X-Force, Vol. 1: Angels And Demons
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X-Force, Vol. 1: Angels And Demons (X-Force #1)

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They are the X-Men's special black-ops strike team, created to go places and do things the regular squad can't or won't do. The members are the best trackers and killers the X-Men have to offer: Wolverine, X-23, Warpath and Wolfsbane. They are X-Force.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 28th 2009 by Marvel (first published November 5th 2008)
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Anne
Per some conversations with Jeff, I've come to realize that libraries (at least mine and his) have an over abundance of both Green Lantern and X-Men titles.
And for some unfathomable reason, I keep picking up the GL titles, even though I'm pretty much sick of the sight of them.
So.
I've decided to branch out and take advantage of all 10 bjillion X-titles that I had, thus far, managed to ignore.

Hello, X-Force!
Shiny cover? Check!
Pretty art? Check!
And as an added bonus, volumes 1, 2, and 3 were all si...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
As dark as the X-Men Universe gets!

The mutants need protectors who aren't hesitant to cross the line, and that's why the X-Force exists. Lead by Wolverine, their mission is to deal with the Purifers, a religious radical group determined to wipe out mutant kind. Wolverine has walked on the dark side, along with X-23, but Wolverine wants better for her, a chance to be normal, instead of the cloned killing machine she was designed and trained to be. But Cyclops puts her to work despite Wolverine's...more
Pamela
Oh my god, I love this title. Why the hell didn’t I start buying it when it came out? I have no idea! But I love it!

This is the line the X-Men never would cross, but Cyclops has finally realized that there are things that just need to be done. Nasty things like revenge and torture and murder, things that he wouldn’t put on any of the X-Men’s hands, but if they have to be done… what do you do?

You call Wolverine, of course.

I love Wolverine’s conscience; he knows he’s damaged goods and will happily...more
Derrick
These days, I am burned out on the whole anti-Mutant Hysteria theme. I have been reading it in Marvel books since the 80's, and there's not much new to say. But X-Force has managed to take a different approach to those tired old questions. What if the X-Men actually fought back, willing to even kill?

It's a bloody, bloody book filled with black humor and outrageous situations. Wolverine, X-23, and James Proudstar form a black ops team. They are joined -- sometimes reluctantly, sometimes not -- b...more
Becky
Here's a little something new for this review: from a little less than half way through I began to live blog it. So there are a few spoilers, and some bad words, but here are my thoughts on this comic as it unfolded to me:

Warpath: I'll do whatever it takes to get Rahne back... but you and Logan... how can you both be so indifferent to all this BLOOD?
X-23: I do not understand your question.
Warpath: Never mind.

AAAAAAH This is so dark!
THE CHICK JUST TURNED INTO A WEREWOLF AND IS EATING ANGEL! [c...more
Jordan
I can't really get into this whole idea that mutants feel it's now kill-or-be-killed time and must form a black-ops team to sneak around murdering people. Call me old fashioned. The art from Clayton Crain has style and he certainly knows how to slap up a cool image when it's needed, but his sequential stuff is always muddy (or bloody) and has a weird flat quality that lacks even the slightest background detail.

It earns points for some of the little character moments like Wolverine as an uncomfor...more
Sonic
A far cry from the sarcastic and clever version of Milligan and Allred, and it disappoints me that they don't acknowledge that series.
This is something very different. Dark and savage, and of course, fun!
This stuff gets into the dark and wonderful gray areas of morality, that in a sense the X-Men books and their offspring are known for. But this series takes a more realistic approach to the some of the more vicious mutants of or related to the X-Men. And with less of the sanitized portrayals o...more
Silas
I had read about half of this before. A title to which I had a subscription ended, and this is what they gave me instead. It dumped me in about three or four issues in, and it didn't make a lick of sense at the time. I almost didn't pick it up when it was super cheap, but did it anyway, since it tied into the Second Coming/Messiah Complex stories I just read, and taken as a whole, it's actually pretty good. It brings back a bunch of anti-mutant movements and molds them into one with a group of X...more
Aildiin
Grabbed this on sale for the Kindle ( 1.99$). This isn't my favorite media ( I rather get my digital comics on Comixology) but the story was entertaining enough to make it worthwhile...
Rob
A little muddled and not super clear, it suffered from all of its characters being rich with story to mine. Lots of gore and death, as promised, but I didn't necessarily buy what made this event need deadly force any more than all the other x-men encounters.
Even though I don't quite understand what happened with Angel, that part was rad. Is he not a mutant then? It also serves as a good diving board for the rest of the series but falls into the trap of having to know obscure details of the mar...more
J.
Well, this was a great read. Very violent, but with a strong focus on characters. And certainly full of surprises. Great and fitting (and unusual for a comic) art by Clayton Crain. It was about infinity percent better than the X-Force I remember from the '90s. I enjoyed it immensely.

