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X-Force, Volume 2: Old Ghosts

(X-Force (2008) (Collected Editions) #2)

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X-Force is still reeling from the aftermath of their first mission, but there's no rest for the wicked. Mutantkind's enemies have multiplied, but Cyclops has a new target for his black-ops team - and even X-Force doesn't believe who they're going after next!

Collecting: X-Force 7-11
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Paperback, 120 pages
Published September 9th 2009 by Marvel Comics (first published March 25th 2009)
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Anne
4.5 stars

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Re-reading these old comics was maybe one of the better decisions I've made all year. Now, I realize this series won't be for everyone but this was the comic that made me fall in love with X-Force. Hard.
Whether or not you'll enjoy this as much as I do is contingent on a few things.
Ask yourself these questions:

Do I wanna see X-23 and Wolverine fuck up some bad guys?

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Do I wanna see Warren turn into a metal Angel of Death?

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Do I wanna see Domino do her badass Domino-y thing?

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Do I wanna see War
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Paul E. Morph
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Not bad at all. I definitely preferred the artwork in this volume. There were a couple of story elements that made no sense, though, so I can't quite bring myself to give it four stars. ...more
James DeSantis
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Ah the art got better, woot woot!

So this one starts off more exciting than the last for me. Basically The X-Force are sent on a mission to retrieve a virus. While warpath faces off against a...bear? Yeah like a gigantic spirit bear. Listen, this is the X-men universe, get with it. With the X-Force team all working together and a new member, Domino, joining them, will they be able to successfully get the virus back or will it be too late?

Good: I enjoyed the chemistry between the characters. The
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Sesana
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
Two volumes in, I'm really enjoying this series. I like the idea of a covert branch of the X-Men that does what needs to be done, however morally gray it might be. It's something that wouldn't have been done under Xavier. But he's gone now, and mutants are more on the defensive than ever. Obviously, the basic idea works really well for me. And the plot specifics in this volume are working, too. There's a lot of characters on the edge here, without being unlikeable. And I'm liking how each volume ...more
James
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book had a few threads going. One, Angel is in an internal war with himself trying to control his Archangel persona. Two, the mysterious Eli in the last volume brought back several mutant villains and now has reinstated them back to the positions in the government, military etc etc. Then we have a sample of the legacy virus stolen and X-force goes on the hunt to secure it. Mike Choi takes the baton form Clayton for the art duties and is not too shabby. At the end of the book we get the back ...more
Arturo
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Archangel and Wolfsbane are having issues with each other. Domino and Vanisher join the group, who are after the Legacy Virus. The team takes on Marauder clones. The origin of Eli Bard (which includes Selene). Ghost Rider helps out Warpath on a side story, and I think thats a great reason to guest star, just to have Choi draw him. The art all around doesn't get better then this. ...more
Sonic
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
The first Volume was pretty action packed, so one has to accept I guess, that this book felt more like an intermittent set-up book. Like it is setting us up for Volume 3, still though, this was fun.
Dan
Mar 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the better incarnation of X-force but this volume seemed way to fast paced. I didn't like how they flashed back and forth between one story and the start of Necrosia storyline. ...more
Quentin Wallace
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This X-Force series may be my favorite X Universe series since the Claremont/Byrne run of Uncanny X-Men.

In this volume we have clones of the Marauders, the Legacy Virus makes a return, and we see the origin of an interesting new villain. But the coolest part was Ghost Rider and Warpath teaming up to fight a demon bear! The Clayton Crain artwork fits this book perfectly.

This is dark, but very good.
Becky
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
A couple years ago when I read the first X-Force in this run I did like a live-blog style review. I’m gonna give that another go now with the second.
So once again, spoilers and swearing.

X: I must warn you… I am highly proficient in racquetball.
Wolverine: good for you.

Oh man, this is a terrible idea. Scott, this was your idea, wasn’t it? This has “Scott’s idea” written all over it.
Oh BB Rahne.
Oh BB Angel.
I’m like 4 pages in and everything is terrible.
I love Elixer so much, and I’m pretty sure th
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
"Old Ghosts" is representative of the dark and intense tone of this run of X-Force. I really like this series. I think the art and narrative mesh seamlessly to create an impressive end product. X-Force is about putting everything to the test and committing your very all to the cause. Someone is going to die if you do nothing, so do something and let it be the bad guys who die. While X-Men won't stoop to this level, there needs to be a mutant group who will do the dirty work, and that's where the ...more
Sketching Girl
I sat down and read this one pretty much all in one sitting. I really love the artwork, it's very modern, and very dark which suits the tone of a dark and more dangerous covert team of X-Men, who are pretty much there to do the dirty work the more public X-Men team (led by Xavier) can't be seen to do.

I liked the story and I really like X-23 and Wolfsbane. I really want to learn more about these characters, and I love the new look to Angel, and how he's now struggling with something (don't want
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Kate Reads

First off, I did not put this down until I had finished it.

