With a new ally Deathloked and loaded, can Fantomex and the Uncanny X-Force save the world from a future threat...again? Plus, is Apocalypse Marvel's 2pac?
Credits & Solicit Info:
Uncanny X-Force #6 - "Deathlok Nation: Chapter Two"
Writer: Rick Remender
Pencils and Cover: Esad Ribic
Publisher: Marvel - If you did not know that, stop reading comics now.
Official Marvel.com Summary: "Buried deep, sequestered under a million years of unnatural evolution, Father, architect of The World, has a solution to the relentless and fruitless super human conflict that has left the Earth teetering on the brink of destruction. The Deathlok virus will spread, acclimate and control them all. In order to protect Earth‚ heroes from the Deathlok virus, X-Force must kill The World‚ Father, and his perfect future with him. But should they? How many people would a hero allow to die to ensure worldwide utopia?"
22 Pages: Not counting ads, of course
There are some comic book characters that can hold down their own ongoing title. Deathlok is not one of them. But that's ok. It is not a bad thing or even a knock on the Lok. He just seems to be better fit in a supporting role...like Cuba Gooding Jr. in Jerry McGuire as apposed to CGJr. in Boat Trip. That was more of a Clint Eastwood role.
Some Spoilers Ahead!
Rick Remender does well to put together a follow-up to the "Ages" arc that includes a great underappreciated character, such as Deathlok. Deathlok comes into play, in Uncanny X-Force #6, as a left-over unit from a possible future. He senses other Deathlok units from another possible future and believes that they are up to no-good. The alternate Deathlok units are comprised of superheroes who in the future are hunted, killed, and then reanimated as super-cop Deathlok units, which the government sanctions.
The alternate Deathloks have been sent back in time to protect their possible future by obtaining a weapon known as the World. Appearantly, after Fantomex killed the child Apocolypse in Uncanny X-Force #4 it caused a disturbance in the time stream sending Deathloks and their controler into phone-booth time machines, on an excellent adventure, to fix the glitch.
Besides having some action entertainment, Uncanny X-Force #6 starts to get heady when Wolverine asks why Fantomex doesn't destroy a weapon that may one day cause massive amounts of destruction. Fantomex responds by saying, "One does not destroy a tool for its potential misuse." This is key to remember since that is exactly what Fantomex did when he killed the child Apocalypse. Apoc could have been used as a tool if only he was guided on a path of good, yet Fantomex still took him out because of his "potential misuse." Or did he?
Is Apoc really dead?
As if he's still creating music of destruction from the grave, according to a future Deathlok unit, Apoc is disrupting the future. Do you want to know what I think is happening and has happened? I'll take your silence as a "Yes."
Fantomex did not really kill Apoc! He Fantomexed his teams minds making them think he shot Apoc. Fantomex doesn't speak much (if at all) about what happened and his thoughts in Uncanny X-Force #6 seem to run counter to his previous actions. Plus, would a dying half-Captain America half-Deathlok robot lie?
Some readers thought the "killing Hitler as a child" type of story was played-out, but in Uncanny X-Force #6 Remender totally owns the comic snobs by getting all M. Night on them. What a twist! And to be fair to Remender, even if Apoc is dead, the comparison between Apoc and Hitler is a great way to reestablish how horribly evil Apoc could be and has been.
Remender's story is turning into another exciting arc which brings familiar Marvel elements and scenarios together to create an original X adventure. Uncanny X-Force #6 is the issue in his run where he lets readers pop-open his glove-box and look at the map which leads to his destination: the Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota.
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Review by: Dom Gazzuolo