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The darkest corners of the mutant universe are about to be exposed...NOW! The X-Men have always been sworn to protect a world that hates and fears them. But the all-new Uncanny X-Force is charged to deal with situations that the X-Men themselves hate and fear! Psylocke and Storm lead a new team of outcasts and scoundrels, including fan-favorite Puck, the villainous Spiral, The darkest corners of the mutant universe are about to be exposed...NOW! The X-Men have always been sworn to protect a world that hates and fears them. But the all-new Uncanny X-Force is charged to deal with situations that the X-Men themselves hate and fear! Psylocke and Storm lead a new team of outcasts and scoundrels, including fan-favorite Puck, the villainous Spiral, and the mysterious Cluster. The first adversary to strike out from the darkness? X-legend Bishop! But what secrets does the man with the "M" on his face bring from the future? And will X-Force be destroyed on their very first mission? Collecting: Uncanny X-Force 1-6


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The darkest corners of the mutant universe are about to be exposed...NOW! The X-Men have always been sworn to protect a world that hates and fears them. But the all-new Uncanny X-Force is charged to deal with situations that the X-Men themselves hate and fear! Psylocke and Storm lead a new team of outcasts and scoundrels, including fan-favorite Puck, the villainous Spiral, The darkest corners of the mutant universe are about to be exposed...NOW! The X-Men have always been sworn to protect a world that hates and fears them. But the all-new Uncanny X-Force is charged to deal with situations that the X-Men themselves hate and fear! Psylocke and Storm lead a new team of outcasts and scoundrels, including fan-favorite Puck, the villainous Spiral, and the mysterious Cluster. The first adversary to strike out from the darkness? X-legend Bishop! But what secrets does the man with the "M" on his face bring from the future? And will X-Force be destroyed on their very first mission? Collecting: Uncanny X-Force 1-6

30 review for Uncanny X-Force, Volume 1: Let It Bleed

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    I read this book a few days ago and flew through it in one sitting - sometimes this is a good thing, other times, no. In this instance, it was not a good thing. So I decided to try an experiment and wait a few days before reviewing it to see whether I’d remember the actual story of the book or just the characters in the story. Guess what? My experiment proves the latter point - I don’t remember a thing about what happened in the book! I know Psylocke’s in it, I know Bishop’s in it, and Fantomex I read this book a few days ago and flew through it in one sitting - sometimes this is a good thing, other times, no. In this instance, it was not a good thing. So I decided to try an experiment and wait a few days before reviewing it to see whether I’d remember the actual story of the book or just the characters in the story. Guess what? My experiment proves the latter point - I don’t remember a thing about what happened in the book! I know Psylocke’s in it, I know Bishop’s in it, and Fantomex x 3, and that’s about it. Maybe Gambit? Oh, Storm was in it! And they were fighting… about something. That’s right and Sam Humphries used Rolling Stone song titles for chapter headings for some reason - maybe he was saying Uncanny X-Force was a rockier alternative to the rest of Marvel’s X-titles which are the Beatles? I don’t know. Adrian Alphona’s art was in this which was weird and awesome as always. Ok, I’m going to take a look into the book and see what I can glean. Right away I missed a big character (pun intended) in the book: Puck! What does he do in the book? Nothing! So that’s why I don’t remember him! Spiral? Nope, nothing. Fights Psylocke. About a mutant kid? Whatever. Fantomex is three people… I don’t know. Ok? And he and Psylocke had a relationship… right. So I just flipped through this book and once again got zero out of it. Some characters appear, they do superhero-y things (fighting with their powers), and the book ends. It’s literally as uninteresting and shallow as that. Is this even still an ongoing Marvel NOW! title? I have no idea but I do know I won’t be seeking out any more volumes in the series (should they exist). That was my first real-time, stream-of-consciousness review and whether you read this or not is up to you but having read it myself, it feels like I didn’t read it at all. Let It Bleed indeed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    William Thomas

