Review:X-Force #5 Opens Up The Krakoan Toybox

by Tony Thornley
Cover by Dustin Weaver & Edgar Delgado

Sometimes the most fun comics are just a bunch of action figures thrown together to create an adrenaline fueled story. It’s even better when the story is actually good. So does X-Force accomplish that?

Benjamin Percy, Joshua Cassara, Dean White, Rachelle Rosenberg, Joe Caramagna, and Tom Muller put Krakoa’s defenders to the test.

Quire is dead, and Wolverine is dying, after a Krakoan gateway was destroyed mid-transit. Now Domino has mere moments to assemble a team that can defend one of their facilities and rescue their human allies. Can she do it before the losses are too great?

This issue does not let up from cover to cover. Domino is literally running from the moment we first see her, until the day is saved. Percy is able to make the rush thrilling, and uses each of the team members he assembles in unique, in-character ways. Even Gateway gets in on the action, with the mostly mute teleporter getting one of Percy’s most well-written moments of the issue. I was a bit confused as to why Colossus wasn’t in the substitute team though, as the series was advertised with him as a member.

Now that Cassara has gotten his footing, he’s cutting loose, and it perfectly fits with Percy’s script. He conveys a fantastic sense of movement, without leaning into some of the more common tricks other artists use. His character work is also a lot of fun, best characterized by a Wolverine moment halfway through the issue that I’m not going to spoil here. It’s not perfect (there are a few small pacing issues) but it’s good work. White and Rosenberg compliment each other’s color work, so when the change happens, it’s organic, and matches the energy of Cassara’s line art.

This series has been improving with each issue, and I’m enjoying it more and more with each release. It’s one of the most exciting series coming from Marvel right now.

X-Force #5 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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