Two X-Force Series? Why the Hell?

The other day I told you guys about the new Cable and X-Force title coming up in Marvel NOW! It was a new take on the X-Force franchise, and actually looked and sounded kind of cool. Plus it fit with the idea of Marvel NOW! being a relaunch of titles and trying some new ideas.

Well apparently Marvel isn’t yet ready to let go of the old ideas. They’re still going to publish Uncanny X-Force, giving us competing X-Force titles for some godforsaken reason.

The adjective makes the team

Right now, Uncanny X-Force is a popular series by writer Rick Remender about Wolverine leading a team of black ops X-Men on kill missions. It’s a very good series, starring characters like Deadpool, Fantomex, Psylocke, Dark Nightcrawler and, at one point, Archangel. But Remender is moving on to bigger comics, and with last week’s Cable-related announcement, I thought for sure that Marvel was hanging up this series as a job well done.

Nope! They’re going to hand it off to a relatively untested writer, who is going to get rid of most of those characters and instead write about a black ops team starring Psylocke, Storm, Spiral and Puck!

He’s Puck!

I’m as much of a Puck fan as the next geek, but really, Marvel? This is what you’re doing for Marvel NOW!? This relaunch is your chance to clear out some of the clutter and cut away some of the excess comics that the world doesn’t need. And nobody in the world needs a series about these characters trying to be a black ops team. Did you learn nothing from Regenesis? Over the past year, Marvel has been publishing several dozen different X-Men books, including X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Men: Legacy, and Astonishing X-Men, among other extra titles like New Mutants and X-Factor. In order to populate these books, Marvel was just throwing mutants at them. Astonishing X-Men starred Wolverine, Iceman, Gambit, Karma, Cecilia Reyes, and Northstar. What kind of team is that?

I don’t have the exact numbers, but I think it’s safe to say all those extra X-books didn’t do nearly as well as the main series.

Yet it looks like Marvel is doing it again. Just throw a random group of characters together, give it an already familiar name, and just hope people buy it. How long until we see the likes of Uncanny X-Factor? Mimic and the X-Men? Superfluous X-Men? X-Men: Regency? Probably a year from now after Marvel goes through it’s next Big Event/Relaunch…

This interview with new writer Sam Humphries doesn’t really explain why Marvel wants competing X-Force titles. But at least he seems happy to be writing comics, lucky bastard.

About Sean Ian Mills

Hello, this is Sean, the Henchman-4-Hire! By day I am a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in Central New York, and by the rest of the day I'm a pretty big geek when it comes to video games, comic books, movies, cartoons and more.

Posted on September 17, 2012, in Comics, Marvel, X-Men and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. HAHAHA! This is fantastic! I cannot wait to see how a team consisting of Puck and three hot chicks will turn out. And with Storm’s divorce and I’m hoping Fantomex falls off a cliff sometime before Marvel Now, that means they’re all single. So I’m giving Puck 12 issues to become the greatest Superhero ever.

    But on the subject of re-using old team names….I’m kinda torn. Every team name used today contains a very different set of heroes than its original incarnation. In fact, I looked it up, remember the Order (California’s Initiative team)? Well the original the Order was an off-shoot team of the Defenders. And they were great. The Guardians of the Galaxy are great and they weren’t the first (in real-world chronology).

    Plus, right now, think of a good Superhero team name. Right now. See! All your ideas sound terrible.

    • You didn’t give me time to come up with a name. But come on, are both Cable and Psylocke going to insist that their team is the ‘real’ X-Force? That sort of thing worked when Milligan did that crazy X-Force and they actually made it a plot point that they stole the name. But this is silly.

  2. In fairness, the only new X-title launched in Regenesis was actually WatXM, with all the others having been going before that. And I actually have no problem with the Astonishing team, even if I’ve been less than impressed with Liu’s writing on that title. (In particular, I dislike how she rushed to have a gay wedding within the first few issues of her run – she should’ve held off a few more months, to let it develop more naturally. And her grasp of Northstar himself has been very shaky.)

    Anyway, the line-up’s not bad – Puck’s always great, Storm and Psylocke are good and work well together, and it’ll be interesting to see Spiral playing with others (and the rest of the line-up hasn’t been announced yet).

    I’m unfamiliar with Humphries, and haven’t read anything he’s done. I’m keeping an open mind about him.

    • I just meant that rather than cut some excess titles in Regenesis, Marvel just randomly put together a bunch of teams of characters, as if picking their names out of hat to go into certain titles. But in the end, they were all basically the same comic…not that I read them all and can verify such a claim. My point is that it’s OK to let comics come to an end. It’s silly to find some weak reason to keep a comic going. I’m cool with the lineup as well, it’s just the general idea of the comic. It feels forced and unnecessary.

      • I have been reading them all, and I have to disagree. They were all doing different things. There was actually very little overlap in terms of mood and premise.

        The two versions of X-Force are going to need to do something to set themselves apart from each other, though.

      • Alright, fair enough. If you say it worked, I’ll trust you. But I’m still waiting for the inevitable X-Force crossover where Cable and Psylocke argue over who gets to use the name.

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