Let’s get to the meat of this, shall we? Who do you figure has been blacked out in this NEW X-FORCE promo image to the right? Who’ll be a member of this new incarnation of the team? My first guess is Nightcrawler, fitting in to the silhouette to the bottom left. He’s got a sword sheathed on his back, a tail curling out from around his derrière and… what looks like an exceptionally-long cast on his right hand? Well, two out of three clues still support a theory, unless Mr. Wagner broken his arm recently and went to the same kind of goofy doctor who will give you a balloon appendix if you come in with an appendicitis.
My next guess is Magik, standing right next to Wolverine. The build might not be apparent, here, but the sword and shield are big clues. Plus, Illyana’s always been characterized as being rather ruthless, anyway, right? The kind of girl who’d have no problem using the old lethal (X) force. I have no guess for the caped individual to the other side of Wolverine, but I’ll hazard a guess that the person at the top is either Banshee or Siryn, given the manta-ray-esque split cape. Do you figure I’m totally off-base here, oh blotted-out Comic Vine community? Who do YOU figure is actually part of the line-up?
The image to the right is a promo for NEW X-FORCE, which will written by Rick Remender and drawn by Jerome Opena. This was one of Marvel’s many announcements out of C2E2. The premise of this new series is that Wolverine, in between his participation in the Avengers and the X-Men proper, will be leading some hatchet men to kill Apocalypse. Seems like ol’ En Sabah Nur is getting reincarnated and these forceful individuals might have to snuff him out as an infant! Expect moral quandaries amidst the bloodlust - - although, I’ll always think of these guys as “Inferiorego’s Pals” after those X-Force cosplayers recognized him at C2E2.