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

Collecting: X-Force 1-6
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 28th 2009 by Marvel Comics (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
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Terence
Jan 22, 2016 Terence rated it liked it
After the Purifiers attacked and robbed a SHIELD base, Cyclops reinstitutes X-Force.
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Their orders are to do whatever it takes to eliminate the problem.

X-Force is the X-Men's shadowy sibling. It walks in the dark while the X-Men walk in the light. There is no action X-Force won't take. The group is primarily composed of Wolverine, Warpath, and X-23. The X-Men's greatest hunters and killers sent to do what they do best. The author chose an easy target with the Purifiers to gain them sympathy becau
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Sesana
Aug 06, 2014 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
This book seems like it was custom built around Wolverine's stated skill set: he's really good at killing people in really violent ways, and can be really sneaky when he's getting ready to do it. Back when Cyclops and Wolverine were still speaking to each other, Cyke put Wolverine in charge of this version of X-Force, a sort of genocidal maniac hit squad. After all, there are an awful lot of people running around the Marvel universe with really high mutant body counts, and nobody but the mutants ...more
Alistair
Jun 28, 2016 Alistair rated it liked it
Decent artwork and some fantastic characters some of which are under utilised.

I think what let's this down is the over convoluted and far fetched plot. The odds they are against are ridiculous and whenever I read an x-men storyline they seem to forget they are amongst other characters in a wider marvel universe.

They need to reign it in a bit sonny Jim, fer fucks sake.
StoryTellerShannon
Special Forces from the X-Men sets out to deal with Purifiers and others that mean harm to X-Men. The artwork is crowded which makes me think they had a budget. Works against the story.

OVERALL GRADE: C plus to B minus.
Becky
May 17, 2015 Becky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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
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Miloš
Feb 07, 2015 Miloš rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
If I can give it 1000 stars, I would give it.
Fantastic and murderous.
Blood... Everywhere...
Jedhua
Story Synopsis: (view spoiler) ...more
Pamela
Aug 26, 2009 Pamela rated it it was amazing
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
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Simone
Nov 06, 2015 Simone rated it really liked it
Se volete leggere la mia recensione, cliccate qui!

http://ascwblog.blogspot.it/2015/11/x...
Sonic
Jan 26, 2010 Sonic rated it really liked it
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
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Noetic_Hatter
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
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Jordan
Jan 16, 2009 Jordan rated it it was ok
Shelves: marvel_comics
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
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Christina Azzo
Dec 27, 2014 Christina Azzo rated it it was ok
This wan't my cup of tea as X-Men stories go. The story came off so excessively violent at times that it came off like cheap shock value. It reminded me of Fan fiction I've read. It felt like the writer is really trying, but not sure what to do with this story. Clayton Crain's art didn't help. I get he was trying to be very stylized and experimental, but it made it hard to figure what was going on on some pages. It seemed like there was quite a bit more sinister violence targeted at Wolfsbane. W ...more
Silas
Jun 19, 2014 Silas rated it really liked it
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
Craig Medaris
Dec 02, 2015 Craig Medaris rated it liked it
Nice and dark, which for a frontline Marvel title is a nice change. Very light on the Logan cheese and heavy on the decapitations.

Fairly graphic violence right the way through, which is fitting considering the reasoning behind the creation of the group and the cast of characters which inhabit it. This is not a negative thing at all.

I found the most difficult thing about the collection, was actually what made it work also. The dark. The art is at times a little messy and tough to make out, which
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Matt Anderson
Jan 31, 2016 Matt Anderson rated it liked it
Collects X-Force issues #1-6

Set shortly after the events of both "House of M" and "Civil War," Cyclops has formed a team of the X-Men's best trackers and killers. This black-ops strike team was created to do the X-Mens' dirty work in secret. For the first mission, the small, four-person team of Wolverine, Warpath, X-23, and Wolfsbane must stop a murderous religious group called the Purifiers. They believe mutants are demons that come from Satan, so in their craziness they have convinced themselv
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Aildiin
Dec 04, 2013 Aildiin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Jun 03, 2014 Rob rated it liked it
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
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J.
Jun 29, 2014 J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
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Gayle Francis Moffet
Jan 17, 2013 Gayle Francis Moffet rated it really liked it
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
Aug 29, 2010 Shawn Fritsche rated it really liked it
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
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Jani
Oct 11, 2013 Jani rated it liked it
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
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Nathan
Aug 07, 2011 Nathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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John Wiswell
Sep 09, 2008 John Wiswell rated it did not like it
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
Jul 13, 2014 Christopher Mclean rated it liked it
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
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Paul
Apr 18, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
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
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Münevver
May 26, 2016 Münevver rated it really liked it
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Çizimlerinde anlamadığım bir oyun havası vardı, bunu araştıracağım. Merak ediyorum, niye böyle bir şey yapmışlar bilmek istiyorum. Onun dışında çevirisinin pek iyi olmadığını düşünüyorum ben. Bazı yerlerde tekrar tekrar okuduğum ama anlamadığım mantıksız cümleler vardı. Bunlara rağmen müthiş keyifli bir çizgi romandı.
Beaugan Gama
this was the beginnings of what would eventually spawn into Uncanny X-Force

essentially black ops with a mostly family rating, this first collection does go a bit R-rated thanks to all the blood and gore that ensures

however, all in all, was also a very fun read and the art is just superb
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