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Wednesday saw the end of Marvel’s well-received Uncanny X-Force, by Rick Remender, Phil Noto and Frank Martin Jr., as Remender moves on to Captain America and Uncanny Avengers, and two new comics with “X” and “Force” in their titles launch as a part of Marvel NOW! Still, this is a book that will be worth missing once it is gone, as noted by the reviews for this final issue, so let’s raise a glass to the last three years of stories by Remender and company:
Maxwell Majernik, Comicosity: “I am sad to see the series go. It was hands down the consistently best X-comic and one of my most looked forward to books each month. Remender really got these characters. We won’t see another Deadpool like this for a while. Psylocke, even though she will be headlining the new Uncanny X-Force comic, is going to be tough to write after how perfectly Remender wrote her and her powers. Even Evan, who has had a lot of time to shine in Wolverine and the X-Men, comes off as a great character in this series.”
Greg McElhatton, Comic Book Resources: “The best part of the book is not the surprise happy ending, though, as surprising as that may sound. (And it is a nice ending for that character.) It’s actually a small conversation between Genesis and Deadpool. It’s a good way to wrap up Genesis’s “is he going to be Apocalypse?” story, and it’s handled in a way that justifies Deadpool’s presence throughout all 35 issues of this series in one fell swoop. It’s hard to serve up being both touching and crass in just a few panels, but I like that Remender manages to do just that. I’d expect nothing less, honestly.”
Matthew Meylikhov, Multiversity Comics: “There are a few loose ends to the story, though, and that does set the issue back just a tiny bit. It’s probably best to note that there is no such thing as a ‘clean ending’ in the Marvel Universe since it’s all involved in the never ending drama that is superhero comics, so the most you can ever hope for is that a creative team will be able to close off their story in the best way possible. Such is the case here; there are definitely remaining questions and things left for both Remender and incoming UXF writer Sam Humphries to explore at a later time and that’s absolutely fine in the long term, yet there are enough things left over that you can’t help but wish there was more to the book — or, at the very least, that Remender’s run was longer. It’s not that it’s a messy ending or anything of that sort, but rather that a few more things could’ve been fleshed out or shown for added resolution (none of which we’ll discuss here to avoid spoilers). Perhaps that’s a selfish thought in that there’s enough left over that you’d want to see Rick Remender handle and no one else, but its still a fairly prevalent one by the time the final page is reached.”
Alexander Moser, Modern Age Comics: “Phil Noto has been the regular artist for UXF and he’s done a solid job. This issue is no exception. For a book that bounces all around the world, he manages to pull off the various locales with individual flair. No two places look the same, and nothing is generic. His character work uses expressive line details to render emotion for all the characters, even those with masks.”
Hugo Robberts Larivière, Weekly Comic Book Review: “This series, along with the clever and amazing writing and plots, usually was a visual joy, granting us some great work from Jerome Opena, Esad Ribic and Rafael Alburquerque among others. Phil Noto, with his work on this issue and a good chunk of the Final Execution saga, can proudly stand among them, having done wonders in this issue and the title overall. While this particular issue is mostly people talking, he draws very vivid facial expressions, making us even more invested in what the characters are saying, pinpointing their very emotions with panache.”
Joshua Yehl, IGN: “Admittedly, there were some bumps in the road with an odd issue here and a mismatched art style there, but overall the series almost always had tight scripting and looked consistent, largely thanks to talented colorist Dean White. That this series will end and two will take its place stands as a testament to Remender’s resounding success. It gripped us with its unforgettable opening arc, amazed us with its masterful Dark Angel Saga that earned one of IGN’s rare perfect 10 scores, and filled us with emotions we never thought a mutant kill-squad could evoke.”