The GeeksverseUncanny X-Force #18

Uncanny X-Force #18
Published on Friday, December 16, 2011 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Rick Remender
Art by: Jerome Opena w/ Esad Ribic
Colored by: Dean White
Lettered by: VC's Cory Petit
Cover Art: A- Esad Ribic; B- Ron Garney w/ Chris Sotomayor
Assistant Editor: Sebastian Girner
Editor: Jody Leheup

Just a fair warning, there be spoilers ahead. I can’t really review this without dropping some.

It’s pretty rare when a comic really surprises me. And this one did.

I haven’t been a big fan of the Dark Angel Saga. It was interesting, was a natural evolution of where Remender was going with this title and Archangel, but I still felt it was convoluted, messy and confusing at parts. And the natural conclusion would be the death of Archangel aka Angel aka Warren Worthington, one of the founders of the X-Men. And I was all ready to rant against Marvel for spoiling another big event with their teasers (the Regenesis teams not showing Warren anywhere) like they had Cap’s shield (it got broken in Fear Itself but we knew it would get repaired because it was in Captain America #1 which took place after Fear Itself) and the “death” of Thor (we had already gotten teasers for Tanarus, which meant that Thor would die).

But Remender did an excellant job of surprising me. I didn’t see the ending coming, in more ways then one. It was surprise who walked out of the debris (and what his mutation had now evolved into) and his comment to Psylocke was as surprising.

Now I’m very interested in seeing where Remender takes this.

Psylocke’s farewell to Warren was very emotional, bittersweet and sad. Seeing what their life could have been together was a good way to lay a hero to rest, give him what he wanted if he hadn’t needed to sacrifice himself. Very well done. Good use of telepathy and it’s also something that can come back to haunt Psylocke in the future because she had to have felt the vision the same as Warren, and in light of the last panel, it really should be something that gets revisited.

What was the point of the Apocalypse child? He made an appearance, like he was the savior, and was quickly dismissed. And the Kent farm reference, that an old farming couple in America’s Heartland can raise an alien to be a hero, was very heavy handed. A bit much and out of place.

The conclusion to the Dark Angel Saga was well done and satisfying. Be interesting to see what the Dark Beast plans next and hope Pestilence and what she’s carrying isn’t something that just gets forgotten like so many plot points do.

The art was nice. Was a good looking book. The style was dark and edgy and it fits the tone of the story perfectly. Parts were a bit muddled. The scene when Psylocke first tries to kill Archangel was odd, as it was very hard to see what had thrown her at first. I had to look at the sequence a couple of times for it to finally be noticable.

Uncanny X-Force #18 receives
4 out of 5

And oh yeah, what was the point of the damn polybag? Can we stop this now? They were a pain in the ass back in the 90s and they are doubly a pain in the ass now.

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