Uncanny X-Force #7


I don’t usually read Uncanny X-Force, but when I do I certainly find it interesting. Writer Sam Humphries seems to have assembled some sort of love quadrangle!

Not having really read this latest volume or the conclusion of the previous, I will admit that I’m a little behind on some of the character developments. But what I do know is that Fantomex has been split into three separate beings based on the three brains that he had. Aside from him, there is now a female side of him named Cluster and a more evil version of called Weapon XIII. Ultimately, Cluster and Fantomex get along for the most part.

There is a lot of flashbacks going on in this which makes it a little confusing at times. Fantomex, Cluster and Psylocke tracking some mutant (who thanks to some online detective work seems to be Bishop), as well as Fantomex and Psylocke going on a string of high-end burglaries to pay for an operation for his mother. This part didn’t really make much sense to me, as Psylocke is pretty wealthy being a member of the Braddock family. Surely her–or her brother Captain Britain–could cough up some money for this.

But what’s more interesting is that there is a very bizarre romantic situation developing. When I read the first volume of Uncanny X-Force, I detected some weird foreshadowing of a Psylocke/Fantomex relationship. I was right; this issue started with them enjoying some post-coital cuddling. Not only that, but Cluster also professed her love of Psylocke which was reciprocated. And the story ends with Weapon XIII having Psylocke kidnapped, and then him telling her that he indeed loves her.

To me, this looks like it’s going to end with the three parts of Fantomex in a fight to the death, leaving only one part. There’s a bit of a mystery to this and it should be interesting to see how it ends. My money is on Cluster getting killed and Psylocke avenging her by taking Weapon XIII’s life, leaving her with an oddly emotionally distant scoundrel in Fantomex.

Uncanny X-Force: The Apocalypse Solution


Rob Liefeld wasn’t the artist for this series, but he did contribute artwork for a variant cover for Uncanny X-Force #1.

I really enjoyed the set concept of X-Force being a more forceful, covert branch of the X-Family. So the continued adventures of Wolverine and Archangel’s secret task force in Rick Remender and Jerome Opeña’s Uncanny X-Force was a bit of a must read for me.

The previous volume ended with the team being seemingly disbanded by Cyclops. Wolverine and Archangel didn’t. I mean, who takes Cyclops seriously? Especially at this point in the characters’s existence. The group is based out of Cavern-X, which is basically Archangel’s version of the Batcave. It’s even decorated with X-Memorabilia. The new roster of this team adds Fantomex, Psylocke (who makes sense since she’s been the on again, off again love interest of Archangel) and Deadpool.

The purpose of this team has been to track the movements of the Apocalypse-worshipping Clan Akkaba across the globe. It turns out the group has reincarnated Apocalypse, now in the form of a young child. Knowing that he will eventually grow up into a tyrant that will eventually destroy both mankind and mutantkind, X-Force has the gruesome task of killing him. It’s the only way to be certain that he won’t be a threat to the planet. So it’s off to the moon to find him and fight the latest version of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

The battle sequences are what you would expect, but there is a lot of foreshadowing seen through the interactions of the members of X-Force. Fantomex is pretty much sexually harassing Psylocke the whole time, much to her and her boyfriend Archangel’s disdain. Speaking of the guy with the big metal wings, he is having his own problems dealing with a darker split personality trying to overtake him. With all this drama going on, Wolverine is put in a position where he has to be the peacemaker and that is a role is foreign to him. Aside from the intentionally bad jokes that Remender wrote for his dialogue, Deadpool is the straight man in this book. Go figure. 

The book ends with X-Force having dispatched the Four Horsemen and finding Kid Apocalypse. There is only one problem…no one seems willing to kill him, other than Archangel. There’s a lot of pleading from Wolverine and Psylocke to not do it, and the team reaches a consensus to take him back with them. If he has the chance to be properly educated and integrated into society, he won’t be a threat.

And then Fantomex kills him.

So much for that. 

I like the way Uncanny X-Force is heading. There is a lot of foreshadowing, not only with the repercussions of killing Apocalypse but with the strained relations among the members of the group themselves. Opeña’s art is a little different, but it reminds of Leinil Yu. I can’t wait to check out the next volume.