Uncanny X-Force #19.1 Review

 

Hop on board for the return to The Age of Apocalypse. Today I will be reviewing Uncanny X-Force #19.1. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Uncanny X-Force #19.

So let’s talk about the book. Enter the Age of Apocalypse. The last safe haven for humans is about to be overrun and destroyed by Weapon X/Wolverine and his minions. Magneto and Rogue are there with the human resistance with a final plan of defense. It seems that a doctor cloned the body of Wanda Maximoff AKA the Scarlet Witch. While she doesn’t have any of her memories, she does still have her powers, if not the ability to use them. Returning from our dimension, Jean Grey and Sabretooth are taken to the resistance base as the Black Legion attacks. Jean needs to power up the clone’s mind and have her erase the mutant gene. That’s when Weapon X appears. Out of time and options, Rogue and Magneto make a last stand against him, while Jean activates Wanda’s powers. Too bad it fails and only wipes out Jean’s and Sabretooth’s powers. The only thing left to do after that is run, as Weapon X destroys the city, and everyone on it. Jean and Creed manage to escape, along with a handful of human resistance fighters. Those being William Stryker and Bolivar Trask’s daughter. And that’s the book.

So let’s talk opinions. What an incredible book. This issue is a perfect example of what an excellently written one and done story should be. We had everything in this issue. There were heroes fighting against an overwhelming villain. They didn’t win, but they lived to fight another day. There was plenty of action and suspense. There was sacrifice and despair. Magneto’s last stand was very touching and really got me excited at first, then very sad in the end. The same happened when I saw Wanda. I was sure the good guys would win but once again, the carpet was snatched from under my feet. There were so many ups and downs in this book that I felt like I was on a roller coaster. Remender does an amazing job making you feel for each and every resistance fighter. He nailed it on every level. From Magneto’s love for his fallen wife, to Wolverine’s coldness to those feelings. If the writer’s of today are capable of such great storytelling in one issue, why do they need to spread out stories over five or six issues? Why dilute that passion and excitement with sub par stories that sometimes seem to drag on forever? Remender did an amazing job with his Dark Angel year long saga, but there are very few Remenders out there that can mimic this feat. I feel that comics need to return to the single issue or, at most, two issue stories in the future. (I won’t ever get this, but it would definitely make reading comics a lot more enjoyable for the fans) As for the art, Billy Tan is a master. He really did an amazing job this issue. There was so much going on in each and every panel that you really had to take your time and look around to spot everything. His facial expressions are incredibly well done. You really feel every emotion that the characters are feeling. The action sequences were awesome as well. Stryker vs the Sentinel was really cool to see. This issue definitely convinced me to pick up the Age of Apocalypse series that will be out in a few months, just to see what happens next. (That is a sure sign of an issue’s success. If it makes you want to keep reading.) Oh well, next issue we return to our reality and the trial of Fantomex. Not really a big Captain Britain fan so I hope the story arc isn’t too long. Either way, this issue was perfect. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
incredible story. nice art. great jumping on point for new readers and fans of AOA.
Rating
100%

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I have been a comic collector and reader for 25 years. My major comic love is all things Marvel with the X-Men being at the top. I also dabble in anything and everything that catches my eye. Guess that makes me the "all over the place" reviewer. A title which I claim with pride. I am a happily married man of almost 10 years living in Brooklyn, NY with my wife and two amazing boys. I hope you enjoy my opinions and I look forward to reading and responding to any comments or criticisms.