Uncanny X-Force 16 review


I dropped Sam Humphries’ Uncanny X-Force somewhere around issue 9 or so. That wasn’t because I wasn’t enjoying it, but I had decided early on I’d only follow one X-Force book and I just enjoyed Cable and X-Force more. It’s fitting that both X-Force titles end with a crossover, especially with the sometimes intense history members from opposing teams have with each other. And no history is more intense than the one between Cable, Hope and Bishop.

In Cable and X-Force 18, Hope finds out that Bishop is back and tries to kill him. They ended up being captured by Stryfe, and Cable ended up confronting Psylocke’s team at the crime scene. This issue picks up immediately after, and for the most part it’s solid enough. While too many crossovers begin with the two superhero teams fighting each other, this fight actually makes sense. Both teams have multiple good reasons to distrust each other, and the Hope vs. Bishop fight was the trigger. The fight itself is entertaining, with a lot of collateral damage, some great banter and smart tactics from both teams.

The problem is that the fight goes on a bit too long. They fight throughout the entire issue, taking up 13 pages. The real focus should have been the argument between the captured Bishop and Hope, because that’s where the real dramatic tension is. We know that X-Force was going to fight, and we know they’ll eventually team up. It’s not very often you can see a confrontation between a 17-year-old and the man who tried to kill her for the first 16 years of her life. What we do get is well written though. Stryfe’s lines on the other hand scream of exposition a bit too much.

The comic’s overall mood is a playful one, and the art fits that perfectly. It’s a generally clean, smooth look, but there is the occasional object with impressive detail. The wrinkles and scars on both Cable and Bishop show how much they’ve been through. It also works well in motion, always making the fight scene easy to follow.

This was a fun issue, but with a slightly different focus it would have been dramatically stronger. It’s still an easy recommendation for anyone following both X-Force titles or anyone who enjoyed Cable’s series where he raised Hope in the future. It manages to capture a bit of the mood from all three titles while remaining coherent.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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2 Responses to Uncanny X-Force 16 review

  1. xmenxpert says:

    I really enjoyed this. The fight was exciting, sad and somehow still kinda funny at times. The Hope and Bishop stuff, I’m not sure how much more could’ve been said, really. What was there was already pretty damned dramatic.


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