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Uncanny X-Force #34 - From the Cradle to the Grave

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The penultimate issue of Remender's UNCANNY X-FORCE will leave you wondering what the heck you just read.

The Good

The "shock value" of a scene or a moment in a comic isn't what makes it "good," but it certainly helps. In the latest issue of UNCANNY X-FORCE Rick Remender delivers moment after edge-of-your-seat moment that will have you wishing there was more to read. What makes this issue good is that when you get to several of the shocking moments in this issue, none of them feel out of place or sporadic. Remender has been steadily leading up to the events that befall the X-Force over the course of the last ten issues, so even though you know something crazy is going to happen, you don't expect it and it all makes a lot of sense.

Remender's heroes are tragic, flawed and often have to stoop to the low of the villains they are fighting and that's what makes this X-Force team different. And although these good people have to do bad, very bad things; they do not want to. Take, for example, the moment that Wolverine kills a certain character in this issue; he doesn't do it without feeling a tremendous amount of remorse. You feel bad for both characters, too. I think that in general Remender does a great job tugging at the heartstrings of readers by leaving you with no choice but to feel sorry for both of these characters.

This is an absolutely phenomenal issue. The pacing is perfect; it's fast and a lot of things happen in this issue one after the other and I think that's important to recognize. And although the pacing is a little bit fast and a lot of things seem to come at the reader at once, I think that considering we've had the last ten issues of build-up, this issue makes sense. It feels appropriate. It is, however, nothing short of gut-wrenching. This is definitely a comic I won't read just once, but many, many times. It will be interesting to see where Remender takes these characters next.

The Bad

Nothing bad here, a brilliant issue.

The Verdict

This series is almost over, and having been a huge fan of it from the very beginning, I will be sad to see it go. Yet, let it not be said that this issue went out with a bang. I loved that Remender dealt with the "nature vs. nurture" issue in his series, and although he hasn't quite proven yet that nurture can survive, he's come close. It's been an interesting ride and the (almost) final issue definitely will not leave you disappointed. I am a big fan of Phil Noto so seeing his work on this issue was a real pleasure. Like I said, the pacing of this comic was great; even though a lot of things happened in this issue, they were organized and strategic. This issue is nothing short of fantastic, I highly recommend it.

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sad to see this come to an end but none the less great story

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I felt like jumping in with this issue and I was completely lost. I liked it I guess. I was just really lost.

I didn't like seeing Daken die though. That was a surprise. Right when I decide to pick this book up, he dies.

I did read this book when it first started, but I stopped when Wolverine and his crew went to AoA. I'm not a big fan of that world, but I did like Age of Apocalypse.

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This story started off with a band, slowed down, and took off again. IT's hard comparing it to Dark Angel Saga, but then again.................what is not easy to compare to D.A.S.? What ever. This is the 1st book this week I have read, and I have many, but this is already going to be the best book I read this week. It was that good.

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I can't get over how emotionally powerful that one scene was.

Yeah, you definitely know the one I'm talking about.

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I was really curious as to how you would rate this one Babs. I have been pretty into the arc and have whole heartily agreed with you on this entire series...until this story. The things I dislike may be the things you like. I dunno.

Didnt care for much of this.

The flashbacks of what could have been between father and son are too reminiscent of Betsy and Warren. It still makes its intended effect, but it just feels lazy.

I feel as though Daken seemed to die way to quick compared to the amount of time his dad spent in the tank while still being revived.

Making the whole thing Victors idea, and him being the one to manipulate...Daken? Seems like they are trying to make Victor into Daken. Why not just continue with great character development with a NEW character that a good amount of ppl like vs a worn down, no longer interesting character. This isnt character development for Victor. This is character changing. Again it feels lazy.

Evan...didnt do anything. A slap to Mystique and a punch to Victor after all the build up...seems weak.

Shadow King got defeated by the plot.

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Cant wait to read thissssssssss

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@Sleepbutnodream15 said:

The fact that

kinda bothered me. It was good, not as great as Dark Angel though. Some parts felt like they happened too fast though.

I blame Noto. It's his job to make scenes like that work, and it doesn't read, either dramatically or visually. We can't all be Opena, but I could pencil a better story than Noto. I felt like the whole world of that base was poorly defined, and the compositions regularly failed to deliver a dynamic image, or to communicate aspects of tension, emotions or perspective with angles, framing, etc. These are things a good story boarder and cinematographer can do, and he doesn't have it. It seems a shame that so many dramatic and important scenes should be captured by an artist who just don't have what it takes to bring out their full potential. It reminds me of when Mike Choi butchered Nightcrawler. Kurt deserved better than that awkward airbrush of a splash page.

