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Uncanny X-Force #17 - Opens A Window

5

The cover says it all: Archangel has taken over Betsy's mind, but there is still time for her to defeat him -- question is, will she succeed or ultimately fail trying?

The Good

Uncanny X-Force continues to be one of my favorite series coming out of Marvel, and it pains me a little bit that the current story arc "The Dark Angel Saga" is so close to its end. This can go one of two ways: either X-Force successfully defeats Archangel, or they don't, so which will it be?

At the end of the last issue we saw Archangel inject Psylocke with the light seed, ultimately brainwashing her into a mindless drone. The thing is, Psylocke is pretty powerful, and it won't be that easy to suppress her true identity. I think that's what I really liked about this issue. Rick Remender gives readers a glimpse at how powerful both Psylocke and AoA Jean Grey really are -- and it was fantastic. To be honest, this issue really made me miss Jean a lot. I thoroughly enjoyed her interaction with Psyclocke here. Jean enters Psylocke's memories in this issue in order to try to help her break Warren's grasp. I love everything about this flashback/memory to the Hellfire Club. The mood is captured perfectly through both the writer's dialogue as well as the change in colors. The panels featuring Psylocke's memories have distinctly lighter colors, and it really helps to differentiate between the scenes in the story.

The Bad

There was a lot of lead up to Psylocke being brainwashed by Archangel, but not a lot of time where she was actually brainwashed. Honestly, though, this is easily to disregard.

The Verdict

Its really hard not to love all of these characters. The decision to rope in the Age of Apocalypse characters was a brilliant idea, and phenomenally executed. I also thought it was great to see Psylocke fully capable of overcoming the "dark side." Sure, she loves Warren, but she was able to pull herself out of it and that was great. The story is action packed and will have you at the edge of your seat the entire time. I am definitely looking forward to the final issue, but also a little bit sad that the "Dark Angel Saga" story arc is almost at its end.