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Strikeforce: Morituri Volume 1 Paperback – February 8, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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!
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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