SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Kelly Thompson and Ben Caldwell’s “A-Force” #5.
At the end of “A-Force” #4, Singularity transported the team to Astoria after she sensed a “light in my mind-head.” Not only did that light turn out to be a dragon, but someone had beat them to a punch: Dazzler Thor of Battleworld, the multiverse conglomerate created by Doctor Doom in Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s “Secret Wars” miniseries. This Alison Blaire instantly recognizes the group as A-Force but mistakes them for Battleworld’s own team from Arcadia, not realizing that she’s been transported to another universe entirely.
Over the course of the comic, Dazzler Thor quickly learns that she is no longer on Battleworld and realizes that makes her “without a world… without a home” — but she isn’t the only one. The dragon — who turns out to be a reality-warper called the Countess — is also of Battleworld. The Countess’ presence in the Main Marvel Universe could mean a variety of things; for instance, the Countess may be so entirely powerful that she was able to evade the destruction of Battleworld, or perhaps the Richards family didn’t quite do as thorough a job recreating the multiverse as it first seemed.
Dazzler Thor’s arrival wasn’t Alison’s only big moment in the issue. The MU’s Dazzler had a frank discussion with herself, revealing that she had M-Pox, the mutant disease caused by the Terrigen Mist that Black Bolt released into Earth’s atmosphere at the end of “Infinity.” Though hesitant to tell her team about her situation, she admits to her alternate self that death hasn’t quite been able to keep her down. After all, she “died” in “A-Force” #3, only to come back to life with no explanation, just in time to save the day. Regardless, the effects of M-Pox on Dazzler and her abilities — fatal or not — will likely be explored as the series continues.
Thompson and Caldwell’s “A-Force” #5 is now on sale.
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