AN ALTERNATE REALITY CLASH TO THE DEATH
WRITER: Rick Remender
ARTIST: Phil Noto
COLORS: Dean White
LETTERS: VC's Cory Petit
EDITOR: Nick Lowe
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE DATE: April 18th, 2012
Marvel Comics has many X-Men titles, but for my money the best of the bunch is Uncanny X-Force. For those not familiar with the team and its current plot, it revolves around a black-ops group of mutants led by Wolverine to take on the jobs that no one else can bear. The rag tag team of Deadpool, Fantomex, Psylocke, and an alternate reality Nightcrawler take on an evil Bobby Drake AKA Ice Man to the death in the city streets. The team has a few plans on how to take him down, but they aren’t prepared for the level of power this alternate reality version of Ice Man has to offer.
This is what I wish the X-Men movies were more like. Rick Remender doesn’t pull out any stops in terms of characterization, drama, or action in this X-book. These stories have been filled with a rebellious nature that’s lacking from the regular titles, and this issue was another prime example of it. The dynamic between the team members is really strong, and I can’t think of a time when I’ve had so much fun reading them in this kind of setting.
The art by Phil Noto jumps off the page. It’s really spectacular. It has a level of depth that makes it feel like a short Hollywood film and a sense of layout and pacing that deserves just as much praise. The way he draws each character causes them to feel real and animated on a flat surface, and that’s no easy feat. I especially enjoyed all of the Nightcrawler action and subtle facial gestures on the character’s faces. When it comes to really selling sequential storytelling the expressions are what bring it home.
If you’ve ever been a fan of X-Men in your life, whether it’s the cartoons, movies, or comic books, this series will make you remember why you love the Marvel Universe’s most notorious superhumans. I couldn’t find a single thing wrong with this issue and give it a solid 5/5 for making me want to mimic Wolverine’s claws all around the house.
And again, just like Ghostbusters #8 this week, I love this cover and the newer X-Force logo.