Uncanny X-Force

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Uncanny X-Force
Cover art for Uncanny X-Force vol. 2 #1. Artwork by Olivier Coipel.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Genre
Number of issues (Volume 1)
35

(Volume 2)
17
Creative team
Writer(s) Rick Remender
Sam Humphries
Penciller(s) Jerome Opeña
Ron Garney
Collected editions
The Apocalypse Solution ISBN 0-7851-4855-8
Deathlok Nation ISBN 0-7851-4857-9

Uncanny X-Force was a comic book ongoing series published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Rick Remender and artist Jerome Opeña, the first volume of the series continued the story of Wolverine and his X-Force team from the series X-Force, vol. 3.[1] The title was relaunched after issue #35 as part of the Marvel NOW! relaunch event, and the new volume feature Psylocke and Storm leading a new team of "outcasts and scoundrels".[2]

The series was one of two X-Force ongoing titles, along with Cable and X-Force.

Publication history[edit]

Uncanny X-Force, vol. 1 was launched in October 2010 to replace X-Force, vol. 3.[3] This new series features members of the previous X-Force team, which was to have been shut down by X-Men leader Cyclops due to the existence of the team having been previously exposed and now operates without him knowing. The squad features new team members Psylocke, Fantomex, and Deadpool. According to Remender, "This is a group of characters that have had their souls stained by evil forces in the past, a common thread connecting them. They've already made the hard compromises in the past; they've all taken life."[4]

The title had a three-issue "Fear Itself" tie-in mini-series, written by Rob Williams, with art by Simone Bianchi.[5]

The relaunched Uncanny X-Force is written by Sam Humphries and pencilled by Ron Garney, and features a Psylocke led team with an initial roster of Storm, Puck, Cluster and Spiral.

As part of the "All-New Marvel NOW!" campaign, a new volume of X-Force was launched in February 2014, replacing Cable and X-Force and Uncanny X-Force vol.2. It features a team of Cable, Psylocke, Fantomex and Marrow, written by X-Men: Legacy writer Simon Spurrier.[6]

Plot summary[edit]

Volume 1[edit]

The Apocalypse Solution[edit]

The first mission of the new team is an assassination job to kill Apocalypse, reborn in the form of a child and being indoctrinated by Clan Akkaba on their Moon base. After defeating Apocalypse's Final Horsemen and getting to the young Apocalypse, no one on the team can summon up the courage to kill a child. When the group resigns to bring the child back with them and to reeducate him, Fantomex fires a shot in the child's head, killing him.[7]

Deathlok Nation[edit]

Fantomex discovers there's something wrong with the World, as a presence calling itself Weapon Infinity has started manipulating the timestream within. Fantomex is attacked by a group of Deathlok cyborgs based on the Avengers who apparently want to kill him and take possession of the World. With the aid of a rogue Deathlok unit the team travels inside the World and faces Deathlok versions of themselves while Deadpool kills the architect of Weapon Infinity, the enigmatic Father, erasing the attacking Deathlok strain. The rogue Deathlok joins the team and Fantomex is revealed to be growing a clone of the child Apocalypse deep inside the World, unbeknownst to the rest of the team, watched over by Ultimaton.[8]

The Dark Angel Saga[edit]

Warren's "Archangel" persona continues to grow stronger, leading X-Force to seek advice from Dark Beast, a former servant of Apocalypse. The evil Dr. McCoy proposes that the team accompany him back to his lab in the alternate Age of Apocalypse universe, where he can retrieve a "seed of life" to counteract the "seed of death" that is driving Warren mad. Once they reach the AoA universe, Dark Beast betrays them and cuts them off from their universe, leading X-Force to seek the help of the AoA's X-Men. They eventually acquire a new Life Seed and use Gateway to return home but discover they are too late as Archangel has completely overtaken Warren. Using the Life Seed to fuel the World, Archangel plans to extinguish all life on Earth and reset evolution, enlisting Ozymandias, Dark Beast, the Final Horsemen, Autumn Rolfson and her son Genocide, as well as the AoA Iceman and Blob in his army. X-Force is initially outmatched until the timely arrival of the AoA X-Men evens the odds, while Fantomex reluctantly releases the young clone of Apocalypse to fight Archangel. Although the clone (now calling himself "Genesis") is unable to defeat him, the fight gives Psylocke an opening to stab Archangel with the Life Seed, killing him. Warren later appears, seemingly fine, but it soon becomes clear the Life Seed removed any trace of both Archangel and Warren inside him.[9]

Otherworld[edit]

