The GeeksverseUncanny X-Force #5.1

Uncanny X-Force #5.1
Published on Saturday, March 19, 2011 by

Written by: Rick Remender
Art by: Rafael Albuquerque
Colors by: Dean White
Letters by: VC's Cory Petit
Cover Art: Simone Bianchi w/ Simone Peruzzi
Editor: Jody Leheup

I thought the whole point of the .1 initiative was to provide jumping on points for new readers? I don’t know why a series that is only up to 5 issues needs a jumping on point, but Uncanny X-Forced received a .1 issue. Except it’s not a jumping on point.

It’s Remender telling a single issue story. There’s a lot of backstory to this issue. You need to know, or have some familiarity, with the X-Men and Reavers history in order to get the most out of this story. I don’t see how a new reader would get this issue and want to pick up Uncanny X-Force.

Is it good? It’s pretty good. But it’s not a jumping on point.

There are some big holes in the story. The biggest is once the Reavers get to Utopia. Only Cyclops and Magneto are there? None of the other mutants on the island see them? Psylocke is able to get around fast enough to take them out before Cyclops and Magneto? She’s able to telepathically mask her presence on the island from Cerebra, Professor X, The Cuckoos and Emma Frost? None of them felt the presence of another telepath?

And Gateway. Last time he was seen was in the pages of Secret Warriors. He was teaching Eden how to use his powers. Now he’s back with the Reavers? Doesn’t make sense. And what tribe? Gateway has never had a tribe before.

The story is mostly about Psylocke getting revenge on the Reavers. Remender has her looking forward to it, relishing in the kills. The story is about how she is coming to enjoy killing. And hopefully it’s a theme that gets explored more later. But it was a good start in this story.

The art is pretty good. It’s a decent style. I’m not sure it works that great for a super hero story. The shots of Magneto and Archangel flying aren’t as strong as the rest of the work. Albuquerque is a good artist, but might not have a style that works for every genre. There was some storytelling issues as well, relatively minor, but a couple did crop up.

Uncanny X-Force #5.1 receives
3 out of 5

A decent story but not a jumping on point for new readers.

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