Earlier today in an interview on Comic Book Resources, Rick Remender confirmed that the Final Execution storyline would be his last on Uncanny X-Force, teaming up with artist Phil Noto. This doesn’t come as a surprise since we’ve been made abundantly aware that Remender was moving onto bigger and better things with Marvel NOW! by writing the flagship title Uncanny Avengers along with taking the writing reins on Captain America.
For those living under a rock, Remender delivered one of the best runs of his entire career on Uncanny X-Force nearly 2 years ago as he took an unlikely premise of an “X-Men death squad” and turned it into one of the must reads book from Marvel Comics. While this moves marks an end of an era, Remender sums it up well in the interview:
It was a very tough decision to make and it came down to a conversation I had about it with Kieron Gillen about how long I would stay past this. He said, “Know when to get off the stage.” That’s something that we maybe overlook… I feel like this final story, which I’m very excited and have been building towards for a while now, pretty much wraps up everything we’ve been doing. It says everything I wanted to say about a kill squad while also really digging into the X-Universe that I loved so much as a kid growing up. So it really did come down to the fact that it was time to get off the stage.
I’m sure I speak for everyone at iFanboy as well as many of you as we say: Thank you Rick Remender for an excellent run and we look forward to what comes next.
So what comes next for X-Force? Well it appears that we’ll be finding out any day now as Marvel prepares to unveil the next wave of Marvel NOW! titles after a barrage of teasers last week. I gotta say, a Sam Humphries written Uncanny X-Force would be a ton of fun, wouldn’t it?