SGAG Logo

FORCE FIVE

force_five_cb_adv03 force_five_cb_adv02 force_five_cb_adv16 force_five_cb_adv14 force_five_cb_adv10 force_five_cb_adv12 force_five_cb_adv04 force_five_cb_adv01 force_five_cb_adv09 force_five_cb_adv17 force_five_cb_adv07 force_five_cb_adv11 force_five_cb_adv08 force_five_cb_adv05 force_five_cb_adv06 force_five_cb_adv15 force_five_cb_adv13
 
Full Name: Force Five
Nationality: British
Organization: Unnamed Agency
Occupation Agency

Creator: Unknown
Time Span: 1990 - 1991

ABOUT THE SERIES

Force Five is a group of operatives with an unnamed British Intelligence agency.

"Five men, all experts in their own field, made up Force Five, the finest counter-intelligence strike force in the world." That is the explanation we are given shortly after the start of the first recorded adventure. Working for an unnamed and apparently secret department in the British Intelligence community, these men receive their orders from Sir James Morris.

Oddly for an organization in the early 90's with an assortment of ways of getting the word to each member, the manner that Morris uses for alerting the quintet of a mission is to place "the usual ad in the Times" which hopefully they would see some time the next day!

After a time, though, that slow method is drastically altered when one of its members, 'Brains', comes up with the idea of using "a special microchip embedded in a tooth filling. It vibrates when they are needed". This is considerably faster.

The group needs to be summoned because each of the five members has his own day job which pays the bills and keeps each pretty busy. Every member is well respected in that occupation. They only leave those jobs, coming up with plausible reasons for their absences, when they get the word that they are needed. In turn, each member brings to the group for use in the missions his personal area of expertise.

The team consists of:

Barry Martin - "one of the country's top character actors known as 'The Man With A Hundred Faces'. He uses his skills to infiltrate targets, often with virtually no advance notice.
Butch McGraw - a superb athlete playing a back in American football in the British League
'Brains' Tyler - a computer expert who designed and built his on large system.
'Wheels' Rogers - a world-class Formula One race car driver and expert with cars and trucks.
'Greasy' Wilson - a skilled pilot who can handle any flying device that has wings or blades.

Chief nemesis to Force Five initially is Apocalpyse, a criminal/terrorist group out to cause trouble anywhere at any time and, from the looks of their activities, score a profit along the way.

Later that organization seems to have been replaced by Shadow, "the most efficient terrorist organization in the world". That group, based we are told in Holland, becomes very annoyed with Force Five's interference in a scheme and makes destroying them a large priority.

COMIC BOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND MANGA

Number of Stories:17
First Appearance:1990
Last Appearance:1991

British comics magazine The Victor was created by successful publishing house D.C.Thomson in January 1961, putting out exciting anthology content every week for the next 31 years. It finally closed shop in 1992. It would go through a few name changes through its history, culminating in being Victor at the end.

It was constantly changing its member series to keep up with changing interests and many a series came, stayed around for a while, and then left. Force Five was one of those but it was given a resurgance one year later. The first set of adventures, which came out in 1990, were all in black and white. The retooled set of stories were in color. The final episode, released in companion annual Victor For Boys was a colorized edition (mostly black and white with some orange added in spots).

Note: the adventures were without titles so I have provided my own.


1 'The Matter of the Cabbie's Son's Rescue' 'The Matter of the Cabbie's Son's Rescue'
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1990

Published in Victor, #1516-1517, March 10 & 17, 1990 - 8 black and white pages.
When a British agent with vital intel on an upcoming Apocalypse caper is assassinated by that group in a Whitehall side street, the dying man tosses his briefcase containing that info back into the cab and yells at the driver to flee. Now the terrorists are after him and his disabled son. Force Five is gathered to save the two and get the intel.

2 'The Matter of the Angry Colonel's Plans' 'The Matter of the Angry Colonel's Plans'
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1990

Published in Victor, #1518, March 24, 1990 - 4 black and white pages.
Five unexplained deaths in a small area gets Force Five called in and they come up against an ex-Colonel Barker, dismissed from the Army for suspected atrocities in Korea. That Colonel was eliminating any passers who might discover he was creating his own army to take over the country.

3 'The Matter of the Surian President's Visit' 'The Matter of the Surian President's Visit'
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1990

Published in Victor, #1519, March 31, 1990 - 4 black and white pages.
The visit to several Western nations of Nikolai Galinin, recently elected President of Suria, is bringing with it numerous attempts on his life. For his time in London, British Intelligence calls upon Force Five to help provide protection.

4 'The Matter of the Research Facility's Security' 'The Matter of the Research Facility's Security'
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1990

Published in Victor, #1520, April 7, 1990 - 4 black and white pages.
The second attack in a short time on a top secret development plant shows that someone really wants what they are doing there. Force Five is asked by its Director to try a third time to make sure the facility really is secure.

5 'The Matter of the Famous Novelist's Kidnapping' 'The Matter of the Famous Novelist's Kidnapping'
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1990

Published in Victor, #1521, April 14, 1990 - 4 black and white pages.
Margaret Landsbury is a well-known novelist and also daughter of a prominent British government official. She is staying on a Mediterranean Island to write her latest book. When she is kidnapped, Force Five happens to learn of the abduction and decides to step in.

