The All-New Marvel: ‘X-Force’

The All-New Marvel provides an overview of the new series coming from Marvel Comics’ All-New Marvel NOW! banner and the impact they have on the classic and new characters we love (and those we love to hate). With each installment of The All-New Marvel, we see what our favorite characters are up to and where they are headed in the future.


One of the few groups of mutants who are not exactly evil but do what needs to be done in order to keep their species from total annihilation, these rogue warriors face down problems that not even the X-Men are aware of.  A bunch of society misfits who enjoy violence—or are at least disassociated with it—and making the “bad guys” wonder what they’re up to, Cable and his teammates tackle the grit from inside their own dirty hearts.  They make no promises about coming home alive and don’t seem to care about the casualty count so long as they win: they are X-Force.

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Covering Issues #1-7

A character with so very few compunctions and desires, Cable has found a sort of peace in his heart when it comes to raising his adopted daughter Hope.  Unsure of what to say or do in his attempt to be a father to her, the legendary son of mutantkind’s own power couple rarely second-guesses his own decisions, even if they end up with drastic consequences, but he wants to be able to give Hope a future he’s not sure exists.  Because of this, he’s put himself on a dying path to protect her, even though he’s not sure it will save her life.

Following in part the events of Cable & X-Force, several members of Cable’s “team” have disappeared, while others have remained or rejoined from past associations.  Aware that his own abilities were killing him slowly, he decides to make himself survive by killing himself intentionally on a regular basis.  Others on the team back him up as he goes out into the world searching for clues as to how to fix both himself and his daughter, but often he comes back with a higher body count than any actual solutions.

The story is very action packed, and for the first 5 issues, I wasn’t that impressed, but the 6th issue gave an extensive look into the background of MeMe, the newest member of the team.  I was pleasantly surprised by what I learned, and then I was a bit weirded out by what took place in the 7th issue between MeMe and Fantomex, but that just proves that there are more facets to her personality than I had considered to begin with.  I’m also enjoying the evolving look inside Fantomex’s psyche and how he functions as an individual, which in turn provides some interesting elements to the team functionality, especially in regards to Cable’s livelihood.

On the whole, however, I would not rate this as one of the better Marvel titles.  As I said, there is a lot of action involved, and some character building, but in the grand scheme of things, there is not much that really matters to the overall shared universe that Marvel has built, and not even to the mutant-related comics, either.  I do hope that in the future there will be some more pleasant surprises—it might actually help to keep me interested and the title from ending up on my chopping block—but so far I haven’t seen any evidence that will keep it from dying out in a slow fashion.

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