Jude Teror is a little late in covering X-Force: Sex and Violence #1, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't check it out!
Credits & Solicit Info:
X-FORCE: SEX AND VIOLENCE #1
COVER BY: Gabriele Dellotto
WRITER: Craig Kyle
PENCILS: Gabriele Dellotto
LETTERED BY: NEUROTIC CARTOONIST, INC
Just when you thought it was over, we pull you back in—it’s the X-Force story everyone’s been talking about, finally delivered! Wolverine and Domino have always had a special relationship, but everything goes upside down when the Assassins Guild puts out a hit on our gun wielding bombshell. Why do they want her dead? And more importantly, how many people have to die before Wolverine and Domino can spend some quality time together? Get ready for the sexiest blood-soaked ride Craig Kyle and Chris Yost have ever delivered as they join forces with international superstar Gabriele Dell'otto to offer up their final X-Force story! Parental Advisory ...$3.99
IN STORES: July 14, 2010
It's extremely sad to say goodbye to Kyle and Yost on X-Force. Throughout the pair's run on various X-Books, they've frequently been the standout creators amidst a slew of bigger names. With a background in television writing, it's no surprise that these two know how to deliver compelling episodic storytelling, but I was still very impressed that New X-Men: Academy X and X-Force somehow managed to be my favorite X-Books even over Uncanny, Legacy, and Astonishing. That being said, if they've got to leave, at least they're going to leave us with one last great story: Sex and Violence.
Kyle and Yost have been big team players, participating in a ton of crossovers and events during their tenure. That's why it's great to see them cut loose on an X-Force story that is free to exist on its own merit. Though, calling this an X-Force story may be a little bit misleading; the book is focused primarily on Domino and Wolverine. Domino has gotten herself into trouble with the Assassin's Guild, and Wolverine joins her to help her hack, slash, and shoot her way out of it.
First of all, let me just say that the art in t his book is gorgeous. Dell'Otto manages to take scenes that are full of torn, battered, bleeding flesh and turn them into works of art. This is one of the liveliest painted comics I've ever read, with Dell'Otto effortlessly packing more action into the panels than anyone who hasn't made a deal with devil should rightfully be able to do with a paintbrush. The characters convey meaning and emotion not just with their faces, but with their entire bodies. Alex Ross who? This is a master at work.
As great as Dell'Otto is, don't think that Kyle and Yost don't rise to the challenge. These creators need to work together more in the future, as there is a real synergy in these pages. Using flashbacks, the story jumps from soft, static imagery as Domino cleans her wounds and talks with Elixer and Wolverine, to kinetic action scenes as she fights off assassins in the past. The reader can feel the momentum in these pages as the action starts and stops. This is the comics medium used as it should be used.
If I had to complain about this book, I would say that it's not what I expected. I expected this to be a MAX title, as it's difficult to imagine a book titled Sex and Violence being rated anything less. However, Dell'Otto doesn't need to use etreme gore to deliver gritty, explosive action, and Kyle and Yost don't need tits and ass to show attraction and sexiness in Domino and Wolverine. The interaction between the gruff Logan and a playful Domino is a wonderfully cute and charming version of foreplay. This book is surprisingly good, and that's saying something when you consider that no one involved in its creation is known for disappointment.
This book isn't a must-have. It doesn't tie into anything, and if you haven't read X-Force, and you aren't a big Wolverine or Domino fan, you won't know you missed anything by not getting it. However, you will be missing out on comics executed to perfection. If you haven't picked this up yet, and even if you're not a fan of mutants, keep an open mind and give this book a try. You won't regret it.
Rating: BUY IT!
My rating scale:
BUY IT - You have to read this for the foreseeable future.
TRY IT - Worth at least a few issues.
WAIT FOR IT - Pick this up in trade if it lives up to its potential.
SKIP IT - Spend your money on something better.