GLX gives his take on Uncanny X-Force #29.
Writer - Rick Remender
Artists - Julian Totino Tedesco with John Lucas
Colorist - Dean White
The current arc in Uncanny X-Force entitled "Final Execution" started off a slightly weak note in issue #25 before amping the tension and the quality in issues #26 and #27. Then, issue #28 came out and it did not match the previous two issues before it in quality. Still, the plot was entertaining and the character work was solid. Uncanny X-Force #29 is of similar breed as the issue before it. It may not be as strong as some parts of the current storyline, but it is still worth purchasing.
The centerpiece of the story is Psylocke and her suicide attempt. Rick Remender does a great job of transitioning her from viewing herself at the beginning to another way of viewing herself at the end of the comic. The emotional story beats around this transition are organic, instead of a forced attempt to bring the character to a place that the writer wants them to be. Even though her suicide attempt does not necessarily make the reader wonder if she will survive or not, it works to make the reader feel every bit of pain that she goes through.
What makes the issue fall a little flat is the fact that it is part of a mini-interlude arc within a larger story. Fans who have been reading Uncanny X-Force can sense that the team will eventually make it back to the present day. It is one of the downsides to taking heroes to the future mid-story - the tension is not as strong as it is in the present; however, this issue is still a necessary part of the larger narrative. There is a slight continuity gaff, but it is not significant enough to damage the quality of the comic.
Julian Totino Tedesco handles the bulk of the art and his pencils and inks are solid. His work evokes memories of previous Uncanny X-Force artists such as Rafael Albuquerque and Robbi Rodriguez, yet Tedesco's style is all his own. Normally, Tedesco's art at Marvel is usually painted; however, series staple Dean White provides the colors to the issue and that is not necessarily a bad thing. Tedesco's color palette is brighter, but White's colors maintain a level of visual consistency with previous issues and fit the dark and violent future that the comic takes place in. That is not to say that White is not a suitable colorist for lighter moments. His choice of colors in the interlude of the comic are fitting for the scene.
Uncanny X-Force #29 is a great comic, though not as great as some parts of "Final Extinction". Still, the writing and art are worth the price of admission. Remender and company are building towards a big payoff in the months to come and I will be waiting in anticipation for the next issue.
7.8* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by GLX
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