Guess who's Back?
As a huge Craig Kyle and Chris Yost fan I didn't think that X-Force could survive without them at the helm. Heck I'm still not sure X-23 can survive without them at the helm of her character. But I was glad to be pleasently surprised by Rick Remender and the art of Jerome Opena.
Uncanny X-Force reminds me of a simpler time when Chris Claremont took over a book called "X-Men" and made it "Uncanny." All of the elements are here, good writing, a good mix of characters, great art and a single villain. For Claremont that eventually became the Dark Phonenix; for Remender it's Apocalypse. As a huge fan of Apocalypse I can't say I consider that a bad thing.
Okay the bad, I try to point out the bad always. Um.... Deadpool is overexposed at this point, he doesn't need another book but the fans (me included) have wanted him as a regular since Messiah War. I will miss X-23, Domino, Vanisher and Elixer but I understand why Wolverine would cut them. Well actually no, I do not get why Domino was cut but I'll live it like how I never got why Hepzibah was left off the Wolverine lead team in the first place so what do I know..
The story itself has an interesting Love-Triangle between Phantomex (a character I almost universally hate,) Psylocke, and Angel/Archangel. It will be intersting if Psylocke stays loyal, considering she already left Angel for the ultra-lame Thunderbird in the X-Treme X-Men series. Phantomex in retrospect has been becoming an interesting character after Grant Morrison left New X-Men; and has now been struggling with his identity. His obsesssion with being Fantomas and the main character from Diabolic (thank you MST3K) is finally getting to him as he wants to know if there is real personality behind the programming.
Overall, I'll miss the first person narration. Yost and Kyle loved to put things in the perspective of one character as far as X-Force goes but I do beleive that the franchise switched to the right hands.
Besides Holocaust may be returning.... that's good enough for me.