6 'The Matter of the British Ambassador's Body' 'The Matter of the British Ambassador's Body'
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1990

Published in Victor, #1522-1523, April 21-28, 1990 - 8 black and white pages.
The British ambassador to Akir is out shopping for his wife's birthday when he is snatched off the street, his bodyguard shot. That country's government says it is a maverick terrorist group at work but no ransom demand come in. Force Five is asked to head there to learn what is going on.

7 'The Matter of the Undercover Agent's Disappearance' 'The Matter of the Undercover Agent's Disappearance'
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1990

Published in Victor, #1524, May 5, 1990 - 3 black and white pages.
Sir James Morris had suspected Greenaway Pharmaceuticals of supplying chemical warfare materials to a mid-east country so he put one of his agents undercover in that company. The man has gone silent. Force Five is pulled in to learn what happened to the man and solve the problem.

8 'The Matter of the Rejected Member's Revenge' 'The Matter of the Rejected Member's Revenge'
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1990

Published in Victor, #1525, May 12, 1990 - 5 black and white pages.
Deadly attacks on each of the Force Five members on their regular line of work lets they and Sir James know that someone knows who the members of the team are and is out to kill each one.

9 'Title Unknown' 'Title Unknown'
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1990

Published in Victor Summer Special 1990 - unknown number of pages.
[plot unknown]


10 'The Matter of the Visiting Sheik's Snatching' 'The Matter of the Visiting Sheik's Snatching'
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1991

Published in Victor, #1573, April 13, 1991 - 4 color pages.
Sheik Ahmed Sharif, a high ranking Middle East leader visiting London, is kidnapped in a brazen daylight operation by agents of Shadow and Force Five is called in to get the man back alive.

11 'The Matter of the Lynx's Lure' 'The Matter of the Lynx's Lure'
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1991

Published in Victor, #1574-1575, April 20-27, 1991 - 7 color pages.
The attempted kidnapping of a British EEC minister is just a ploy to draw Force Five out so SHADOW can destroy them. The SHADOW agent chosen to handle the job is codenamed Lynx.

12 'The Matter of the Puma's Ploy' 'The Matter of the Puma's Ploy'
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1991

Published in Victor, #1576, May 4, 1991 - 4 color pages.
The next SHADOW agent to make an attack on Force Five is named Puma and he kills one of his own men to use as bait next to a top-secret Royal Naval Research Facility. Leaving the dead man to be found, he plans to destroy the team when they are sent to investigate.

13 'The Matter of the Jaguar's Scheme' 'The Matter of the Jaguar's Scheme'
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1991

Published in Victor, #1577-1578, May 11-18, 1991 - 8 color pages.
An attempt is made to destroy a hotel at a popular British beach resort where a top government minister was vacationing. Two Force Five members were nearby and stopped it but now the team is heading to Denmark where the plane was registered. They do not know it was a setup by SHADOW operative Jaguar to get them to come to him.

14 'The Matter of the Leopard's Lure' 'The Matter of the Leopard's Lure'
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1991

Published in Victor, #1579-1580, May 25-June 1, 1991 - 8 color pages.
Force Five has discovered a HQ for SHADOW is at Creel Castle in England. A SHADOW operative codename Leopard has planted enough clues to draw the team into a trap by revealing a plan to blow up a good portion of Liverpool, knowing they would never ignore such a threat. 

15 'The Matter of the Wolf's Trap' 'The Matter of the Wolf's Trap'
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1991

Published in Victor, #1580, June 8, 1991 - 4 color pages.
An ambush to capture Sir James as he leaves a government meeting is nearly successful. It is followed up by individual attacks against each of Force Five members. The SHADOW key operative named Wolf is behind it and he is just getting started.

16 'The Matter of the Prisoner's Pretense' 'The Matter of the Prisoner's Pretense'
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1991

Published in Victor, #1582-1584, June 15-29, 1991 - 12 color pages.
With the apparent death of Force Five member Barry Martin, SHADOW operative Wolf starts a new plan to destroy their nemesis. It starts with another kidnapping attempt and taking him to their HQ in order to pull the rest of the team in to free him.

17 'The Matter of the British Terrorist's Pals' 'The Matter of the British Terrorist's Pals'
Published by D.C.Thomson
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1991

Published in Victor For Boys 1992 - 9 colorized pages.
A British terror cell member has been captured in France and needs to be transported back home for trial. The rest of his gang is determined to do anything to get him back so Force Five is brought in to assist in the transport and to also capture the rest of the gang.

MY COMMENTS

This very enjoyable series of really fast graphic adventure stories is an homage to Mission: Impossible, British style, in that the concept is that there are people who are well respected members of their personal field of expertise who are brought together to work as a team for their country's intelligence community. 

I had no preconceived feelings for this series when I chanced upon it and I walked away from the first story with an acknowledgement that I would not mind reading more. Luckily for me, there were more than a dozen more to come.

GRADE

My Grade: B

YOUR OPINIONS

Be the first to leave your own comments about this series.

Tell us what you think of the series. Give your grade and comments.

Your Grade:
Your Comments:

To give your opinion, you must be logged in.

Sign In

Register
Disclaimer
SpyGuysAndGals is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, and links with the Buy from Amazon button are affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.