Twenty-five years ago today, Marvel Comics debuted a new mutant title called X-Force. The first issue, by the team of Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza, sold an incredible five million copies, making it (for a short time) the highest-selling comic book of all-time.
X-Force #1 was a huge moment in my comic book buying life. It was my first X-Men related #1 issue, it featured the mysterious Cable, and it was drawn by one of the hottest talents in the business, Rob Liefeld. What can I say? there’s just something about his artwork I enjoyed then and still enjoy now.
I loved everything about the first issue of X-Force. From the polybag with one of several trading cards, to their mission in Antarctica, to the mini tour of their mountain headquarters. I even liked their jet that looked like a giant hotdog. X-Force #1 had everything a first issue comic should have, but what I didn’t know at the time was that X-Force would change my life forever.
Roughly a month after the release of X-Force #1, I entered the 7th grade. I wasn’t looking forward to school that year. Our town had closed and merged several schools, and I really wasn’t looking forward to sharing the school with new people.
On the first day of school that year, I met Laneit, but we weren’t friends right away. That all changed the day we both brought in copies of X-Force #1 and #2. Laneit was the first person I met who also like comics, and from that day on we talked and talked about what other comics we read.
Laneit and I have been friends ever since and we’ve seen each other through a lot of stuff. Thing is, we may have never become friends were it nor for X-Force #1. So I guess we should thank Rob Liefeld or at least send him a fruit basket or something.