FEAR OF A GREEN PLANET!
Beast plants the seeds; X-FORCE pulls the weeds. But not if MAN-SLAUGHTER has anything to say about it!
The Comicbook DispatchX-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.
AIPTX-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.
Comic WatchThis 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.
The Super Powered FancastThe 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.
Comics: The GatheringOverall 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.
You Don't Read ComicsX-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.
ComicBook.comThe 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.