    Oh cool, they're bringing back Uncanny X-Force. And this team looks pretty off-beat, I like that. Oh man, Garney is doing the art chores? I have to pick this up. So I did, the first six issues in single issue format and dropped it off of my pull list about three issues too late, in my opinion. What starts out as a great idea with a band of seriously mismatched mutant misfits becomes a tedious and tiresome chore by the end of the 6 issues. Humphries had one too many ideas going into the book, whi Oh cool, they're bringing back Uncanny X-Force. And this team looks pretty off-beat, I like that. Oh man, Garney is doing the art chores? I have to pick this up. So I did, the first six issues in single issue format and dropped it off of my pull list about three issues too late, in my opinion. What starts out as a great idea with a band of seriously mismatched mutant misfits becomes a tedious and tiresome chore by the end of the 6 issues. Humphries had one too many ideas going into the book, which made for some confusing jump cuts in the first few issues, but then just cannot get off this Psylocke/Spiral beef for the life of him. Like a dog with a bone, these issues become just a big, meaningless fight between the two where nothing is resolved, and we're left scratching our wads as to why the conflict had to span 6 issues almost in their entirety. I mean, here we have a writer who dug Spiral back up out of the grave and inserted Bishop as the bad guy and has Fantomex running around making love to himself. Sounds great. To me at least. But in the end, I was left feeling like I'd read 10 pages of actual story in a 100 page book. Storm being on this team is irrelevant, as she does nothing but act as a sounding board for Betsy's internal monologue. Puck is a cool addition and I'll admit is definitely being used the way he should, but we can't help but feel like he's just Comic relief, the way some people use Deadpool. Seriously, though, can someone explain to Humphries what an "arc" is? 6 issues and no resolution, no actual story, no team and no human interest. Wrap it up, B. Wrap. It. Up. Of course, Garney's art is spot on for the first three issues and then we have a change of hands and Alphona comes in to do some hack job on what was one of the only redeeming traits of the book. I give it to issue... 17 before cancellation. Writing: D Art: B

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    Where are all these four stars coming from? Seriously you gals and guys know Remender's moved on to Uncanny Avengers and Captain America right? Well I gave this book a shot although I saw a preview of the art which was okay but not spectacular but I wasn't going to judge this book by its art alone. I read the first to the seventh issue and frankly I don't know what's really going on in this book. From what I gathered there's a girl that multi-armed mutant teleporter, Spiral is protecting from Bis Where are all these four stars coming from? Seriously you gals and guys know Remender's moved on to Uncanny Avengers and Captain America right? Well I gave this book a shot although I saw a preview of the art which was okay but not spectacular but I wasn't going to judge this book by its art alone. I read the first to the seventh issue and frankly I don't know what's really going on in this book. From what I gathered there's a girl that multi-armed mutant teleporter, Spiral is protecting from Bishop whose possessed but...AH forget it. Oh and Fantomex and Psylocke are no longer an item yet Psylocke is shown as shared object of affection between Fantomex's three bodies including female Fantomex, Cluster. Oh yeah there's a kiss between them for "shock." This book is simply strange, it's so different and removed from Remender's X-force it seems the only thing they share are some characters and title. This book actually offended me because of what it did to characters that Remender took time to flush out and define over multiple arcs. This series is not worth your time at all leave it on the shelf.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nicky

    I liked the art of this TPB, liked what little I gleaned about the characters and the line-up, but... I finished the book wondering what the heck happened here, whether it has any relevance to any other Marvel plotline I can think of, and whether I would have understood what was going on better with more X-force context. I agree with people who say it was a really fast read, etc, but that's because little is happening. Maybe with some more emotional hooks, like knowing in advance what Fantomex a I liked the art of this TPB, liked what little I gleaned about the characters and the line-up, but... I finished the book wondering what the heck happened here, whether it has any relevance to any other Marvel plotline I can think of, and whether I would have understood what was going on better with more X-force context. I agree with people who say it was a really fast read, etc, but that's because little is happening. Maybe with some more emotional hooks, like knowing in advance what Fantomex and Psylocke's relationship was, or more about Bishop, or... just about anything. It's a lovely looking book, but it doesn't seem to be a good starting point. Which is odd, because I thought that was somewhat the point of Marvel Now. Alternately, it's just not a very good comic anyway.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte (beigepages)

