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Product Details

  • Series: Strikeforce Morituri
  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (February 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785164715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785164715
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 16, 2012
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Cripes, and you thought the X-Men books oozed angst. STRIKEFORCE: MORITURI focuses on that ultimate fodder for navel gazing: one's mortality. I have been waiting forever for Marvel to publish a trade collecting this neglected but wicked good series. Writer Peter B. Gillis piles on the angst, yes, but his storytelling is so compelling and the hook so irresistible that STRIKEFORCE: MORITURI instantly jumped to the top of my list of favorites back in the '80s. I'm not exactly sure why this series didn't make more of an impact, why it wasn't more popular. Maybe it wasn't conventional enough. Maybe the subject matter was too morbid. This was a comic book in which one key character after another routinely died. Think Drew Barrymore in SCREAM, but then think Neve Campbell also taking a dirt nap. Me, I got gunshy once my favorite character bought it six issues in. The series lasted for 31 issues, from 1986 to 1989, with a follow-up 5-issue mini-series STRIKEFORCE: MORITURI: ELECTRIC UNDERTOW). I stuck with it for a while after Gillis left after issue #20. But it went downhill from there.

STRIKEFORCE: MORITURI Vol. 1 collects issues #1-13 and features really terrific artwork by Brent Anderson and inker Scott Williams, with Whilce Portacio filling in for issue #10. The set-up goes as such: In the not too distant future, a marauding alien race, the Horde, invaded Earth and made it look easy. Four years later, humanity has lost the skies to the Horde, has, in fact, been enslaved, and the planet looted of its resources. But now a scientist has arrived at a way to fight back, having created a process which imbues its subjects with superhuman abilities.
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It's been a long wait for this fantastic series to be collected. Now the wait is over! Comic fans rejoice!

Strikeforce Morituri is one of the best series I have ever read in my 36 years of reading comics. Imagine a universe where characters actually die and stay dead! And those heroic ends don't take 14 issues to play out! Yup, there has never been a series like this.

The premise is great: with earth being invaded by an alien race, humanity must create powerful heroes to fight them. The catch is that once "powered" each indvidual has signed their own death warrant. They know going in that the process that gives them the powers to defend humanity will, ultimately, destroy each and everyone of them. No exceptions. And yet, they are willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good, doing what they can in the time they have left.

What comic readers get is an original approach to superheroes and one no reader is likely to forget. The stories are laced with sacrifice, philosophy, action and heroic daring-do. Fantastic artwork compliments the wonderfully packed stories. I devoured the original issues and can't say how excited I am to see this incredible series reprinted, in full color, for new readers to discover.

Sure, the collections are pricey but Strikeforce Morituri deserves a place of honor on the book shelf of any comics fan. You owe yourself this one. Enjoy!
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This book beet Todd Mc Farlane to the punch of letting the reader know up front that one should not become attached to the characters in the story. The difference is that Peter B. Gillis and crew actually FOLLOWED THROUGH and characters passed into the great beyond within the first few issues of the book.

Volume 1 collects the works of Peter B. Gillis, Brent Anderson, and many others. This title had approximately 3 iterations of creative team. Like many collectors, you like best what you first fell in love with and this creative team was the best. However, due to the fantastic premise that Mr. Gillis layed out, it is quite probable you will want the other two volumes as well as the story continues to be decent even when the initial creative team moved on.

The art and writing are top notch. The color is what is to be expected from the time period and thankfully, Marvel has not messed with the original.

The only thing missing is that there are absolutely NO EXTRAS in any of the books. It would have been nice to have a little follow up with the writer (though I wonder if Mr. Gillis would bother). This was a GREAT property that at one time was considered for a series on the SYFY channel. The problem would be for TV to have the intestinal fortitude to kill off main characters every so many episodes. They took forever to do in on the Walking Dead, but it has been proven it can be done.

I was slightly hopeful Marvel would do SOMETHING with this book again at some point, but realize this is probably all that will occur.
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