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Subj: Re: Force Works, Thunderstrike, Wonderman, War Machine, Moon Knight...
Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 09:14:16 am EDT (Viewed 232 times)
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Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 07:09:18 am EDT (Viewed 259 times)

    As a big WCA and USAgent fan, I loved Force Works and it would definately be up there with my favourite titles of the era.

Force Works was the book that made me like USAgent.

    I thought Thunderstrike was an excellent title, and by that I mean very well written. I also massively enjoyed Wondermans ongoing, War Machine and Marc Spector: Moonknight.

I never understood why Thunderstrike was cancelled. From what I recall, it was selling pretty well. It was a very different book from Thor, or from what Thor should have been. Thunderstrike could have handled the mortal threats, scientific ones, standard super-villain ones, organized crime, terrorist organizations, rogue nations, mad scientists... leaving Thor to handle the Asgardian threats, any magical ones, any extra-terrestrial ones.

    The truth was that the middle of the decade was pretty terrible, with the quality of stories and art dipping dramatically. Titles like New Warriors, Sub-mariner, War Machine, Moonknight, Punisher and Darkhawk all started quite strongly in the early 90's but then tailed off badly, and many of them adopted a really poor, almost manga-esque artwork.

I remember that feeling of wow, something's wrong here with the art.

    Things probably started to recover in about 1997 with Marvels big relaunch of that year. Whilst it was headed by Heroes Reborn - which was dubious at best (although sold well), there were also titles like Thunderbolts, Joe Kellys Deadpool (still the best run on the character), the Buseik/Perez Avengers, Waids Captain America, and a number of other solid titles.

I still have a fondness for the young female character who is now called Nomad.

    There were also only a limited number of titles - about 20 or so - rather than the 50+ Marvel have now, they werent all tied into each other, and there wasnt the current trend towards massive crossover events, so getting your foot in the door as a fan was easy.

Did you follow any of the more far out books, like Blackwulf? Were any of those still around by the late 90s?

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