    Let It Bleed is an odd volume, and I'm not entirely sure what to make of it. For the most part, I did enjoy it. I just didn't really understand it. Now, I know about Storm and Wolverine, and have some basic knowledge of Psylocke and Bishop, and have even briefly come across Spiral and Fantomex before. I'm still very much new to Marvel comics and am much more invested in the cinematic universe, so cut me some slack, so maybe that's why I didn't follow at all times. I don't know anything about the Let It Bleed is an odd volume, and I'm not entirely sure what to make of it. For the most part, I did enjoy it. I just didn't really understand it. Now, I know about Storm and Wolverine, and have some basic knowledge of Psylocke and Bishop, and have even briefly come across Spiral and Fantomex before. I'm still very much new to Marvel comics and am much more invested in the cinematic universe, so cut me some slack, so maybe that's why I didn't follow at all times. I don't know anything about the X-Force, but seeing as how this is a Marvel Now! title I didn't see that as a problem. And that's where I made my biggest mistake. The Now! branch of comics may be geared towards newer readers, but this very much felt like it was meant for seasoned fans. Or at least new readers who aren't as new as me. There's little to no explanation for Bishop's return, or even where he was or what had happened to him. We get glimpses of Spiral's and Betsy's pasts, but it still feels like you need to read about them individually before jumping into this. Which is fair enough, I suppose, as this volume isn't about them, but they're featured so heavily a little more information would be nice. There also seemed to be a disconnect between the issues collected in this volume, with the last two feeling very out of place in terms of art style and story. They take a much closer focus on Bishop's mind, which was my least favourite part of the story, and seem to veer totally away from what was initially going on. I get the connection between Bishop and Ginny. Kind of. I just wasn't overly interested in it and cared more about Betsy, Storm, and Puck taking on Spiral to rescue a new mutant. Maybe I'll continue with this if I ever find volume two, as answers would be really nice. But then again, maybe I'll just leave it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alexson

    Yawn.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tiamatty

    I found this an enjoyable read. It was an interesting line-up, though I felt Puck and Storm both got largely ignored throughout the series, which was a disappointment. Psylocke and Spiral both got some really interesting character work. There's plenty of humour, and plenty of exciting action. The art looks great, and anything to do with telepathy is drawn in a great, clever and unique way, whether it's a mind-controlled bad guy seeing the world as a video game, or Psylocke and Wolverine having a I found this an enjoyable read. It was an interesting line-up, though I felt Puck and Storm both got largely ignored throughout the series, which was a disappointment. Psylocke and Spiral both got some really interesting character work. There's plenty of humour, and plenty of exciting action. The art looks great, and anything to do with telepathy is drawn in a great, clever and unique way, whether it's a mind-controlled bad guy seeing the world as a video game, or Psylocke and Wolverine having a conversation in a landscape filled with sheep. All in all, a fun, enjoyable read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    For me to give an X-book four or five stars it must either be a strong starting point, a well-earned finale, or something shockingly good amidst the sea of mediocrity that the X-books often float upon. While I think this is a solid B+/B X-book for superfans, it wold be an absolute disaster for new readers, and not a great choice for people with surface knowledge of X-characters. This book features Psylocke, whose history involves being a British psychic doctor with butterfly iconography, a ninja For me to give an X-book four or five stars it must either be a strong starting point, a well-earned finale, or something shockingly good amidst the sea of mediocrity that the X-books often float upon. While I think this is a solid B+/B X-book for superfans, it wold be an absolute disaster for new readers, and not a great choice for people with surface knowledge of X-characters. This book features Psylocke, whose history involves being a British psychic doctor with butterfly iconography, a ninja assassin with a Psychic Knife, a Mojoworld character who had her eyes removed and replaced with cameras, she's died, come back, her ninja body has battled her doctor body, died from the Legacy virus, then her other body died in a terrible X-book, she's come back without reason or understanding, she's been the Shadow King (I think), she's had The Crimson Dawn (you know the ...you don't ... yea, me neither), I think she died again, she was an assassin in the previous volume of Uncanny X-Force, she was in Brian Wood's X-Men book but didn't do any memorable things, and now she's ... ooof, this is a lot, right? There's also Fantomex who used to be three brains in one, but now each one has their own body, and they're all in love with Psylocke. Storm is ... in the book, but I think it's just so that there's one major recognizable X-character in the book. Spiral, who is the one who cut Psylocke's eyes out back in the day, is one of the villains, and then not a villain. Puck from Alpha Flight is back from Hell (did you know he was in Hell? me neither) and is definitely in this book for reasons. Bishop is back from the future, and he's possessed by ... The Demon Bear ? from the 80s New Mutant books, as a lead in to the book's Big Bad who is The Owl Queen (who is totally a familiar villain, but shhhhh ... no spoilers). The book is kind of a mess, but it was a fun mess. I reccomend it only for die-hard X-fans who lurve Bishop, Psylocke, Fantomex, The Demon Bear (there's gotta be someone, right?) or Spiral. I'm pretty sure Wolverine is the only one who stans for Puck.

