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Strikeforce: Morituri Volume 1

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A savage alien race called the Horde has invaded Earth, enslaving its people and plundering its resources. Scientists have devised a method of fighting back - the Morituri Process - which grants enhanced abilities to a select few compatable humans. But the transformation is fatal within a year. Now, a handful of brave voulenteers make up Strikeforce: Morituri - an elite, e ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by Marvel (first published January 25th 2012)
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Mjhancock
Apr 12, 2016 Mjhancock rated it really liked it
I'll admit to a basic bias on my part; I don't have a lot of affection for superhero comics that predate me first getting into comics in the mid-90s (which in itself is kind of sad, as the 90s aren't exactly known as a genre high point). The only reason I read Strikeforce: Morituri is that they're featured in a chapter of Jose Alaniz's Death, Disability, and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond. But I'm glad I did read it; the book offers something outside of the usual superhero fare, with a ...more
Randy Lander
Jan 25, 2012 Randy Lander rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure how this would hold up, since my positive memories of it are about 25 years old, but I was pretty happy with Strikeforce Morituri. The frequent deaths of the characters, sometimes random but never without consequence for the story, remind me of some of the best elements of Ostrander's Suicide Squad, and the nastiness of the Horde and desperation of humanity comes through to make this a darker, more mature book than a lot of '80s superhero stuff. (And I say that as a *huge* fan of ' ...more
P Fosten
Mar 04, 2012 P Fosten rated it it was amazing
I didn't read this when it was coming out in the mid 80s. I read the first two issues when they were reprinted in the UK Spiderman magazine. Over the years I managed to pick up a random issue (from what will be volumes 2 & 3) but this was the first time I'd read that early set up. Oh my god, it's a brutal book. The central concept is that a process is developed to give people superpowers to fight off an alien invasion. The drawback is that the process will kill them in less than a year. And ...more
Hal Halbert
Mar 15, 2013 Hal Halbert rated it it was amazing
Having recently reread the first two volumes of ASTRO CITY, artist Brent E. Anderson's masterwork, I was intrigued by this series, one I had heard about but not read because it came out years before I started reading comics in college. Given that it's a mid-80's Marvel comic, I was expecting dense text and some stereotyped characters--and they are there--but the overall premise overcame those flaws: the Earth, losing a cosmic invasion by the dreaded Horde, turns to the Morituri process to create ...more
Michael
Sep 21, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing
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One of the best stories you will ever read in comics, and after decades, available in trade format.

I wish that Peter Gillis had done more work in comics. The character in S:M have depth to them. You care about them very quickly; given the premise of the story, this fact makes the outcome that much more difficult on you. Anderson's art (later the centerpiece of Kurt Busiek's Astro City series) is also character-centric and by that I mean he takes care to make everyone look unique. It's also worth
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Stolt-man
Jul 01, 2012 Stolt-man rated it it was amazing
I loved this series back in the 80's, and was excited to hear that it was being reprinted. For a series that is 25 years old it holds up very well. Brent Anderson is one of my favorite artists and his work here is fantastic. I didn't like Peter Gillis' writing on Micronauts, but I loved his writing on this book. (Maybe I'll have to take another look at his Micronauts.)
This is volume 1 of 3 and all 3 volumes look very nice. Here's a tip about Marvel's collected editions. If you see Jeph York's n
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David Brzezinski
I don't have this one in my collection yet, but I do have the entire run of the series. The series title originates from what gladiators were supposed to say before battle ("We who are about to die salute you"), and is truly fitting since every one of the characters in this series has signed their own death warrant to become a superhuman to defend the Earth from alien invaders.
Travis
Apr 14, 2012 Travis rated it it was ok
Interesting idea of the government fighting an alien invasion by creating super heroes and the process that gives you the powers eventually killing you, but it never really clicks.
Too many plots, too little in the way of strong characterization and a general feeling of 'I should like this more than I do'.

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Peter B. Gillis is an American comic book writer best known for his work at Marvel Comics and First Comics in the mid-1980s, including the series Strikeforce: Morituri and the digitally drawn comic series Shatter.

Gillis' first work in the comics industry was as a freelance writer for Marvel Comics, where he worked on such titles as Captain America, Marvel Two-In-One, and Super-Villain Team-Up from
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