Written by: Ed Brisson
Art by: Dylan Burnett, Jesus Aburtov, and VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 30, 2019
The first issue of X-Force really took me by surprise. Being new to the Marvel side of the pond, I went into it with no real expectations and while I heard that it would surely be full of over-the-top action and explosions, it was the humor and character moments that had me loving it. Mind you, the over-the-top action and explosions were cool too! So did Ed Brisson and Dylan Burnett continue wowing me? Let’s find out…
The issue opens in Transia with the team trying to make things right after what they did last issue and by that, I mean setting up the reality that mutants are being rounded up and shipped off to Transia’s version of Siberia…or worse! It’s a cool action scene that looks great thanks to Burnett’s awesomely stylish art. If you were a fan of how Cosmic Ghost Rider looked (I was), then you will love this since it’s the same artist and he continues kicking mucho asso!
You get some character moments with Warpath and Cannonball and Domino and Kid Cable, but they are mixed in with the explosions and kind of seem a bit forced in…Warpath and Cannonball especially. My biggest complaint about this issue is that Brisson doesn’t have a whole lot for the entire team to do and when they get their moment in the spotlight, it feels forced just to get them their closeup.
That’s not to say there is nothing going on overall, because there is. We head off to see that Constantin has a very interesting prisoner from Brisson’s recently ended Extermination mini, find out why he hates mutants and get a peek at who he is dealing with from the future. This part is obviously what Kid Cable will be most interested in, but there are a bunch of angles here for the whole team to be fired up about.
After Shatterstar tells Kid Cable he isn’t the Cable he knew (another bit that is getting old throughout), we end the issue with Deathlok and a saved/captured mutant heading off like they are trying to get in the second Death Star while the rest of the team are suddenly attacked by giant mech. Cool!
This issue was a bit down from the first. The character moments were not as good and it all really felt like a setup issue which is a bummer for a #2. That said, I am still onboard because I like the team, love the art and had fun reading the issue.
I am still enjoying this book even if this issue didn’t wow me as the first one did. I can still easily recommend it to everyone who enjoyed what Ed Brisson and Dylan Burnett gave us in the #1, but I hope the next issue has more for each character to do and gets a bit of the humor back in the mix.