Review by Alexander Moser
After nearly three years, we bid farewell to Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force, and remember what a fantastic ride it was. Some people called it Remender’s “homage to the 90s X-Men,” as he brought back concepts such as Age of Apocalypse, “Otherworld,” and much more.
All things wrap up as each of the characters make amends with each other, and begin to part ways. Betsy and her brother Brian settle their differences after the death of their other sibling Jamie. Wolverine tries to come to terms with the fact he murdered Daken, his own son. But the standout scene is between Deadpool and Genesis (Kid Apocalypse). For the past few issues, Deadpool has been given a “moment of clarity,” and it shines through in his small scene. It’s not necessarily in tone with the rest of the Marvel Universe, but like Deapool says himself, “Keep me around any longer and I may tell a fart joke.” Good one Wade…good one.
After such a dark series, Remender decides to give us a happy surprise by bringing back one of the recently deceased characters. I’m not going to spoil it straight up, but if you’ve been reading solicitations, you may have an idea of who it is. With plenty of surprises hidden within, Remender manages to pull off a satisfying ending to the series, providing closure to the cast and crew.
Phil Noto has been the regular artist for UXF and he’s done a solid job. This issue is no exception. For a book that bounces all around the world, he manages to pull off the various locales with indivudal flair. No two places look the same, and nothing is generic. His character work uses expressive line details to render emotion for all the characters, even those with masks.
It’s been a solid run for Remender and the crew, propelling everyone into the A-list caliber. Remender is now writing Uncanny Avengers, and many of the artists, such as Opeña are on other A-list books like Avengers. It all started with UXF and the ending works well. Yet I feel like the end of the series is ruined by the re-launch, coming out just next month. We already know the fates of many of the characters, and we’ve seen them in other books. In that sense, UXF is an anticlimax that moderates a calm period before the storm starts again.
It is worth noting that readers who have never tried Uncanny X-Force by Remender should definitely try the series from the beginning. If you read any X-books, this is one of the influential titles that changed the status quo for many characters such as Angel, Psylocke, and the introduction of Genesis.
-Ending feels like a satisfying conclusion
-Feels like a silly ending to a book that’s being re-launched in just a few weeks
-People just talk for 20 pages…this is $3.99?
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