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Uncanny X-Force #24 - Frozen Moment

5

Members of the X-Force must put their feelings to the side to get the job done...but does this come at a price?

The Good

There is so much suspense in this issue. Phil Noto joins Rick Remender on UNCANNY X-FORCE, and it is beautiful. The issue opens with Wolverine, Deadpool and Nightcrawler on a mission to eliminate Iceman -- but Bobby and Kurt have a long history together. There's a lot of really great internal dialogue here where Kurt confesses that although he's mad at Bobby for everything he's done, and everything that happened; he still really misses his friend. Remender sort of draws a parallel between what we see in the scenes shared by both Bobby and Kurt, and relate them to the events that took place in the previous 'Otherworld' story arc between Psylocke and her brother Jamie. This issue is all about members of the X-Force putting their personal sentiments to the side and doing what they have to do -- even if that means killing someone they once loved. This idea is echoed by Betsy's brother when Fantomex shows up at Jamie's funeral, and it's a scene that really brings the overall theme of the book together; tying two ongoing stories to one another. It's a great moment and it fully encompasses the overall theme of the book.

Phil Noto is one of my favorite artists, so seeing him on one of my favorite Marvel titles was a shere pleasure for me. His art is just beautiful and sweet. His ability to capture action and emotion is perfect, and he does it all in his own very eloquent artistic style. It makes UNCANNY X-FORCE an even greater joy to read. There are plenty of moments in this issue that will make your jaw drop a little bit and leave you wanting more.

The Bad

I think I lucked out this week. Yet another fantastic comic.

The Verdict

I sure hope that Psylocke isn't using Fantomex to fill the emotional void she is feeling after first losing Warren and then having to kill her brother.

That would be terrible. There are some truly great moments in this issue. The pacing is great, the story and art are equally fantastic, and it's a story that I find really interesting and compelling. Remender makes you care about these characters, and he really brings them to life off of the pages -- you feel emotionally invested in their actions and in whatever will happen to them next.

There are some really awesome scenes with Robert and Kurt, and seeing Kurt reminisce a little bit was definitely bittersweet; but something still really beautiful. The issue is beautifully drawn and a lot of fun to read. I definitely recommend this bookto anyone wanting to jump into the UNCANNY X-FORCE. Oh, and that last page...wow.

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