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Uncanny X-Force #26 - Everything Right is Wrong Again Review

5

Members of the X-Force are ambushed -- have they finally met their match?

The Good

During the Dark Angel Saga story arc readers grew familiar with exactly who the bad guy in the story was. Not only was it clear to the reader that Warren was the villain, but the reader grew familiar with Warren's decline into Apocalypse -- they watched that evolution happen. In the last two issues of X-Force we've seen the Omega Clan take charge, attacking members of the X-Force team. But who is behind this mess, and why have they hired out so many mercenaries to do their best to destroy X-Force?

The cool thing about this issue is the fact that we're not only seeing the physical brute force attacks against these characters, we're also seeing some serious psychological attacks -- particularly in the case of Psylocke. What she has to deal with in this issue is pretty serious, especially if you've been following the series all along.

Remender tricks us into thinking Psylocke is regretting some of the things she said in the last issue, and I admit he totally got me. Wishful thinking, I suppose. Still, it was great to see her really think about her actions towards the end of the issue and re-evaluate what is right and wrong; and it's definitely taking a toll on her. The characterization of Betsy in this issue is perfect. She's been through hell, and she's been forced to do things she never thought she would do; and now she's dealing with it all. I really love this team. I love their ups and downs, and I love the way each character is written and given their own time to shine in the spotlight -- its fantastic.

Phil Noto shines in this issue, capturing every scene, expression and pose absolutely beautifully. He makes pretty things pretty, and creepy things very, very creepy.

The Bad

Nothing bad to say here. Loved this issue.

The Verdict

If you like doing double takes when you read your comics, you won't be disappointed with this issue as it is full of surprises. It's an edge of your seat, awesome comic that really delves into both the physical and psychological battles these heroes have to face. It's fantastic. The fact that Phil Noto is on this issue only makes the reading experience feel that much sweeter.

22 Comments
Edited by Unknown_Blitz

Epic, completely agree, nothing was bad in this issue. If this arc continues at this level it will give Dark Angel Saga a run for it's money.

New Brotherhood of Evil Mutants? Yes please, loved that Mystique was back.
Posted by Pbott

@Unknown_Blitz said:

Epic, completely agree, nothing was bad in this issue. If this arc continues at this level it will give Dark Angel Saga a run for it's money.

New Brotherhood of Evil Mutants? Yes please, loved that Mystique was back.

ya I agree and with Phil Noto's art

Posted by Turkeysammich

Arrested Development reference was the icing on the cake.

Posted by Johnnyjavavee

@Turkeysammich: Arrested development reference AND Phil Noto's Art? God damnit. Why didn't I buy this one:(!?!?!

Edited by DATNIGGA

fat wolverine was funny Lmao

Posted by Eivion

@DATNIGGA: That wasn't the Proffessor. It was someone else from the New Brotherhood screwing with her mind.

Anyways this was a great issue, the best since the end of the Dark Angel saga if I'm being honest. Love how Remender has all the main team members being attacked from different angles.

Posted by Hareil0079

I like the fact that Psylocke was crying at the end. Why cause it's making me think what was ment by the 'unable to feel sorrow/sadness" unless Betsy is knocked out and stuck in some telepathic attack.

Posted by sparty-dbq

@Turkeysammich said:

Arrested Development reference was the icing on the cake.

That was maybe the greatest single panel in the history of comic books.

Edited by JamDamage

still the best book on the market. Batman is great, no doubt, but it's a good Batman story. X-Force on the other hand is just stilly good, original, and leaves me so happy after each issue. Other then that crap that was the Captain Britain bullshit, this title just keep spitting out 5 star books over and over. It also keeps having me double read the issues once I'm done with them. Secret Avengers was great too. Remender is just the man right now. I hope he stays on this title as long as Claremont did on Uncanny or Bendis on Ultimate Spider-Man. Make it his baby and keep making us readers OH SO HAPPY. This is the X title I've been waiting years for. And for anyone who still doesn't like Fantomex I say this.

Posted by saoakden

I love this series. Its an awesome series to read. The art looks amazing, the stories are interesting. Rick Remender is one of my favorite writers and I'm glad he is writting this series. I hope this story is a good (or better) as the Dark Angel Saga.

Posted by Nudeviking

This was one of the best single issues of a comic I have read in a long, long time. Everything about it was perfect. The last Otherworld arc left me a little worried that maybe the book was loosing some of its awesomeness, but whatever doubts I had have been erased.

Posted by CombatSpoon86

Back to great reading. Issues like this really make me why I love these series. Live up to the Dark Angel Saga (or better)

Posted by longbowhunter

STEVE HOLT! Man, remind me again why Rick Remender isn't writing a Deadpool series? Glad to see Phil Noto back on another issue. I likes his pretty pictures.

Edited by Agiyosi

@JamDamage: W/ ya on the Fantomex love.

Posted by MagmaGazer

I missed the Arrested Development reference. Can someone perhaps point it out to me?

Posted by InnerVenom123

@MagmaGazer said:

I missed the Arrested Development reference. Can someone perhaps point it out to me?

This.

Posted by royale_with_cheese

Did I just see Shadow King?

Edited by Nudeviking

@MagmaGazer said:

I missed the Arrested Development reference. Can someone perhaps point it out to me?

@InnerVenom123: STEVE HOLT!

Posted by MagmaGazer

@Nudeviking: Thank you, haha.

Edited by LordRequiem

I wonder if the clan could combine their essence or something to bring back Omega Red, if he's not lurking in the shadows already.

Edited by jcbart

Agreed that, other than the last arc of The Dark Angel Saga, this is the single best issue of X-Force to date. Having seen Jerome Opena's work on the covers of #25-31, I was feeling annoyed that he wasn't doing the actual art, however Phil Noto blew me away with this issue. He really takes his work to another level, and Dean White REALLY compliments him. I'm still not convinced he can do action shots, but I guess we'll see.

The whole issue I was wondering why Betsy was acting the way she was, then bam! That reveal was fantastic. I also loved what 'Professor X' had to say. He was suitably disgusted, and I couldn't help but draw similarities with that scene and when Psylocke spoke with Captain Britain in The Danger Room back in #6.

Remender has said that Betsy and Logan are the two that completely change after this arc. I can't wait to see what's in store (and if the cover of #31 rings true, hello E.V.A.!)

Posted by rawr

If Phil keeps coming back to Uncanny X-Force, I will have no choice but to keep reading it and I thought his last issue on the series was going to be my swansong excuse to quit. Argh! The art is too good and the new story is good enough.