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Uncanny X-Force: Deathlok Nation (Marvel Premiere Editions) Hardcover – June 29, 2011

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Book 2 of 7 in the Uncanny X-Force Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Marvel Premiere Editions
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (June 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785148566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785148562
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,049 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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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Charles Xavier's wide-eyed dream is this tiny blip in the rearview mirror now. On the verge of extinction, with most of the remaining mutants now residing on the island Utopia for mutual protection, certain folks have opted to be more proactive, to take harder measures. But not everyone needs to know. Wolverine and Archangel's secret kill unit has already done the unthinkable by murdering a child who in the future will become Apocalypse. It doesn't even matter that several members of X-Force now can't sleep nights, wracked with misgivings. Surprisingly, Deadpool is one of those losing sleep. That probably counts as a sort of character-developing coup, Rick Remender.

Because our merry mutants and crap futures go hand in hand, Remender ushers in one more bleak in-the-days-ahead. In this alternate future, the Deathlok program has upgraded from utilizing human hosts to utilizing superhumans in its production of cyborg death machines. And, worse, there's an equation in play which seeks to transform all possible futures into a clone of this one. These enhanced Deathlok troopers deploy to the present-day 616 Earth with two objectives: "acquire the World" and "kill Phantomex." Turns out, only Phantomex can prevent this divergent timeline from happening. He's also got the "World," which actually is the shrunken, MC Esher-inspired "home laboratory o' the folks who launched Weapon X in Canada." With grotesque Deathlok-ed versions of familiar heroes hounding them, X-Force infiltrates the World, looking for answers or at least for something to stab.

Naturally, the self-aware rogue Deathlok isn't too far from the action. A cyborg zombie with a massive arsenal who doesn't second-guess himself much, he was probably welcomed by Wolverine with open arms.
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Collects Uncanny X-Force 5.1, and issues 5-7.

What is an X-man to do when an army of cyborg-superheroes come to get you? If you're part of the no-rules, top secret, assassin squad known as X-Force, you'll trash a lot of bad guys. The issues collected here kick off with the superb 5.1. Lady Deathstrike and the Reavers return aiming to infiltrate and destroy the x-men's refuge. 5.1 has a great battle between wolverine and lady Deathstrike. The issue also showcases Psylocke's assassin skills.

The rest of the issues get caught up in a complicated plot by an inter-dimensional, time traveling army of cyborgs (the titular Deathlock Nation) who have the singular purpose of destroying Fantomex and securing "the world." Forgiving the odd Terminator-esque plot, Deadpool, Archangel, Fantomex, Wolverine, and Psylocke are expertly drawn and written as they combat the menace.

I give the collection five stars for the gritty artwork especially Rafael Albuquerque's work in issue 5.1; 5 stars for the dark team of assassins who work together to wrestle with the moral / ethical complications of being killers for the good guys.

As an added bonus the collected edition also contains an appendix of script to page that details some of the many steps a comic prgresses through from idea to finished product. A second appendix is an interview with writer Rick Remender that details some of the history and philosophy of X-Force.

A great purchase for X-fans. Solid combat, tortured psyches. X-Force comes with a "parental advisory" label for the bloody, dark plotlines. X-Force is a great series, however, for adult fans--like me--who have loved the X-Men for decades.
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While Deathlok Nation didn't wow me in the same way that The Apocalypse Solution did, I truly enjoyed this book.

Volume 2 contains issues 5.1, 5, 6, and 7. The point one issue finds the team facing off against Lady Deathstrike and the Reavers in an effort to stop the deaths of the mutants on Utopia, and while it was good, I wasn't very impressed with the art. It was a bit too rough for my taste, and it lacked some detail. Again, it was in no way bad enough for me not to enjoy the issue, but it wasn't as good as the illustration in issues 1-4 or 5-7.

The actual Deathlok Nation arc was great overall. I loved that throughout the book, the team is still dealing with how things turned out at the end of their mission to kill Apocalypse. In terms of character, this issue focuses a lot on Fantomex, and for someone who knows very little about him (but has thought he was super cool since reading The Apocalypse Solution), this was a treat. We also get some good development for Deadpool, as he (and Fantomex, to a lesser extent) wrestles with how much he cares about what the rest of the team thinks about him. The action sequences are good, the plot progresses well, and boy, do those silent panels work! All in all, a great comic worth your money.
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I was first drawn to the Uncanny X-Force series by Jerome Opena's beautiful illustrations for the Apocalypse Solution story arc. Esad Ribic and Rafael Albuquerque may have replaced Opena for the Deathlok Nation story arc, but they maintain a cohesive style to that of the first entry to the series. Stunning as the illustrations may be the real hero here is Rick Remender, a masterful storyteller. Deathlok Nation builds on the moral tension that arose with the conclusion of the Apocalypse Solution story arc, and delves deeper into the psyches of the ultra badass X-Force members.

Apocalypse Solution ended with a very controversial action being carried out by Fantomex. An action so repulsive that it even made antihero poster boys Wolverine and Deadpool balk. Deathlok Nation examines the internal conflict ignited by this action, examining the team dynamics and throwing a whole new problem into the equation. The story of Deathlok Nation is very Fantomex/Deadpool centric. Fantomex harbors a highly dangerous secret, he is in possession of an entire world in miniature. Deadpool on the other hand is struggling with the moral implications of the Apocalypse Solution. Deadpool is the real star here and Remender accomplishes something special. Remender takes the snarky, crazy, merc with a mouth and gives him something far more important than sarcasm: he instills Wade with a degree of humanity that was otherwise nonexistent. Deadpool is a very real character this go around and I loved the layer of insecurity hidden beneath all the bravado.

The plot is very well put together, Remender is very obviously building toward something great. The dialogue is clever and sharp. The art is phenomenal. The color palette of the Uncanny X-Force comics is breath taking and unique.
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