Comic review: Uncanny X-Force #5

Uncanny X-Force #5


Uncanny X-Force is my favorite X-Men series. It has been consistently great, and the last arc ended on such a high that I wasn’t sure how the next could follow. But that Remender charm has worked, yet again, and here we have another gem. Even with the loss of Jerome Opena’s wonderful artwork, issue 5 is as good as (if not better than) issue 1 which set up the very first arc.

To begin with I’ll give you a little overview of what we know on this arc so far, spoiler-free, naturally. After the events of Issue 4 (which I will not spoil), the X-Force members are taking it easy. Fantomex is visiting the world in which he was created in, but finds that evolution has taken a drastic change on the landscape and things are not as they should be. Meanwhile, the rest of the team are arguing over the catastrophic evens which took place during issue 4, which are so severe that we see Deadpool with a conscience! After returning from his world, Fantomex visits his mother in the French Alps but an assassination attempt takes place, by some familiar faces, as the cover suggests.

First of all, the way that Rick Remender makes you believe in everything that is going on is unbelievable, there is really no doubt in any of the reasoning he uses to tell the story. In fact, some of the things are so well done that you can’t help but smile. My absolute favourite scene in the comic is where Fantomex ‘returns’ from his home world, it is only four panels on one page but it is so well written that, again, you can’t help but smile. Also, the sudden change in tone from that afore mentioned scene to the one where we see Deadpool’s conscience is fantastic. It works so well, and I think that Rubic’s artwork has something to do with that too. The initial panel, moving into the room and then to the faces of the characters is done so awesomely! It is extremely cinematographic, like watching a movie. That style is continued throughout the comic, which is a great thing.

While we have lost Jerome Opena, whom I adore, Esad Ribic’s wonderful art still works great. It has a solid feel, but somehow retains the movement required to draw sequential art. The colours too need to be praised, as Matt Wilson manages to give the artwork depth, but keep it on the page. If that makes sense… It should.

Not enough praise can be given to this wonderful issue, and the whole series for that matter. The storytelling is great as is the artwork. If you haven’t been reading this series so far, then I believe that the Volume 1 trade was published a couple of weeks ago so you should be able to find it. I urge you to – the first volume was groundbreaking, and I after reading issue 5, I’m sure the next volume will follow suit.


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