F.O.R.C.E. #1
Writer Shawn Pryor
Artist Jay Reed
Letterer: Alex Thompson
Publisher: Action Lab

A review by Greg Brothers

Anyone who is a sports fan can tell you that not only is there drama on the field, but some of the most dramatic stories happen off the field.  So, it would make sense that someone decided to make a comic that captures the drama that happens.

F.O.R.C.E. #1 introduces us to Terrance Wright, quarterback for the Tennessee Boxers. Wright is ten years into his career and starting to hear whispers that his career might be coming to an end. In addition to the on the field concerns, Wright is dealing with a young up and coming player looking to replace him, and uncertainty about his contract.

First issues are never easy you have to find that delicate balance where the reader is given enough to hook them while not giving away the whole story. Pryor is able to hit most of those spots throughout this first issue. Several different threads are all placed in anticipation of bringing them to a head later. Wrights love life, playing status, and money problems are all introduced. The dialogue is realistic and relatable. The frustration for Wright is palpable throughout and draws the reader into the story.

The art is clean and crisp with sharp and well-defined lines. Each character is distinct and easily recognizable. The emotions that characters show is easy to follow and enhance the dialogue. Meanwhile even backgrounds have been peppered with intricate details that make a difference.

While other forms of media have attempted to create series that follow the drama on and off the field F.O.R.C.E. #1 is one of the first comics to do so. Even for a first issue the depth that is going to be afforded these characters is obvious. The groundwork is being laid for what seems to be an intrigued story moving forward.

Gregory Brothers
Ohio born and raised. Avid comicbook fan who is always trying to find time to get through my ever growing read pile. When not working on that I Teach, coach youth sports, and cheer on my hometown Cincinnati teams, and Buckeyes. Can also be heard talking comics and pop-culture on The Comics Agenda Podcast.