Written by: Ed Brisson
Art by: Dylan Burnett, Juanan Ramírez
Colors by: Jesus Aburtov/Brian Reber
Lettered by: VC’s Cory Petit
Edited by: Darren Shan
Published by: Marvel Comics
What it’s about…
FROM THE ASHES OF EXTERMINATION! Cable is dead…and now, the original X-Force team of Domino, Cannonball, Shatterstar, Boom Boom and Warpath. must hunt down the murderer of their former leader! The mutant militia are hot for blood…but when their target is the time-traveling younger version of their fallen mentor, is there a line they absolutely cannot cross? And what does Deathlok have to do with all of it?
From Ed Brisson (EXTERMINATION, OLD MAN LOGAN) and Dylan Burnett (COSMIC GHOST RIDER), comes an all-new, high-octane mutant adventure! A reckoning will come!
What I thought about it…
After the events of Extermination, original X-Force members, Domino, Cannonball, Shatterstar, Boom Boom and Warpath. must hunt down the murderer of their former leader Cable. Which just happens to be a younger version of Cable. So if X-Force kills mini Cable, wouldn’t they also kill the Cable they knew and loved since the New Mutants days?
But hey, this is the same Marvel Comics that had Spider-Man make a deal with the devil, so logic doesn’t belong here.
All joking aside though, writer Ed Brisson nails the X-Force characters with a solid mix of smart-ass humor, action, and intimidation. It shows that Brisson knows these characters well, from their power set to their personalities. I particularly enjoyed seeing Domino playing the role of leader in this issue. The team respects her, and they follow her orders, even the ones she doesn’t make out loud. Read the issue, you’ll understand what I mean.
Maybe the one thing I’m not completely sold on yet is Kid Cable. Using younger versions of characters hasn’t always worked in comics, and sure, having him as a villain right now is somewhat interesting. But we all know that X-Force and Kid Cable will team up sooner rather than later. One good thing that might come out of this, might bee if Kid Cable clashes with Domino over leadership of X-Force. Heck, it might be interesting to see how Domino interacts with a younger version of her ex.
So far I’m liking with the story Ed Brisson is telling. These are the character I loved in my younger days, just a little more seasoned. I like that, and it’s important to me that these feel like the same people I read about nearly twenty years ago. I also like that Brisson is adding political intrigue to the story by having the setting in another country. This type of thing always seems right for a team like X-Force.
The only I didn’t like in X-Force #1 was Dylan Burnett‘s art. I liked his work in Cosmic Ghost Rider, but here, his art doesn’t really match the tone of the story being told by Ed Brisson. Burnett’s art is cartoonish, a bit like Humberto Ramos. That style is fine in the right book. But X-Force right now is a revenge and political story, and the art does not match with that type of story.
Boom Boom missed out on the main story, so where is she during the events of X-Force #1? Well. Ed Brisson has you covered with a short back-up story with art by Juanan Ramírez and color by Brian Reber.
It turns out Boom Boom overslept, but what happens to her later that day actually matters to the mains story in the first issue. And it helps that the art by Juanan Ramirez is more the style of what I like. But after reading X-Force #1 I still have a question: Where the hell is Feral?!
X-Force #1 score: B-