The team faces an army and a major problem in Force Works #2 written by Matthew Rosenberg, art by Juanan Ramirez and Roberto Di Salvo, colorwork by Federico Blee, and lettering by VC’s Travis Lanham. War Machine and his crew have to face off against an entire army of Deathlok. Does this mission in uncharted territory lose momentum or does it bring the heat?
War Machine, U.S.Agent, Mockingbird and Quake have joined forces to fight against the robots for human survival as Force Works! Will they be enough to stop an entire arm of Deathlok?
The group dynamic established in the previous issue is tested further as the team is captured, stripped of their equipment, and have to figure out how to escape. The back against the wall aspect of the issue is the best part of the issue. Only by banding together and playing off one another are the members of Force Works have to rely on one another if they have any hopes of surviving this ordeal.
Matthew Rosenberg is able to write a great team book but seems to miss out on an opportunity to have a deep character moment. As War Machine is captured, there is a moment when it seems like he is about to be turned into a Deathlok. As Rhodey became a less than glamorous cyborg previously, there is a chance he could experience some PTSD.
The pencils and inks by Juanan Ramirez and Roberto Di Salvo offer some distinct facial details showcasing how much trouble the team is in. The damage the characters take in the line of duty is memorable thanks to the art. Two distinct panels worth mentioning feature Quake being hit in the face and the damage which shows the enemies are not pulling their punches as the Deathlok attempt to keep the team down.
The colorwork by Federico Blee helps to make the artwork come off bold and distinct. This is especially true with just how creepy the Deathlok look. The coloring also helps with highlighting the effect of Quake’s powers.
The lettering by VC’s Travis Lanham adds a distinct auditory aspect to the issue. The fonts seem off at times but sound effects used are appropriate. This mixing element leaves a bit to be desired but doesn’t distract from the overall quality of the issue.
With some great action and character meshing together Force Works 2020 #2 has all the earmarks of a phenomenal team comic. It is a shame this team only has one more issue together. Hopefully, after the 2020 event is over, Force Works will return in some way, shape, or form.