Review: ‘X-Force’ #15 Uncovers The Morally Grey Side Of Krakoa

by Tony Thornley

Overview

Wolverine really wants to stab the Beast. We can’t blame him.

Overall
8/10
8/10

The idea of doing “whatever it takes” is a deeply flawed strategy, especially for a group of superheroes. In X-Force #15, Hank McCoy and Logan come face to face on opposing sides of the debate, and it’s one that could split everything that’s been built in two.

It’s a story that asks some of the tough questions posed by Krakoa and the new nation. Do these heroes need to compromise what they are to save their nation? Or can Wolverine and Jean Grey lead them to a better way? It’s questions posed by Benjamin Percy, Joshua Cassara, Guru-eFx, Joe Caramagna, Cory Petit, and Tom Muller.

In the wake of the war against Annihilation and Amenth, Krakoa still finds itself under attack by the Russian group trying to form their own mutant nation. Beast and Wolverine find themselves doing their best to fight it. However, the war may land on their doorstep.

Percy has been dancing with morality this entire series, and in this issue he just dives right in. Using Logan and Hank as the counterpoints, and on different sides than you might expect, is the perfect narrative touch. I’ve worried that we wouldn’t see the growth Logan experienced before his death, but in this issue, Percy shows us that he doesn’t just get Logan as a protagonist, but he understands his growth and history as a character. 

Cassara’s work gets better every issue (just look at the preview images here!). His Colossus here is a standout. The stalwart X-Men seems quiet and serene, though he should have a sneer or a pout on his face in every panel. It conveys a pain that’s impossible to deny, and gives him a connection to the readers horrified by what Beast has done.

On top of that, we see the other hallmarks of his work on this title get better. Forge’s lab makes another appearance, and Cassara just cuts loose on all the designs and tech he gets to draw. Then the issue concludes with some new creatures as threats that are warped and grotesque without being disgusting.

X-Force is continuing to cross lines that will make everyone on Krakoa squirm. That’s making for a blast to read.

X-Force #15 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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