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Uncanny X-Force: The Dark Angel Saga, Book 1 Hardcover – December 7, 2011

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About the Author

Rick Remender is the writer/creator of comics such as Fear Agent, The End League, Strange Girl, Black Heart Billy, Last Days of American Crime, Sea of Red, Sorrow, Night Mary, XXXombies and Doll and Creature. He is also the writer of Marvel's X-Force, Punisher and Doctor Voodoo.
Outside of comics he has served as a writer on the Electronic Arts hit game Dead Space and is currently lead writer on EA/EPIC/PCF's Bulletstorm game. Prior to this, Remender served as an animator on films such as The Iron Giant, Anastasia, Titan A.E., and Rocky and Bullwinkle.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (December 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785146601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785146605
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Remender is the writer/creator of comics such as Fear Agent, Black Science, Deadly Class, LOW, Strange Girl, Last Days of American Crime, and Tokyo Ghost. He also served as writer of Marvel's Captain America, Uncanny Avengers, Uncanny X-Force, Punisher, and Venom.

Outside of comics he has served as lead writer on EA/EPIC/PCF's Bulletstorm game and was a writer on the Electronic Arts hit game Dead Space . Prior to this, Remender served as an animator assistant on films such as The Iron Giant, Anastasia, Titan A.E., and Rocky and Bullwinkle.

During his time wrist grinding as an artist Rick penciled books such as The Last Christmas, Bruce Campbell's Man with the Screaming Brain and numerous issues of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles while also inking books such as The Avengers and The Terminator . He has provided album covers and art for bands such as NOFX, 3 Inches of Blood, Lagwagon and No Use for a Name.

He taught storyboarding, animation and comic art at San Francisco's Academy of Art University for many years.

He and his tea-sipping wife, Danni, currently reside in Los Angeles raising human babies.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Souheil Khoury on December 2, 2011
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Uncanny X-force is probably the best Marvel Series of the Moment, and this collection regroups the first part of the Dark Angel Saga the last Arc of Uncanny X-Force's 18 Issues first Season. This Comic has it all action, high emotional moments between the main characters. "Spoilers" Plus a surprise Visit to the Age of Apocalypse". The art is gorgeous after reading this all you want is getting the next collection. Rick Remender is one of the best writers if not the best at Marvel all his stories are full with impact and he is writing three of the best series so far at Marvel ( X-force, Venom and in Jan 2012 Secret Avengers). Get this collection and if you did not get the first two UXF collections Apocalypse Solution and Deathlok Nation by all means get them since the first 18 Issues form one Mega Arc that will finish in Issue 18 ( Dec 14) and the Next Collection coming out in February.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eric on December 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When you have two of the best staff writers in industry working on the same book, it's tough to say who is doing a better job. Between writer Rick Remender and artist Jerome Opena, both featured in this arc of X-Force, working at the top of their game in what is currently possibly the best and most consistent series Marvel has to offer, the result is a worthy power-house TPB. As if these two weren't enough, we also get awesome covers by Esad Ribic. X-Force has been a dark book from day one, but this particular arc is among the most gripping and dramatic. This installment of the Archangel's evolution into the Dark Angel is the most compelling vision of this particular character we've yet seen, and he's the fiery heart of this story in much the same way Dark Phoenix has been the best part of many X-Men stories from the past. In fact, I almost didn't want to see Dark Angel revert back to the Warren we know because he is such a compelling villain. Still, Remender and Opena pull us in and don't let go, and without a doubt this arc has opened up a new dynamic of the Dark Angel that will almost certainly be used by writers for years to come.

The real key to this series success is that Remender has an excellent understanding of these characters, and knows how to write a barreling, effective plot. He seems to have an innate ability to write balanced dialogue in a way that rings true and gives these characters a believable dimension. To compliment this writing is Opena's near perfect artwork. This guy is heads and shoulders above the average talent seen in most comic book artwork. In fact, you can't help but to notice the big contrast between Opena and the issues pencilled by Billy Tan. Tan is an ok draftsman, but there is just no contest when compared with Opena.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Born on November 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Wolverine's clandestine X-Force has faced Apocalypse, the Reavers, and the Deathloks. Now they face an even graver threat from within. Something sinister is stirring in Archangel. His fractured personality is endangering the team's operations. Things don't get better when the Shadow King returns, bent on revenge. Then Magneto calls in an old favor, which Logan has no choice but to fulfill. Then the Dark Angel Saga begins, with the X-Force traveling to the Age of Apocalypse reality.
This is a truly entertaining collection. *SPOILERS* The idea of Warren/Archangel becoming the next Apocalypse is genius. The return to the 295(AoA) reality was interesting. For those who read the Age of Apocalypse this is a real treat. *END SPOILERS*
The art by Billy Tan isn't as great as Jerome Opena or Esad Ribic, but it is pretty good. Remender delivers a compelling and innovative story. His dialogue and character development continues, better than before. Overall this is a great addition to the Uncanny X-Force series. Buy it. 4.5/5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By El_Flash on December 19, 2011
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Uncanny X-Force is without a doubt, the best thing Marvel has going. This whole collection, just leaves you wanting to read more and more. As a long time Marvel reader, from Amazing Spider-Man, to uncanny X-Men and Avengers, this dark angel saga has been the best.

Rick Remender is the best writer Marvel has, and he showcases his work. The dynamic relationship and emotion that is built up between the characters, in this trade is fabulous, you feel the tension and the moment in every panel. Being in the Age of Apocalypse, is also a nice turn, as you see "old friends" in a new light.

The art in this trade, is fabulous, especially the last three issues, I love the way they draw Betsy (Psylocke) in these last few issues.

Overall, if you read Marvel comics, and like the X-Force ones, this is a must buy. Hands down the best Marvel comics going.
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Because there are plenty of reviews for the hardcover edition of this book, I don't feel the need to go into too much detail. I thought this book was splendid. It's the storyline that Remender has been leading up to since the beginning of Uncanny X-Force, and boy, does it deliver.

Archangel, the heir of Apocalypse, has finally succeeded in taking over Warren Worthington, and X-Force must do whatever it takes to stop him. Warren succumbing to the murderous monster, the dynamics between the members of X-Force, their journey to the Age of Apocalypse, all of it was written beautifully (Or, you know. As beautifully as a dark book like X-Force CAN be written).

And good heavens, the art! I daresay it was perfect. I've enjoyed the illustrations of Billy Tan and Mark Brooks more than any other Uncanny X-Force artist thus far. Brilliant job to the colorists and inkers, as well. One thing I love about X-Force is that the panels without words are so powerful and effective, and that's something I don't see in too many other books.

My only complaint is that things got a little convoluted towards the end of the book. Some of the Age of Apocalypse stuff was a bit confusing, but that may be because I'm still relatively new to X-Men comics. Other than that, this book was all that I hoped it would be, and I can't wait to read the conclusion of the Dark Angel Saga.
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