Best Shots Advance Review: Marvel NOW! UNCANNY X-FORCE #1
Written by Sam Humphries
Art Ron Garney, Danny Miki, and Marte Gracia
Letters by Cory Petit
Published by Marvel Comics
Review by George Marston
'Rama Rating: 7 out of 10
It's almost expected that when you relaunch a title as well-received and well-loved as Rick Remender's Uncanny X-Force, there's going to be a period of adjustment; of the new creators and their audience finding each other, learning the voices of the characters, and figuring out how they all fit together again. Sometimes the differences become strengths, freeing a concept from preconceived notions of what it ought to be, and opening new storytelling avenues. On the other hand, sometimes, the new version lacks any common thread, leaving it feeling somewhat cold, and a little strange.
Once again, all the other pieces are here, from Humphries's typical but well-written characterization, to Garney's detailed, well-composed art. Every part of Uncanny X-Force feels just like an X-Men comic, and that's a little of the problem. It feels too much like X-Men comic. Still, there's plenty to be said for execution, and Humphries and Garney have that end of the equation locked in. They just need to dig a little deeper to find that spark that makes their iteration of Uncanny X-Force as essential as its predecessor, or at least as compelling.
There are a lot of good things about Uncanny X-Force #1. At the very least it's well-crafted, concise, and even entertaining, but it still lacks a certain je ne sais quoi that would set it apart from the host of other mutant-centric titles on the stands, including the other current X-Force ongoing. Decent writing and good art will earn you a lot of credit, though, and it's still early in the game for Uncanny X-Force. It's possible this book simply isn't baring its fangs just yet. But with a legacy like the one this title has, it should probably start sooner instead of later.Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!