Uncanny X-Force #4 Review

Psylocke has found the source of Bishop’s new found power, but can she stop it before it overtakes her mind as well?

Here is the summary from Marvel:

The first arc comes to a crazy climactic end! What have Fantomex and Cluster been up to while Bishop has been killing the rest of X-Force?

Spiral & Ginny get away from X-Force & Bishop in order to find a place to hide. However, they are soon discovered by Bishop who is still being possessed by a mysterious force. After being kicked out of her former teammate’s mind, Psylocke, Storm, & Puck soon find themselves hot on the heels of Bishop & Spiral hoping to question both of them. Meanwhile in the city rooftops, Fantomex & Cluster watch and wait for the right time to approach Betsy.

The 1st arc of the reincarnated X-Force ends with more of whimper than a bang. Sam Humphries tries to resolve so of the plot points, but in the end we are left with more questions than answers. We don’t who was possessing Bishop, why they chose him, or why they wanted Ginny. It is explained that Ginny has some degree of telepathic power, but so do a lot of mutants so what makes her so special? The Fantomex stuff (despite being on the cover) takes up very little of the comic; and feels more like padding as we still don’t know why they chose to find Psylocke all of a sudden. Betsy & Spiral have a moment together which is sort of nice but comes off a bit awkward seeing as we don’t know why Psylocke chose to restart her blood feud with the six-armed ninja.

While the story is a bit disorganized, the art continues to hold up pretty well. Again there are 3 artists working on the issue: Ron Garney dealing with the main plot in the real world and Adrian Alphona & Christina Strain once again teaming for the pages dealing with Bishop’s mindscape. Garney continues to draw some pretty good action scenes and the characters are still detailed well (his one page spread of Psylocke & Spiral was marvelous) but the highlight of the art comes from Alphona & Strain’s excellent mindscape scenery. Even though they don’t have as many pages as last issue, they still give art that has a magnificent flow to it and i wish more pages could have been dedicated to that style.

Uncanny X-Force #4 sadly isn’t as good as last issue. While it moved at a comfortable enough pace, it didn’t take to time to explain or at least touch upon earlier plot points introduced in previous issues and the things that were touched on weren’t fleshed out well. While still boasting some good art, it sadly overshadowed the story to a degree.

3/5

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