By Zak Edwards
November 4, 2008 - 18:05
Writer(s): Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost
Penciller(s): Mike Choi
Colourist(s): Sonia Oback
Letterer(s): Cory Petit
Cover Artist(s): Mike Choi
$2.99 US, $3.05 Canada
X-Force is a interesting little niche comic book within the X-Men franchise. It’s violent and action packed, filled with secret spy versus evil underground criminal movements, and the members kill people. But the cool thing about X-Force is how, despite it being marketed and billed as the hardcore X-Men book with its bloody variant covers (actually called the bloody variant covers) and murdering, the book is still makes time for characterization and plenty of ‘down time’ for these characters to interact.
Mike Choi’s art is, simply put, gorgeous. The early scenes of X-23 and Wolverine at a sniper point are paneled very well, having lots going on but without becoming overcrowded. His pencils balance realism with the fantastical, never making the contents of the story either unbelievable or exaggerated. Also, colourist Sonia Oback compliments Choi’s art perfectly, creating colours that mirror the dark elements of the story and also doesn’t make the more extreme characters look overly cartoonish. Characters like Josh Foley’s yellow skin is not too bright or strange looking, as is Domino’s white skin, which borders on being extremely pale instead of looking like she is covered in chalk.
7/10 A very good series that is getting better. Beautiful art.
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