Time travel is complicated, but it’s also a crucial part of the tapestry of the X-Men. For X-Force in particular, it’s incredibly crucial, with two key members of the team coming from terrible futures. That comes back to haunt one of them in a terrible way in X-Force #7.
Ed Brisson, Dylan Burnett, Damian Couceiro, Jesus Aburtov, and Joe Caramagna put X-Force face to face with their future… and one member’s past.
Stryfe has Cable and Rachel Grey, and he intends to use them to exterminate the resistance against him forever. However, back in the modern day, X-Force races to restart Stryfe’s time machine to come to their rescue. Will they be able to do it, and will they be too late?
I’ve honestly been a bit frustrated with X-Force, because it’s sort of been “the adventures of Cable and those other guys.” Brisson goes a long way this issue towards resolving that complaint. Every character gets at least one solid character-based moment, whether it’s Boom Boom and Warpath bonding over romance novels as the latter heals, and Shatterstar and Cannonball connecting over missing their families. It’s a great step forward.
The issue splits pencilling duties between Burnett for the present day and Couceiro for the future scenes. It’s a smart move. Burnett is able to convey the emotional moments between the leads extremely well, especially in the Cannonball/Shatterstar vignette, while still giving us some great action. Couceiro ramps up the tension for Cable, building a sense of dread and horror for the resistance. Aburtov unifies the two timelines with his color work, but also keeps them distinct with more blues in the present and reds in the future.
This is a big step forward for the series, and I really look forward to the rest of this arc. One thing’s for sure, it’s not going to be good for Cable.
X-Force #7 is available now from Marvel Comics.