Uncanny X-Force 3: The Dark Angel Saga—Book 1

uncanny x-force volume 3 the dark angel saga book 1 cover review
8.5 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Art: 8/10

Good throwback story that forces you to keep up

No jump on points for new readers

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Uncanny X-Force (Volume 1)

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer:  Rick Remender

Artist:  Billy Tan/Rich Elson/Mark Brooks/Scott Eaton

# of Issues:  6

Release Date:  2011


Uncanny X-Force (1) #11

Reprints Uncanny X-Force (1) #8-13. Wolverine and Angel’s secret X-Force is faced with the Shadow King. When Shadow King unleashes Warren’s dark side the Archangel, Archangel will do whatever he can to prevent from being caged again. Subdued by X-Force, X-Force learns that the only hope of curing Warren could be a Celestial life seed. Learning that Warren could become the next Apocalypse, X-Force must return to the Age of Apocalypse and team with the X-Men to recover the life seed needed to save the world from Warren.

Written by Rick Remender and illustrated by Billy Tan and Mark Brooks (with help from Rich Elson and Scott Eaton), Uncanny X-Force Volume 3: The Dark Angel Saga—Book 1 follows the events of Uncanny X-Force Volume 2: Deathlok Nation. The series continues to be one of Marvel’s higher rated series.

I really enjoy this volume of X-Force. While I feel most of Marvel’s X-comics have lost their mojo, Uncanny X-Force continues to have a feel that deeper and more involved than most Marvel titles. The comic also grasps into the past with throwbacks to the Shadow King saga, X-Factor, and the Age of Apocalypse.


Uncanny X-Force (1) #12

The series is pretty dense and you can’t miss an issue or you will be lost. In a world where there are only six issue story arcs, it is kind of refreshing to have a series that takes itself more seriously. Here, it takes two whole volumes to really set-up the story, and I almost wish that the Age of Apocalypse issues had been drawn out to three issues to clarify what is occurring.

I also enjoy the art style. Here both Tan and Brooks almost work in unison and it is kind of difficult to tell a change in artists (which is a good thing in a continuing series). I also like some of the art throwbacks that coincide with the story like the Shadow King (who still resembles his old appearance) and the Captain Britain visions in the same issue.

Uncanny X-Force is one of the most developed X-Forces ever. Even at the original series’ onset with Rob Liefeld’s art, the story wasn’t great. I loved Milligan’s X-Force but realize it was also an acquired taste. Here X-Force is back and more readable than many of Marvel’s titles. Let’s just hope that Marvel doesn’t screw it up like many of its titles. Uncanny X-Force Volume 3: The Dark Angel Saga—Book 1 is followed by Uncanny X-Force Volume 4: The Dark Angel Saga—Book 2.

Related Links:

Uncanny X-Force Volume 1:  The Apocalypse Solution

Uncanny X-Force Volume 2:  Deathlok Nation

Uncanny X-Force Volume 4:  The Dark Angel Saga—Book 2

Uncanny X-Force Volume 5:  Otherworld

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