X-force #1 Review

A look at the black-ops of the Mutant Nation, avert your eyes human!

The Good

The concept of the book, a mutant black-ops team, is something that can and has worked in the past, so that right there is enough to peak my interest in this book. I am also a fan of giving Fantomax and Marrow more focus, as both of those characters are favorites of mine.

The Not So Good

The cover is so boring! Dynamic characters like Cable and Fantomax look like cheap generic soldier characters in some second rate book. This continues with the interior art that redesigns these characters, and Marrow and Psylocke as well, as generic knock offs. Marrow especially looks like a character from Tank Girl wandered into this book. The interior art is filled with various shades of grey that makes the action seem dull.

The Bottom Line

This book starts with a good concept, but instead of using it as a focus it becomes an excuse. There is no clear goal for the team and they do not have the same star power as the previous X-Force to keep you around until they get one. As much as I love Fantomax and Marrow, they are written as over exaggerated parodies of themselves leading to some odd and unintentionally funny bits of dialogue. I wish I could recommend this book, but sadly I would pass on it in favor of something better.

1.5 / 5
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X-force #1
Released February 12, 2014
Writer Simon Spurrier
Artist Rock-He Kim
Cover Artist Rock-He Kim

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