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X-Force #21

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Mixed or average ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.


Beast plants the seeds; X-FORCE pulls the weeds. But not if MAN-SLAUGHTER has anything to say about it!

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25 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 87

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    X-FORCE #21 is quick, easy to follow, and progresses logically from under the Krakoan landscape. Percy captures the maniacal human nature perfectly and encapsulates the world at large showcasing how fear can drive humanity to do some extremely awful things. Additionally, the temporary introduction of MAN-THING to the series provides an exquisite pleat that I’m excited to explore. As the HELLFIRE GALA wraps and Percy “regain” control of his book, look for this next arc to take root into the entire X-MEN terrain for months to come. As a great jumping-on point, I highly recommend grabbing X-FORCE this week as the next chapter begins to take shape and blossom.
  • 75


    X-Force #21 sets up a new threat that may have close ties to a specific mutant's past. This issue has the X-Force on the hunt and what they find may lead them to realize all of mutantdom and humanity are the ones to be hunted.
  • 74

    Comic Watch

    This creative team clearly puts in a lot of work to tell a story for this complicated team. From the small comedic moments to the intricate art we get a fun issue. I'm very curious to see more behind Weapon Plus going forward.
  • 72

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Percy crafts a good story that continues to expand the world of Krakoa and its characters. The mystery is interesting, but there wasn’t enough of it to keep me engaged. The team dynamic is good. The return of Man-Thing is interesting, but I wanted to see more of the moments towards the end where the enemy plan is being executed. I wish the story had led with those elements because it would have given me more of a sense of immediacy as a reader instead of the passive interest characters like Beast seem to have with it. The Art: Cassara and Gill deliver some impressive and beautifully detailed art throughout. A great looking issue to be sure.
  • 70

    Comics: The Gathering

    Overall X-Force continues to be a fun read that is playing the long game. It keeps teasing us with moments of XENO but sends us off investigating other plot points instead of letting us find out who XENO actually is.
  • 70

    You Don't Read Comics

    X-Force #21 plays with the concept of telefloronics that Percy has been building up throughout his run. Its intriguing, but its not enough to save an aggressively okay comic. Theres nothing wrong with this book- the writing is good, the art is good, the plot is good, and it builds up intrigue for the next issue- but its just good. Theres nothing spectacular about it. Thats okay, of course. Its still an entertaining ride, and thats all that matters.
  • 40

    The addition of Diet Man-Thing and a convenient prologue to evoke the concept of "multiple discovery" appears to be gilding the lily on X-Force's ongoing involvement with the Republic of Terra Verde. That sub-plot has proven to be a particularly rewarding vein for the series in the past, but this new, unseen antagonist for X-Force reads as forced in an installment that is not particularly engrossing following another horrifying dispatchment of animal life in its opening pages.

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About the Author: Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy is an American author of novels and short stories, essayist, comic book writer, and screenwriter.


Benjamin Percy has published four novels, The Dark Net, The Dead Lands, Red Moon, and The Wilding, as well as two books of short fiction: Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. In 2016, he published his first book of non-fiction, a collection of essays on writing and genre fiction: Thrill Me.

Percy’s first work for DC Comics was writing Detective Comics #35 – 36 in 2014, which was part of the company’s New 52 branding. He eventually took over as writer on the company’s Green Arrow series, beginning with issue 41, and continuing until issue 52, when that series was cancelled in preparation for DC’s 2016 DC Rebirth initiative, which involved restarting its monthly titles with new #1 issues. Percy would continue as writer on Green Arrow with its new series in 2016, beginning with the one-shot Green Arrow: Rebirth, which sold over 90,000 copies when it was released in May 2016. It was the highest-selling issue with Green Arrow as the main character in recent comics history, and received a second-printing. In comparison, the final issues of the previous Green Arrow series sold between 21,000 and 22,000 copies, the last Green Arrow #1, from the New 52 launch, sold 55,512 copies, and Kevin Smith‘s Green Arrow #1 from 2001 sold 85,046 copies.

From November 2019 Percy is the main writer of X-Force series and from February 2020 of Wolverine series for Marvel Comics.

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