The GeeksverseUncanny X-Force #1

Uncanny X-Force #1
Published on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 by

Rick Remender and Jerome Opena start the next round of Marvel’s Mutant black ops squad. How was the debut issue? Read on and find out.

Written by: Rick Remender
Art by: Jerome Opena
Colored by: Dean White
Lettered by: VC’s Cory Petit
Asst. Editor: Jody Leheup
Editor: Axel Alonso
Covers: A- Esad Ribic; B- Clayton Crain; C- J. Scott Campbell; D- Marko Djurdjevic; E- Rob Liefeld

The first issue of the new era of X-Force. Second Coming has come and gone, and the original X-Force, Cyclops black ops squad, has come out of the shadows and been disbanded. Or so Scott Summers and the rest of the X-Men think. But Wolverine and Archangel have other ideas. They know the threats are still out there and they’ve assembled a team to deal with those threats.

This team consists of Wolverine, Archangel, Deadpool, Fantomex and Psylocke.

It opens with Deadpool on a mission and being captured. He gets the world out and the rest of the team spring into action.

The story is told from Fantomex’s point of view. He’s new to working with the X-Men and a team, so this provides a nice introduction for the readers. He’s on the ground floor and so are we. Remender throws alot of stuff into this issue. But then alot gets left out that should be in there as well.

He gives us the relationship between Warren and Betsy, as well as the start of conflict between them and an future storypoint due to their connection and what Warren needs from Betsy. We see Fantomex doing what he does best, being a thief, with Logan doing what he does best.

We also get a good dose of Deadpool. I’m not a Deadpool fan, at least not as he is currently written. But I like the way Remender handles him. He’s the same personality, just not as bad. His joking and one-liners aren’t as corny or campy. It’s a serious kind of joke. The way he was originally portrayed by Fabian Nicieza and Joe Kelly.

The story involves the resurrection of Apocalypse. We’re not given much and the way it writtens it seems like stuff is missing. It had an odd pacing towards the end. Not that it was bad, but just that it just seemed like it skipped a step or two.

Opena’s art is excellant. I really like the way he draws Archangel’s metal wings. He does a good job with the rest of the cast as well. His backgrounds are detailed and he has an overall nice style.

The problem is that some of the pages jump. The one after Deadpool is rescued is especially bad as I didn’t even realize who Deadpool was attacking without the words to help explain what was going on. And in an earlier scene, Opena also decided to not show the mysterious villians. We didn’t get a good look at them at all.

It’s almost like Opena didn’t know who to draw. We see weapons, but not who is holding them. Same with the whoever they are examining Deadpool. They’re not human, but we’re not given a very good look.

Opena’s figure work and linework is excellant, but some of the angles he chooses could be better.

Overall it’s a decent first issue. X-Men & X-Force fans will enjoy it. Would it bring in new fans? I’m not sure. It’s really thick with history with both Logan and Warren’s issues with Apocalypse. Those issues are touched upon, mentioned, but never fully explained so you’d have to have been around the X-Verse for awhile to know what the big threat is.

Apocalypse is never named either until the very end. We know that’s who it is, because they mention the Horseman War, and the Akabba clan. But if you weren’t up on your X-Men history, you wouldn’t know what any of that meant.

It’s not the easiest issue for a new reader to get into.

Uncanny X-Force #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

I enjoyed it, but there’s bits and pieces that drag the grade down.

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