By Benjamin Percy, Joshua Cassara and Guru-eFX
X-Force has been one of the more and popular series to come out of this re-launch of the X-Men. The team has several members, but mostly focuses on Wolverine, Kid Omega and Domino. The supporting cast is a bit unusual for an X-Force book, but Jean, Beast and Sage are members who also get some panel time in these issues. As we enter the conclusion of the Terra Verde arc, we see some of those background characters step up and take charge. If you’re not a Black Tom Cassidy fan, you should be after this issue.
Benjamin Percy is a Wolverine fan. If you’ve read Wolverine: The Long Night, it’s easy to tell that he has a level of love for the character. This issue Percy still cements Logan as the toughest guy in the X-universe, but a character like Jean or Domino also step up and show they can be just as tough. Percy’s X-Force also has a bit of a horror feel to it. If you’ve ever seen the movie Midsommar, there are probably a couple of panels with Kid Omega that could remind you of that film, and they are kind of creepy. Percy has also done a wonderful job fleshing out Black Tom Cassidy. His connection to Krakoa has been something he’s been building up and this issue he expands on that further. Something as simple as Black Tom blowing the island a kiss before he goes to Terra Verde is good character development of the C-lister. The most important thing in this issue happens in the last two pages. Percy has written something that will get fans in an uproar or make them nod their head in approval. Either way, things will be a bit different on Krakoa for some fans.
The pencils this issue are handled by Joshua Cassara with colors by Guru-eFX. Cassara is good, as usual. His close up of Black Tom, with his veins running through his face look great. The aesthetic of the weird and creepy plant people underground has a good look to them. This book almost feels like it was made for the style that Joshua Cassara uses, eerie images with great crisp lines. GURU-eFX does a superb job on colors. His bright pinks and immaculate greens make this issue pop out. The shading around the plant people is great. GURU-eFX really shines in the panels where he utilizes Jean’s powers against Henry. The pink is so vibrant, it’s hard to take your eyes off it.
X-Force #10 will be remembered for a few things, but none more than the last two pages. Benjamin Percy is definitely stirring the pot and turning the X-Men world upside down. The pencils and art are simply amazing. X-Force #10 will get you through this week and keep you talking into next week.