2020 Force Works is back with its final issue and the action is intense. It’s hard to gather what exactly is happening in Marvel’s 2020 mini-event considering the weeks-long gap as comics halted due to the pandemic. The first issue was a delight when it comes to action and bang-for-your-buck twists and the final issue is more of the same. That’s a good thing.
You’re going to love this issue if you like M.O.D.O.K., clever bombastic twists, or any of the characters on this ragtag team. This is a comic in the same vein as Nextwave as it delivers lots of action and mayhem with a rather vapid sense of purpose. I don’t think it was ever intended to be thought-provoking, but if you’re looking for something deep you’ve come to the wrong place! And that’s okay — there’s a time and a place for this kind of content.
The art by Juanan Ramirez is strong with colors by Federico Blee and GURU-eFX goes into maximum effort mode to offer panels filled with characters as all-out war commences. Big reveals like M.O.D.O.K. turning into…nope, not spoiling, but seriously, check out that reveal. Considering the fast-paced nature of the book, the art keeps your head in the game as you’ll never get confused while characters run around trying to thwart evil. The layout work is quite straightforward and clean, which helps keep the plot clear. Panels per page can get up there from five panels one page to eight panels, but this shows how much effort is done to keep the actions of the characters clear.
I recommend everyone going back and reading the first two issues before reading this finale. If you jump right in you’ll lose sight of the character dynamics on the team, which are fast and loose here. They’re present, but it takes a bit to remember what is going on between the characters. It’s hard to shake the feeling there is more to this than the miniseries itself. Maybe it’s how Rosenberg writes as if the journey had so much more to it, but there is an element to this ending that makes you wonder if a full series order was ever in the works.
I had a blast reading this thanks to the escapism and jam-packed plot and action. If you like fast-paced action comics, don’t skip this fun miniseries.