothing. These females, though, were generally good, or innocent, and there was more of a cheeky good humor to the whole thing. Women frequently ended up fighting women, or nearly falling out of their clothing, but it was harmless. And the super-team known as Femforce was one of the best-loved examples of the genre.

This trade paperback collects some of the original issues of Femforce, reprinting those adventures in full color. The heroines are frequently archetypes—She-Cat, Ms. Victory, the Jungle Girl, etc.—and battle aliens, evil Valkyries, and often their own inner feelings. Creators include Bill Black, Mark Heike, Dave Roberts, and many others.

GIANT-SIZE WOLVERINE

A spacecraft crashes in the middle of the night in North Dakota, leaving the charred remains of what can only be an alien being. That being, though, appears to be alive, and healing. He’s also got three big claws on the back of each hand. As Wolverine adjusts to his surroundings, he discovers a small-town mystery that’s as terrifying as anything he’s encountered before.

The lead story in this giant-sized (hence the name) one-shot is a horror yarn creepily written by David Lapham and drawn by David Aja. It’s backed up by reprints of X-Men #6 and #7, by Scott Lobdell and Jim Lee, in which Wolverine battles one of his most hated foes, Sabretooth.

Andy Richardson is a freelance writer and editor who has been reading and writing about comics for far longer than he can believe at this point. Andy can be reached via e-mail at richardsonag@earthlink.net. Please use “ComicBase” as your subject line.

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