- 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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Uncanny X-Force: Deathlok Nation (Marvel Premiere Editions) Hardcover – June 29, 2011
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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The second offering from Remender's X-Force wasn't as good as the first. My opinion's probably influenced for my disgust of the Weapon Plus program that Grant Morrison created. Read morePublished 21 months ago by S. Penrose
The story was good. However, it's difficult to follow in the beginning. Fantomex is difficult for me to figure out.Published on February 8, 2014 by Vultrimite
great action sequences good transition from chat to fights. A bit more back story on how they got to be so dominant would've been nice..Published on December 28, 2013 by Kendra Arauz
definitely a more grown up X title. i've thoroughly enjoyed it though. i never read much x-force back in the day (when it was a Cable lead team) because a lot of the characters... Read morePublished on September 14, 2013 by J. Dawson
For a group who's sole purpose is to take out the bad guys and do the nasty jobs that others can't do, there sure was a lot of out of character whining about moral dilemmas. Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by Nautius Maximus
This is a very complete TPB, you could easily start reading X-Force here for a taste of it and get a good story arc with lots of action and some zany alternate reality madness. Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by George D. Long
Awsome book to read and the art is also pretty wicked. Huge fan of the series, I love reading comics and would recommend this one.Published on March 4, 2013 by Nelson D. Martinez
Great writing, great art. This was the first series I read that got me back into marvel comics, I just wish everything else they were doing was held up to this standard.Published on February 11, 2013 by blake r krause