π•Žπ•™π•šπ•”π•™ β„‚π• π•žπ•šπ•”π•€ 𝔸𝕣𝕖 𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝔹𝕖𝕀π•₯ π”Ήπ• π• π•œπ•€ 𝕐𝕠𝕦 β„‚π•’π•Ÿ 𝔹𝕦π•ͺ?: ɴᴇᴑ κœ±α΄œα΄˜α΄‡Κ€Κœα΄‡Κ€α΄ ᴄᴏᴍΙͺα΄„ ʙᴏᴏᴋ & Ι’Κ€α΄€α΄˜ΚœΙͺα΄„ Ι΄α΄α΄ α΄‡ΚŸ Κ€α΄€α΄›Ιͺɴɒꜱ & ʀᴇᴠΙͺα΄‡α΄‘κœ± [ π™ΌπšŠπš›πšŸπšŽπš• / 𝙳𝙲 π™²πš˜πš–πš’πšŒπšœ / π™Έπš–πšŠπšπšŽ / π™Έπš—πšπš’πšŽ ] 11-06-19 X-Force #1

π•Žπ•™π•šπ•”π•™ β„‚π• π•žπ•šπ•”π•€ 𝔸𝕣𝕖 𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝔹𝕖𝕀π•₯ π”Ήπ• π• π•œπ•€ 𝕐𝕠𝕦 β„‚π•’π•Ÿ 𝔹𝕦π•ͺ?:

ɴᴇᴑ κœ±α΄œα΄˜α΄‡Κ€Κœα΄‡Κ€α΄ ᴄᴏᴍΙͺα΄„ ʙᴏᴏᴋ & Ι’Κ€α΄€α΄˜ΚœΙͺα΄„ Ι΄α΄α΄ α΄‡ΚŸ Κ€α΄€α΄›Ιͺɴɒꜱ & ʀᴇᴠΙͺα΄‡α΄‘κœ±

[ π™ΌπšŠπš›πšŸπšŽπš• / 𝙳𝙲 π™²πš˜πš–πš’πšŒπšœ / π™Έπš–πšŠπšπšŽ / π™Έπš—πšπš’πšŽ ]

11-06-19 X-Force #1

 

I usually don’t say a lot about art in my reviews. Usually, in today’s comics the art falls into a few categories:

  • Standard and does the job
  • Standard with poor storytelling so the comic is hard to read
  • Above-average to excellent but there’s not much that’s unique about it

Because of this, there’s little to say about the art most of the time. The art in this comic is rough around the edges but it’s striking, dynamic and unique. My only complaint is that some characters are a bit too exaggerated. One guy in particular looks like β€œBane” and β€œThe Hulk” had a baby. To be fair, though I think that guy was cybernetically enhanced so maybe it makes sense. With that said, I have to ask why the knockoff β€œImage” 90s-style cover when the interior art is so much better? That cover makes me think β€œoh a real ho-hum comic. One purely made to leech more money out of me”.

We begin this comic with β€œDomino” infiltrating some anti-human group. Immediately this group is infinitely more interesting and more menacing than the people in β€œHouse/Powers Of X”. We then cut to β€œWolverine” and β€œBeast” as β€œWolverine” fights off a monster that attacks β€œBeast”. Counter to every other β€œX-book”, β€œKrakoa” here has a dark side with predators around every corner. This is so much more interesting than the β€œparadise” the other books portray. At this point, this comic is pretty damn good… Then they start fucking it up…

Next, there’s an info page explaining that β€œBlack Tom” controls plants and is connected to β€œKrakoa” through them. As always, this could simply be explained in the actual story which doesn’t need to be β€œstopped” by these info pages. Also, if you’re going to explain something, explain how β€œBlack Tom” has plant-based powers. As far as I knew his power was to shoot energy through a staff. I assume this is a secondary mutation but with this big relaunch, there are a lot of new readers. These comics have done a piss-poor job on filling people on things like this. Anyway, β€œBlack Tom” senses something and goes to warn everyone. This seems to be a false alarm because it’s actually the β€œMarauders” team on their boat. They’ve brought back a bunch of Russian refugee mutants and very beat up β€œColossus”.

Now another info page. This page goes into the β€œofficial response” and β€œunofficial response” to nations that don’t recognize the mutant terrorist ethnostate. The official response is reasonable and sane and the unofficial response is all the stupid nonsense that makes this status quo unbearably stupid.Β 

Elsewhere we see some of the anti-mutant people from the beginning on a commercial airline flight. We then cut to β€œXavier” and β€œSage” telepathically discussing the fact that β€œDomino” has been missing for a while. β€œXavier” then takes a fast-travel plant to β€œSokovia” where it seems like they’re on board with acknowledging the mutant terrorist ethnostate. There’s then a short scene with β€œJean” and a healing guy in a place called β€œHealing Gardens” healing β€œColossus” and the refugees.Β 

Back with the anti-mutant people see now see they’ve used gas or something to knock out everyone else on the plane. They then jump from the plane down to β€œKrokoa” below. They look like β€œThe Reavers” but I don’t think they are referred to by that in this comic. Somehow they used β€œDomino” to get through β€œKrokoa’s” defenses. β€œBlack Tom” is suspicious about β€œDomino” suddenly reappearing and start talking in the third person. It’s annoying…

He also calls β€œXavier” β€œboss” and that seems really out of character to me. Then β€œXavier” says something that is so stupid it’s exasperating. He says β€œall mutants can be trusted”… β€œChuck” the guy you’re talking to is usually a criminal asshole. Your whole island is filled with terrorist criminals you use to fight. What the fuck are you talking about?! How the fuck can this idiot be this fucking naive or say something this Goddamn stupid! C’mon comic you were doing alright at first!

The anti-mutant people then land and start murking mutants left and right. β€œBlack Tom” fights off a few as β€œXavier” runs away. β€œBlack Tom” in the middle of this mentions the β€œstinking genitals of all Krakoa”. For fucks’ sake with this dialog! Anyway, as β€œXavier” runs, we learn that the anti-mutant people have stuff that blocks telepathy. β€œWolverine”, β€œBeast”, and β€œJean” join the fight and β€œJean” at one point thinks β€œit’s time to be smart and swift and violent”. Dammit comic, you’re getting dumb. She can just fight them without sounding like an asshole. Then one of the guys shoots β€œXavier”. This would be a concern before β€œHouse/ Powers Of X” but now we know there are clones of β€œXavier” that β€œProteus” uses and we know β€œXavier” regularly backs up his own mind. So this is nothing more than a cheap cliffhanger and plot point for other books.Β 

This was so close to being genuinely good, but this terrible status quo is like an anchor the weighs down any good idea in any β€œX-book” now. This almost feels like the book was too good and someone said β€œmake it stupider” so it wouldn’t completely outclass the other books. Even with all that, this should be the main β€œX-book”. Besides being kind of violent there’s nothing all that β€œX-force” about it. It’s got β€œJean” and β€œBeast” on the team for God’s sake! There’s hope with this one. I hope that it isn’t in vain… This one shows some genuine effort so even though I’m on the fence I’m going to give it a pass. C+

Recommendation: One Of The Better Books You Can Buy (Barely)

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