Issue 1: “The Apocalypse Solution (Chapter 1)”
Writer: Rick Remender
Art: Jerome Opena
Color Art: Dean White
Cover: Esad Ribic
Anyone moderately familiar with the X-Men comic books is familiar with X-Force, the team exemplified the Darker and Edgier characteristic that populated the comics industry through the 1990’s. (I’ll pretend X-Statix doesn’t exist). X-Force is generally portrayed as a Strike Team that uses a “ends justify the means” philosophy, that counters much differently from the ideology of the core X-Men teams.
In 2008, the X-Force concept was revived by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost as black-ops wet work team led by mutant badass Wolverine, but was sanctioned by Cyclops (HOLY SHIT) to deal with the escalating threats to Mutantkind, while staying in the shadows. That incarnation of the team was disbanded at the end of X-Men: Second Coming, but Archangel and Wolverine had other plans…
As someone who raged at the rather lackluster ending of X-Men: Second Coming (I’ll leave any further opinion on that unsaid), I was pretty much done with the X-Men books with the exception of X-Factor and a couple of peeks of New Mutants. Yet, something in my mind told me to hold out on this 40,000th relaunch of X-Force. Maybe it had something to do with this ridiculous looking splash page, or the fact that Deadpool was going to be on the roster, or that I loved Esad Ribic’s covers of the new team.
And so begins this new chapter of X-Force. Long story short, Apocalypse is back and it’s up to Wolverine, Archangel, Psycloke, Deadpool and Fantomex to put him down. The story may seem simple, but there’s a nice twist at the end that begs the reader to come back for seconds.
His incarnation of X-Force lacks some of the teeth clenched grit from the Kyle/Yost era, yet the team dynamic is surprisingly amicable and are handled with a similar semi-serious disposition. Remender capably keeps Deadpool’s trademark looniness in check, making him a welcome addition to the team. It seems like Remender wants this team to function without the squabbles and Angst that fuel other X-Teams and so far he’s on a good start.
Esad Ribic’s cover is what sold the book to me, ’nuff said.
Art: 3.5 out of 5