Comic Book: Brute Force

"Protectors of the Environment!"

Brute Force is a short lived (4 issues, August-November, 1990) Marvel Comics creation, originally by Charles Viola, written by Simon Furman, and illustrated by Jose Delbo. It stars a team of animal cyborgs known as "Brute Force", later opposed by another team of cyborg animals known as "Heavy Metal". It existed as a shameless attempt to sell toys (without a toyline, Marvel was allegedly expecting toy companies to buy the toy rights). Nowadays best known for Atop the Fourth Wall's reviews of the whole series.

The book was meant to be part of Marvel's Star Comics line of kid's comics, going as far as having ads for that line in the issues instead of the mainline Marvel books.

The team made a return in the Deadpool Bi-Annual, going up against Deadpool.

Not to be confused with We3 or the Xbox game or the arcade game with the same name.

Brute Force has examples of:

  • Animal Stereotypes:
    • The heroic animals of Brute Force are a lion (Lionheart), an eagle (Soar), a dolphin (Surfstreak/Dr. Echo), a grizzly bear (Wreckless/Bear), and a kangaroo (Hiphop/Boomer).
    • Heavy Metal is made up of mostly "evil" animals: a shark (Bloodbath), a rhinoceros (Ramrod), an octopus (Armory), a vulture (Tailgunner), and a gorilla (Uproar).
  • Anti-Hero: Lionheart. There's a time for lambs and there's a time for lions.
  • Badass Normal: Dr. Pierce takes out two security guards off-screen on his own.
    • Car Fu: As well as taking out a mercenary by driving a jeep into him.
  • Berserk Button: Lionheart doesn't like water. At all.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Being a vehicle for toys, the original comics were mostly kid friendly. The crossover with Deadpool does not tone down the Merc's violent ways, and the team themselves are shown violently killing dozens of bad guys.
  • The Bus Came Back: After fading into the mists of obscurity for years, the team's finally making their big comeback in the Deadpool Bi-Annual.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive
  • Five-Man Band:
  • For the Evulz: There's no real logical reason for the villain to be evil. He just is.
  • Green Aesop
  • How Do I Shot Web?
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Hiphop the kangaroo, who loves music and has a surfer-dude mentality.
  • Mega Corp.: Multicorp employs its own mercenary outfit and owns its own farms.
  • Merchandise-Driven: An interesting example as the series was purportedly created by Marvel with the hopes that toy companies would jump on board and create toys of the characteres, but to no avail. Word of God from series editor Bob Budiansky was that Marvel's then-Editor-In-Chief Tom DeFalco was the main motivator for the series.
  • Power Armor: It's what gives the animals their human-level intelligence, speech, and various powers and weapons.
  • The Psycho Rangers: Each member of Heavy Metal is a Foil for one of the members of Brute Force:
    • Armory (octopus) is the opposite of Hiphop (kangaroo), as his arms were supposed to restrict Hiphop's leaping.
    • Bloodbath (shark) is a rival to Surfstreak (dolphin), as sharks and dolphins are natural enemies.
    • Ramrod (rhinoceros) is the counter to Lionheart (lion), as rhinos hate lions.
    • Tailgunner (vulture) is an evil counterpart to Soar (eagle).
    • Uproar (gorilla) is this to Wreckless (bear), as their strength levels should be comparable.
  • Rule of Cool: Who needs logic when you can have ROBO-BEAR VERSUS CYBER-GORILLA?
  • Took A Level In Bad Ass: In the Deadpool crossover Slipstream, now called Dr. Echo, was in charge of upgrading the team's armor. He explicitly compared it to Iron Man's Extremis upgrade, but without the "bugs and limitations" that Tony kept in his version.
  • Totally Radical: Hiphop talks like this.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The (working) animal augmentation program appears to be public knowledge, but the people you think would care don't seem to.
  • Uplifted Animal: All of the animal characters.
  • Weaponized Animal: The animals' uplift suits include built-in weapons systems.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The main villain from the third issue is a rather stupid example; he wants to create lifeforms that thrive on pollution, but his plans would most likely end up on the rest of the earth nuking him.
    • In the Deadpool crossover, it's revealed they turned against Dr. Pierce and went rogue to rescue animals from human abuse.
  • Western Terrorists: Of the Eco-terroist variety.
  • You Fail Logic Forever: Multicorp preforms armed robberies on its own child companies because... uh... they're evil?