X-Force #1 (Marvel Comics)
While the X-Force has gone through many different rosters, their goal as a team has been relatively the same: protect mutants without the general public knowing of their existence. They’ve been under the command of everyone from Cable, to Psylocke, to Cyclops, but with Ed Brisson and Dylan Burnett’s X-Force #1, the original roster reunites to seek out one of their own: the younger version of Cable!
Picking up after the events of Extermination, X-Force finds Domino, Warpath, Shatterstar, Cannonball, and Boom Boom hunting the mysterious younger version of their former leader. Since they still don’t know where this version of Cable came from, and more specifically, why he’s working with anti-mutant terrorists, the team has a vested interest in tracking him down. But when they find him, they end up wrapped up in his schemes, and find themselves wanted just like Cable is.
Much like his current Uncanny X-Men run with Matthew Rosenberg and Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson’s strength with this script lies in his “back to basics” approach to the X-Force. There’s no crazy alternate reality, out-there premise, or weird villains, it’s just a team of mutants trying to prevent anti-mutant villains before they strike. Brisson keeps the plot moving and action intense, giving this issue an almost spy-movie like feel. It’s a solid writing debut that hints at some cool things to come for the book.
Things don’t work quite as well on the art side of things, with Dylan Burnett’s style being a little too all over the place for my tastes. At times Burnett’s style reminds me a lot of Gabriel Ba’s Umbrella Academy, but there were more times where his art just looked rushed and sloppy. It’s honestly a real shame, because aside from the art, X-Force is really cool.
Even though the art was pretty lackluster, I’m still going to keep checking out X-Force. Ed Brisson has proven himself to be a very reliable creator for Marvel, and he’s got a knack for writing these kind of extreme, violent characters. If the art improves, Marvel could have an X-Force book that sells as well as the series that started it all.