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Man between this and last time they really like killing Daken in dramatic and unconventional ways. This issue was great, Remender and Noto are a great team.

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Great issue, even though as others

I found Daken dying moment to be too fast, I didn't even realize he was dead, specially after his daddy being in the tank for what appeared to be more time/pannels. It also felt like using the same system than with Betsy and Warren so this time the enormous impact that scene had wasn't as great here.

But very good read, it is a shame that this is going to end, but issue 1 of Uncanny Avengers got me excited with that last pannel (I was like, ok he is Remender but... is he really allowed to do THAT?) so I guess I'll still read some good comics by Rick.

PS: Oh, BTW I'm the only one who is curious about

what's going to happen with AoA Nightcrawler? EVA blames him (for good reason) but that made him forget about his initial idea of returning to help the team after dealing with Blob to simply take his alternate reality mother and get out.

I'm really curious because we're going to see an arc featuting Kurt's daddy in WatXM, probably related to all those Bamfs, which I hope means the return of 616 Nightcrawler at the end of the arc, so I wonder what's going to happen with his AoA version.
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First book in the stack this week. Heavy on the action, heavy on the emotion, neither was compromised. Loved it.

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I'm going to miss this series. One of the most emotionally powerful book around.

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So now Wolverine has officially killed all 6 of his biological children. X-23 better keep her distance..

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@doordoor123 said:

I felt like jumping in with this issue and I was completely lost. I liked it I guess. I was just really lost.

I didn't like seeing Daken die though. That was a surprise. Right when I decide to pick this book up, he dies.

I did read this book when it first started, but I stopped when Wolverine and his crew went to AoA. I'm not a big fan of that world, but I did like Age of Apocalypse.

WHY did you start here?! Mistake.

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I agree about how the design and physics of the compound loses much of the cinematic edge and beauty captured by Opena, but the story is so good it still transcends most of the artistic flaws. Pacing was a tad too fast IMO they should have lead up to this in the last issue or separated this issue into separate parts. Still minor nitpicks on the whole. Remender's Uncanny X-Force will undoubtedly go down as a classic.

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@stambo42 said:

@Sleepbutnodream15 said:

The fact that

kinda bothered me. It was good, not as great as Dark Angel though. Some parts felt like they happened too fast though.

It reminds me of when Mike Choi butchered Nightcrawler. Kurt deserved better than that awkward airbrush of a splash page.

Wait? What?

You're the only person I've ever heard of criticizing Choi's brilliant artwork that really captivated the moment when Nightcrawler died.

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definitely epic issue. One more issue left ugh.

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@CombatSpoon86 said:

One more issue left ugh.

Agh, no. Every time I'm reminded, my heart breaks more and more.

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@doordoor123: To be fair, trying to jump in on a book on its penultimate issue probably isn't a great idea for anyone. Hell, I've been reading the series (with a couple of gaps here and there) since the start of Dark Angel, and even I felt a little lost at times. Still, if you go back and pick up the last few issues, things should be clearer

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@Babs said:

@doordoor123 said:

I felt like jumping in with this issue and I was completely lost. I liked it I guess. I was just really lost.

I didn't like seeing Daken die though. That was a surprise. Right when I decide to pick this book up, he dies.

I did read this book when it first started, but I stopped when Wolverine and his crew went to AoA. I'm not a big fan of that world, but I did like Age of Apocalypse.

WHY did you start here?! Mistake.

I figured I should see what happens before Marvel NOW!

I didn't even know Daken was in this. He used to be one of my favorite characters :(

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I love this series, I've loved this saga and I've loved this last issue, but as much as I like Noto's art (he's an awesome ilustrator) I can't stop thinking how great would've been if Jerome Opeña did the art of this saga.

Awesome comic though, Daken's death made me sad, even though I've never liked him

One to go. The world will be a bit worse after that

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That was another really good issue and sadly I don't believe new uncanny x-force can keep up with this

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@sparty-dbq: haha, who are the other 5?

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Doesn't Rick get a final say what the art should be like or something? That puddle thing was just ridiculous. He could have just drank the entire thing.

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@Backflip said:

@stambo42 said:

@Sleepbutnodream15 said:

The fact that

kinda bothered me. It was good, not as great as Dark Angel though. Some parts felt like they happened too fast though.

It reminds me of when Mike Choi butchered Nightcrawler. Kurt deserved better than that awkward airbrush of a splash page.

Wait? What?

You're the only person I've ever heard of criticizing Choi's brilliant artwork that really captivated the moment when Nightcrawler died.

