Rick Remender (story), Phil Noto (Artist) and Frank Martin Jr. (colorist)
The story: After all that X-Force had to deal with during the Final Execution arc, the team disbands and searches for answers among other things.
The Review: Uncanny X-Force, for many, has been a revelation. A story that had a concept straight out of the 90’s with popular characters like Wolverine, Deadpool and Psylocke, written by a writer that had done few work for Marvel before. It could have been the recipe for catastrophe, full of self-indulgence and lame action, but it became something big, something with true quality to it. Over time, it had offered us some great character development along with amazing action scenes, turning this title into a true delight with each issue. Now, the final issue has hit home.
After the big and tragic events of issue 34, we get the big downtime issue where we can see how everyone reacts to what they faced during the Final Execution arc. Each character gets their moment to shine, seeing how all these adventures as part of X-Force has changed them, some not necessarily for the better. Most of these moments hit the right note, but the best one to me is without a doubt the Deadpool moment. The conversation he has with Evan is nothing short of touching, seeing how even a killer like him can be a hero in the eyes of a teenage boy. Their interaction is full of earnest development from both characters, making me wish other writers could take advantage of this in future titles featuring the merc with a mouth.
Another good moment in the issue would be the one where the team meets up for one last time to see each other again, as they have something that needs to be shown to Psylocke. What happens then is something that is a little bit predictable, yet the way it’s done is ripe with potential for future stories starring that character. With the team officially disbanded right after the revelation that Fantomex is now back, we get a single moment with two characters that have truly marked this series, Psylocke and Fantomex.
By finishing the series and this issue like this, Remender gives us an ending that makes a ton of sense and that is surprisingly subversive of the one morale of this bloody tale of proactive violence. It is a joy of an ending, yet it still leaves thing open enough so that the next writer can make something out of it. Let’s just say that Sam Humphries will have to really impress us readers if he hopes to get to Rick Remender level on that title.
This series, along with the clever and amazing writing and plots, usually was a visual joy, granting us some great work from Jerome Opena, Esad Ribic and Rafael Alburquerque among others. Phil Noto, with his work on this issue and a good chunk of the Final Execution saga, can proudly stand among them, having done wonders in this issue and the title overall. While this particular issue is mostly people talking, he draws very vivid facial expressions, making us even more invested in what the characters are saying, pinpointing their very emotions with panache.
The Conclusion: A very solid ending for an amazing series. Full of emotions and clever development for its characters, this is the ending it deserves.
-Hugo Robberts Larivière