Review: X-Force #1

X-Force #1

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?

Extermination is over and done and spinning out of it, as shouldn’t be a surprise, is a new X-Force. Except, the new X-Force is a lot like the old X-Force. Yes, this is mostly the OG team that spun out of New Mutants, so rather appropriate this spins out of something as well.

Writer Ed Brisson delivers a first issue that nails the characters with a solid mix of smart-ass humor and intimidation. They’re on a mission and they need to talk to Kid Cable. That means they’ll do whatever it takes to find him, including hurting whomever they need to. And with that there’s some tropes but it’s really entertaining and great to see.

Then, we have Kid Cable’s aspect to all of this and of course there’s more than we’re initially lead to believe. It’s not unexpected and we also know that X-Force and Kid Cable will team up and Kid Cable will clash with Domino (and pretty much everyone). That aspect though is interesting and something that I hope is explored more in this series and elsewhere. It’s kid some nice echoes of past X stories but in today’s world also feels fresh.

All of this is helped by Dylan Burnett‘s art and Jesus Aburtov‘s coloring as the combo delivers a style that reminds me a bit of Umbrella Academy. It also adds to the humor and action with a style that takes it from a rather serious tone to something else. It has a flair about it that gets you to laugh, and Brisson’s writing helps in that department.

But, there’s a second story!

Boom Boom missed out on the main story, so where is she? Brisson gives us a back-up story with art by Juanan Ramírez and color by Brian Reber. It feels a bit like films where two storylines eventually converge and it completely works. It too delivers a solid mix of action and humor though the art style is a bit more traditional and what’s expected. Nothing wrong with that and it fits Boom Boom in a way.

The artwork is a bit unexpected in the main story but this debut issue is solid in every aspect. It has the action, the violence, the humor, and the right attitude. It all comes together in a way that is a welcome return to the classic misfit team from the 90s and me excited to read more of their adventures.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Dylan Burnett, Juanan Ramírez
Color: Jesus Aburtov, Brian Reber Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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