Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender Omnibus
- Where do you even begin to start with a run like this? From the moment this series begins, it's clear that the stakes are going to be high. Wolverine has decided to go behind Cyclops' back and continues to use X-Force as a hit squad to put down threats to the mutant race that are too dangerous to be left alive. Uncanny X-Force is a showcase of the ramifications of those actions and the burden that it places upon the shoulders of the men and women who chose to take these precautions for the sake of their friends and loved ones.
Reading this series all over again, even though it only ended a little over a year ago, was quite entertaining. I know that I have been critical of Remender's characterization of certain characters in Uncanny Avengers but his characterization in UXF is absolutely spot on. Even the highly criticized Otherworld arc was brilliant in retrospect, once you get past Tocchini's art.
Speaking of the art, outside of Tocchini's muddy mess, Uncanny X-Force is a gorgeous book to behold. Jerome Opeña, Esad Ribic, Phil Noto, Mike McKone, Mark Brooks, and Billy Tan all go the extra mile to bring Remender's words to life. They really capture the severity of what is happening in each panel, making an already compelling story something that is hard to set down even for a moment.