  9. 4 out of 5

    C

    Continuing the great x-read of 2017/18... I really enjoyed this one. It's a great mismatched team with some exciting twists and turns. We have the return of Bishop (though you would think that Storm and Betsy at least would be a whole lot more ticked at him than they are...), and Spiral (we haven't seen her in forever...). We have Puck being a lecherous jerk in (usually) humorous moments. We have some resolution (well, the beginning of it...) to the Psylocke/Fantomex relationship and its dissolut Continuing the great x-read of 2017/18... I really enjoyed this one. It's a great mismatched team with some exciting twists and turns. We have the return of Bishop (though you would think that Storm and Betsy at least would be a whole lot more ticked at him than they are...), and Spiral (we haven't seen her in forever...). We have Puck being a lecherous jerk in (usually) humorous moments. We have some resolution (well, the beginning of it...) to the Psylocke/Fantomex relationship and its dissolution. I honestly would have given it four stars if it weren't for the issue in Bishop's head. The prose was just so absolutely clunky in that issue that it felt like it was written by a completely different author. Yeesh, that was some pretty awful writing. (And I still don't feel like I understand how the demon bear from 80s New Mutants ended up in Bishop's head...?) I see a lot of negative reviews here for this volume and I agree with some of their points, but I honestly enjoyed this one quite a bit.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Lanter

    I've been on a good run of X-Men comics and I finally found one that made me want to read something else. Uncanny X-Force has fairly decent art and a potentially interesting cast of characters but the actual writing is not great here. Bishop has become a very uninteresting character since the Cable series with Hope and while he is the main focus, even the other side plots just didn't grab my attention. The characterizations of the characters is odd too. Fantomex has a clone that he is in love wi I've been on a good run of X-Men comics and I finally found one that made me want to read something else. Uncanny X-Force has fairly decent art and a potentially interesting cast of characters but the actual writing is not great here. Bishop has become a very uninteresting character since the Cable series with Hope and while he is the main focus, even the other side plots just didn't grab my attention. The characterizations of the characters is odd too. Fantomex has a clone that he is in love with which didn't make sense to me and Psylocke is crazy angry. Ultimately, the characters lack depth and motivation which makes the plot not seem to matter. I think by the second issue, I realized that I was not at all enjoying this and powered through but it never got better. I won't be reading anymore of this series since it is pretty short and the author's writing didn't grab me. This is below average and hard to recommend.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    This new iteration of X-Force looks to be in the same vein as the last but maybe with more of a conscious. I loved the interactions between Storm and Psylocke as they "dealt" with their relationship issues. There were a handful of X-Men villains from the past and I think they missed their mark. Remender's run did similar things but this seemed forced. The inclusion of Puck also does nothing for me. The art by Ron Garney in the first part of the book was amazing. Loved it. The second half suffere This new iteration of X-Force looks to be in the same vein as the last but maybe with more of a conscious. I loved the interactions between Storm and Psylocke as they "dealt" with their relationship issues. There were a handful of X-Men villains from the past and I think they missed their mark. Remender's run did similar things but this seemed forced. The inclusion of Puck also does nothing for me. The art by Ron Garney in the first part of the book was amazing. Loved it. The second half suffered without him. Overall, a decent start to a new-ish series but not up to the previous team's standards.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pradivta Ilvansyah

