Hmm. I loved Cable and X-Force by Dennis Hopeless and enjoyed Sam Humphries’ Uncanny X-Force and, of course, Remender’s absolute timeless version before him. Hell, I loved X-Force by Yost and Kyle and quite a large chunk of the 90s-00s versions of the X-Force book. I’ve been a fan, reading X-Force for a very long time.
With all of that said, we’re somehow back to the Yost and Kyle version in a way. With Rock-He Kim, an artist who is a manga version of Clayton Crain, we’re playing with characters from more recent runs like Psylocke and Fantomex and…Marrow.
You read that right. Marrow.
I just don’t understand the appeal of the character, but I’ll review the book anyway.
I also don’t understand the necessity of this version. The killer crew back again and it just seems like the work done to make the two books separate and awesome has been washed away. Fantomex is still pompous (as is Dr. Nemesis), but everything else is a mixture of the old.
Cable as a grizzled war veteran with daddy and daughter issues, Psylocke as a kinda Japanese British Assassin who kills but doesn’t want to (seriously, 20+ years of this by this point, right?).
I don’t know. I don’t get it. The idea behind the book is to have them do covert missions and pick up weapons and stuff like that. I’ve seen it before. That’s how this all feels. Been there, done that.
That’s what this is telling you. What’s old is new is old is new again. A remake/reboot/remix/sequel of all the others that have come before it, I’m not sure what else is coming next. I’m not sure what to expect from the rest of the series but I hope it’s more than this. Si Spurrier is a talented writer (one of our Top 10 Writers of the 2013), so I hope it’s not a rehash of the millionth fight with Stryfe or the billionth fight with Apocalypse.
One can only hope.
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