Marvel Comics 2018
Written by Ed Brisson
Illustrated by Dylan Burnett
Coloured by Jesus Aburtov
Illustrated by Juanan Ramirez
Coloured by Brian Reber
All Letters by VC’s Cory Petit
Cable is dead…and now, the original X-Force team of Domino, Cannonball, Shatterstar, Boom Boom and Warpath. must hunt down the murderer of their former leader! The mutant militia are hot for blood…but when their target is the time-traveling younger version of their fallen mentor, is there a line they absolutely cannot cross? And what does Deathlok have to do with all of it?
Ed Brisson writes one hell of a story here and it’s one that I really think finally suits what the whole idea of what I think X-Force should be. Well at least from what I am seeing so far that is. I will say one thing this version of the team is one I think Empath would do well on so just throwing that out into the universe.
I like the way this is structured and the opening is a great example of why. We start off with something dramatic, interesting and familiar which is both good and bad all things considered. Though we wouldn’t have much of a theme if they didn’t. Still this what catches your eye and while reading it makes me want to know more and see where this is going.
I am going to say this Dylan is a perfect example of Quesada’s viewpoint that artists don’t sell books but in reverse. This is the kind of interior artwork that kills a book. It really is just so horrid to me and is absolutely nothing that would represent this team. I wanted to throw-up in my mouth when I got my first look at Warpath here. That head on that body it looks like it comes out of a scene in Beetlejuice. I want to read this series and I want to enjoy it but with this work on the interiors I would just as soon pass. I am not going to spend my money on garbage artwork. Yes all opinions are my own and some will disagree with me but Warpaths conehead look and the overall way we see people in this makes me shudder.
Transia is a country whose President has made a trade agreement where the only condition was that the country be a safe haven for Mutants. Of course this is a great thing in theory and that we see the President very adamant that this be adhered to is a great. However not everyone in the Transian Federal House is pleased by that deal. A good inner struggle makes for great reading and this country is going to be the centre of attention for hopefully a decent amount of time. Plus we get a glimpse at the Science and Research Department and that’s definitely an area I would like to see more of. It appears to be rather advanced and that alone bears further investigation.
How the final two members of what is going to be this team all come together was interesting to see as well. I do like how this all comes about and Ed really knocked this out of the park in getting everyone together, oh except for Boom Boom but then that’s the back up story here. The pacing, the story & plot development and the characterisation are absolutely sensational and make me happy that these characters are together.
The back up story here is all about Boom Boom and why she wasn’t where she was supposed to be. Now why couldn’t the main story have this artwork in it? This level of work here is what the entire book should’ve been. Regardless Ed once again nails the personality we know and love when it comes to Boom Boom. She really is among the most powerful of the mutants around but is kind of flaky and totally underrated oh and let’s not forget acting without thinking sometimes.
Ed makes this the X-Force we want, add Empath, to be seeing on stands. If only the interiors looked like the back up and honestly that’s the only thing that is keeping me from loving every moment of the story.