Review: X-Force #8

X-Force #8

In X-Force #8, the team heads to the future! What type of future is it?

There’s a lot I’ve liked about writer Ed Brisson‘s run on X-Force. X-Force #8 features the expected fun interaction of the team and action you’d want. But, the art hurts Brisson’s rollercoaster ride.

The team gets to the future and with time travel being the focus, the fun confusion you’d expect is all present. It’s all the set up for a battle between X-Force and the Mutant Liberation Army which is pretty solid as far as action. There’s also the suffering of Kid Cable and his out of control techno-virus. That too is revisited a bit with some interesting results that has me wanting to see where it goes.

All of that would be great and fun but inconsistent art drags it down.

Dylan Burnett handles the art with Jesus Aburtov on colors and Cory Petit lettering. Normally, I’ve enjoyed the art on the series. It’s different with a Samurai Jack feel about it. That style made the comic stand out in a good way. But, this issue, things go off the rails a bit and now the art stands out… but in a not so good way. I have no idea where the blame lies but there’s some serious issues with lines and inking.

The first few pages with Aliya and Kid Cable have Aliya looking like she’s cell shaded. The thick black lines are a distraction as the style is so different than the rest of the comic. Look at the detail of Kid Cable’s virus for example. The thin lines versus Aliya’s thick in panels next to each other create an early distraction. That carries over for the rest of the comic where that difference isn’t as present.

While the issue is just one piece of the puzzle, it’s an issue that stands out for the inconsistent art. Thankfully Brisson continues to deliver the action and fun dialogue, a nice distraction that has me coming back for the next issue.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Dylan Burnett
Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

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