I feel like this one is a little less bloody, a little less dark, and definitely tempered with more of the humor that I personally love.

The illustrations were clear and the dialogue was much easier to follow in this one than in the first volume. It also really feels like the story is moving more naturally.

J.
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Maybe not as immediately compelling as the previous volume, and wither perhaps some missteps (the Warpath plotline is meh, and what's up with Wolfsbane?), still a solid volume. Dark and brooding, but in a good way. ...more
Jen
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought a lot was accomplished in this, and it was just overall a good story. I really like Domino though so it was nice to have her in the story and also get some of her perspective.
C
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Continuing the great x-read of 2017/18...

This continues to be quite a good series though it has its issues.

The art is great. Plot moves along at a good clip.
Not sure why Ghost Rider had to show up (but I'm a mutant purist in my mutie books - leave the rest of the Marvel Universe out of it...) and that really breaks up the plot. I sort of feel like the Warpath/GR part should have been its own standalone, though I like the character building for Warpath.

Warren and Rahne are both embroiled in just
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Judah Radd
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marvel-comics
The meat of the book was pretty good. The stars, in my opinion, were X-23 and Elixir. I loved their chemistry. The whole “get the legacy virus” thing was whatever, and seeing the marauders again was also very whatever, but the character aspect more than made up for it. We were also treated to a very unexpected and awesome cameo from the spirit of vengeance.

My favorite part of this collection was the last issue. Selene is so awesome. She’s, in many ways, a much cooler version of Apocalypse. I ca
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Adam Stone
A vast improvement over the previous volume of X-Force, this is still a flat book. There are some cool character beats, mostly involving Elixir, but this is the X-treeeeeeeeeeeeeme klllingly violent group of violent killers X-Men spin-off, and it's...it's just your average X-book with returning character reveals, familiar villain twists, and no actual long-term consequences. Sure, Archangel is back, and for one issue he is out of control! (like he was in the early X-Factor days), but then he's r ...more
Ronan The Librarian
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
This series is too good. High octane, multiple storylines interwoven and well executed. The art is consistently good too. I have to say, I think I prefer Mike Choi’s art on the book, he did a great job. X-23 keeps on showing me why she’s a favorite of mine and Josh Foley, or “Elixir”, proves to be underrated and gets shine here. Warpath gets a divergent story also. If you like the X-Men, or any of the characters included, or gritty action with weight, pick this up. I also would suggest the New X ...more
Garrett
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Story ramps up here, and if anything, the art (which changes here) changes for the better. Again with the history of the various teams and the mythologies of their villains coming into play, the body count grows ever higher along with the stakes of the burgeoning epic conflict. Still very action-oriented, but with character moments that matter more and more. The stuff with Elixir and the Vanisher are perhaps the standout moments, but there's some good evil and internal conflict in this, too. ...more
Travis
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel
I like this a little more than the previous volume.

The story is easier to follow. In addition, Old Ghosts introduces Selene and her connection with Eli Bard (Eliphas). So it will be interesting to see where that goes.

Again, the art is fantastic. Especially the scenes involving Ghost Rider and Warpath. YES, Ghost Rider actually makes an appearance. He's very well in tune with things involving demons, and that's beneficial to Warpath.
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Judith Groen
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series, it's fast paced and action packed. The writers really get a good grip on the characters. We also learn more about the villain that is Eli and we learn more about Warpath and his Apache background. I almost didn't know anything about Warpath, so that was cool. Throw in a random appearance of Ghost Rider, why not?! All amazing stuff! Also I love Josh and Laura a lot. I hope Josh get's to stay, eventhough he doesn't want to himself... ...more
Mitchell
Very nice painting style art. Violent but not overly say, especially not for X-Force. Pretty good X-23 and Domino. Very actiony but still not enough character stuff to be interesting. A Selene backstory that I haven't seen before, integrated into the current storyline. All in all a pretty good read. ...more
Baba
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Bastion has plans to turn the world against he remaining Mutants, and it's X-Force's job to get out there and stop his plans by any means necessary. The dark covert X-team continues to be impressive wit the writing of Kyle & Yost. 8 out of 12. ...more
JetsFan AWL
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The comic is definitely wonderfull!.
James
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
xi force Vol. 2

This is another great book. The artwork was unique. Really stands out from other books. Story great too. Can't wait to read the next book.
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Philip Richard
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The story was very well written overall. Eventhough there were a few hit and miss segments it was thoroughly enjoyable. Loved the dark and gritty artwork which brought more depth into the story.
Patrick
Nothing too flashy. Some decent Laura scenes.

I'm hoping for an artist change soon.
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Justin
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kept up the momentum from Angels and Demons. It was really great like seeing X-force start to work as a solid unit in this one while still allowing each individual to be uniquely themselves. Oddly enough the most endearing part was with X-23 and her brief identity crisis. It’s always nuts when a few panels of a comic make you stop and really feel a moment that the character is going through. Doesn’t happen often.
Jedhua
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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