After the Avengers West Coast was disbanded, many of the former members did not want to return to the main Avengers fold. Iron Man revealed his new plan for a proactive team based in a highly sophisticated, adaptable building known as The Works. A special 'hex mainframe' computer worked with the Scarlet Witch's power to predict events that the team could act on. Through her powers and the computer's calculations, they could proactively determine where the team was most needed rather than react to an alarm or breaking news. The original roster consisted of most of the final lineup of the Avengers West Coast, namely: Scarlet Witch, Iron Man, Wonder Man, Spider-Woman, and USAgent.
The team started off on a bad note, losing Wonder Man on its first mission, a space battle against the Kree. This deeply traumatized the Scarlet Witch, with whom Wonder Man had been involved. It would be some time before she (and he!) recovered.
The alien warrior Century soon joined them. The Rigellian Recorder was revealed to be corrupted, and was soon defeated by Century. Tension in the ranks began as Scarlet Witch, the nominal leader, was countermanded more and more by Iron Man.
While investigating instances of monsters and people apparently trapped in their sleep, the team was assisted by Dreamguard.
The team responded to a centuries-old battle between rival ethnic groups lead by their champions Volkvhy and Ember in Slorenia. The cyborg mercenary Black Brigade was also involved, battling Iron Man. The team was successful, ending generations of one side enslaving the other.
Iron Man began acting strange due to the influence of Immortus.The ruthless Cybermancer became a member, and the team was ordered to capture Hawkeye, their former leader as West Coast Avengers chairman, who had been framed for the murders at Avengers Mansion. Public Relations director Amanda Chaney was murdered.
Iron Man and War Machine battled and destroyed most of The Works. It was revealed that there were chronographic weapons in a hidden sub-basement programmed to bombard the planet. Scarlet Witch, USAgent and War Machine managed to disable them despite the building going into Defense Code Mordred sending hardlight holograms to attack them.
Soon after this the team were confronted by an alternate reality version of Wonder Man. Facing trauma from this encounter as well as the continuing leadership struggle, the team quietly disbanded.
A new incarnation of the team named Force Works was formed as the Iowa division of the 50-State Initiative after the superhuman "Civil War". Cybermancer (Suzanne "Suzi" Endo) was a member of the new Force Works.
- The name "Force Works" has been adopted the Iowa Initiative.
The group was adapted into the supporting cast of the 1994-1996 Iron Man animated series. For the series, Hawkeye appeared in place of USAgent (though he did appear in the 8 issue adaptation of the cartoon). Shortly after the characters were written out of the series, Force Works was cancelled at issue #22 (April 1996).
- 11 Force Works (Earth-616) Members
- 41 Appearances of Force Works (Earth-616)
- 13 Images that include Force Works (Earth-616)
- Team Gallery: Force Works (Earth-616)
- Fan-Art Gallery: Force Works (Earth-616)