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Uncanny X-Force #31 - Final Execution Review

5

Remender knocks it out of the park once again in the seventh chapter of the "Final Execution" story arc.

The Good

Rick Remender makes it really hard for me to like him, and I think he does this on purpose. He probably thinks to himself, "I'm not just going to kill your favorite Marvel character, Sara, I'm going to pretend to bring him back. Just to pour some salt in the wound." As much as I admit there were moments in this issue that upset me, I can't deny that it wasn't a great issue.

The story opens three hours into the future where Evan appears dressed as Apocalypse, ready to rain down terror. He also says something interesting; implying that the results of the situation could never be altered. That this was inevitable. He becoming Apocalypse was the likely conclusion to this story. But is that necessarily true?

There are a lot of interesting relationships explored in this issue and some very interesting questions raised. I thought it was great to see Remender explore the relationship between Wolverine and Daken, and the question of whether or not he should be treated in the same way that other people are treated. Wolverine's response to Betsy in this scene is crucial and very telling; it will be interesting to see how it affects the relationship between the two characters in the future.

I loved Phil Noto's art in this issue, it's all really beautiful. The scene in the beginning with Sabretooth and Mystique is really well illustrated and the colors are just stunning.

The Bad

Nothing bad here.

The Verdict

If you've been reading this series you will definitely find yourself impressed with the events that take place in this book. It finally feels like things are beginning to come together in a really big way. What will happen to Evan? Will he be able to overcome the situation? Will he be manipulated by the 'Brotherhood'? Also, will X-Force find it in them to kill Evan? I was left with a lot of questions after reading this issue. It's very well organized with beautiful art and ends with a big cliffhanger. I am definitely looking forward to the conclusion. All around fantastic comic that X-Force fans are sure to enjoy.

23 Comments
Posted by cyberchop979

Awesome issue. So sad it's ending. Hopefully Marvel will make a sweet Remender Uncanny X-Force Omnibus.

Posted by randalmeister

@cyberchop979: I would definitely buy that omnibus, although I own all the single issues. I have have been absolutely in love with Uncanny X-Force. Interesting characters in the hands of a great storyteller and brilliant artists!

Posted by DADDY_XERO

I hope Evan doesn't become the new Apocalypse. let the original somehow return and take over skinless (he bores me. lol)

i want Evan to be a hero :)

Edited by theTimeStreamer

loved it. but i hope he doesnt kill someone off again. the count is high enough.

Posted by rley616

could someone please spoiler tag me the death in this?

Posted by CombatSpoon86

This is my kind of issue. No one trusts each other.

Posted by McKlayn

I loved the issue and i hope it ends the series for a reboot, with marvel now coming and Rick leaving the title i would like to see a fresh team since this one has been pretty much decimated during his run. Maybe Cable? Domino back? Wolverine as much as he fits is kind of showing he doesn't belong on a kill squad anymore i could see most of these people being replaced due to lack of want to do the dirty work anymore esp Betsy, so yea fresh blood for a new writer to kill off!!

But can anyone tell me has this one been confirmed a reboot or just keep trucking as is?

Posted by 5ive

I'll pick this issue up tomorrow. I'm hoping the series can hold up under a different writer. We've all invested a lot into this series so I'm hoping for the best

Edited by liquid3601

@rley616: No death, it's just that

Skinless man uses his fleshy tendrils to kind of reanimate Fantomex's corpse to trick Evan into thinking it's his "Uncle Cluster."

Pretty messed up but kinda funny IMO.

Posted by thenexusrebound

I hope Evan becomes a hero. It would be nice to see him prove the brotherhood wrong.

Edited by sparty-dbq

Who were those two on the first page? Seriously, I have no clue.

Posted by Don_Jay

Great issue, again, but one thing still annoys me: Daken. He just made my list of "How the hell is he/she back?". I don't mind resurrections, but I want to know an explanation on the how. I don't really care if it's a cliche or just simply bad, but I want to know it, because otherwise it's just a huge hole in the continuity. By the way so far the list contains (besides Daken) Star-Lord (and how the Guardians got back together), the Nova force (and possibly Rich Rider with it, since he was with Star-Lord when they supposedly died) and Thanos (see Nova above). Too bad Marvel probably won't answer these, at least not anytime soon.

Posted by longbowhunter

Man I really feel for Evan. Kids gotta juggle puberty and potentially being the destroyer of all mankind. This was another great issue. Loved Wade's line at the end of the book.

Posted by SolthesunGod

This was a great issue. I finally felt like this series was back to it's high caliber again. Though in a weird way I'm happy it's ending. The story feels like it's finishing up.

Posted by shrmntnk62

I was mad when I got to the last page because I wanted so desperately to see what happens next. But no, we have to wait to whole weeks. This series should come out every week at the very least.

Posted by Mucklefluga

I love that cover a lot :D

Posted by Billy Batson

LOL'ed at the Fantomex scene.
BB

Posted by stambo42

I could take or leave this artist... I just feel that a lot of the powerful dialogue that got delivered here could have been delivered more dramatically by someone else.

@cyberchop979 said:

Awesome issue. So sad it's ending. Hopefully Marvel will make a sweet Remender Uncanny X-Force Omnibus.

Wait really? Who are they replacing him with? Whoever they are, I don't trust them.

Posted by jcbart

Phenomenal issue. This feels exactly like The Dark Angel Saga again with everything kicking into high gear.

I was VERY apprehensive about Frank Martin taking over colouring duties, but honestly, his work goes better with Noto's lines than Dean White's do, and that's saying something.

The story was perfect. We had wonderful characterisations of everyone, a great conversation between Sabretooth and Daken (anyone else getting a Faith/Mayor Wilkins/Buffy feel with Daken/Sabretooth/Evan?), Mystique's brief thought bubbles showing layers upon layers of deception within the Brotherhood, Remender's acknowledgement that Farouk killed Destiny, Betsy's groin kicking statement to Logan, Fantomex's corpse, and above all, that last page blew the whole issue out of the water.

Everything about this issue was perfect. Roll on #32.

Posted by __transgojobot__

I would love a Rick Remender 'omnibus' for Uncanny X-Force; especially, if I can have one for the Craig Kyle & Chris Yost X-Force run, and have them shelved next to one another.

Posted by Zoch81

I enjoyed this issue a lot and the art was great I laughed with fantomex scene I hope evan doesn't become apocalypse overall looking forward next issue

Posted by InnerVenom123

Amazing issue.

Posted by Joeybagad0nutz

Can writers please take a cue from Rick and write Deadpool more seriously? C'mon man. I finish reading the deadpool story in Daniel Way series and I come here see a completely different deadpool who doesn't have voices in his head ( I still fucking hate that) and....it just the treatmeant of the characters are obviously different.