Fantomex is abducted by Captain Britain and the Captain Britain Corps to be put on trial in Otherworld for his murder of the Apocalypse child. Psylocke is also abducted. Wolverine, Deadpool and the Age of Apocalypse version of Nightcrawler attempt to rescue them both but land in the middle of a battle against a demon which wishes to access the base of the Captain Britain Corps so that it can spread its influence across the multiverse. When Fantomex is sentenced to death, Psylocke saves him and betrays her brothers. However they are then ambushed by a man known as the Skinless Man, who seeks vengeance against Fantomex after he was flayed alive due to Fantomex's thieving. He cuts off Fantomex's face but is stopped by Psylocke; eventually it is revealed that the demon is a future incarnation of Jamie Braddock and Psylocke is forced to kill him in cold blood to prevent his demonic ascension.

Final Execution[edit]

When Daken returns from the dead, he plots to destroy X-Force by creating a new incarnation of the Brotherhood of Mutants with Mystique, Sabretooth, the Skinless Man, the Blob of Age of Apocalypse, the Shadow King, and the Omega Clan.

In their first attack, they capture Genesis (Evan) in to make him the new Apocalypse. They then ambush X-Force, the Skinless Man kills Fantomex (tearing his heart out), destroys Cavern X, and kills Gateway. As his last act, he saves X-Force by teleporting them to a dystopian world ruled by X-Force, who, because of their policy of killing threats before they can harm anyone, now kill innocents who have a possibility of becoming criminals.

Horrified, Psylocke attempts seppuku but is saved by the future version of herself. Upon X-Force's return to the present, they capture Mystique and argue over whether or not to kill Evan. During the commotion, Deadpool infiltrates the Brotherhood's base to try rescuing Evan but is stopped by Daken, the Blob and Omega Black; he is then brought in front of Evan and tortured by Omega Black.

Meanwhile, Nightcrawler betrays X-Force to get his revenge on Blob; he incapacitates EVA (now sentient after Fantomex's death) and Wolverine. Nightcrawler kills Blob by teleporting a shark inside of him and letting it eat him from the inside out. Following this, he is confronted by EVA for his betrayal.

Shadow King shatters Psylocke's mind after she refused to kill him but trapping him in the empty shell of Omega White instead. Daken tries to drown his father (the only way of killing someone with a healing factor) but Wolverine is saved by Deadpool. Deadpool tells him to stop Evan, who has donned the Apocalypse armor and is running rampant.

Evan nearly kills Mystique and the Skinless Man; in retaliation for his brutal murder of Fantomex, Deadpool kills the Skinless Man. Mystique is saved by Nightcrawler, and Wolverine is forced to confront Daken as Sabretooth escapes. In the battle, he ends up drowning Daken because of a message given to him by the dystopian future version of himself – that Daken will kill the students if he is allowed to live.

In the end, Deadpool tells Evan that to him, Evan is a symbol that anyone, no matter who they are, can be redeemed. Wolverine and Betsy, with EVA, head to a meeting with Deadpool, who has improperly programmed a duplication machine to bring Fantomex back to life.

Because of this, Fantomex is resurrected into 3 new beings (due to his 3 brains - Jean-Philippe, an evil version of him for his evil brain, Fantomex, a mischievous but good version of him for his mischievous brain, and Cluster, a good, female version of himself for his noble brain). Psylocke pursues a relationship with Fantomex at the end of this story arc.

Roster[edit]

Volume 1[edit]

Issues Year Characters
#1–6 2010 Archangel, Deadpool, E.V.A., Fantomex, Psylocke, Wolverine
#7–10 2011 Archangel, Deadpool, Deathlok, E.V.A., Fantomex, Psylocke, Wolverine
#11–18 2011 Deadpool, Deathlok, E.V.A., Fantomex, Psylocke, Wolverine
#19–27 2011–2012 Deadpool, Deathlok, E.V.A., Fantomex, AoA Nightcrawler, Psylocke, Wolverine
#28–32 2012 Deadpool, Deathlok, E.V.A., AoA Nightcrawler, Psylocke, Wolverine
#33–34 2012 Deadpool, Deathlok, E.V.A., Psylocke, Wolverine
#35 2012 Cluster, Deadpool, Deathlok, E.V.A., Fantomex, Psylocke, Wolverine

Volume 2[edit]

Issues Year Characters
#1–17 2013-2014 Bishop, Psylocke, Puck, Spiral, Storm

Creators[edit]

Writers[edit]

