I'm coming in the middle of this, but for a fairly good reason: grab bag. I'm still indulging in those, yes, but mostly only Marvel. I get digital copies, as well, at a ridiculously low price and I end up enjoying most of what I get in the bags.
This was no exception. It was pretty funny. It was also pretty tense: A-Force is down a couple members, unsure if Singularity is dead and pretty sure Nico Minoru is working against them. Nico is being mind-controlled by The Countess, though, so they can't really blame her. Or the rest of A-Force doesn't.
They try to help her break free of the mind-control so they can, well, break free of the more literal prison they are currently being held in, thanks to other mind-controlled minions of The Countess.
I've got to admit, I pretty much love this series because it lacks the male ego that many comic books do. It's all women, al the time, and they're funny, smart, and brave. Don't get me wrong: I love my male-ego drenched characters, and the series that revolve around them. Uncanny Inhumans - which I'm afraid is coming to an end, although I can't see proof of this. I'm mostly worried because I read this huuuuuge spoiler on Marvel while looking for news of the Inhumans series in IMAX. (I will post the spoiler after a page break for those interested at the end of this review.)
But now and again it's nice to have an all woman series, or even just issues in between. I'm not talking about the issues that revolve around men or have women leaning on men's shoulders. All. Women.
Men do show up. There's a couple dudes in the mobs that are trying to take down A-Force, but they barely have any lines and are vaguely menacing although not more so than the mind-controlled women. It's the women who band together, banter, and act to save themselves and those controlled by The Countess.
And it's nice. It's a nice break, and it's nice to see the women shine while shrugging off the attitude that they need men in their life. I think it's nice to have them around sometimes, but I don't need them around. What I need is a good story and good art. (I didn't like the art that much at first but I came around by the end because I was quickly charmed by it all.)
This gave me all that, and focused on women, without sexualizing them or using them as props. It was all about them. It was all about them being heroes, being strong and brave and sassy. It was about them being who they were.
It was nice. I think I need to read more A-Force.