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Femforce 157

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Another superb cover by Will Meugniot!! With Synn’s reality-warping powers seemingly out of control, the FEMFORCE have taken her to The Colorado Project for a medical intervention. But it’s not always wise to leave your health in the hands of a doctor who comes from another planet, with a couple of assistants who happen to be giantesses. The therapy they concoct is definitely “outside of the box”! PARAGON’S sightlessness becomes ever more puzzling, NIGHTVEIL is barred from using her magic, and SHE-CAT goes looking for a mysterious person out of her past, only to end up tangling with ATOMAN, CARBONATOR and SPEEDBOLT of the doltish JUSTICE SQUAD. Meanwhile, SYNN just mopes and waits for whatever is going to happen to happen. All this and more in “Living In Synn, Part 1″- plot by Stephanie and Mark Heike (with a script by Mark Heike), pencils by Chris Allen and Rock Baker, and inks by Jeff Austin.Then- hang onto your hats for the first full-length adventure with the GREATEST new super-team series since…well, since The FEMFORCE was created!! Make way for the New Earth Defense Organization Reserve- N.E.D.O.R. Agents!! In an alternate version of Earth (as is told in this tale narrated by the FF’s NIGHTVEIL)), it’s 1965, and a group of super-powered champions (based on the characters from the long-defunct Standard/Nedor/Better publishing group of the 1940′s ) has spent 20 years in readness for a terrible event, which now is almost upon them. World War II veteran heroes Black Terror, Fighting Yank, American Eagle, Doc Strange, Liberator, Woman In Red, The Grim Reaper, Commando Cubs, American Crusader, Tygra, Princess Pantha and Miss Masque are joined by second-generation heroines (and uber-babes) Candi Future, Pyrogirl and Fighting Tank, Jr.as they learn the truth about what REALLY threatens the world in “Everlasting Battle” a 25-page retro-revisionist epic that’s fast-moving, sexy and action-packed. Created, written and drawn by WILL MEUGNIOT, the feature that we teased in FF #156 kicks into high-gear this issue- and will be soaring to even greater glories in FF #158!! Plus- N.E.D.O.R. Agents pin-ups by Rick Hoberg, Gerry Acerno and Keith Tucker, AND info on a special original art contest giveaway by Will himself! Then, flip the book over, turn it upside down and check out GARGANTARAMA- The COMIC BOOK #20, this issue’s FF flip-book feature focussing (as always) on gorgeous GIANT WOMEN!! Cover feature DINOSAUR GIRL faces off with an Asian giantess determined to swing World War II in favor of the Axis by controlling the Pacific Theatre. If she can prevail against DG, there well may be more titanic distaff terrors created from the “Blood Of The Giantess”; a 17-page battle royale written and drawn by Rock Baker, with ink embellishment by Jeff Austin. Then, turn the clock back to the Middle Ages that never were for another wacky adventure with ROWENA, the gentle giantess. An extreme cold snap turns out to be the work of CRYONIA, another visiting giantess- and ROWENA must find a way to convince her to move on before she and her human-sized charges become icicles. Written by Eric Lindberg, penciled by Rock Baker and inked by Jeff Austin. In total, 84 pages of all-new, never-before-seen story and art- black & white interiors with full color covers. Still the best value in comicdom!!

8 Responses to "Femforce 157"

  1. Jim Johnston  November 5, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    My Previews-ordered copies are set to arrive this Wednesday. I’m Really Looking Forward To Rec’ing Them Both to find out “what happens next” to Syn and to get a look at the sure to be great N.E.D.O.R. Agents Story. Mr. Meugniot’s work has been awesome so far and I am confident that this new material is going to be even better. I am also looking forward, very much to rock baker’s new Dinosaur Girl adventure. I enjoy his work immensly.

  2. Mark Holmes  November 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Incredible artwork cover to cover by Meugniot, Baker and Allen. With a lot of great ink work by Jeff Austin. This book spans the ages with stories set in the present, 1965 (with a guest star from the distant future), the height of W.W.II and one set in the Middle Ages. Sheesh!

  3. Jim Ludwig  November 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    This book better be at my LCS tonight. I have been salivating for N.E.D.O.R. since last issues teaser. And to think it is in addition to Femforce and Gargantarama. Indeed unsung heroes of the comic world.

