Writer: Ben Percy
Art: Joshua Cassara, Guru-eFX, VC’s Joe Caramagna, Tom Muller, Dustin Weaver, and Edgar Delgado
Release Date: December 11th, 2019
After the death of Charles Xavier, as well as the capture and torture of Domino, what’s the next move for this Charles-less X-Men? And, who’s behind all of these attacks? Is it an old foe or a new threat on the horizon for our favorite mutants? Let’s attack this all-new issue of X-FORCE #3 by Ben Percy and see
how the mutants fight back and take their revenge!
X-fans will appreciate this issue for its explicit storytelling, it’s incredibly fast pace, and ultimately it’s easy to comprehend nature that Ben Percy brings to the story. New and old readers will be able to jump into this issue and follow along with ease. Furthermore, this is the one X-title that feels like it has a purpose and seems to carry the most merit and weight. By the time readers end the issue, Percy answers almost all the main questions from issues one and two while unlocking the significance of the narrative moving forward. Readers get a description of the big bad, the name of the organization, and the team’s focus, as well as the biggest plot thread of them all… the one X-fans just wanted to see happen for weeks now.
As direct as this issue was, there were still some questions and plot threads that are still available to be developed down the road. For one, this reader is definitely interested in the continuation of Wolverine and Kid Omega’s relationship. Additionally, what’s going to happen with Domino? How does the character progress from here? And lastly, there is a certain figure, or this critic should say “arm”, that was introduced into the story from the shadows. Who is that person? The vibe this reader got was that it was a mutant. If that’s the case, Percy may have planted a mole on Krakoa. This reviewer isn’t entirely sure of that BUT you can message me and let me know what you think!!!
Fans will find so many aspects of this issue exciting, action-packed, and informative. However, the one area that this comic fan would be a bit more critical of would be the art by Joshua Cassara. Everyone has their own tastes. My style is more realistic in nature, clear, smooth, vivid, and bright. Cassara’s style is almost the complete opposite of that in every way. Cassara’s style is rough, dark, muddy, and at times unrealistic with its over-saturation of line work. Again, different strokes for different folks. However, this “folk” is really not digging this art style for the book currently.
X-fans can see the thought and detail Percy has put forth on every page of this week’s installment. From the opening page describing the evolution of humanity to the closing dialogue on the final pages, Percy has calculated a narrative that has become a focal portrayal that appears to be the glue that holds all the X-books together. Where many of the other series have side storylines that may be creative, fun, and also exciting, Percy’s X-FORCE has become a reliable stable that seems just as important, if not more, than Jonathan Hickman’s X-MEN. Each issue to date has been informative, impactful, and filled with action-packed cliffhangers that leave readers wanting more. This issue and series continue to be a must for all X-fans. Pick this one up and add the series to your pull list. You won’t be disappointed.