X-Force is a team that were created from the New Mutants team in 1991 by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza. They have gone through many different incarnations over the years with many different team members coming and going. The following will be a guide to the key moments in the history of X-Force.
Cable and the New Mutants
X-Force: Cable and the New Mutants
This sees the debut of the mutant known as Cable as well as the Mutant Liberation Front. The layouts to what will become X-Force is seen here. Written by Louise Simonson with art by Rob Liefeild.
This is a crossover where the New Mutants will team with the X-Men as well as X-Factor. Cable and his team will be at Xavier's mansion training when they are attacked by the forces of Cameron Hodge in their homes. Some of the New Mutants will be captured by the attackers. Cable and the New Mutants will have to team up with the X-Men and X-Factor to battle Cameron Hodge and the forces of the military state known as Genosha. Written by Chris Claremont and Louise Simonson with art by Jim Lee, Rob Linfield, and John Bogdanove.
The New Mutants #98 - The Beginning Of The End Part One, The New Mutants #99 - The Beginning Of The End Part Two, and The New Mutants #100 - The End Of The Beginning.
X-Forced originally formed in the last three issues of New Mutants volume one. Here you will see the mysterious mutant, Cable, rally the remaining forces of the New Mutants to form a new team, as well as the debuts of new X-Force members Domino, Feral, and Shatterstar. The debut of old school X-Force enemy Deadpool, will also be seen here. Written by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeild with Liefeild doing the artwork.
The 1990's was somewhat of a confusing time period in comics. It was a time where there would be multiple crossovers with other titles, which means you might be forced to read books that you're not actually interested in to understand everything. Because of this, this part of the guide will be broken up to key moments in the teams history throughout this decade.
The Rob Liefield Era
The first thirteen issues of X-Force are penciled and plotted by Rob Liefield. There is a crossover with Spider-Man with X-Force #3 and Spider-Man #16 and X-Force #4. Here you will see this military like group of mutants hone their skills in battle as well as new information revealed about the mysterious mutant known as Cable. Written by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld with Liefeld on art.
This is another crossover with X-Men and X-Factor. This story will focus on Cable. It is easier to understand this story if you are at least familiar with the events in Cable: Blood and Metal and X-Factor: Endgame.
While at the a rock consert Professor Charles Xavier takes the stage to deliver a message of peace, when he is attacked and gunned down by a man that appears to be Cable. When X-Force hears about this, they move on to confront Cable, but instead run into X-Factor and the X-Men. They will end up doing battle with their former allies, as they choose to stand by third leader. Cable will return and reveal that his adversary, Strife, has a uncanny resemblance to him, claiming it was Strife who shot Professor X. This will feature key moments in the history of Cable, as the secrets to his past will be revealed here. Written by Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicizea, and Peter David with art by Andy Kubert, Jae Lee, Greg Capella, Brandon Peterson, and Lary Stroman.
This follows up the events of X-Cutioner's Song. You will see X-Force, now being lead by Cannonball, meet their former mentor, Cable, for the first time since X-Cutioner's Song. After their reunion Cable will learn that is space station, Avolion, has been captured by someone else. X-Force will investigate the area, and come face to face with the master of magnetism, Magneto. Magneto's story will continue in a crossover with the X-Men. Written by Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicizea, and Lary Hama with art by Andy Kubert, Joe Quesada, Chris Sprouse, John Romita Jr, and Ken Lashley.
This story is a prelude tk what will become the modern incarnation of X-Force. This story is a crossover where the X-Men teams up with New X-Men and X-Factor.
For the first time since House of M, a new mutant infant will be born. When this happens, the X-Men, as well as the forces of Mister Sinister, will go after it. The X-Men will be fighting for the survival of the mutant race, as they are betrayed by one of their own while fighting to save the infant. The X-Men will cover all angles, and even travel through time in hopes of finding the baby. Written by Ed Brubaker, Peter David, Mike Carrey, Greg Kyle, and Christopher Yost with art by Anthony Castrillo, Bill Sienkiewicz, Brandon Peterson, Bret Blevins, Brett Booth, Carlos Pacheco, and Chris Bachalo.
In this reboot to X-Force, Wolverine will be the leader of this incarnation of the team. This directly follows the events of Messiah Complex, and will see Wolverine, X-23, Warpath, Domino, Arcangel, and Wolfsbane on the team. You will see some crucial character development with Wolverine in this series, as he is still deeply effected by the events of House of M. Warpath will also receive some crucial development, as he will go in a personal journey to his brother. Wolfsbane will also meet her former love in this run.
In this series you will see many former X-Men Antagonists make their return and join forces to battle this team. X-Force will face some of its biggest challenges of his career here, and you will see Wolverine facing a new challenge; the challenge of leading a team. Written by Greg Kyle and Christopher Yost with art by Clayton Crain and Mike Choi.
This is a follow up to Messiah Complex, and is a crossover between X-Force and the Cable solo series. Here you will meet the infant once again, as Wolverine, X-23, Arcangel, Warpath, and Domino are sent to the future to meet with Cable. They will battle Cable's arch nemesis, Strife, as well as come face to face with Apocalypse and the X-Man that betrayed them. Written by Greg Kyle, Christopher Yost, and Duane Swierczynski with art by Clayton Crain, Ariel Olivetti, Mike Choi, andSonia O'Back.