John Wiswell's Reviews > X-Force: Sex and Violence

X-Force by Craig Kyle
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Oct 15, 11

Read from September 02 to October 16, 2011

This book is about eighty pages of raw id.

Ninjas with ten glowing eyes. Heroes charging the enemy base in a vintage car at ninety miles an hour. Boobs and biceps, rendered with far too much talent. The authors even dug up Razorfist, a guy with swords for hands, to be one of the villains. It never pretends to be anymore than what it promises: Sex and Violence. And it is, panel for panel, just about perfect.

I usually can’t stand such superficial work. So why did I love this comic?

Part is phenomenal art of Gabriele Dell’Otto. Done in a blurred painting style, leather and latex shine, bullets and cars whiz, cloth flutters and skin feels too dry. There’s so much texture underneath such strong coloration and simulated lighting that the obscene story becomes obscenely beautiful. She is at the top of her game, down to some facial expressions on Domino that are among the most emotive I’ve seen in a decade.

Kyle and Yost’s writing is vapid here, but it knows it. They seem to have known they had exactly this number of pages and waste no opportunities. Characters are in mid-action at the start of every scene, and any low-action panel, like a sniper rifle simply hanging out a window, is captured by Dell’Otto. The result are pages that swiftly take you from action sequence to action sequence, with Wolverine and Domino’s shallow lust blooming in a haze of gore, and a constant sense of hazard escalating. It’s shameless work executed exceptionally well. In many ways, it’s the best action movie of the year, simply drawn.
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