Femforce vs. The Claw

 FVTC   (AC, 2003)

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Femforce and The Vault of Heroes are back again, this time against the villainy of one of the greatest Golden Age baddies of all, The Claw. The Vault of Heroes are classic (and obscure) mystery men from World War II. Most of them, including The Avenger, Yankee Girl, Crimebuster, et al., appear under their original appellations. The original Daredevil, however, appears as Reddevil. (Other comics companies may have had something to do with that. Ask Marvelman.) The character of The Claw is not consistent with his identity as established in 1939. He is described in this tale as an alien, probably as an apology for his far–less–than–politically–correct appearance.

There are so many elements that should recommend this tale: beautiful heroines, classic crime fighters, and the return of a significant villain foremost among them. Sadly, the payoff falls short of the potential. The plot is rushed and superficial. The art—by Dick Ayers, of all people—is surprisingly amateurish in places. And seven bucks is a lot to pay for a 40–page black and white comic book. That’s not to say that there are no redeeming qualities. Much of the art is quite striking and one of the more enjoyable devices utilizes a Golden Age issue of Silver Streak featuring the Claw. But it falls far short of what it could have been.

— Jack Abramowitz

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