Review: X-Force #4 Mounts The Best Defense

by Tony Thornley
Cover by Dustin Weaver & Edgar Delgado

As the saying goes, the best defense is a good offense. It’s a hard lesson that X-Force learns, to disastrous results.

Benjamin Percy, Joshua Cassara, Dean White, Guru-eFx, Joe Caramagna and Tom Muller teach X-Force a difficult lesson in their first mission.

As Xavier reveals the existence of X-Force to Krakoa’s Quiet Council, the team is hard at work. A human assault team has torn apart one of Krakoa’s off-island facilities and Beast and Jean suspect other enterprises are next. That puts the response team on edge, as Wolverine, Domino and Kid Omega are up against an enemy as cunning as they are!

Now that the book has found its footing, I really love what Percy’s doing. The dialogue is snappy and in-character, while the challenges have a great scope. We also get a fun exploration of several aspects of Krakoa, including the economic side of the island. Percy’s digression into Forge’s workshop was a major highlight, showing off a confidence and cocky Forge that I don’t ever remember reading before. Everyone gets at least a single solid moment to shine, and it all leads up to an absolutely fantastic cliffhanger which Cassara takes and delivers amazingly.

Cassara remains one of the high points in the entire Dawn of X line. His characters are extremely expressive and he creates a great sense of momentum on the page. His Forge in particular helps him feel more human and more expressive than his past appearances ever did. It’s a great looking book, with great action choreography, and as gorgeous world the characters inhabit.

X-Force is off to a fantastic start, and I’m excited to see where it goes next.

X-Force #4 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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