Old Mistakes And New In Old Guard: Force Multiplied #1

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

Andy reflects on the first time she killed. It was when she charged headlong into a war in Central Eurasia about 6700 years ago. In the present, she and Nile are running from the police on California’s Highway One. The two just shot up a human trafficking operation and the cops arrived just in time to see them make their escape. Losing the police requires some extreme measures on their part. In Marseille, Booker has some mysterious and unwelcome visitors.

Old Guard: Force Multiplied #1 cover by Leandro Fernández and Daniela Miwa
Old Guard: Force Multiplied #1 cover by Leandro Fernández and Daniela Miwa

Old Guard: Force Multiplied #1 brings back Andy, Nicky, Nile, Booker, and Joe for another adventure. They are two women and three men who cannot die (mostly), and they definitely test the limits of that ability.

I must admit that I’m new to this story as well. I have yet to read the original Old Guard tale by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández, so I’m going into Force Multiplied blind and completely fresh.

This first issue doesn’t tell us much about the crew outside of Andy. We learn of the first time she charged headlong into blood and warfare and we watch her and Nile pull off a dangerous rescue mission of human trafficking victims. 

Despite the lack of characterization for four out of our five Old Guard members, I am thoroughly grabbed by the issue. We get to see plenty of action and Andy does seem like an interesting lead. 

Old Guard: Force Multiplied #1 art by Leandro Fernández, Daniele Miwa, and letterer Jodi Wynne
Old Guard: Force Multiplied #1 art by Leandro Fernández, Daniele Miwa, and letterer Jodi Wynne

It’s an action-packed issue which really gives Leandro Fernández room to shine. The war scenes in the past and the rescue operation in the present look absolutely fantastic. Daniela Miwa’s color work is quite good as well, giving this book a very textured atmosphere. 

Old Guard: Force Multiplied #1 may not give a detailed portrait of its cast, but it does a good job of hooking the reader by showing the kind of insane situations in which its characters find themselves. Plus, Leandro Fernández’s artwork is downright spectacular. All in all, it’s still easy to recommend this book. Check it out.

Old Guard: Force Multiplied #1 comes to us from writer Greg Rucka, artist Leandro Fernández, color artist Daniela Miwa, letterer Jodi Wynne, and cover artist Leandro Fernández with Daniela Miwa.

Final Score: 8/10

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