GLX gives his take on Uncanny X-Force #12.
Writer - Rick Remender
Penciller - Mark Brooks
Inkers - Mark Brooks and Andrew Currie
Colorists - Dean White and Richard Isanove
Since this comic made its debut, Uncanny X-Force has been one of my favorites on the stands. The latest chapter in The Dark Angel Saga has its problems, but it finishes strong.
Rick Remender spends a lot of time focusing on the relationship between the Logan that readers are familiar with and the Age of Apocalypse's Jean Grey. If this incarnation of Jean Grey were to move over to the Marvel universe that fans are accustomed to, then the interactions between the two could be something worth reading. Not only would it affect Wolverine's current relationship, but also the X-Men at large; however, while Remender's handling of the two is believable, it just didn't grab my interest. Psylocke and Fantomex's relationship does show promise. It's a battle between the two's passion and the responsibilty that Psylocke feels towards Archangel.
With that being said, the villains make the comic. I can see some writers playing it safe by using familiar names to round out our heroes' foes. Instead, Remender peppers the comic's rogues gallery with wild variations of heroes and villains that they see in the Marvel universe. With just their brief appearance, I'm interested in reading more about their background.
Mark Brooks does a nice job of translating Remender's script into an actual comic. He can do quiet moments and action scenes with equal amount of skill. The only downside to the comic is a brief switch in the handling of the inks and the colors. While Brooks handles the majority of the comic's inking and Dean White tackles the colors, Andrew Currie and Richard Isanove contribute to the art; the differences between these two sets of artists are quite noticeable. What Currie and Isanove's work shows to me is that they might be a better duo to compliment Brooks' pencils. Their work pops out of the page and it's nice to see Isanove's colors in a traditional Marvel comic. While Brooks and White's work may be consistent with the artistic style of previous issues, Currie and Isanove's contributions to the comic are more to my liking.
Uncanny X-Force #12 is a comic that is worth checking out. While the quality of the writing and the art may fluctuate, the comic as a whole is a solid product. Bring on issue #13.
8* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX