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Preview: X-Force #10

X-Force #10

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Dylan Burnett (CA) Valerio Schiti
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jul 17, 2019
SRP: $3.99

With Rachel Summers under his control, Stryfe and his Mutant Liberation Front finally have the power to secure their futures – at the cost of everyone else’s. Will Cable and his X-Force be able to stop them, or will the time stream be forever altered? Find out in this final showdown!

X-Force #10

Super-Articulate: MVMP (Most Valuable Missing Person)

Today I’m digging back into my ongoing theme of team completion, but with a bit of a twist. We’re going to try to narrow it down to the ONE most valuable missing component from pre-existing Marvel Legends teams. Granted, it’s going to be a little tougher with X-Force, but play along.

Annihilators: Sure, they may be a bit more obscure than other Marvel teams, but the Annihilators had two big mini-series after Annihilation: Conquest. Additionally, team member Beta Ray Bill gets a new figure in the forthcoming second Avengers: Endgame wave, and both he and Quasar are rumored to appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The core line-up consists of Quasar, Beta Ray Bill, Ronan, Silver Surfer, Gladiator, Cosmo, and Ikon the Spaceknight. As you can tell from the photo, most of that group is represented. And while I’d love to get Cosmo in ML scale, we’re going to vote that Quasar is our MVMP. He also checks a box for a MVMP candidate in terms of ‘80s Avengers, but I’d actually give that award to Monica Rambeau Captain Marvel in her original outfit.

Guardians of the Galaxy: On a related note, if you consider the comic GOTG, we’re actually missing A LOT of characters. There’s most of the original team. There’s the aforementioned Cosmo. But there’s also Bug, a comic-accurate Mantis, Phyla-Vell, Moondragon, and Jack Flag from the DnA (and current) era. If we split it between classic and current, I’d say that a classic Yondu is the obvious choice (and easy, you’d think, considering they did a 3.75” version). For the current, I’m going with Phyla-Vell, despite the fact that I do indeed want the rest. (Frankly, I’d like a classic Mantis and Moondragon as well for the Avengers shelves).

Avengers: I’m only going with one here, and it’s a familiar one. Swordsman remains the only Avenger that joined in the ‘60s that hasn’t gotten a figure. He needs to happen.

For ‘70s members, there’s the aforementioned Mantis and Moondragon, but I’m going to go ahead and shout out Two-Gun Kid because a) it’s weird, and b) there aren’t any Marvel Legends cowboys.

I already mentioned my ‘80s pick, but there’s still a lack of Doctor Druid and Starfox to contend with. I feel like Starfox will get some love when The Eternals film hits, as will Sersi.

X-Force: X-Force has gotten its roster bolstered with some seriousness in the last year or two, and we still have Boom-Boom this summer. The first big absence I’d note is Feral, as she’s the last member of the original seven to not have a figure. Of course, that team will never be finished without Siryn, Rictor, and Sunspot, but Feral rounds out the originals.

X-Men: Fine. I’m breaking my own rule. Thunderbird and Mimic. Mimic and Thunderbird. Let’s see ‘em.

Masters of Evil: Look at that empty space longing for Melter. He was on the original team and Ultron’s “Crimson Cowl” line-up. He’s a classic Marvel villain, and he should get some Legends love.

What have you got, kids? Who are your missing MVMPs?

Review: X-Force #9

X-Force #9

X-Force is in a tough place attempted to fight Stryfe’s forces and also rescue Kid Cable! X-Force #9 delivers the penultimate chapter in Ed Brisson epic X-storyline.

Brisson has been weaving a solid follow up to his Extermination storyline taking us further into the world of Kid Cable as well as the fate of Rachel Summers. For longtime readers of the X-Universe, the jump to the future has been fun giving us a further glimpse as to what’s to come.

Brisson brings the humor in X-Force #9. It’s been a highlight of his run as he mixes violence with laughs. From Boom Boom punching a frozen enemy to Shatterstar trying not to kill anyone, there’s enough to enjoy the action. It’ll all put a smile on one’s face. Humor really seems to be Brisson’s focus with this series. Every character has their moment to deliver something that’ll get you to laugh. It’s a throwback in many ways to action films of the 80s with their quips to make it all a bit more “cool.”

