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Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force #1 - Before the Devil Knows We're Dead Review

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While it may not be the Uncanny X-Force team that we have grown to love these last eleven issues, it can still give you a little bit of that X-Force kick you need.

It's been a little while since we've had an issue of Uncanny X-Force, but don't expect that here with this Fear Itself tie in from Marvel! Here's why.

The Good

It's been a few weeks since we got another issue of Uncanny X-Force, and I must admit, I was beginning to go through some withdrawals! Thankfully, Marvel released their Uncanny X-Force Fear Itself tie-in, but the question remains, does it hold up to the ongoing X-Force series by Rick Remender? Not exactly.

If you have been keeping up with Marvel's Fear Itself story line then you will immediately recognize many of the concepts from that arc in this issue (basically because it's a tie in). The writer for this book does a solid job of structuring the issue in a way that is easy for the Fear Itself readers to understand. He also provides a quick overview of what Uncanny X-Force is and why this separate team has been established. The issue is written in a way that is completely laid out and easy for a Fear Itself or X-Force fan to understand. In addition to the basic overview, we are provided with the basic premise for this three part mini series very early on in the story. Surprisingly, the writer does not muddle the three ongoing stories and manages to relay these concepts in a very clear and concise way. Simone Bianchi's art on this book is also an added bonus; he can just make almost anything look good.

The Bad

While the issue may have been clear in that the concepts and the background to the stories are easy for the reader to grasp, I wasn't entirely blown away by the story in this issue itself. To be honest, it wasn't altogether interesting, and that may be because it felt like I had read the story at some point before. In this issue, X-Force must go toe to toe against the Purifiers, who are (as usual!) holding a mutant captive and threatening to eradicate innocent people. This is a story I feel has been told time and again. When it isn't the Purifiers, it's the Friends of Humanity or the Church of Humanity. It just wasn't that interesting, in my opinion.

The Verdict

I initially went into this issue with some very high expectations, and wound up slightly let down. This is not an X-Force book, it's a Fear Itself tie in which happens to feature the X-Force team. However you may notice that the dynamic of the teammates is very different from what we see in the X-Force books, so don't expect that here. That's not to say that this issue is bad, because it isn't, it's just not what I am used to. It's a solid story that is well organized and well structured.

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Edited by Man of Lengend

to each their own i guess, but  i disagree. That's not to say i don't see  see your points .  
I really enjoyed the issue, and will be picking up all three issues 4/5........ for me

Posted by thechessclub

I'm buying it specifically for the art. It could have no dialogue at all and I'd still buy it=P

Posted by hitechlolife

Remender has such a unique voice, any writer following him is going to be up against it. I agree with your feelings about the purifiers (and similar). It seems like ineffectual shorthand for some of the more classic X-Men tales in that vibe.

Posted by Edgeworth_11

Was that boy in captivity a mutant? i thought it was a  hero but i will check again to see if it was a mutant.

Posted by B'Town

I haven't been altogether hip on this book for awhile. I have to say though I Love this cover.

Posted by MrSeaman70

Does Psylocke have what it takes to make out with every single member of Uncanny X-force before the series' finale ?  :P
Posted by sparty-dbq

What I want to know is when does this book take place in relation to Wolverine and Deadpool's own individual tie-ins?  I mean, I know we hear enough already about how Wolverine can have so many coals in the fire already (is that the expression?  I'm totally blanking), but this is ridiculous.

Posted by keith71_98

I really felt this issue fell short mainly for the reasons Babs listed as "Bad". I really wasn't that interested in the story or the art. It doesn't really tie-in to Fear Itself and overall feels pointless.
Posted by Omertalvendetta
@sparty-dbq: My questions exactly... these guys are able to be in multiple places at one.  It either makes one series pointless or the other two.  Who knows?
Posted by AgeofHurricane

I enjoyed this issue too, it wasn't the usual UXF that i've grown to like but it caught my attention and im really impressed by the writer