By: Rick Remender (writer), Phil Noto (art), Frank Martin Jr. & Rachelle Rosenberg (colors), and Cory Petit (letters)

The Story: Deadpool to the rescue!  Quick, somebody rescue Deadpool!

The Review: If there’s one thing this issue hammered home for me, it’s that I really, really love how Rick Remender writes Deadpool.  Honestly, if Deadpool were written like this more often, I might actually be tempted to pick up his ongoing.  Remender’s Deadpool actually feels like a three-dimensional, believable human being.  Yes, he’s unhinged, yes, he’s goofy, but he’s not the over-the-top cartoon caricature that he’s usually portrayed as.  Rather, he has inner struggles and insecurities and one always gets the feeling that there actually is a hero with a sense of morals underneath all the jokes.  That’s the thing about Remender’s Deadpool:  there’s a real person, and a good one at that, sitting beneath the surface, or fascade, of wackiness.  That’s not something a lot of writers do correctly, most seemingly focused on that surface as being the be all and end all of Deadpool.

The real magic for Remender’s approach is where that core essence of who Deadpool really is peeks out and we get to see Deadpool as a hero.  And really, that’s what we get this month: Deadpool at his heroic, unflappable best, willing to make sacrifices, face certain death, and endure indescribable amounts of pain to do the right thing and right the wrongs of the past (that past being Remender’s first arc), all with a smile and a joke.  Quite frankly, it’s impossible to dislike Remender’s Deadpool, who feels like a nuanced, rounded character.

Once again, Remender again shows that he’s a master at making excellent use of some of comics’ most tired and troubling tropes as he again makes excellent use out of parallel universes.  This month, AoA Nightcrawler meets his mother Mystique and it’s mined for it’s full potential.  Obviously it’s a blow to Kurt and obviously his mother was very likely different from the nefarious 616 Mystique and Remender plays that up for full effect.  It’s a really twisted situation, but that’s just the sort of thing Remender loves putting his characters into.

As for the artwork, hey, it’s Phil Noto.  In other words, it’s the same highly detailed, super polished, top of the line artwork you’d come to expect.  If you’re concerned that Dean White isn’t coloring this month, rest easy.  Frank Martin’s colors are definitely different and a bit lighter from White’s, but Martin’s colors have always been excellent and the guy is a master when it comes to shading.  That’s no different here and so, as usual, X-Force looks great.

If there’s one downside to this book, it’s that Genesis/Evan just felt kind of….there.  He felt more like a plot device this month, being pushed this way and that.  I think this may be more due to this month’s issue being a bit of a transitional one, though, as Remender makes us wait for the next big moment for Evan.

Conclusion: Another solid outing for Uncanny X-Force.  If there’s one thing this book is, it’s consistent, and as everything comes together and Remender brings his run full circle, back to his very first arc, it’s still a guaranteed good read.

Grade: B

– Alex Evans