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X-Force - Volume 1 (X-Force, Volume III #1)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  3,449 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
X-Force are the X-Men's black-ops strike team, they are best trackers and killers the X-Men have to offer - Wolverine, X-23, Warpath, and Wolfsbane. When the bloodthirsty religious sect known as the Purifiers rears its head, the members of X-Force launch themselves into battle with claws out and teeth bared.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 16th 2010 by Marvel (first published November 5th 2008)
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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.
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
Jul 11, 2014 Sesana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
After the Purifiers attacked and robbed a SHIELD base, Cyclops reinstitutes X-Force.
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
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.
Nov 15, 2011 Miloš rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If I can give it 1000 stars, I would give it.
Fantastic and murderous.
Blood... Everywhere...
Jan 26, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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!
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
Aug 26, 2009 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Story Synopsis: (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 26, 2010 Sonic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 05, 2015 Cheese rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 15, 2014 Simone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 28, 2012 Noetic_Hatter rated it really liked it
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
Jun 19, 2014 Silas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 16, 2009 Jordan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dec 04, 2013 Aildiin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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...
Nov 11, 2016 Annabelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ah, the beauty of actually reading a volume and knowing what happened beforehand so you have a miniscule percent of trouble realising what is happening.


I want to thank the girl who posted her reading guideline on the X-Men universe and build a shrine on her honour.

And I want to state that this volume was bloody, brutal and filled with gore and battles.

I liked it! A lot.

And I can't wait to read the other volumes (both from X-Force and the other recommended titles from the guide).

That painting art style very rarely works for me in a comic book. This was not an exception to that.

I'm reading this primarily for the Laura development and the end of the series has a Hope story I've been told is good.
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
Aug 29, 2010 Shawn Fritsche rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2011 J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Christina Azzo
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
Oct 11, 2013 Jani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 07, 2011 Nathan rated it it was ok
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
John Wiswell
Sep 09, 2008 John Wiswell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 18, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 09, 2012 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Matt Anderson
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
Thomas Maluck
Aug 13, 2012 Thomas Maluck rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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