X-Force – Well, there was only one comic, but I really liked it. It had lots of flaws though:
- Unidentified minor characters
- Overuse of blurring effects
- overly graphic violence
- Invincible monsters dispatched quickly (although not without cost)
The art was quite good. It pushed the limits of what you can do. It used a wide screen realistic approach – each panel a snapshot of time. But the storytelling was mostly clear. I generally prefer more panels and a cartonier approach enabling showing more action-to-action shots and conveying motion better. But It was quite effective.
The comics was split into two halves – big fight sequence (done silently), and aftermath/exposition/planning (done with lots of words). I liked both bits. In both the fight and the aftermath, characters were given effective spotlights.
The greatest strength is not this comics, but the overall series. We’ve just finished act II of an obvious 3 act structure. Each issue (other than maybe two issue in act I) has had a purpose – driven the plot forward and delivered some nice character moments. As usual these days, the death and dismemberment toll is higher than I prefer. I also am not a big fan of the villains, but this issue featured nimrod sentinels. Flying robots as always cool!
The end character moment was nice. (SPOILERS) Of course, this has to be 3rd time at minimum Cyclops has sent his son into the future with little hope of seeing him again (c.f. the initial baby arc in X-Factor and the end of the Messiah Complex). And that is without thinking about it too hard… Plus they can’t kill Wolverine!