The art in the issue improves with just one artist focused on the action. Dylan Burnett is joined by Jesus Aburtov on color and Cory Petit on lettering. The result is a more consistent look to the comic removing a problem present from the previous issue. The art still has its very stylized look which some might not like. But, the style adds to the humor of the series delivering over the top action.

X-Force #9 delivers as it not only has Domino and her team taking the fight to Stryfe but also Rachel stepping up in a major way. The end of the issue should have X-fans excited to see what comes next and where Brisson is taking his contribution to X-Men history.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Dylan Burnett
Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

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Review: X-Force Vol. 1 Sins of the Past

Kid Cable is out there and X-Force wants answers. Domino, Cannonball, Shatterstar, Boom-Boom, and Warpath are on his trail to get them. Then there’ Deathlok too!?

X-Force Vol. 1 Sins of the Past collects issues #1-5.

Story: Ed Brisson
Art: Dylan Burnett, Juanan Ramírez, Damian Couceiro
Color: Jesus Aburtov, Brian Reber
Letterer: Cory Petit

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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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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Drawing Blood

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

The Avant-Guards #5 (BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box) – This series has been fantastic and a lot of fun following an upstart college basketball team. You get a new issue and the first trade out this week!

Bone Parish #9 (BOOM! Studios) – A mix of horror and crime, this is a comic that’s delivered with every issue. The concept of a drug made from the ground up dead plus the crime family aspect is such an amazing mix.

Clue: Candlestick #1 (IDW Publishing) – We’re board game fans, so this makes the list because we’re intrigued as to what it is.

Drawing Blood: Spilled Ink #1 (Kevin Eastman Studios) – One of two releases from Kevin Eastman this week. This is his return to indie comics and this release is a look at the turbulent life and times of a once-successfull cartoonist…. Hmmmm. Eastman co-created this with David Avallone.

The Flash #71 (DC Comics) – “Year One” continues!

The Goon #2

The Goon #2 (Albatross Funnybooks) – Eric Powell’s The Goon is always fun with a mix of horror and a Popeye vibe. Love it!

Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls (Kevin Eastman Studios) – The other Eastman comic out this week. This one is the story-within-the-story about three crime-fighting mutant cats that launched a franchise. Sound familiar?

Road of Bones #1 (IDW Publishing) – A Russian prisoner must escape a gulag and survive in a frozen tundra with the help of his childhood fantasy story. It sounds really interesting to us.

Wage Slaves (Conundrum Press) – Daria Bogdanska’s autobiographical story about attempting to build a life in Malmö and a battle that leads to fairer work practices for people in her community.

X-Force #8 (Marvel) – A fun throwback to some classic X-Force that picks up the loose threads from recent X-events. Stryfe is back… nuff said.

Review: X-Force #7

X-Force #7

Stryfe comes face-to-face with Kid Cable!

Kid Cable has been captured by Stryfe and is back in the future where he’s being tortured to reveal the location of his clan. In the present, X-Force fumbles to build a time machine to go get Kid Cable.

X-Force #7 by writer Ed Brisson is an interesting one as very little happens and a lot happens as well. When it comes to the X-Force team, we get to see their personalities come out a bit more as they wait for their next move. In the future, we see Kid Cable tortured and his virus unleashed, Stryfe being his usual inferiority complex, and also the issue of Rachel Summers is dealt with as well. The issue sets up a lot but it also feels like it’s drawn out and rather slow. As a piece of the bigger story it’s important but on its own, it doesn’t really stand.

The art by Dylan Burnett and Damian Couceiro, with color by Jesus Aburtov and letterer Joe Caramagna continues the unique style of the series. There’s a cartoon element to it that works with X-Force. The future scenes with Kid Cable being consumed by his virus is a bit more mixed, especially the depiction of Cable who at times lacks detail enough to make it stand out.

The issue is a piece of the puzzle that readers of the series will enjoy but it’s absolutely not a place to start. This is an issue that can be skipped if need be but has enough to make it worth the read for fans of the series.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Dylan Burnett, Damian Couceiro
Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.70 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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