Uncanny X-Force #1

Uncanny X-Force #1

Writer: Sam Humphries Artist: Ron Garney Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 23, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23
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THE DARKEST CORNERS OF THE MUTANT UNIVERSE: EXPOSED! The X-Men: sworn to protect a world that fears and hates them. UNCANNY X-FORCE: charged to deal with situations the X-Men fear and hate! Psylocke and Storm lead a new team of outcasts and scoundrels, including fan-favorite Puck, the villainous Spiral, and the mysterious Cluster. The first adversary to strike out from the darkness? X-legend BISHOP!

  • 10
    Comics Crux - Wesley Messer May 10, 2013

    I get the feeling that some fans might not enjoy Uncanny X-Force because it might be a bit too quirky for them. Stick with this one, this is a ride that youll want to be on from the beginning. I was sold on the title early on, just from the way Humphries was talking I could tell this was going to be fun. Its an exuberant ride in the darker edges of the Marvel Universe that you wont want to miss. Uncanny X-Force #1, because as Sam Humphries says, F Yeah Mohawk Storm. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Matt Watson Jan 24, 2013

    All in all, this relaunch of Uncanny X-Force is off to a very strong start. The slick art doesn't quite capture the black ops feel that I've come to expect from the title, but that's not to say it doesn't work. The new team, both on the page and behind the scenes, have big shoes to fill, but if this is an indicator of what's to come, then I'm on board and very excited. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Jan 23, 2013

    There isn't a whole lot of action, with most of the pages spent on character and plot, but when it does arrive it's a whole lot of fun. It's easy to forget Psylocke is a full fledged ninja. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Hamilton Ortiz Jan 25, 2013

    Overall, it's a great new take on Uncanny X Force and though the opening issue did not elaborate on what's the new X-Force's mission it does let new readers jump on easily without any issues and sets them up for what looks to be another possible major epic story line. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Jan 27, 2013

    Uncanny X-Force does not look like it will be a retreading of what Rick Remender did on the book, which is good news. We've already seen what Rick Remender can do, something which Sam Humphries and friends seem to be acutely aware of. There's definitely links between the two series, both tonally and in the characters involved, but it looks like we'll be getting a completely different take here. Fortunately, it looks like it will be just as enjoyable as the last run - just in a different way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Jan 22, 2013

    This is definitely a departure from the previous X-FORCE series by Rick Remender and it's clear that writer Sam Humphries is striving to make this series his own -- and I have to give him credit for that. And although all these changes are good and interesting, there are moments where things do feel a bit forced. It may be the newness of it all, but these feel like a group of characters that are totally unrecognizable. And, that may not necessarily be a bad thing. In the end, things do feel like they are starting to come together, even if they feel jarring initially. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 27, 2013

    It is remarkably surprising how similar the two X-Force titles are. Both are about a random assortment of X-characters joining together for a certain mission. There are no greater gimmicks or themes being expressed. And there's no real reason why either team needs to be called ‘X-Force'. It's an odd sort of strategy for Marvel. Just throw random characters together on a team and have them do superhero stuff. But at least this one is a good read so far. The characters have strong, unique personalities, their interactions are fun and the story is clear. Cable and X-Force has that weird flashback/flashforward thing that confuses the story. This one is told mostly in a linear fashion, and it works much better. So it looks like, at least at this early stage, Uncanny X-Force is the clear winner of the two. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Jan 26, 2013

    Overall I really enjoyed this issue. I originally bought it for the wonderful Psyclocke, and I am going to continue buying it for the rest of the great characters highlighted in this issue. Sam Humphries has stepped up to the challenge of writing a new volume of this great series, and I really think that he is going to succeed if early signs are anything to go by. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jan 23, 2013

    So it's a decent start for Uncanny X-Force #1, and it does warrant a few more issues to find its new footing. Humphries does get kudos for bringing Puck onto a non-Canadian team. That's nothing to sneeze at. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Jan 28, 2013

    Admittedly, there are things about the book that feel a little shaky. The narrative captions are a little too expository at times. The cut-away scenes at the end of the issue don't really gel with the rest. The mission Psylocke is on feels far more mundane than anything she faced in her time with the previous X-Force -- but on the whole, it works despite those flaws. This is a comic that grabs you on the first page and speeds towards its conclusion. The only big complaint, frankly, is that it's over too soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Jan 24, 2013

    Sam Humphries manages to continue this title in his own manner while respecting what came before, doing so with some good dialogue, a new direction and some good action. While not as strong as Remender, it does a good job of getting the interest of readers thanks to its strong script and the lovely art from Ron Garney and the duo of colorists working their wonders. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc Jan 23, 2013

