Monday, June 11, 2012

Back-Issue Review: Uncanny X-Force #5.1

The fact that I’m so into comics should tell you that I have a hard time letting go of my childhood. When a comic features favorite villains FROM that childhood? Well, that’s when I get very happy about my four-color hobby.

Uncanny X-Force #5.1 is a free giveaway on the Marvel App. I’ve had it for awhile now, but finally cracked it open. Yee haw! My first Comic was Uncanny X-Men #205 featuring Lady Deathstrike and Cole, Macon, and Reese from the Hellfire Club. Rick Remender must have a soft spot for the same characters, because this issue is all about the Reavers, the cybernetic gang of baddies from the late 80’s early 90’s (a gang that features the four characters listed above).

It’s interesting watching the X-Force team interact during this issue. Wolverine and Psylocke (the British version) were core X-Men at the time, but Angel was busy over in X-Factor, so he doesn’t have quite the history that his teammates do. Fantomex and Deadpool don’t really need the history, neither gets a ton to do other than show up and look cool for a few seconds. Very quickly the story breaks down to Wolverine vs. Deathstrike and Angel and Psylocke vs. the Reavers. The Hellfire commandos factor in later, but they don’t seem to offer much of a challenge by themselves.

This is a hell of a fight between Wolvie and Lady Deathstrike. Her vicious plan is in character, but she seems to take a lot of pleasure in the straight-up gutting she brings to Wolverine. Remender even keeps her alive at the close of the issue; too much potential in her to take her off the board like the does the other Reavers. Of course, they are robots and cyborgs, so I’m not too worried about them being gone forever either.

Rafael Albuquerque is a DC talent, so I’m not used to seeing him draw Marvel characters. He does a nice job with the exaggerated features on Lady Deathstrike especially. (It probably helps that she looks so much like a vampire from American Vampire.) He does a nice job taking the original designs by Barry Windsor-Smith and Marc Silvestri and letting them stand, but putting his own blocky spin on them.

This is a fantastic value as a free comic. Heck, I would have paid for it!


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