  4. Jim Johnston  December 12, 2011 at 6:44 am

    I’d like to say few words about the “Living in Syn” story.
    While it did not feature a lot of strenuous activity or violent standard comic book action,the story did give us a thoughtful and insightful look into the “character” of the various Fem Forcers, as they react to their situation .In so doing the story reveals and illustrates their humanity.
    There was a humane realistic plausible tone to interaction taking place between the characters.It did not at all sound like std. comic book dialogue rather it read like real people-friends ,comrades,co-workers trying to get through a difficult situation together., sometimes awkward, sometimes uncomfortable,sometimes not quite connecting or knowing the right thing to say,sometimes being angry or depressed or frustrated .
    But always trying and making the effort and not giving up and -significantly- finding that thinking about others can make your own burdens easier to bear.
    Some specific examples
    The way Syn is depicted. Somber and quiet(her hair is uncharacteristically limp and flat(effectively illustrating her mood)she trusts her friends to do their best for her ,but is prepared to accept whatever fate has in store for her.This is hardly the attitude of an air head or a bimbo,rather it shows Syn to be an individual of depth and maturity.
    The way She-Cat is depicted. The character wants to be comforting and supportive ,but just doesn’t seem to be able to do so When she visits Syn ,Jess sits perched uncomfortably on the edge of the bed unable to make eye contact or stay very long(a very human and predictable reaction) It is useful to note that the story’s only action sequence happens when she delivers a skillful and well deserved thrashing to the loutish J-Squad who have been crudely disrespecting Syn (even though she puts herself at some risk to do so) Which is just the sort of thing the character would do.
    I really liked the way that every one- all the staff at the Colorado Complex, “the gov’t at large”‘ Dusty and her team,assisted by Joan and Dr. Heisler all pitch in and work flat out,trading ideas back and forth until they find a solution. It doesn’t come easy The team encounters many setbacks and dead-ends and there is a lot of frustration(very well depicted)But eventually they find a solution signaled by Dr. Mara’s wide bright smile .I really liked how the concept of cooperative effort and collective action was illustrated in this part of the story.
    I note that in spite of her own problem Syn reaches out to Chuck and tries to comfort him effectively illustrating what a good and caring individual she is.
    I like that Stardust is still sporting her distinctive and short hairstyle (I think it really suits the character) and wears a lab coat over her uniform , thus quietly making the point that she is a scientist.
    All these aspects along with others I have missed make for a very entertaining and satisfying read

  5. Eric Johnson  December 12, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I liked the moment when Dr. Heisler explained that growing things wasn’t really the same as shrinking things in reverse. Makes the point that this may be comic-book-science, but it still has rules.

  6. Jim Johnston  December 13, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I really like this point (I should have included it among my comments.)
    I note that on page 20 top panel we learn that entire procedure has been repeatedly tested so they know it work .To echo your point Dr. Mara and Dr. Heisler may be comic book scientists but they do fallow proper and prudent procedures to make sure they the best possible system in place to give Syn the best chance of being cured.-that is to say they fallow the scientific method
    I think this kind of detail really adds to the depth and texture of the story.
    thank you for raising this point.

  7. jim johnston  December 19, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Another thing I really like about the “Living in Syn”story is that it quietly makes the point that sometimes there is no quick fix or short cut to solve a problem. Syn’s condition cannot be safely “cured”,either by Night Veil’s awesome magic or Syn’s own incredible Synotrophic powers. Instead the (1st step )in the solution comes from the “normal”(though extra ordinary) abilities and capabilities of Dr. Mara and Dr. Heisler and most of the research staff at the Colorado Complex -namely dedication, skill, knowledge, innovation, education and collaboration.It is also worth noting,I think, that the combined teams use the scientific method and take the time to make sure the job is done right-via repeated testing and trail runs.Thus employing these mundane human virtues they provide the means for the “super heroines to go in and (hopefully save their friend.
    To my mind this quietly reminds the reader that you don’t necessarily need super powers to accomplish something heroic. That is a point not often made in other comics ,and deserves to be acknowledged here.

  8. jim johnston  January 21, 2012 at 4:12 am

    I’d like to say a few words about the N.E.D.O.R. agents story-Ever Lasting Battle.
    There is enough material for 5 stories in this 1st installment and yet at no time does the story appear cluttered or overloaded or slow moving.Rather the narrative moves along easily and smoothly and every thing that appears in the story is there for a good reason and enhances the story.
    In the 1st 3 pages (three big full page single image splash pages) the back story is told, a huge cast of characters are introduced and the stage is set for a fun and fast moving action story, which depicts the heroes and heroines battling an invasion of big domed alien invaders , who have initially made common cause with the Soviet Union (Commies from Mars)and are now back for round #2
    The story is chock-a-block with all kinds of really fun and interesting details and ideas and concepts,both large and small that really adds to the reading experience and creates the kind of story that read and
    enjoyed repeatedly
    Eg.-The Thought Collective -a kind of a . computer made up of the living bodies of several nubile young ladies all fused together. Created by the aliens this entity now aids the heroes in the defense of earth ( and seems to have some sort of an unreciprocated crush on the Fighting Yank(Page 21)
    Eg. The possible budding relationship between Horace of the Commando Cubs and Kali Martin -Pyro-Girl which I thought was depicted in a very sweet and pleasant manner (Page 13)
    Eg. There were also a number of smaller nifty /neato details scattered throughout the story like little mental and visual landmines whose triggers are thought and observation -those big clunky “mobile phones “the heroes and heroines use to communicate while in the field (no miniaturization in this universe (Page14)
    Also the special cutaway view of the
    secret N.E.D.O.R.HQ .page 12
    Also the SSSCHOMMM-BERRRRRRGGG sound effect created by Miss Masque’s Plasma Cannon. (that one was my fave.)-page 18
    Also the series of snappy one-liners the heroes and heroines use as they smack down the green skinned invaders-page 18 -note even though this is a B+W comic it is evident that that the aliens are green since this comic like all the best B.+W comics creates it’s own color.

    Other examples include Kali major nervousness as she waits for blast -off Like her interaction with Horace earlier in the story it really humanizes the character plus she has a great facial expression.(page 19)
    and the Wally Wood (I think) tribute-page 23. and the cliffhanger ending -Kali about to be ambushed -on the same page.
    Ther are many other examples I have just listed a few of my personal faves.

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