X-Force 1 review


In my first impressions post, I wasn’t sure what to think of this. There was a lot of exposition, and I didn’t have the time yesterday to read it slowly. Now that I’ve had more time, it makes more sense to me. It’s also kind of appropriate that Simon Spurrier’s first X-Force issue releases the same day that his X-Men Legacy finishes.

For the most part this comic is good. It sets up the premise of a “mutant nation” Special Forces team, but without wasting too much time on describing things directly. It also leaves plenty of mystery for future issues, including something that has rendered Hope Summers unconscious (not really a spoiler since it doesn’t seem to have much to do with this issue). The team is made up of Cable, Psylocke, Fantomex and Marrow. The team dynamic is entertaining with all the banter and clashing personalities, yet they function well as a team with varied enough powers and skills.

While this comic is very entertaining, there’s are a couple things that bothered me. There’s one moment where Psylocke accidentally kills someone, even though she’s vowed to not kill anyone. She’s far too skilled to accidentally kill someone that way. Also while Marrow’s actual dialogue is entertaining, I found her internal narration kind of annoying. It’s repetitive, fragmented and often awkward. It wasn’t enough to ruin the issue, but it lessoned my enjoyment. And of course, her lines “I missed doing mutant #$%&” and “Wanna go again” (after destroying a plane and landing at what must have been near terminal velocity) partly made up for it.

The art is good for the most part. The backgrounds in the opening pages look brilliant. There’s a lot of debris flying around as Cable has a superpowered punching match with a “ten-foot Chinese ragemonster with exploding fists”. The monitors have a nice static effect to them. In the airplane sequence, there’s a lot of smoke effects, and when Marrow uses her powers, it looks downright impressive. Cable doesn’t really look that much like Cable though, and more often than not facial expressions are a little blank. Also, there are a lot of poorly shaped feet and overly skinny lower legs.

X-Force is off to a slow start, but it has a clear general direction. It’s not as good as I was hoping, and I’m not sold on it yet, but it was an enjoyable read. If you’re interested in a black-ops style book starring mutants this is worth checking out, but read it before you buy it.

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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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4 Responses to X-Force 1 review

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  2. xmenxpert says:

    I liked this. I’ve missed Marrow, so I’m glad to see she’s back, and more batshit insane than ever. Her narration was fun, I thought. Kinda cool. I also liked Psylocke’s hatred of Fantomex. I thought that was funny. I suspect her accidentally killing came down to a loss of control. She can disable people without killing them when she’s thinking about it, but I get the feeling she let her instincts take over too much, and it led to her using different strikes than she would’ve chosen.

    I’m a little disappointed about Hope. I actually do like her, so I’m sad to see her taken off the board for now. This means she’s not likely to show up anywhere else, either.

    The art’s excellent. Kim does a great job.


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