X-Force #16 Review

Writer: Ben Percy

Art: Joshua Cassara, GURU-eFX, VC’s Joe Caramagna, VC’s Cory Petit, Tom Muller, and Dean White

Publisher: MARVEL COMICS

Price: $3.99

Release Date: January 20th, 2021

Forge, Wolverine, and Quentin Quire must withstand the darkest depths of the deep, where a lethal discovery uncovers a grim side lurking throughout Krakoa in this week’s installment of X-FORCE #16 by Benjamin Percy. Where did it come from and who’s responsible? Let’s dive into this terror in the deep to find out!

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This week’s issue of X-FORCE #16 was just a really strong story. Ben Percy provides readers with some thought-provoking one-liners and witty retorts that will simply stick with you after reading the issue. For example, Quentin has a great discourse as he’s taking down some monstrously undead sea creatures. Readers, this inner monologue was uncanny in its ability to connect with today and the current state of our society and nation. Heck, look no further than recent events at the Capitol to see how rotten to the core we can be at times within our own government. And as if that wasn’t enough, enter Namor as the issue comes to a close providing readers with a curious hot take on Xavier, which is rather self-evident. My point; X-FORCE #16 will slap you in the face and take your lunch money before the issue concludes… and you’ll be totally fine with it.

Percy doesn’t just stop with the imaginative responses, he also creates some unique curveballs that elevate the overall story. I wasn’t expecting the direction Percy pursued after the last issue but it works so well within the narrative. Readers, like myself, left the issue thinking it was Terra Verde all over again. However, that assumption was dead in the water. The true villain of this tale is Krakoa itself. Percy uncovers a rotten side of Krakoa that this reviewer never saw coming. The way Percy weaves in Namor, leviathan, and cancerous infestations that protrude from the island is grossly intriguing, yet a perfect stopgap between this arc and the next. Furthermore, the character development of Beast, Forge, and Kid Omega expands the story helping readers to become more invested with the characters in this X-FORCE manifestation.

FINAL THOUGHTS

X-FORCE #16 was totally unexpected and wildly entertaining. Percy delivers nonstop action, cool new toys, special guest stars, character development, and stunning plot twists that will deeply captivate X-MEN fans while flirting with new questions and ideas that could be staples for the future of the series. Percy’s well-crafted dialogue facilitated some intriguing conversations from Logan, Quentin, and even Namor. Furthermore, I would be a fool not to mention the incredible page spread by Joshua Cassara where WOLVERINE goes eye to eye with a biblical sea beast. Readers, X-FORCE continues to be a home run hit. New readers to X-FORCE could hop into this issue and practically follow along without skipping a beat. This is a MUST READ this week with something for everyone. Pick this up, let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!

9.3/10

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