    I had stopped reading X-Force a while ago for budget reasons but while there are a several references to what happened before Humphries limits it not going into detail about what exactly happens and instead using Garney's art as a dangling thread. In doing so it doesn't feel like you're obligated to read what previous issues to catch up. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 23, 2013

    Special mention should also go to Kris Anka, who designed the new costumes for the series. Good costume design is an under-appreciated skill in this industry, particularly with the many ugly, garish redesigns that have come out of Marvel and DC in recent years. Anka's striking costumes provide a perfect marriage between the street clothes approach of Frank Quitely's New X-Men designs and the sleek, black and grey suits of the past couple X-Force volumes. It's a shame Anka wasn't contracted to overhaul all of the X-books in similar fashion. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Jan 22, 2013

    There are a lot of good things about Uncanny X-Force #1. At the very least it's well-crafted, concise, and even entertaining, but it still lacks a certain je ne sais quoi that would set it apart from the host of other mutant-centric titles on the stands, including the other current X-Force ongoing. Decent writing and good art will earn you a lot of credit, though, and it's still early in the game for Uncanny X-Force. It's possible this book simply isn't baring its fangs just yet. But with a legacy like the one this title has, it should probably start sooner instead of later. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Jan 26, 2013

    I'm not sold on this new X-Force yet but the first issue was action packed and has me intrigued. The art itself through the issue did the characters justice. It also is making my mind think like crazy on how we're going to see Psylocke let both Spiral AND Fantomex both somehow join the team. Honestly Marvel haven't you put Betsy Braddock through enough over the years? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Syndicate - Chris Mailloux Jan 23, 2013

    Uncanny X-Force is off to a good start and makes an alright successor to Remender's work. The team looks interesting and I look forward to seeing what happens with the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - ReadComicBooks Jan 23, 2013

    Aside from the ending feeling rushed, the comic really is a good start to this new chapter of Uncanny X-Force. If you enjoyed Remender's run, it's definitely worth giving this new Sam Humphries run a chance. He's a very talented writer, and you really can't judge a new series with only a #1 issue. It's appears to be a good team that Humphries is building and, not to mention, Bishop is back! Who didn't love this guy from the 90s X-Men cartoon? Oh, and that last panel with Fantomex is just just gross. And creepy. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Jan 25, 2013

    In short, this is a book that emphasizes craft and clarity, and in the tangled, confusing world of the X-Men, that's something that deserves a cheer. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Feb 1, 2013

    Books like FF and Young Avengers are priced at $2.99 with more high-profile creators " I don't understand it. I know this moaning is unlikely to be heard, but the point must be made: you can only squeeze so much money out of your readers. It puts an unreasonable burden on a book like Uncanny X-Force " for an extra dollar, my expectations are raised accordingly. And so while this is a decently told superhero story, it's going to have to be more than decent to get my regular business. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Entertainment Fuse - Sean Elks Jan 26, 2013

    I'm left with the same question I started with. What is supposed to be this book's appeal? Puck? Fantomex? Its two most high profile cast members are also appearing elsewhere. It only picks up on a couple of loose threads from Rick Remender's popular run. And as far as X-Force goes, Cable and X-Force has more of an apparent purpose to it and claim on the name. All this leaves me feeling that Uncanny X-Force is less of a worthwhile story to tell and more of a strained attempt to squeeze a little extra cash out of X-Fans. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek Jan 24, 2013

    Judging by the first issue, Uncanny X-Force is going to be an exercise in patience. Hopefully the book will pick up, but with the writing and artwork as they are now, this book has far too many mixed signals to really be fully enjoyed. The story is aimless, the coloring work is confusing and distracting from the plot itself, and when everyone is this angry at everything, it never really goes that well. With future issues this may change, but thus far, this roster of Uncanny X-Force is more farce than anything. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Super Hero Hype - Spencer Perry Jan 23, 2013

    Uncanny X-Force is the kind of comic that will either really please or disappoint fans, there isn't much middle ground here. It feels like a rushed and silly debut issue that moves so fast, it's hard to even get a grasp for what is going to happen or what will happen. I hope this series gets more interesting. The characters in it are too good to fall into oblivion. Read Full Review

  • 4.3
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jan 24, 2013

    Look, we all get why Marvel wants an “Uncanny X-Force” book on the shelves. I think we also understand why diversifying the team and giving the book a different look and feel from Remender's run was of the utmost importance. But because of the extremely high bar set, even a solid, well thought out, book with absolutely no mentions of a “Saskatchewan sweetie,” would struggle to be considered a win. But instead, this book feels full of middle school logic – dirty jokes, curse words, randomly assembled team, provocative sex scenarios, drugs, and swords. And this old man ain't buying it. Read Full Review

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