Choi is an good technician, and usually his compositions are visually compelling with good story telling. Still, there is often a sameness and a lack of expression on his faces, with the addition of that air brushed affect it can make his characters look like lifeless shells. I can deal with that as a "style" aspect for the rest of the book, but that splash page was important. The composition he delivered was clumsy and blocky. A diagonal ascending one-two three, left to right. Boring. Kurt's head feels too small, and his nose disproportionately so on his face. Maybe that's supposed to be a foreshortening thing, to which I say 'David" like a true master do. When everything else is so glossy and "perfect", you can't afford mistakes like that, especially when you make a splash page about it. The colors feel washed out and frankly, I think Choi's work suffers from not being tightly packed, the busier things are, the better he looks. There was too much dead space on the page, and there were plenty of better angles to have shown it from, which would have said more, dramatically speaking. It probably would have been best to break it into several panels. Let us see him between them from the neck up, his face telling us that something is wrong. Than a close up at torso level, we'll see his wound, and perhaps him reaching for Hope's hand. Than the wide panel on the top of the next page.

Do or do not, there is no try, and that page was trying way to hard to be an epic singular moment.

I have no such critique for the adamantium rip in X-Men 25, I shouldn't have one for X-Force 26.

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@Sleepbutnodream15: is that what happened? because it was a little unclear to me i thought his face was just getting smashed.

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@GBrutality: He was telling Wolverine in the last issue that the only way to kill someone with a healing factor was by drowning them. He tried drowning Wolverine in a giant tank of water, but then he ended up getting drowned in a puddle...

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So at the end of a Remender arc he kills someone off. This is twice in a row. How consistently boring.

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@LordRequiem said:

So at the end of a Remender arc he kills someone off. This is twice in a row. How consistently boring.

Being different is, at times, cool. But being different, just for the sake of it is, well, not.

Which is to say going against the popular trend that this series is fantastic, when it is in fact fantastic, comes off as purposefully a little wee bit unnecessarily antagonistic to the fans singing its accolades.

This was a damn good comic. If you found it boring, then please let me know what books you pull so I can check them out because I am ready to be wowed good sir!

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@LordRequiem said:

So at the end of a Remender arc he kills someone off. This is twice in a row. How consistently boring.

Twice in a row makes for consistency? Man, you must be a tough dude to entertain. Most medium to big sized arcs tend to have a few fatalities, regardless of the writer. It's how it's handled that makes it boring or not. Arcs like this, and indeed titles like this (full of killers and murderers) need deaths in order to lend weight to the story and give credence to the idea of a mutant kill squad fighting brutal killers and genocidal maniacs. It would be boring and extremely stupid if there were no deaths. I'm surprised that you thought no-one would die at the end of the arc.

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Amazing, but now I'm fearful of what may happen to another certain character in the near future. A character I'm obviously a fangirl of.... <.<

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@Target_X: X-23 isn't inherently evil unlike all of his children. Her inability to keep a series going like Daken is a bad thing for her character development, but she's gonna live a while.

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Great writing, terrible art. I really enjoy Phil Noto, but his and Frank Martin Jr.'s work looked flat and lifeless. When we've been given the perfection of Opena and White, these two look like cheap hookers in comparison to the Lady of the house.

Would have loved to have seen certain moments pencilled by Opena. Specifically Deadpool ending The Skinless Man, Daken attempting to escape via helicopter when Evan is obliterating Genosha, and finally Betsy's face as she looks onward at the destruction at the very end.

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@Doombert: @Doombert said:

I was really curious as to how you would rate this one Babs. I have been pretty into the arc and have whole heartily agreed with you on this entire series...until this story. The things I dislike may be the things you like. I dunno.

Didnt care for much of this.

The flashbacks of what could have been between father and son are too reminiscent of Betsy and Warren. It still makes its intended effect, but it just feels lazy.

I feel as though Daken seemed to die way to quick compared to the amount of time his dad spent in the tank while still being revived.

Making the whole thing Victors idea, and him being the one to manipulate...Daken? Seems like they are trying to make Victor into Daken. Why not just continue with great character development with a NEW character that a good amount of ppl like vs a worn down, no longer interesting character. This isnt character development for Victor. This is character changing. Again it feels lazy.

Evan...didnt do anything. A slap to Mystique and a punch to Victor after all the build up...seems weak.

Shadow King got defeated by the plot.

I agree with your statement completely. Very disappointed how this extremely rushed book ended.

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My only problem was how easy the omegas fell and how we didn't even see omega black or reds death

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@madrid_san: Indeed the ending was very dumb, Daken died in his series i really don't see the point why they brought him back for this.