Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Uncanny X-Force #16

We're still in the thick of the Dark Angel Saga storyline, and to be honest with you, I'm fine with that. This storyline has been so good I wouldn't mind if it kept going on for six more issues! So without further ado, here's this week's Pick of the Litter.

Uncanny X-Force #16:

Summary: While Archangel is putting the finishing touches on destroying all life on Earth and restarting evolution again with himself and his Dark Riders as gods, Fantomex, Deadpool and Deathlok have managed to infiltrate Archangel's base of operations. Fantomex directs Deathlok to destroy the World so Archangel couldn't use it's powers to carry out his plans, while he took Deadpool to hunt down and deal with Archangel. While that's going on, Famine manages to escape from EVA and heads towards Archangel's stronghold to warn his master of the invaders. The Age of Apocalypse version of the Blob(!!) attacks Deadpool and Fantomex, and we learn he was brought to this dimension by Dark Beast to assist with Archangel's plans. AOA Blob sits on Fantomex and manages to deflect all of Deadpool's bullets. Before AOA Blob can finish off either X-Force member, Famine uses his powers to kill AOA Blob at the behest of Wolverine, who had followed him from EVA. Once Blob is taken care of, Wolverine chops off Famine's hands and boots him off of a rooftop. Meanwhile, Archangel, who is sounding more and more like Apocalypse, collects the captive Psylocke to have her witness the end of the Earth and it's rebirth. Psylocke is still holding out hope that she can reach Warren Worthington, but is soon contacted by Wolverine telepathically and told that Archangel's plans were moving too quickly and that if she had an opportunity to take Warren out, she had to take it. The first Famine, Genocide's mother, arrives at this moment with a gun and threatens to shoot Archangel because of what he'd turned Genocide into. Archangel casually murders her, which finally helps Psylocke realize that she had to stop Archangel. Psylocke lunges for Famine's gun and fire a shot at Archangel, but he dodges and knocks her unconscious. As for Deadpool and Fantomex, they are attacked by AOA Iceman, who has seemingly turned evil. AOA Iceman freezes Deadpool and shatters him into dozens of pieces(!), which leads to Fantomex hopping into EVA and apparently quitting the battle, much to Wolverine's disgust. On the World, Dark Beast is directing Genocide on what to do to wipe the Earth clean, but is confronted by Deathlok, who is immediately stopped by War. Wolverine attacks AOA Iceman, and this issue concludes with Archangel taking Psylocke to his private chambers to bond her with the Death Seed, thus turning her into his personal Death.

Thoughts: Whew. There was A LOT of action here!! I mean seriously, this comic book was the very embodiment of action packed! I've got to say, Rick Remender has been strong writing this series since it began, but he's kicked it up another notch with this storyline. When the Dark Angel Saga began I wasn't sure how I felt about Archangel becoming the new Apocalypse, or all of this business with Life Seeds and Death Seeds and stuff, but damn, it's all come together nicely! Out of all of the $3.99 Marvel titles, this is probably the one I'm most willing to plunk down the extra dollar to read. And quite frankly that's the highest compliment I can give a series. What more can I say except I can't wait to see what Remender has in store for us next issue.

Score: 9 1/2 out of 10.Damn has Archangel become a great villain!


  1. alright ive only been buying comics sense 2007 or 08 but i have read plenty other past books but im proud to say this whole uncanny x-force series has been without a dout one of the best comic series ive ever read!
    this particular issue is one of the few cases where it truly feels hopless for are heroes
    as 1 by 1 they are knocked off the board
    and yet all the humor never feels out of place (UNCLEAN! lol)
    but that scene at the begining with famine escaping Pfantomx's ship and his line "Burn Like my Children Did" is just chilling
    this is truly quality writing :)

  2. oh and just to let u know sense ur not getting new avengers u should probley drop the main avengers book also cus the next saga concerning hammer and osborn have the 2 books directly tieing in to each other i believe
    just warning ya so u dont pick up the next avenger issue and be confused as hell lol

    on an un related item what do u think of writer Greb rucka?
    anything by him u would recomend?
    just curious as im reading the curent punisher book witch he is writing and its supurb

  3. Yeah, I've got to say, Rick Remender is really doing a hell of a job on this series(really on anything he's writing). I honestly didn't expect too much out of this series when it started 16 issues ago, but it's rapidly become one of my favorites, hell, it was my top comic for the week, that says a lot right there!

    Thanks for the heads up Movieartman. I'll probably pick up Avengers anyway, I hate having missing issues in my collection! :D Hopefully the recap page can get me caught up with what's going on. That's really one of the best things about Marvel, that recap page in the beginning of all their books. It really helps out if you missed an issue here or there.

    Hmm, as for Rucka, I know he did some quality Wolverine work during the start of the Wolverine series that was before the current series. I'm sure there's some other stuff that I'm blanking on right now, I'll get back to ya later when I remember more...

  4. Can I recomend you some Good Rucka Stuff Moviertman?

    Personally I did enjoy all this from him.

    Batman No mans Land
    Gotham Central(co wrote with Ed Brubaker)
    The Question Five Books of Blood.
    Final Crisis Revelations
    Batwoman Elegy

    And he also wrote an aclamed Wonder Woman run that I not read already.

  5. many thanks Alien
    batwoman elegys amazing
    ima check that wonder woman series thanks :)