    Not the best book of the Marvel Now! brand but it's one of the enjoyable one for me. The return of Spiral is one of the best thing happen in this book (because she didn't appear in the Marvel Universe for a long time) and combine it with beautiful art by Ron Garney makes it more enjoyable to read even though the story is cheesy at times. Still, for those who want to enjoy a superhero comic that is action packed and filled with lots of good humour you should give this book a try. Cheers. Not the best book of the Marvel Now! brand but it's one of the enjoyable one for me. The return of Spiral is one of the best thing happen in this book (because she didn't appear in the Marvel Universe for a long time) and combine it with beautiful art by Ron Garney makes it more enjoyable to read even though the story is cheesy at times. Still, for those who want to enjoy a superhero comic that is action packed and filled with lots of good humour you should give this book a try. Cheers.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Villain E

    This was easily the most interesting ensemble book of Marvel Now. Just look at that cover. Is that Spyral? Bishop is back? So many other books were predictable and obvious in their line-ups. So I was intrigued right from the beginning. Parts of this I liked and parts I didn't. Psylocke, Puck and Storm felt true (and Storm hasn't been written well in years). I don't know if I buy Spyral's redemption story, and Bishop was a bit over the top. But I want to read the next one. This was easily the most interesting ensemble book of Marvel Now. Just look at that cover. Is that Spyral? Bishop is back? So many other books were predictable and obvious in their line-ups. So I was intrigued right from the beginning. Parts of this I liked and parts I didn't. Psylocke, Puck and Storm felt true (and Storm hasn't been written well in years). I don't know if I buy Spyral's redemption story, and Bishop was a bit over the top. But I want to read the next one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Eric Mikols

    So, this is why we needed two X-Force books at the same time? I guess Cable's team is there to rehabilitate Forge as a character and this must be planning to repair Bishop (good luck)? Maybe this series gets better, but between the wasted efforts of Cable and X-Force, Thunderbolts and now this, I'm not feeling very generous for the "too cool for school" teams that face the problems no one else is equipped to face. So, this is why we needed two X-Force books at the same time? I guess Cable's team is there to rehabilitate Forge as a character and this must be planning to repair Bishop (good luck)? Maybe this series gets better, but between the wasted efforts of Cable and X-Force, Thunderbolts and now this, I'm not feeling very generous for the "too cool for school" teams that face the problems no one else is equipped to face.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Psylocke is at a loose end after the X Force finishes. So someone sends her an email to tell her to look into drug running. Spiral is involved but it is a lot more complicated than that, a new mutant is involved. An interesting, action packed read. I like how it shows Spirals softer side. The big bad is introduced for the series, and I suspect it will become interesting. A good read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Hunt

    Nice quick story about Psylocke and Storm vs. Bishop. Interesting to see where they take this new X-force. 1 of 3 books I bought in a series, starting with Uncanny X-Force 1...

  17. 5 out of 5

    M.i.

