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Uncanny X-Force #33 - The Father Who Must Be Killed Review

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The latest issue will surely leave you with more questions than answers.

The Good

One of the complaints about the relationship between Daken and Wolverine is that they don't really have one, so if that's something you have ever wanted addressed in a comic book, then look no further. The opening scene and the first few panels in this comic focus on the father/son relationship between these two characters, something I think is very necessary to the plot of the story. When Wolverine wakes up from a dream sequence he faces Daken and the blame-game starts. Would Daken be different if he had had a loving father and mother? If his father had been a bigger part of his life? Will Wolverine ever manage to get through to his only son? It's a touching scene, and part of you might want to side with Wolverine, but it's easy to see how his destructive behavior and his negligence really were a huge contributor to the current events.

This issue is about change in many of the characters. The most significant is probably Deadpool who has suffered and endured a lot, but has seen the light. He's a good guy now and even when death is knocking at his door, he's still fighting for Evan. Essentially, all these characters are still fighting for Evan; they are all fighting for this idea that Evan can be good. That under the proper circumstances he won't become Apocalypse -- or at least that's their hope.

This issue left me with a lot of questions. What exactly, for example, does the suit do? How will it affect Evan? How much power does it have and will it push him to become evil? In a move that was prompted by the fact that Wolverine was so close to death, Evan puts on the suit to save him. It will be interesting to see exactly what happens next.

The Bad

Nothing bad here. If you've been enjoying this arc as much as I have been, you'll be a bit sad to see it go.

The Verdict

This is really one of the best issues of this story arc thus far. Not only does the issue give enough time and focus to each of the characters on the X-Force team, but it also really pushes the story, ending it on a cliff hanger. It's easy to see, through this issue, how each of the characters on the team have evolved. Being a member of X-Force has forced them to undergo a full character development (Deadpool is the best example of this), and it's been an incredible ride. Things are not over yet, however.

The story is brilliant. The pacing is great and things are left sort of open-ended, leaving me really excited about the upcoming issue. What will happen to Evan? Will he turn to the dark side? What are the full capabilities of his suit? How has Farouk changed Psylocke? Will Nightcrawler really turn on his team? There are a lot of questions that need answers and even when this arc ends and Remender moves on, there will still be a lot to be done.

Phil Noto returns to deliver some really stunning art in this issue. I absolutely loved the panels with Daken and Wolverine and felt they were beautifully illustrated. The choice in deep red hues to color the scene also really helped set the tone of the story. In conclusion, this is a fantastic issue and if you've been reading you should definitely pick it up. I do not, however, recommend new readers start here -- go back at least nine issues to get a better understanding of the story.

23 Comments
Posted by SmashBrawler

Yeah, I'm definitely going to miss this series.

Posted by tahmidk

i thought nightcrawler eas dead?

Posted by Billy Batson

@tahmidk said:

i thought nightcrawler eas dead?

It's AoA Nightcrawler.
BB

Posted by Mucklefluga

How many issues are left?

Posted by tahmidk

Oh right, he seens really xool, what other good stories has he been in?

Posted by JamDamage

WOW is this book good. So far every thing I've read this week I've loved, but this is the stand out book as usual. I keep saying it, but this has been the best X title I've read since the Claremont days. I am so pissed it's going, but I have faith in Remenders other titles. I really liked Secret Avengers, and I'm psyched about Uncanny Avengers. Now all we need is Remender to write a Deadpool title. His Deadpool is by far the best.

Posted by Chaos Burn

blob vs AoA nightcrawler is amazing, worth the price just for that scene

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Ohhhh cant wait to read this!!!

Posted by notarandomguy

No, Daken wouldn't be different, not at all, in fact he would be worse, there's been two issues with taking on that story (unrelated of each), one when he grew up with both Logan and his mother,

then she got killed, he got mad and became, well, Daken

the other one is, Wolverine founds out his son was still alive so he took him out of her mom's womb and raised him away from violence but them, well i ain't gonna spoil that one too.

Posted by caughtmau5

Worst Christmas ever... the end of this series :'(

Posted by tximinoman

I guess, and I'm just guessing here, that if the suit's like the one Fantomex gave to Evan (who I guess was based in the Celestial armor the old Apocalypse used to wear) it should amplify his powers a lot. I think they said it back then at the Dark Angel saga, but I'm not sure.

I love this series, a lot, I can't belive it's coming to an end. I know it will continue, but without Remender and without this team it won't ever be the same.

Posted by No_Name_

@tximinoman said:

I love this series, a lot, I can't believe it's coming to an end. I know it will continue, but without Remender and without this team it won't ever be the same.

^^ Definitely have similar sentiments.

Posted by pspin

This issue was great, Nightcrawler vs Blob was inventive and awesome.

Posted by Sleepbutnodream15

This arc and series is amazing. Favorite part in the issue:

Posted by longbowhunter

R.I.P. AoA Blob

Posted by judasnixon

So what? Figure you wanna turn on the Freddie Dukes' Cheese-Doodle Express?

Posted by CombatSpoon86

man the art was great this issue. Nightcrawler vs Blob was my absolute favorite panel. It was epic. Fight of the year candidate right here

Posted by EdwardWindsor

Great stuff as always. It does pose the question does the suit make the man though?. Evan has been constantly pushed towards wearing the suit. Does it boost his power?/help control it?. I hope the last two issues of this series are just as good as this so it can end on a real high.

Posted by zackattack529

I think my favorite part other than AoA Nightcrawler vs Blob, was the scene at the beginning with Wolverine and his son. That was great dialogue and You find yourself agreeing with some things that Daken says but you also know that Daken is a typical son wanting to prove something to his father..just great stuff, great emotion. Remender in his Venom run has done something similar for Flash Thompson, i think its clear Remender is using personal conflicts in his writing and it is sgreat that he is emotionally connected to what he writes...just great stuff. I respect Remender and buy all his stuff! My favorite Marvel writer.

Great issue, great arc and most importantly great series. only 2 more issues to go, sadly

But I do hope that Remender does give Uncanny Avengers and Captain America the same treatment in MarvelNow.

Posted by SolthesunGod

I'm just not feeling this arc at all. I'm not sure if it's Noto's art not feeling like a fit for the series or what exactly it is but I picked this up and I didn't care at all what happened. Maybe it's the focus on Wolverine I'm really gone off that character. I liked the Psylocke show.

Posted by mzultan17

Wait does this happen before or after the most recent issue of Wolverine and the X-men because I'm really confused did Wolverine and the X-men ruin Evans fate since #19 was the beginning of Marvel Now for the book.

Edited by GeraldChee

well at least Remender made a nod to Psylockes 'Focused Totality of My Telepathic Powers'

Posted by director421

Started picking up "Uncanny X-Force" because of your guys raves on the podcast. Great choice! I am loving this book.