It says something of the zeitgeist that this comic exists: the X-Men I grew up with repeatedly didn't kill people, and it repeatedly came back to bite them. On the other hand, the 90s were full of over-the-top violen...more
Gayle Francis Moffet
If you're gonna write the bloodiest, most violent book in the X-Men family, this is how you do it. Kyle & Yost go big for their first arc, pitting Wolverine, X-23, and Warpath against the Purifiers, the latest in a long line of religion-based anti-mutant groups to be the villains. During the arc, Kyle & Yost pull in Angel, Elixer, and Wolfsbane as well, and the story goes from a strong but generally expected dark goodies vs. baddies battle to a twisting mass of sudden character reversals...more
Shawn Fritsche
Since Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men, I haven't been keeping up with Marvel's X titles. However, when I saw that X-Force had been relaunched and Rob Liefeld was nowhere near it, my interest was piqued, so I decided to give it a try.

The concept of the title is this- The X-Men have had to deal with a lot of anti-mutant fuckheads who want nothing more than to see all mutantkind wiped off the face of the planet. As the X-Men are the good guys, they would never willingly kill those who would...more
Jani
Good guys doing bad things in name of good? I guess that summarizes the book quite well. So X-Force is formed from most ruthless members of X-men to act as assassins against worst enemies of mutants. In this story Cyclops wields Wolverine, X-23 and Warpath like a loaded gun and points it towards Purifiers (a religious anti-mutant group). Also Rahne aka Wolfsbane and Angel play quite important roles in this story.

It was nice to see Wolverine, character usually seen quite animalistic and ready to...more
Nathan
I find it surprising that X-force has become very cerebral in recent issues under the direction of Rick Remender rather than its starting issues under Craig Kyle.

This arc is full of blood and actually has little sense. The plot starts off as a routine assassination then things go from bad to worse in traditional storytelling fashion. What I find odd is that Rahne Sinclair was shown as a member of X-force in promotional artwork prior to the release of the book but actually serves as nothing but a...more
John Wiswell
You remember those idealistic X-Men who refused to kill and were wrapped in allegory? Well apparently the most recently worst thing to ever happen to them shattered all that and now they're hitmen in spooky black costumes who handle the most insultingly blunt cases imaginable. For instance: mean religious people! Mountains of dead bodies wearing crucifixes adorn this book about a squad of superheroes who kill. It's all forced, attempting to be that kind of cool once defined as "xtreme" before mo...more
Christopher Mclean
I was quite disappointed with the first few issues in this volume but I really found it growing on me by the end. The art style was very distinctive and worked well for some dramatic action scenes but I felt in general it left the world looking very bare, sort of like that feeling you get from older CG shows/movies where there is no detail in the background.

As the first in a new series I would have liked a bit more detail on some of the characters, particularly X-23 and warpath who I have not co...more
Paul
I find Marvel's universe difficult to delve into, it's almost guaranteed the story arc your reading requires the reading of a previous arc. X-Force on the other hand does well to introduce new readers. For those of you not in the know, X-Force is a gory read for any X-Men fans looking for a bit more brutality. The story rehashes old foes in a different light, Kyle's storytelling flows well and is fairly tight and Clayton Crain's dark palette really compliments the tone of the book.