    Interesting going ons, enough to keep me going.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gamal Hennessy

    An incomplete story, weighed down by historical X-Men baggage.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    7 out of 12 for this interesting spin on X-Force centred around Psylocke, with Storm, Puck, Cluster, Spiral(!!!) and the return of Bishop! Rob Garney's art really does it for me in this series 7 out of 12 for this interesting spin on X-Force centred around Psylocke, with Storm, Puck, Cluster, Spiral(!!!) and the return of Bishop! Rob Garney's art really does it for me in this series

  20. 5 out of 5

    Frans Kempe

    The xforce lead by Storm and Psylocke finds Spiral and a new mutant with Bishop coming back from the future possessed by a evil entity.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Brown

    A fantastic read that delves into Psyhloche's dark past and Bishop's twisted mind. https://nicolewbrown.blogspot.com/201... A fantastic read that delves into Psyhloche's dark past and Bishop's twisted mind. https://nicolewbrown.blogspot.com/201...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mercedes McLean-Wheeler

    The art in this was pretty great, but it didn't feel like very much of importance happened. I always enjoy Psylocke and Fantomex, but this volume didn't seem to add much to either of their stories. Puck and Storm were stock characters of themselves. Overview, bland but the art was good. The art in this was pretty great, but it didn't feel like very much of importance happened. I always enjoy Psylocke and Fantomex, but this volume didn't seem to add much to either of their stories. Puck and Storm were stock characters of themselves. Overview, bland but the art was good.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michael Church

    Ok so I'm editing my review. This volume is the best of this run, but only because of the potential I saw that was never delivered on. It undoes half of what Remender accomplished his run and gives you literally nothing to make up for it. Don't waste your time or money. Now my original, uninformed review: I'd say this is off to a relatively strong start. It picks up after Remender's run, which automatically makes it worthwhile. Plus it's focused on Psylocke and develops a "buddy cop" feeling bet Ok so I'm editing my review. This volume is the best of this run, but only because of the potential I saw that was never delivered on. It undoes half of what Remender accomplished his run and gives you literally nothing to make up for it. Don't waste your time or money. Now my original, uninformed review: I'd say this is off to a relatively strong start. It picks up after Remender's run, which automatically makes it worthwhile. Plus it's focused on Psylocke and develops a "buddy cop" feeling between her and Storm. Sold yet? From there, the dialogue is good, the action is good, and the art is breathtaking. They manage to capture this grand imagery while in any setting, even in a subway tunnel or a little nondescript room. The whole thing has a phenomenal vibe and artistic feel. The accent colors are a real treat, too. Seeing the pop of Betsy's pink knife or butterfly or Storm's white hair sticking out was pretty great. One frustration was the insistence on so many things being too difficult to talk about. This is NOT very new reader friendly because it builds so heavily from the last arc. It's a double edged sword because new readers don't know what's being referenced and existing readers aren't getting any resolutions. I'm more than happy to wait it out, it just came up a little too often. Otherwise, I'm very excited for this book. I love the team and really hope to get some good closure with Psylocke (especially since I don't think I'll be following her book after All-New Marvel NOW kicks off). Even if I don't, it's going to be a visually amazing and really fun ride.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    After reading that god awful Wolverine and the X-Men, I was delightfully surprised to find this a very enjoyable, competently written comicbook, complete with defined characters, clear emotional conflict arc, purposeful plot, and action sequences where you could tell what was happening and why. It also seems to veer away from these epically stupid take-down-the-powerful-mutant storylines, with the acknowledgement that everyone in this team is kind of insanely powerful and also pretty fucked-up. After reading that god awful Wolverine and the X-Men, I was delightfully surprised to find this a very enjoyable, competently written comicbook, complete with defined characters, clear emotional conflict arc, purposeful plot, and action sequences where you could tell what was happening and why. It also seems to veer away from these epically stupid take-down-the-powerful-mutant storylines, with the acknowledgement that everyone in this team is kind of insanely powerful and also pretty fucked-up. It has some actual emotional reality to what it might be like to have been put through the wringer as many times as you are as an X-Man. Psylocke goes up against Spiral, who helped Mojo pull her apart and put her back together for entertainment. Psylocke is trying to stick to the Good Guy persona but finding it hard not to just go for the kill as the quickest easiest solution. Encountering Spiral is her chance for vengeance, a kill she could justify as being most righteous. And you are made to care about this, and really feel for her rage, with a nasty panel up front showing Betsy getting her eyes pulled out by Spiral's machines. It's fucking horrendous. So the stakes are up, you give a shit, and it matters to the character what the outcome is in all sorts of ways. Well done writers, that's how it's done. Also Fantomex is now dating his own brain. Gross.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christina Nightengale

