In the last issue, we found out what the motives behind the new Brotherhood were and how they were planning on enacting them. But in this issue we start to see things come to fruition, and it doesn’t look very good for one of the members of the team.
Read on for my review!
Let me start by just saying that, once again, I unexpectedly got Phil Noto on the interior art, and it’s just making me so happy to see his name on the cover each month, especially when I thought Mike McKone would be handling many of these issues. I’ve already mentioned how much I love Noto’s art and how much I love it in this series specifically, so I won’t waste any time retreading my own words.
As for the story, I think this is where this arc is actually getting into motion. Yes, I really loved the last two issues, but with this third issue it seems like we’ve finished with the setup and we’ve moved forth into the action and into the drama.
The issue begins by continuing right off the cliffhanger of the previous issue, so we see some great focus on Fantomex that highlights a lot about what makes him a fantastic character. Not only is he capable of providing great comedic relief, but he’s also an incredibly adept fighter and one of the smarter members of the team, making him an all-around awesome character and one who, if need be, could lead his own team, be it this one or another. Unfortunately, from the events of this issue, it doesn’t seem like Fantomex will be leading any teams any time soon.
In the last couple of issues, we’ve seen the inclusion of both Quentin Quire and Genesis (from Jason Aaron’s Wolverine and the X-Men), and in this issue, their inclusion in the series starts to come to a head. The new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants begins to move forth with their plans with large strides as they attempt to take Genesis in hopes of letting him realize his destiny as the new Apocalypse, as well as trying to (and succeeding at) separating and taking X-Force down, one member at a time. The inclusion of Quentin Quire makes me believe that the events that transpired several months ago in Wolverine and the X-Men where Deathlock showed us an alternate future where Genesis was Apocalypse and Quentin was the Phoenix might actually be right around the corner, and it both excites and frightens me in the best of ways.
By the end of the issue, it seems like everything stands revealed. Not just everything in this arc, but everything Remender has been working forward towards in this entire series. Every character he’s brought into play, every villain he’s used, and everything in between is here, and it all plays a part. Best of all, Remender’s extremely successful in assembling all these plot points. And of course the issue wouldn’t be complete without several twists along the way, which Remender delivers in spades. Uncanny X-Force fans’ only disappointment will be in the fact that issue #28 isn’t in their hands yet.
GO Rating: 4.5/5