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X-Force #18

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.


QUENTIN QUIRE returns to Krakoa to find a nightmare creature wreaking havoc on X-Force.

But what deadly secrets are X-Force hiding… and who’s trying to unearth them?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
25 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    You Don't Read Comics

    X-Force #18 is yet another example of why this book is one of the best X-Men books on the market. Percy is using a Claremont-like storytelling style in this book, and its paying off, using elements from earlier stories to build new ones and using each story to talk about who the characters are. Browns art isnt great, but it works well enough with GURU-eFXs colors, making them look even better. X-Force #18 is another brick in the wall Percy and company are building with this book, and its great.

  • 82

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Percy continues to craft an interesting arc with this story and it is all the more compelling in its connection to Kid Omega. The dialogue and plot are great. The dark elements have a great sense of fear to them. I am really enjoying the evolution of Quentin as a character as he deals with the ghosts of his past. There is great drama throughout the issue and I am intrigued with the direction the story is taking.

    The Art: Garry Brown does a great job with the art. There are some great character moments depicted and the art captures the tone of the story well.

  • 80


    X-Force continues to face the morally grey as Kid Omega has to do some growing up. The creative team shows that the team might be in over their head while creating some unsettling conflicts.

  • 80

    Comics: The Gathering

    This book was a creepy thrilling ride that I can’t wait to find out what happens. The mutants are definitely going to need to make some changes after this security breach.

  • 79

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    X-FORCE #18 is mainly a revealing issue. Percy unfolds what’s been happening with Quentin, who’s controlling these psychic attacks, and provides strong clues as to who’s pulling the strings behind the scenes. Percy’s tale is more enlightening and clarifying than anything else. That said, that transparency doesn’t hit home until the issue is almost at a close causing a bit of difficulty until that point. Therefore, I would highly recommend a second read-through almost immediately to get a better appreciation for the issue.

    Overall, this week’s X-FORCE isn’t as strong as it’s been in the past. Maybe it’s because Kid Omega isn’t as strong of a main character to take center stage? Maybe it was the lack of clarity on the first read? Maybe the focus away from the X-FORCE team itself is what hindered the issue? Either way you slice the pie, the book just didn’t feel the same this week. Yet, the payoff is on the horizon and Percy took us where we need to be to wrap this arc up.

  • 60


    X-Force has been a lot of things over the year+ that it’s existed, and although it’s delved into some horror elements before, X-Force #18 certainly takes it a step farther.

    It’s clear that Percy’s favorite characters in the book are Quentin and Logan. So it should come as no surprise that Logan leads the early pages in a scene with Jean while Quentin is the focal point of the issue. If you are into Jean/Logan as a romantic pairing, these early pages will probably be your cup of tea. If you aren’t, these opening pages are probably more annoying to read. Scott shows up to ask if Jean is OK, but basically ignores Logan’s existence which is…oddly funny?


    What makes X-Force #18 interesting is that it’s essentially a psychological horror book. It delves into our heroes’ fears and inner psyches, tearing them apart bit by bit. In future issues, it’ll be neat to see if this idea is explored more, delving into the minds of these people a bit more. It feels thematic then, that between X-Factor‘s Morrigan plot and Hellions‘ last issue with Arcade, that X-Force is also delving into some psychological horror.

  • 60

    X-Force #18 examines many threads embedded from the series very beginning and sets the stage for climactic events to come, but the delivery of these key turns is somewhat unsatisfactory. The focus lies on how each member of X-Force has been damaged by their involvement, whether that is the terrible secrets locked in their heads or the torturous constructs built around their DNA. Their shared price for participating in Krakoa’s intelligence organization is borne out in a number of twisted scenes that stretch a bit too long in arriving at the point only in the final few pages. Additionally, the depiction of these characters and the horrors visited upon them often lacks the definition required to inspire real terror. The death of one essential team member is barely recognizable in its depiction. X-Force #18 is an odd installment because it only leaves readers with more reasons to be excited about the series’ future, without providing a particularly engaging issue based on its own merits.

  • 43

    Multiversity Comics

    This issue really had a lot of potential. The new threat has interesting connections to past plots in the series, and can be a start for a well put together art. From the dry dialogue to the sloppy art, this issue definitely is the lower point of the current “X-Force” run. Percy did a poor job picking up from where the previous issue left off. It felt like the creative team had to rush to put this issue together.

    Just not a solid issue. There is to be a lot missing and nothing exciting.

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