    I found this story pretty interesting! I liked how it gave Psylocke more characterization. It's understandable that she pretty angry at this point and just done. She's been through a ton even by super hero standards. Her interaction with Spiral was handled well. Those two have so much history and most of it super bad. Spiral is no saint, but you get to see her as more then a bad guy. That was cool. I really loved how Psylocke wouldn't take any of Wolverine's crap! She was so right about how not I found this story pretty interesting! I liked how it gave Psylocke more characterization. It's understandable that she pretty angry at this point and just done. She's been through a ton even by super hero standards. Her interaction with Spiral was handled well. Those two have so much history and most of it super bad. Spiral is no saint, but you get to see her as more then a bad guy. That was cool. I really loved how Psylocke wouldn't take any of Wolverine's crap! She was so right about how not everyone is going to just want to be on his side or Cyclops'. Mutants should be allowed to choose a different path if they want to. Cluster seemed like a cool character in this. I liked how it showed Storm's friendship with Psylocke and Bishop. I love how this comic is so full of well developed female characters that are both heroes and villains! That is so rare in mainstream comics, so it was SUPER refreshing! The male characters are not forgotten. We get to see insight into Bishop's mind and Puck is lots of fun. The art fits well with the story. The only drawback was the swearing from most characters seemed a little out of place at times. A good fun read overall especially if you are a Psylocke fan!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    An interesting continuation of the previous Uncanny X-Force book, keeping Psylocke and Fantomex and ditching everyone else in favour of Storm and Puck. It's fairly easy to get into, though the Fantomex sideplot might be lost on those who haven't read the previous volume of the series. I do like that this feels like the first installment of a longer story rather than just one little adventure with no consequences - there are lots of dangling plotlines by the end of the book, and that alone makes An interesting continuation of the previous Uncanny X-Force book, keeping Psylocke and Fantomex and ditching everyone else in favour of Storm and Puck. It's fairly easy to get into, though the Fantomex sideplot might be lost on those who haven't read the previous volume of the series. I do like that this feels like the first installment of a longer story rather than just one little adventure with no consequences - there are lots of dangling plotlines by the end of the book, and that alone makes me more anxious to read the next one. The artwork is initially by Ron Garney, and as usual it is solid but nothing special. It tells the story, and that's it, which is fine. The latter two issues are by Adrian Alphona, whose work is gorgeous, and Dexter Soy whose work is excellent. It's just a shame the divide wasn't more equal - it's mostly Alphona, with Soy only really getting to draw dingy back alleys. This is a solid book on all fronts, and I look forward to what comes next, but it had a lot of work to live up to the previous Remender series and whilst the groundwork has been laid for something special, it does fall short.

