Uncanny X-Force #10 (Marvel)


Rating: 3.5/5 – Humphries uncanny choice of characters for this X-Force team works

Uncanny X-Force has put together a team of mutants that you wouldn’t think can hold a series on their own, but for the most part they’ve done so.  Issue 10 of Uncanny X-Force, although not as strong as the previous storyline before it, is still an entertaining issue that that kicks off a new multi-part story.

Storm, Psylocke and Puck are trying to help their teammate Bishop who’s mind has been psychicly damaged by enemies from the future called Revenants.  Revenants according to Bishop, are psychic demons who are our spectral twins from the moment we’re born.  They desire to cross over into our world, and up until now they’ve struggled to do so.  Now their leader and new villain the Owl Queen is able make that crossover happen, bringing over plenty of revenants to give the X-Force team trouble.  Throughout this issue we see a drawn out fight between X-Force and the Revenants, and a full page spread for each X-character where the Owl Queen tries to psychicly prey on their weakness.

Writer Sam Humphries is making this series work with the group of characters he’s chosen.  Bishop for the past few years has been a fractured character.  Other writers have made him obsessive in his mission to save mutant kind, and he’s become somewhat unlikeable because of it.  His persistent search and trying to kill mutant savior Hope, and his shooting of Professor X are just a couple examples over the past few years of how this character has fallen.   Im hoping that Humphries will restore Bishop, and his personality so he can get back to being the strong character he used to be.  Although not seen too much in this issue, Humphries has made Puck relevant for the first time in years, so he’s proven he can do it.

The art in this issue is done by Ramon Pérez.  He has a loose style to his art and if you’re a fan of the art that’s come before on this series, well, this is different.  I can’t say that I’m a fan of his stye, but he’s able to tell a clear story.  And I think with a majority of the story being told on the psychic plane, I can see why his style would be a good choice.

I’m looking forward to the next issue as Humphries is proving to have a good grasp on these characters.  And here’s hoping that he’ll be able to make Bishop a character I want to read about again.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas – shawn@comicspectrum.com
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