Without going...more
Thomas Maluck
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David Edmonds
A series spin-off from the events of Messiah Complex, X-Force is the group of X-Men that will cross the lines that the X-Men themselves won't cross. Made up of the best trackers and killers that the X-Men have, X-Force's first mission is to take down the head of the Purifiers, a mission that proves much more difficult than they expect, especially with the unexpected return of Bastion.



A dramatically darker storyline than your normal X-Men story, this volume deserves its 'Mature' rating. The theme...more
Miss Kate Reads

At first I wasn't sure I was going to like, but between my love for Logan/Wolverine and my desire to complete "X" in my Alphabet Challenge, I continued.

Apparently there's a ridiculous amount of back story that I don't have for this story, so it was rather difficult reading in the beginning.

Then, it got very dark - and not just the content, but also the drawings shading which made it difficult to really see what was happening in the panels. The 3D computer animation looking animation style takes...more
Ithlilian
I tried to read the entire big xforce book I have here but I didn't make it further than the first collection, this, Angels and Demons. I like that Logan is a no nonsense I don't care who dies as long as the mission is complete type of person and X23 is as creepy and violent as I always hoped. The religious crazies are different than the usual generic bad guys and that was definitely welcome. The cast of characters is small and that is very much appreciated since xmen and avengers comics are way...more
Tom
Jun 09, 2012 Tom rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Have heard many things about this series and finally found it on sale at Amoeba records in San Francisco. I have to admit, I go on Graphic Novel binges while traveling which i reason to myself through the need of reading material on the flight.
Angels and Demons introduces the reader to a new team of X-Men created out of desperation of Cyclops. The comic is very violent and intense compared with other X-Men lines but also pulls together a solid story. The art style is more realistic than I usual...more
Ryan
The painted art is pretty amazing in this gn. I have the same complaint as many others that some panels are too dark. It makes it difficult to figure out what is going on. The tone is very dark, but that's kind of the point. The writing is very well done as well. The author makes sure not to introduce a very big team (they get bigger later) and wraps in storypoints from past comics into the larger plot structure. It's done well, because if you are unfamiliar with the characters, most of it shoul...more
Michael
Cyclops stellt aus den X-Men eine spezielle Eingreiftruppe zusammen, die X-Force. Besonderheit: Diese Truppe darf töten. Wolverine verkommt zu einer Rambo-Figur, larmoyant und pathetisch. Die Handlung hat mich nicht gepackt, die Darstellung von Gewalt allein macht keine Spannung aus.
Die Artwork ist komplett am PC entstanden, was nicht meinem Geschmack entspricht. Manche Bilder wirken zwar fast fotorealistisch, aber davon profitiert das Buch nicht; mir sind die meisten Bilder zu dunkel geraten. H...more
Bob
Out of context this was totally awesome. I haven't read the X-Men in many many so I had never heard of some of the characters. But I loved to volume.
Eli Poteet
It took me a couple gaiters to become adjusted to the artistic style but at once I was hooked. Dark and twisted. Bloody and beautiful.
Cristian Marrero
Nice story line. I love the art-work.There is never a dull moment when the world wants to kill mutants.
Danielle
Gorgeous artwork and a chilling storyline combine to create one of my favourite comic collections to date. The future tensions and drama that this book sets up are endless. I also love X 23 and she has a page dedicated to a bout of her confusion over ethics that I found really insightful into her character, especially how she manifested her confusion outwards and onto herself.
This book continues the Messiah Wars, although I am unsure of its chronological placement. A must-read for those followin...more
Michelle
I just skimmed through this book. It's about how Bastion cam e together. SUmmers sanctions a squad of mutant assassins and Wolvie is the reluctant leader because he's the best there is at what he does, which is murder and torture.

The art is lovely, but at times it could be too muddled and dark. I wasn't sure what was going on in some fight scenes. I don't like Kyle & Yost's bloody universe of the dark turn of the series. Also, I have trouble believing that SHIELD could have been that easily...more
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