  27. 5 out of 5

    James

    This first volume of Sam Humphries' "X-Force" doesn't do anything revolutionary, but I liked its combination of voice and action. It starts with Psylocke and Storm teaming up to suss out a mutant mystery, and it builds up to a "friend or foe" rivalry with interdimensional teleporter Spiral and an impending showdown with mind-controlling demons from the future. Humphries takes a sassy approach with the dialogue, giving his characters a jaded, seen-it-all-before perspective on the action that's a n This first volume of Sam Humphries' "X-Force" doesn't do anything revolutionary, but I liked its combination of voice and action. It starts with Psylocke and Storm teaming up to suss out a mutant mystery, and it builds up to a "friend or foe" rivalry with interdimensional teleporter Spiral and an impending showdown with mind-controlling demons from the future. Humphries takes a sassy approach with the dialogue, giving his characters a jaded, seen-it-all-before perspective on the action that's a nice fit for their long-running status. On the downside, Puck is bit overaggressive in flirting with any woman within earshot (seriously, dude, those comments could get you booted from about any comic con these days, much less an actual comic book). But Psylocke/Betsy Braddock exudes complexity and conflict as she tries to rise above both her convoluted backstory and betrayals old and new. The art by Ron Garney is slick and Matrix-y, a nice fit for the gritty settings and tough-girl action. As someone who'd enjoyed the Rick Remender X-Force series a lot, I wasn't sure if I wanted to check out the follow up, but I was pleasantly surprised by this first volume.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    I think I see why this book has gotten poor ratings. The previous two volumes of X-Force were dark and violent. People got hurt and killed. In this new volume, people wave around swords and shoot guns, but it's all a facade. In other words, it's a typical superhero comic. I'm a believer in rating a book based on what it is, not what you want it to be (within reason). And this is a relatively good superhero book. It's strong on continuity, addressing lots of old issues for Bishop, Betsy, and Spira I think I see why this book has gotten poor ratings. The previous two volumes of X-Force were dark and violent. People got hurt and killed. In this new volume, people wave around swords and shoot guns, but it's all a facade. In other words, it's a typical superhero comic. I'm a believer in rating a book based on what it is, not what you want it to be (within reason). And this is a relatively good superhero book. It's strong on continuity, addressing lots of old issues for Bishop, Betsy, and Spiral (and, to a lesser extent Storm). It's also got strong characterization for all of those characters except Bishop (whose characterization extends largely to "RARRRR", except in some flashbacks in issue #5). Add on some nice action-adventure, and the result is a good book that's an interesting part of the X-Men mythos.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Given he's basically Danger: Diabolik with superpowers, I've always liked Fantomex. But the one way to make him even better is to split him into multiple components, two of whom are shagging but still miss their ex, and so embark on a madcap ninja caper to get her back. Of course, she's embroiled in another mess involving a psychic demon bear, a teleporting drug dealer and a drunk Canadian... This is less a superteam book than a story about an assortment of profoundly odd and frequently damaged Given he's basically Danger: Diabolik with superpowers, I've always liked Fantomex. But the one way to make him even better is to split him into multiple components, two of whom are shagging but still miss their ex, and so embark on a madcap ninja caper to get her back. Of course, she's embroiled in another mess involving a psychic demon bear, a teleporting drug dealer and a drunk Canadian... This is less a superteam book than a story about an assortment of profoundly odd and frequently damaged characters trying to manage the chaos left in their wake - but then, that's more Sam Humphries' area of expertise anyway. For that most baffling of projects, a second X-Force book, this is better than it has any right to be.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell

    Pretty much all my issues with the Marvel Now books can be somewhat offset by my being pre-invested with the characters and not being betrayed. This book is a case in point. It is on the surface a random grouping of characters. But as a former reader of X-men, New Mutants and Alpha Flight - I pretty much know all but Fantomex and Cluster. And the story has almost a random feel to it, but it just kind of works. And this is a version of Psylocke that I could perhaps appreciate. I even remember the Pretty much all my issues with the Marvel Now books can be somewhat offset by my being pre-invested with the characters and not being betrayed. This book is a case in point. It is on the surface a random grouping of characters. But as a former reader of X-men, New Mutants and Alpha Flight - I pretty much know all but Fantomex and Cluster. And the story has almost a random feel to it, but it just kind of works. And this is a version of Psylocke that I could perhaps appreciate. I even remember the bear. And yet clearly this is not a book that worked for everyone. Ah well - they probably like Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon (Hawkeye

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