GLX reviews Uncanny X-Force #8.
Writer - Rick Remender
Artist - Billy Tan
Colorist - Dean White
Uncanny X-Force has been one of my favorite comics on the stands. Its blend of great character work with superb action have made it a must read. With issue #8, Rick Remender pits the group against the Shadow King.
Most of the issue is focus around Psylocke and Archangel's relationship. For those that haven't been reading the series, Psylocke is trying to help Archangel deal with the darker elements of his soul. It's an interesting dynamic and one that Remender hints will not end well. Speaking of Archangel, Remender gives him a great exchange with Fantomex. It gives the comic a humorous moment that lightens up a very dark comic. Even though that this is a done-in-one tale, Remender does a great job of giving Shadow King a sense of menace. Shadow King's actions and personality really give the comic a sense of danger and uncertainty. If there is only one thing to criticize about Remender's writing, it's Shadow King's logic for taking over the military base. Sure, Psylocke would've likely shown up; but the chance of her appearing at the base was not guaranteed.
Billy Tan's line work is lacking in parts. While it looks fine in some scenes, his depictions of the characters can be a little off. Thankfully, Dean White handles the colors. Outside of doing a great job of choosing colors that match the mood, he makes Tan's work pop out. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that he's the best match for Tan's work that I've seen yet. There's no question that this issue's art would be worse without White's presence.
For those that aren't able to pick up Uncanny X-Force #5.1, Uncanny X-Force #8 is a good place to start for new readers. It delivers plenty of action with great character moments. It's worth your time and money to see why this is one of the best comics on the stands.
8* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX