Review by: Nick Fovargue

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Story by Rick Remender
Art by Phil Noto
Colors by Dean White
Cover by Jerome Opena

Size: 0 pages
Price: 3.99

Last month I lamented Uncanny X-Force as being another case of a run that should have been allowed to end once its big epic story arc had come to a close. That perhaps Remender’s best ideas had had their day and the attempt to keep a hit series going was yielding stories that just didn’t live up to expectations. With this issue there is reason to hope that I was wrong.

Here Remender is once again showing signs of what made the first 18 issues so great. He has been building and intertwining plot threads along the way in this run until they twist together into surprising and remarkable story arcs and moving character moments. It is an achievement in plotting and reminds me of Chris Claremont’s method of building one story off of another, revolving a story from the “C plot” to the “B plot” to the “A plot”.

I admit this review is certainly an about face for me but the only way I can explain it is this, somehow in the last 27 issues a story has been threaded that made me care about a character, a character that has only ever left me impatient in that past, without me realizing it was happening right up until this issue. It was clear that Phantomex was being built up and that there was an attempt to make him more empathic, I just didn’t think it was working until now.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 4 - Very Good


  1. It’s a shame that Uncanny Avengers won’t be as good as this probably. I think Rick Remender does better stories with darker books like Venom.

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