was a Marvel comic-book miniseries written by Matt Fraction
and drawn by Barry Kitson
, featuring California's post-Civil War
team, called, well, the Order, and their struggles to deal with a superpowered all-girl vigilante gang, a Cold War
sleeper cell, and a conspiracy to undermine the Initiative, among other things.
This series contains examples of:
- An Arm and a Leg: James Wa lost both his legs to a drunk driver, ending his baseball career. He went on to invent prosthetic legs and made a fortune.
- Bury Your Gays: In the end, Henry Hellrung is forced to kill Mulholland Black after her powers go out of control.
- Downer Ending: The whole team gets curb-stomped by Ezekiel Stane, whose actions force Henry to kill Mulholland Black to prevent her Stane-induced Superpower Meltdown from destroying LA. To add insult to injury, he only did it to piss off Tony Stark, and none of the Order members get to play a role in taking him down.
- Former Child Star: Before becoming a superhero, Becky Ryan was a child country star.
- Handicapped Badass: Milo Fields, the Supernaut, was a former soldier who is wheelchair-bound after being shot for protesting America's actions in the Somali Civil War.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: The Order retains the services of one of the best PR firms available, but S.H.A.D.O.W.'s machinations and the ensuing destruction tests the limits of this firm's abilities.
- Home Porn Movie: One of these nearly ruins Becky's career.
- Hypocrite: Magdalena Marie Neuntauben thinks it's wrong to treat the homeless as disposable. She's also a bitch toward Mulholland Black, who used to be homeless.
- Mama Bear: Magdalena Marie Neuntauben is a devoted advocate for orphans and the homeless. She is deeply offended when S.H.A.D.O.W. sends an army of zombified homeless people after the Order.
- The Man Behind the Man: Ezekial Stane.
- Meaningful Name: Mulholland Black. She used to be one of the Dahlias.
- Psycho Lesbian: The Black Dahlias.
- Spiritual Antithesis: The series takes elements of two earlier Marvel titles, the Peter Milligan/Mike Allred version of X-Force (C-list celebrities as superheroes), and Strikeforce: Morituri (volunteer normals given time-limited superpowers), but is much lighter-toned than either - unlike in X-Force the characters actually care about doing good, and unlike in Morituri the process won't kill them at the end.
- The Teetotaler: Henry Hellrung used to be one of Tony Stark's drinking buddies. After it ruined his acting career, he became a sober celebrity and ended up helping Stark get sober.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Becky Ryan can be anything she wants to be...