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Uncanny X-Force #14 - Thunder for the Next World

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After taking on the identity of Archangel full-time, Warren abandons X-Force and prepares for the 'Age of Archangel.' Will he successfully dismantle X-Force? Will he be swayed by Betsy Braddock?

The moment X-Force fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. After traveling into the Age of Apocalypse, X-Force returns with the light seed needed to save Warren from self destruction, but is it too late? Spoilers below.

The Good

Comics are best when the events that take place either tug at your heart strings, or are seemingly hopeless. In the case of issue #14 of Uncanny X-Force, things could not feel more hopeless. As X-Force steps back into their current reality from A of A, they come face to face with Archangel and his new team -- and Archangel is not there to give them any kind of a warm welcome. In fact, the team finds Warren completely changed -- save for the brief warm regard he shares for Psylocke. What is important to note is the fact that upon seeing Betsy, Fantomex did not say anything affectionate, only that she is an important part of his future.

Everything so far has been leading up to this confrontation, and all signs indicate that Warren is lost to X-Force now for good. This turn to the dark side and this ruthlessness is immensely entertaining, however, and definitely feels like it will last. The pacing is fantastic and the issue will keep you at the edge of your seat through its entirety.

Who knew that Rick Remender could write a strong female character? Psylocke is the most interesting thing about this book. While she loves Warren, she is also very clear and prepared to do what she has to in order to save him. She's trained for the moment where Warren goes off the deep end -- and she knows that she might have no other choice than to kill him. The scenes she shares with Archangel are very interesting.

The Bad

There really isn't a whole lot to complain about with this issue. The pacing is great, the story is solid, and the issue will leave you wanting more. The art is also phenomenal.

The Verdict

This series will continue to keep readers on their toes and is one of the most entertaining Marvel books out right now. With fantastic art, and perfect pacing (and not to mention, some awesome one-liners from Deadpool) this book will not disappoint.

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I might have to start reading this series.

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@Babs
 

What is important to note is the fact that upon seeing Betsy, Fantomex did not say anything affectionate, only that she is an important part of his future

Maybe it's a guy perspective but I mean, that can still sound affectionate...
 
Of course, I haven't read the book yet so I shouldn't be questioning.
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So much awesome. It's hard to imagine Warren coming back from this.

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This book is great seriously I love this art and there covers

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Best book this week by far.
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My favorite Marvel book along with Daredevil and Punisher right now. No offense to Ribic, Tan, and Brooks (All 3 did a solid job on the book) but this book is truly Opena's. I missed him.

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Loved how Betsy didn't get out-played by Fantomex again, and really showed her strong side for once.
 
Now if she keeps this up, this might actually become the perfect title.
 
The only bad thing is the fight. They would have never survived.

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I've always hated Deathlok's outfit and in this issue he has a new X-Force uniform, and it looks really sweet. I really hope he sticks around.

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Best book out there right now.  I got a feeling Fantomex Betsy is going to be the one to kill Archangel in the end. 
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Great review Babs.....my favorite series out there right now
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Remender brought the awesome back in this issue. I wasn't digging the AoA stuff at all.
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marvel taking care of bidnes

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Best book out by far. The issue solidified it for me.

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Best book this week. I love this book, man.

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Best X-Title since Whedon/Cassaday's Astonishing by far. Opena's art is just phenomenal. I love how tightly woven this whole series has been. When Betsy was fighting the Horsemen and strategizing in her head it took me right back to those early issues where she fought a holographic Archangel in the Danger Room. Remender writes all these characters so brilliantly and the pacing is perfect. We know now that Angel is past the Moral Event Horizon with what happens at the end of the issue, he needs to die. I just hope that Remender gives Betsy the killing blow. She deserves it.

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Personally I wouldn't agree that Psylocke is the most interesting character here. While she's been great in this I would rank Fantomex higher, but actually I find Deadpool the most interesting. Anyone reading will know why, he's not his usual self and is being dealt with (writing wise) amazingly, which is a complete surprise. 
 
I love how every single issue the book feels like it just got 1 million times bigger. favorite current comic

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I love Remender bowing out for the last few panels and simply having the art speak for itself. That horror gave me goose bumps.

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@blazinasian112 said:
Great review Babs.....my favorite series out there right now
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Its realy good @_jackbauer

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 ::sigh::  
I'm going to miss Jerome Opena's pencils, when the post-Schism relaunch hits. Both he and Dean White (colorist) are a phenomenal duo. They're about as great as Sonia Oback and Mike Choi were in the previous X-Force run.  
 
Why does Marvel keep breaking really, REALLY good art teams like this? Argh.

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This is easily one of my favorite runs to read...