Once I shied away from superhero titles, but now I’m on a quest to stretch my comic book budget further… (for a summary of that journey see this post.)
I acquired 7 issues from a 50 cent bin at a local comic book shop over two separate trips. The issues range from 2 – 10. So I have fragments of about 3 different story arcs.
My Familiarity With the Title
I had zero experience with X-Force and my only familiarity with Marvel’s X line was through X-Men. Primarily the 90’s cartoon and the first 3 movies.
A friend of mine is a big Marvel fan and I mentioned that I had picked up the titles. He explained that X-Force was like the special ops of the X-Men. Or maybe it was dark ops. I can’t remember.
How were the Issues?
At times they were cool. And then there was the issue that featured a love triangle between Psi-Locke and 3 different versions of the character Fantomex. It seemed like it was an attempt to represent a poly-amorous relationship, but if that was the case I don’t think it was all that successful.
Frequently artists change in a series and sometimes the results can be jarring. That happened at least once in this series.
Will I read it to my children?
No. At best it had subplots that were confusing for adults.