Review: X-Force #1 Brings Trouble To Paradise

by Tony Thornley

The entirety of Dawn of X so far has been about a new era of peace and prosperity for mutantkind. However, that peace was bound to be shattered, I just didn’t expect it happen as soon as X-Force #1

Cover by Dustin Weaver

Benjamin Percy, Joshua Cassara, Dean White, Joe Caramagna, and Tom Muller bring the darkness to Utopia.

After one of Domino’s missions goes wrong, her allies on Krakoa begin to wonder what has happened to her. However, the X-Men have too much happening, from mutant creatures springing up on the island, to the Mauraders returning to the island with an injured group of refugees. It’s a series of distractions that could prove fatal…

This is a good comic, but it’s hard to talk about in light of the other Dawn of X releases, especially with New Mutants also out this week. Where the other new launches have had a clear mission statement by midway through the first issue, here the mission isn’t established by the end of the issue. The cliffhanger is a little over the top as well, especially in light of the House of X paradigm shift.

However, again, this is a GOOD comic. Black Tom and Wolverine are fantastic, especially the former- if you had told me the breakout star of this issue would be the Juggernaut’s platonic life partner, I wouldn’t have believed you. It’s a little busy, and trying to do too much, but overall solid story with a lot of future potential.

Far and away, the best part of the issue is the art. Cassara’s pencils give Krakoa a wildness that we haven’t seen in other Dawn of X stories that extends to the characters as well. The violence is visceral and shocking, whether it’s Domino’s close range combat or the issue ending assault on Krakoa. 

White’s colors are dark and muddy, but he keeps it clear and easy to follow. He also dominates the pages with greens, but when the story shifts from, “all is well on Krakoa,” to the assault, the quality of the green changes, and becomes sickly and distressing. It’s small but it’s a huge scene-setter.

This is an extremely well done issue, even though it’s not the strongest of Dawn of X. I’m excited to see where it goes, and I can’t wait to see it live up to its clear potential.

X-Force #1 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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