Have you checked out Sam Humphries and Ron Garney’s Uncanny X-Force #1 yet? No? I’m here to tell you that you absolutely should. After the amazing run that Rick Remender had with the first volume of this book, I didn’t think it would be possible for this relaunch to come even close to that level. Gosh is it wonderful to be wrong because this book is going to be a great read.
Before I even talk about the story, I have to discuss the artwork because this is a positively GORGEOUS book. I’ve been digging the costume designs by Kris Anka since day one and they have been translated beautifully to the page by Ron Garney’s pencils. I’m also enamoured with the colouring done by Marte Gracia and Israel Gonzalez. The palette they’ve worked with is stunning. I’d happily read a book with this artistic team up for ages.
Since we last saw Psylocke in the pages of Uncanny X-Force, she’s completely dropped off the face of the earth for six months only to finally reappear and figure out that teaching at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning really isn’t going to work out. (Seriously. It’s just not working out.) Logan suggests she takes some time off to clear her head and gives her a mission. Who better to go along then Storm? (Another X-man who really needs the time off to clear her head.) And, well, things go from there. I won’t spoil it for you.
This is a great first issue and definitely left me wanting more. (That last page… THAT LAST PAGE.) The premise of the first few issues has been introduced as have all of the team members, but exactly how this bunch are going to end up as a cohesive team will certainly be interesting to see as the book continues on. There’s nothing I love better than a team that’s filled with both people who are good friends and people who just do not get along at all, and this team looks like it’s going to have both.
I also think that this book has the potential to be readily accessible for readers who weren’t along for the first Uncanny X-Force ride. Humphries gives you most of the context that you need within the issue, and also introduces the characters to those who might not be familiar with them. It also looks like it’s not going to come with the insane levels of emotional baggage that its predecessor did, which definitely helps make it accessible to more readers.
Again, I can’t reiterate enough how gorgeous I thought the art for this issue is. This creative team just works so well together to produce a really nice first issue. This has the potential to be the “craziest X-Book ever” but also a pretty darn stellar one. I highly suggest you head over to your local comic store or to comixology and pick up the first issue and give it a try.
(You can also check out the fashionable Psylocke and Spiral outfits that Lin and I rocked earlier today in honour of the book’s release.)