The X-Force by Kyle & Yost Omnibus is the #57 Most-Wanted Marvel Omnibus of 2017 on Tigereyes’s Secret Ballot – and I’ve included the complete X-Force reading order (and casualty count) below!
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What Is It? X-Force (2008) maintained the proactive mandate of 1991’s X-Force iteration but added a no-holds-barred bloody approach to the X-Men’s take on counterterrorism.
That’s what you get when Cyclops appoints Wolverine to lead a team of hunter-killers, although he’s not too happy about his line-up. X-23 is there – despite Wolverine trying to steer her to non-violence, as is Warpath – a reluctant killer, both Angel and Rahne – not entirely in control of themselves, and later Domino, Vanisher, and Elixir.
X-Force (2008) ran for 28 issues and one annual from April 2008 to September 2010.
Past Ranking: This year is the book’s debut placement in the ballot results.
Creators: Written by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost with art by Clayton Crain along with pencils by Mike Choi, Alina Urusov, Carlo G. Barberi, Gabriele Dell’Otto, and Jason Trent Pearson, inks by Sandu Florea, colors by Sonia Oback, Edgar Delgado (AKA Pato), and Dave Stewart, and letters by Jeff Eckleberry and Cory Petit.
Probable Contents: X-Force (2008) #1-25 & Annual 1, X-Force: Sex & Violence #1-3, Cable (2008) #13-15 (and material from #6-7 & 12), Messiah War one-shot, X-Men: Future History – The Messiah War Sourcebook, X-Force/New Mutants: Necrosha One-Shot, X-Necrosha: The Gathering, and X-Force Special: Ain’t No Dog, as well as some background material. See below for a full reading order.
[Thanks to John S. on FB for catching two of the one-shots I omitted!]Click to expand a discussion of further content for this volume.
X-Force was a part of three events during its run.
The first, Messiah War in #14-16, was a direct crossover with Cable #13-15 with a few pages of introduction in #12. (The original Messiah War collection included Cable #11-12, but they are not relevant to X-Force.) It has appeared in its own oversize hardcover, but is brief enough to be reprinted here stripped of some of its unnecessary supporting material like Cable #11-12 and X-Men: The Times and Life of Lucas Bishop #1-3.
The second, X-Necrosha in #21-25, was not a direct crossover with New Mutants and X-Men Legacy. Those issues, all collected along with X-Force in the X-Necrosha oversize hardcover, are not required to read the X-Force story, which resolves several ongoing plot threads in the title.
The final event, Second Coming #26-28, was a direct crossover across all of the X-Men team books – Uncanny X-Men, X-Men Legacy, and New Mutants, and X-Force. There is no way (and little point) to excerpting just the X-Force material from the crossover – though, it does resolve several remaining plot threads from this title!
Can you read it right now? Yes!
With the exception of Messiah War and Second Coming, X-Force has now been released in four formats! A pair of oversized hardcovers – Volume 1 and Volume 2 – are the quickest way to collect the non-event issues, but Complete Collection Volume 1 and Volume 2 paperbacks add the Necrosha material.
See the Guide to X-Force for every possible iteration. Or, just head to Marvel Unlimited – every issue is available there (although, note you have to type “X Necrosha” to find the Necrosha one-shots in search.
There no other way to say it: X-Force was a shock.
Up to this point it the X-Men’s 40 years of history we had seen plenty of bloody panels – many of them courtesy of Wolverine, Cable, and Deadpool, but also some in books like X-Statix. Yet, even when the X-Men were at their most proactive and forceful, they were rarely a team of killers. That’s something we associated more with their enemies, like the Marauders or Omega Red.
(And of course, there were some major-scale genocidal wipeouts courtesy of Dark Phoenix (billions!) and the mega-sentinel at the beginning of Grant Morrison’s New X-Men (millions!).)
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