GLX reviews X-Force #116 and two issues of Uncanny X-Men!
Uncanny X-Men #386 (2000)
The X-Men go down to New Orleans to party, but a stranded crew trapped in a hurricane puts the X-Men back into action. Chris Claremont's script is stale. The plot, the dialogue and the narration fail to entertain; to be perfectly honestly, it makes the comic a chore to read. Tom Derenick and Norm Rapmund's art fares better, but it's just average work. The bright spot of the entire comic is Richard Isanove's colors, which give the art a much needed boost.
4* out of 10*
Uncanny X-Men #422 (2003)
Alpha Flight attacks the X-Men....over kids? Perhaps I've built up a tolerance to Chuck Austen's writing, but I'm not as dreadfully offended as I'd be if I read this without touching a Chuck Austen in recent memory. Paige and Angel's relationship is sappy and nothing about it feels natural. Stacy X's video and Angel's response was...well...off. I also have a hard time seeing Alpha Flight as child snatchers, even if they have legal backup. They're showing at your schools. They're looking your kids up; trying to snatch them. Ron Garney, Mark Morales and JD Smith have slightly improved their artistic work since the last issue. That doesn't mean that it's pleasant to the eyes.
2.5* out of 10*
X-Force #116 (2001)
In 2001, Peter Milligan and Michael Allred introduced readers to X-Force. Unlike previous versions of the team, this version of X-Force featured its members as celebrities. X-Force #116 was their first issue and it's quite entertaining. Milligan's writing has a nice edge to it, while Allred's line work and his wife's colors dazzle the eyes. It's interesting that Allred is on this comic because of his retro art style. Still, it's worth a look.
7.8* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX
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