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Uncanny X-Force #21 - Otherworld, Chapter Two

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Betsy is faced with the option of saving Fantomex's life, or betraying her brother. Whose side will she be on?

The Good

After you spend nearly twelve issues with Jerome Opena's artistic style on UNCANNY X-FORCE it can be hard to get comfortable with someone whose style is so totally different than what you are used to, but Greg Tocchini is starting to grow on me. Much of the story focuses on specific plot developments and close range action panels which seems to be something Tocchini is really good with.

Ill start by saying that I felt this issue was much better than the last. I think the parallel of having Betsy come in and rescue Fantomex after everything that happened during the Dark Angel Saga is very cool. Remender continues to deliver a really fun and entertaining dynamic between the characters here and it is beginning to become a story I am really looking forward to.

The pacing of the story is really good, and the balance between the scenes featuring Jean and Betsy and the ongoing battle with these "demonic invaders" is interesting.

However, I was left with a lot of questions.

The Bad

Now, this isn't so much a complaint of mine but one that I have come across in my discussions with people regarding the events of this book. It seems, to some, that Jaime (Captain Britain) feels slightly out of character. Some of the events in this issue contradict the characters and events that have previously affected the Braddock family. Being that I am not so familiar with Betsy's brothers, I can't speak for that as a complaint of mine. However, I feel that if Remender is so strongly going against the characterizations of certain characters (like Captain Britain,) that there must be a reason for it. We just may not know it yet.

The Verdict

As Remender continues to explore Otherworld, the story is getting more and more interesting. Readers are left with a huge cliff hanger at the end of the issue that will guarantee to leave you wanting more. Who is the mysterious man on the final page with a vendetta against Fantomex and Psylocke? And why? Great dialogue in this issue and I it is definitely great to see Nightcrawler as a member of the team.