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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (August 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078515888X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785158882
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, Night Mary, and XXXombies. He is also the 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 Southern California with a beautiful baby girl, a giant baby boy and a monster known only as Lester Magoo.

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This story arc was a good one.
Christian Dickerson
Get it if you're thinking about it, and be sure to get the ones after, this is a good series.
The artwork and dark story line is very good and draws you into the book.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. H. Wells VINE VOICE on March 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Collecting: Uncanny X-Force #14-19

Bonus: Variant Cover Art Gallery & Sketches

Dark Angel Saga Book 2 contains the concluding issues of a story arc that began with Uncanny X-Force: The Dark Angel Saga, Book 1. X-Force is the secret assassin squad that uses any means necessary to save the world. The conclusion of this must-buy story arc ends with massive changes for the X-Men universe, including a new team member for X-Force (I can't say who, but I am personally excited to see more of this character) and a new student for Wolverine's school (a student who Beast is very unhappy to see).

There is quite a bit of marvel mythology wrapped in these issues which may be daunting for some readers. But writer Rick Remender is able to expertly channel decades worth of Apocalypse backstory, an alternate universe, a love story, and a whole host of good and bad characters into a white-knuckle action-packed story. I could not put it down.

Artists Jerome Opena and Robbi Rodriguez bring a lot of talent to this book. Opena's art in particular combines the perfect amount of shadow, realism, and detailed facial expression to convey the desperate fight for the fate of the world against one of X-Force's own. Rodriguez heads the art of issue #19, the denouemont of the story arc presented here. The mood is different as the characters must digest the ramifications of saving the world at a very high price.

X-Force does contain a "parental advisory" on the back cover. This advisory is mostly for violence. During the battle between X-Force and horsemen of Apocalypse there are some brutal moments (anything less would have felt weak and artificial).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By XDestron on March 28, 2012
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Common sense dictates that you shouldn't be reading book 2 if you haven't read book 1. If you haven't, then you need to just get both and read them in one sitting. You won't regret it.

If you have, you know that up to this point the Dark Angel Saga has been wall-to-wall action, violence, romance, and drama. Penned by the white hot Remender with amazing artwork by Opena (whose style fits these books perfectly), it was hard to imagine this series getting any better after finishing book one.

Well, it did. And the pedal never leaves the metal until the final chapter. The first chapter picks up right where the last book left off. X-force in a straight up showdown with Archangel and the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse. Now backed by the powerful Genocide (Holocaust re-named?), another throwback to the Age of Apocalypse. Warren Worthington is now gone, and in his place stands only Archangel, heir to Apocalypse. Like his predecessor, Archangel only has one goal: To serve evolution by exterminating all humans while allowing mutants to flourish.

The primary mission for X-force has changed. Where they had previously killed Apocalypse, they must now do the same to their former teammate (and lover to Psylocke). I won't spoil anything, but let's just say things don't go as planned for X-force, and the ensuing chapters are one long, bitter struggle that regularly left me with feelings of despair, wondering how the team could possibly overcome these odds. I actually think the end of each chapter left me with the chills. The use of panels throughout the story was expertly done. Every chapter brought something new to the story, and I found it impossible to put down.

I could also never give a 5-star review without the art being excellent.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BK on February 27, 2012
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If you've already been reading X-Force, there's really no reason not to pick this one up. The Dark Angel Saga is a journey that has been building up since the first issue and it's a hell of a ride that reaches its ultimately satisfying conclusion in this hardcover.

X-fans, young or old, should enjoy this!

In fact, it might have been TOO good because the Otherworld arc that follows this hasn't been anywhere near as enjoyable as this one.

However, if you're new to the series, I would recommend that you read the books prior to this one because jumping straight into this one could be overwhelming. But trust me, it'll be worth it.

Now we're all waiting for that Marvel Omnibus to come out...
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Format: Paperback
Title: Uncanny X-Force: The Dark Angel Saga Book 2
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Rick Remender
Artists: Jerome Opena, Esad Ribic, Robbie Rodriguez (pencils, inks), Dean White, Chris Sotomayor, James Campbell (colors), Jerome Opena, Rafael Grampa (covers)
Collects: Uncanny X-Force #14-19
Price: $19.99

You know, now that we are pretty close to the end of Remender's run on this title, I just have to ask what all the hype was about. I heard a lot of positive buzz about this series back when it first launched. I picked up the first trade (Uncanny X-Force, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Solution) and read it and it was OK. Then I read the next trade (Uncanny X-Force, Vol. 2: Deathlok Nation). It, too, was simply OK. The same with the third. Then comes this one and it is... OK. And the fifth? Well, not to spoil it much for you, but it is also just... OK. None of them were good or above average in any way. So I ask again: What was all that hype about? I really wanted this to be a good series, but it just wasn't. If I had never read it I wouldn't have missed out on anything noteworthy. In fact, I could have spent more time reading something good!

If you've been reading this book at all, you know that this book focus on the final confrontation between Wolverine's kill crew and the bad, dark, evil, no-good angel. There's a lot of complex gobbly-gook in here, as well, about life seeds and death seeds and reshaping the artificial "World" and reshaping the real "world" and blah, blah, blah.
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