Review: UNCANNY X-FORCE: The Apocalypse Solution

“You will grow to hurt millions of people.  You can’t help yourself.  You are Apocalypse.”

What would you do if you could kill evil before it became evil? This is the question that UNCANNY X-FORCE has asked us in it’s inaugural storyline. No longer sanctioned by the X-Men as a result of events in the Second Coming storyline and now covertly operating under Wolverine’s control, the team is comprised of the Marvel Universe’s most morally ambiguous characters, uniting to stop all threats to mutantkind before they become a threat. Rick Remender’s opening story doesn’t pull any punches, as the team faces old school X-Men villain Apocalypse…reincarnated as an innocent boy.

By using Apocalypse, the team is instantly thrown into conflict. This isn’t a standard fare villain who has wrought destruction, it’s the centuries old monster who destroyed the life of X-Force member Warren Worthington III, turning him into Archangel; he nearly destroyed the universe in 2000’s crossover The Twelve; he’s responsible for a number of deaths, and has never shown any signs of compassion of humanity. He is evil incarnate. He just so happens to be eight years old this time.

Throughout the story, despite talk of killing him, the ultimate confrontation comes when they face the boy and it looks like the team has decided they can’t go through with it. When even Wolverine, the stone cold killer who has no qualms about ending a life for the greater good, concludes he can’t kill an innocent boy, when even Archangel decides he can’t end this life, even if it is the soul of the man who very nearly killed him. It’s a moment that looks like the X-Men’s ultimate ideal of preserving hope is going to shine through, even in this bleak title about a proactive team striking against villains.

And then Fantomex shoots the boy in the face.

It’s a smart move, and one that shows Remender is here to play for keeps. This isn’t a book about redemption, or about reconciling the past; this is about a lone band preserving their kind. And that means sometimes they have to do what no one else will, no matter how ugly it gets.

UNCANNY X-FORCE is easily a book that’s caught me by surprise. I went into it lukewarm, but still gave it a shot based on how much I enjoyed the previous volume. With a new cast, a darker attitude and a writer willing to brave the grittier aspects of the team’s mission, UNCANNY X-FORCE is shaping up to be an amazing book.

Cover to UNCANNY X-FORCE #4

The Apocalypse Solution (Uncanny X-Force #1-4)

Writer Rick Remender

Art Jerome Opena

Colors Dean White

Rating: ★★★★☆

About Christopher Baggett

Christopher Baggett has owned and operated The HomeWorld independently since 2009 after spinning it off from his previous concept, 'The Anime Homeworld'. In addition to journalistic endeavors, he is an aspiring novelist. Arizona born military brat Christopher currently resides in the Georgia area.

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5 comments

  1. Remember, folks. When Fantomex shoots a kid in the face, he’s a big damn hero. When Bishop tries to do it, he’s the big bad boogieman.

    • Refresh my memory, who did Bishop shoot in the face?

      And the issue made it pretty clear Fantomex wasn’t a big damn hero, nobody is talking as they walk away from the scene. Very uneasy feeling.

  2. If memory serves Bishop tries to kill Hope in order to save his future… it didn’t end well for him!

  3. Yeah, it’s all fine and good what Gillen wrote for Marvel before this but most imnaotrptly, Young Avengers reunites Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, the team behind Image’s Phonogram! No afficionado of both music and comic books should sleep on Phonogram. It’s like High Fidelity with John Constantine in it, highly recommended.

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