  • Rick Remender: Uncanny X-Force vol. 1 #1–35 (October 2010–December 2012)
  • Sam Humphries: Uncanny X-Force vol. 2 #1–17 (January 2013–February 2014)

Art[edit]

  • Jerome Opeña: Uncanny X-Force vol. 1 #1–4, #14–18 (October 2010–January 2011, August–December 2011)
  • Esad Ribic: Uncanny X-Force vol. 1 #5–7 (February–April 2011)
  • Rafael Albuquerque: Uncanny X-Force vol. 1 #5.5 (March 2011)
  • Billy Tan: Uncanny X-Force vol.1 #8–10, 19.1 (April–May 2011, March 2012)
  • Mark Brooks: Uncanny X-Force vol. 1 #11–13 (June–August 2011)
  • Greg Tocchini: Uncanny X-Force vol. 1 #20–23 (March 2012–June 2012)
  • Phil Noto: Uncanny X-Force vol. 1 #24, 26–27, 31–34
  • Ron Garney: Uncanny X-Force vol. 2 #1–17 (January 2013–February 2014)

Cover art[edit]

  • Esad Ribic: Uncanny X-Force, vol. 1 #1–18 (October 2010–December 2011)

Collected editions[edit]

The series has been collected into trade paperbacks:

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Volume 1: Apocalypse Solution
(112 pages)
Uncanny X-Force #1–4 and material from Wolverine: Road to Hell May 2011 (HC)
November 2011 (SC)
0-7851-4854-X
0-7851-4855-8
Volume 2: Deathlok Nation
(120 pages)
Uncanny X-Force #5–7 & #5.1 and Astonishing Tales, vol. 1 #25 June 2011 (HC)
February 2012 (SC)
0-7851-4856-6
0-7851-4857-9
Volume 3: The Dark Angel Saga, Book 1
(144 pages)
Uncanny X-Force #8–13 November 2011 (HC) 0-7851-4660-5
Volume 4: The Dark Angel Saga, Book 2
(120 pages)
Uncanny X-Force #14–19 March 2012 (HC) 0-7851-5887-1
Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force/The Deep Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force #1–3; Fear Itself: The Deep #1–4 April 2012 0-7851-5796-4
Volume 5: Otherworld Uncanny X-Force #20-24 June 2012 0-7851-6181-3
Volume 6: Final Execution, Book 1 Uncanny X-Force #25-29 November 2012 0-7851-6183-X
Volume 7: Final Execution, Book 2 Uncanny X-Force #30-35; material from Wolverine: Dangerous Games #1 and Deadpool #1000 February 2013 0-7851-6185-6
Volume 1: Let it Bleed Uncanny X-Force Vol. 2 #1-6 July 2013 978-0785167396
Volume 2: Torn and Frayed Uncanny X-Force Vol. 2 #7-12 December 2013 978-0785167402
Volume 3: The Great Corruption Uncanny X-Force Vol. 2 #13-17; Cable and X-Force #18-19 April 2014 978-0785189855
Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender Omnibus
(928 pages)
Uncanny X-Force Vol. 1 #1-35 (incl. #5.1 & #19.1); Wolverine: Road to Hell #1; All-New Wolverine Saga; X-Men Spotlight March 2014 (HC) 978-0785185710
Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender: The Complete Collection Volume 1
(520 pages)
Uncanny X-Force Vol. 1 #1-19 (incl. #5.1); Wolverine: Road to Hell #1; All-New Wolverine Saga; X-Men Spotlight August 2014 (SC) 978-0785188230
Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender: The Complete Collection Volume 2
(408 pages)
Uncanny X-Force Vol. 1 #19.1-35 December 2014 (SC) 978-0785188247

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richards, Dave (April 18, 2010). "C2E2: Remender Unleashes 'New X-Force'". Comic Book Resources. 
  2. ^ "Marvel Comics' January 2013 Solicitations NOW!". Newsarama. 17 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Manning, Shaun (September 9, 2010). "Marvel's Next Big Thing 'Uncanny X-Force' Call". Comic Book Resources. 
  4. ^ Richards, Dave (August 25, 2010). "Remender Readies the 'Uncanny X-Force'". Comic Book Resources. 
  5. ^ Ching, Albert (April 15, 2011). "Rob Williams Leads the UNCANNY X-FORCE Team Into FEAR ITSELF". Newsarama. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Spurrier, Kim's Adjectiveless "X-Force" Launches in February". ComicBookResources. 2013-11-07. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  7. ^ Uncanny X-Force 1-4
  8. ^ Uncanny X-Force 5-7
  9. ^ Uncanny X-Force 11-18

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