Written by: Ed Brisson
Art by: Dylan Burnett, Jesus Aburtov. Juanan Ramirez, Brian Reber, and VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 26, 2018
Being new to this whole Marvel thing, I was initially excited about jumping into as many X-Books as I could, but I have to admit, the whole Uncanny thing going on has soured me a bit. So, with that weekly series still chugging on, I wasn’t jumping for joy to read, review and talk about another X title. Well, I am a strong enough man to admit when I am wrong and am not too proud to gush like an 8-year-old schoolboy when appropriate. This is one of those times when it is oh so appropriate.
Opening the book, I have to admit that it took me a bunch of pages to get used to Dylan Burnett’s art style. I had the same issue with him on Cosmic Ghost Rider and ended up loving that, so I’m not sure why the learning curve started over here. Well, I kinda do…I really don’t like his Domino. The elongated bodies and faces worked on everyone else in the book, but not for her. This is one of those personal taste things so you can agree or disagree with me and thankfully, this is one of the only problems I have with this issue.
The story opens in Transia where a young spidey loving mutant gets shot and killed and away we go. The narrative is split between two team…Young Cable and Deathlok are trying to figure out how Transia has weapons from the future and Domino, Warpath, Shatterstar, Cannonball (and a late-running Boom Boom) are trying to find Young Cable because…well, he killed Cable.
I don’t know how people feel about Young Cable, but I love him. He has one problem, though, he needs to let people in on what he’s doing! This is the second story that he is supposed to be the bad guy…until he isn’t. Maybe he should get on social media and let people in on his plans…actually, he’s the smart guy here, staying off that bunch of nonsense!
Back to the mutant who was killed in the beginning of the issue. We are told that Transia is a safe haven for mutants with the other nugget being that’s how they are getting the future tech guns. However, the evil Commandant Constantin isn’t so hip on that policy and through a series of unfortunate events, ends up killing the President and assuming control of the country. Those events include Young Cable breaking into a Transian lab, killing multiple people, saving an awesomely disassembled Deathlok, killing more people and then escaping with the X-Force.
Deathlok is easily the star of the show and Brisson uses an ingenious way of giving new readers to the character (like me) an intro/recap of the character without bogging the story down with exposition or flashbacks. Plus, it is friggin hilarious!
By the end, the X-Force is kind of on the same page with Young Cable, but the troubles they’ve caused in Transia are what’s really pushing this book forward right now. Kill all the mutants in the country? Not on their watch!
I loved this first issue of X-Force! It’s over-the-top action, filled with bloody kills and explosions galore, but it’s also got a great sense of humor that had me chuckling out loud a bunch of times. This could easily fill the space left from Cosmic Ghost Rider ending and with Dylan Burnett on art, that makes even more sense.
I really enjoyed this first issue of X-Force. It’s an action-packed romp with a sense of humor and that’s fine in my book. I can’t wait for next issue.