GLX gives his take on Uncanny X-Force #26.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Writer - Rick Remender
Artist - Phil Noto
Colorist - Dean White
• Meet the Omegas and watch them destroy Wolverine, AOA-Nightcrawler and Deadpool!
• Psylocke goes to the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning to visit Angel, but she finds something she was not expecting.
• The new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants kicks their plan into high gear!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$3.99
Looking over my reviews, I notice that I've written about Uncanny X-Force more than any other title on the stands. I've even commented on this trend in a past review. No matter how many times I write about it, I find myself writing once again on another issue of the series. Uncanny X-Force #26 is a solid issue that holds up to the pedigree of the series.
This issue deals not only with the title's focus on revenge and murder, but also on previous story lines. Most of the stories from previous issues have some influence on the comic. There are plot threads that originate from stories such as "Otherworld", "The Dark Angel Saga" and even on a few issues involving the Shadow King. Rick Remender uses the title's past continuity to enhance the story. On page one, the reader gets a creepy, yet superb reintroduction to Skinlessman. The reader gets a glimpse of Shadow King and is teased as to who was talking with him. Near the end of the comic, Psylocke's deeds with X-Force begin to take their toll. Scenes like these reward readers and give them something to look forward to.
That is not to say that this comic is lacking in the action department. Remender builds off the Omega Clan vs. X-Force fight in the last issue, while adding a new conflict for another member of the team. While characters such as Deadpool and Wolverine will likely be relatively safe by the end of the story arc, that does not mean that everyone is safe. Without spoiling the story, something happens to one character that I didn't expect to happen. It gives the feeling that not everyone is safe, which is lacking in most superhero comics.
Remender does a good job of handling the villains. While the main source of the team's troubles is not fully revealed, the Omega Clan work well as antagonists to X-Force. They are not villains, but tragic heroes. Like the title character of William Shakespeare's Othello, the Omega Clan are set on a course of revenge and murder based on false information. Their perspective on their foes makes sense, even though the reader and the heroes know that the Omega Clan's information is false. They may be going after the title's heroes, but Remender gives them some time to be viewed in a sympathetic light.
Phil Noto handles the art and does a nice job of telling the story. In comparison to the previous issue, there is some visual unevenness but it's not because Noto is a bad artist. Mike McKone, who handled the art in the previous issue, has a unique style that is different to Noto's style. Despite this, the different art styles are not that big of issue for two reasons. First, their styles may be noticeably different, but are not radically different from each other. Secondly, Dean White handles the colors for this issue. This is important because White has worked on the colors for the majority of the series. It adds a layer of visual consistency that harkens back to previous issues. Even if artists change midway through a story, White's work makes the change less annoying.
It is not always easy to write a review; it requires not only unique insight, but also the words to articulate that insight. The reason why I find myself reviewing Uncanny X-Force is that most of the issues stick with me, even after the comic has been put away. There is no other way to put it - Uncanny X-Force #26 is just a great comic.
8* out of 10*
Review by: GLX