UNCANNY X-FORCE #1 by Humphries & Garney

Posted on 23 January 2013 by Admin

It’s the start of a new Uncanny X-Force but is that a good thing?
Written by Sam Humphries
Art by Ron Garney
Published by Marvel

Synopsis: Psylocke and Storm lead a new team of outcasts and scoundrels to fight what the X-Men fear and hate.

Good: Going into this book I was really worried, as a huge fan of Remender and the love I had for his run on Uncanny X-Fore I knew going into this I would most likely keep comparing it to that. In the end though the new run is off to a good start, I only really know about half of the characters on the team (Storm, Psylocke and Cluster) while I don’t know much about the other members of the team (Puck and Spiral) but I look forward to being introduced to the characters and learning more about them. The story was pretty much just setup in this book which is expected from a first issue book but the nice thing was it doesn’t feel rushed. Psylocke is introduced at the beginning and later goes on this mission with Storm, Cluster is only seen at the end of the book so it looks like Humphries is taking his time bringing these characters as a team which I find is a great idea. Besides a fight between Psylocke and Spiral there wasn’t any real action in the book but the story made up for that. The story is off to a good start and the teams first threat was introduced at the end of the book which added some excitement for the next book. It was also interesting to see what exactly happened between Psylocke and Fantomex that caused them to go their separate ways and I also enjoyed that this series is continuing off of Remender’s run instead of just rebooting completely.

Bad: While I enjoy the art I’m not a fan of how the colouring was done, for example the night club scenes lighting at some points it was pink and sometimes it was blue. I understand that this was based off in actual night clubs that have coloured spot lights but in the book I find that it doesn’t look that appealing. At the beginning of the book when Psylocke and Wolverine are talking the colour of the panels are black and white with some hints of pink, it’s a nice look and I actually wish the whole book was like that because it would add an interesting style to the book. Also the reveal of Bishop wasn’t really needed for this book it would have been better to just save it for the next one in my opinion, just a minor complaint though.

Overall: Uncanny X-Force is off to a good start and makes an alright successor to Remender’s work. The team looks interesting and I look forward to seeing what happens with the story.

Rating: 3.5/5

What were your thoughts of Uncanny X-Force #1? Who is your favourite team member?