Monday, 12 August 2013

Stuff I Read: Uncanny X-Force

Collects: Uncanny X-Force #30-35
Writer(s): Rick Remender
Penciller(s): Phil Noto, David Williams

Core Cast: Deadpool, Deathlok, E.V.A., AoA Nightcrawler, Psylocke, Wolverine. Fantomex

The continuity heavy Uncanny X-Force comes to an end with a story which brings things back round to the first arc, building heavily on the events of The Apocalypse Solution, which I've luckily just re-read. This deals with a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (Sabretooth, Mystique, Daken, Blob, Shadow King and some others), having kidnapped the child Apocalypse (Evan, called Genesis) trying to provoke his nature out of him in a nature vs nurture conflict as they try and breakdown the progress made at the Jean Grey School and by Fantomex in an alternate reality.

It's a good story, but is definitely a Book 2, in that you jump straight in without much recap. Remarkably, the story actually makes me like Deadpool for the first time ever. And Wolverine finally seemingly kills Daken. Hurrah. There are betrayals (the Age of Apocalypse version of Nightcrawler, which I assume sets up X-Termination).

The only bit that doesn't sit quite right is the return of Fantomex at the end (who was killed in the previous volume, split into 3 separate personalities via cloning. I could only just about stomach the one, but it's nice to see a Morrison creation still heavily featured in X-books, but I feel this is going to irritate down the line, and probably sooner rather than later.

Great, but not a jumping on point
8 / 10
Collects: Uncanny X-Force v2: #1-6
Writer(s): Sam Humphries
Penciller(s): Ron Garney

A scheduling quirk brings me the first collection of the new volume of Uncanny X-Force, (under the Marvel NOW! banner) the same month as the last collection of the old volume above. How does it measure up?

Quick Synopsis
Core Cast: Bishop, Fantomex, Psylocke, Puck, Spiral, Storm

First up, the cast doesn't especially appeal. The multiple Fantomexes (Fantomexi?) are as annoying as suspected at the end of the last volume of Uncanny X-Force (above), Puck and Spiral are marginal characters at best and I've never been a fan of Bishop - Cable and Rachel Grey are all the time displaced X-Men we need in my opinion. But it was the 90s so hey ho.

The use of blanked out expletives is different and somewhat jarring, but does give a few minutes entertainment of "guess the swearword".

This arc seems to set Bishop on the path to redemption somewhat after the events of Messiah CompleX, Cable, Messiah War, et al and it was interesting to see the Demon Bear from New Mutants #18-21, so it looks like this volume looks to continue the previous' knack of drawing on previous X-Men stories.

By the end of the six issues collected here, we just about have a team assembled so it'll be interesting to see where the next one, And Then There Were Three, goes - due later this year.

OK start, but nothing special
6 / 10

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