Future Tense: A Tale of Two X-Forces

We love to wax nostalgic at PoP!, but sometimes it’s what’s yet to come that most quickens our nerd pulses. For better or for worse, let’s start the speculation over what’s making us Future Tense

Thacher Cleveland already tackled the elephant in the room of Marvel Now in a previous future tense, addressing the greater issues of the upcoming ret-boot-relaunch-a-ma-jig. Marvel zombies everywhere are justifiably nervous as to what this major editorial movement will mean to their respective books. The new roster for Thunderbolts looks amazing! The Uncanny Avengers? Eh… not so much. But two X-Force titles? I don’t know what to think! Help me out, PoP!ulation –

Cable & X-Force is the new books being introduced into the fold. With a starting lineup of Cable, Domino, Dr. Nemesis, Colossus and Forge, I have to think they can’t go wrong… right? But there will certainly be questions that need answering: Last time we saw Forge, wasn’t he evil and dead? Did Colossus free himself from Cytorrak? And what the HELL is Nemesis wearing? Frankly, it’s that last bit that bothers me the most. Part of the good doctor’s charm has always been the simplicity of his look. A white haired Nazi-hunting gun-toting scientist in an all white suit, fedora, and surgical mask cuts a startlingly unique figure. THIS new design? He at least better fight it…

Still, while I’m unfamiliar with Dennis Hopeless, he sounds like he knows what he’s doing. He describes this group not as a team but as a “crew” looking to pull off “the Cable version of one last score.” This is a heist story, essentially. And like all good heist stories, it sounds like it will be equal parts running from the law and in-fighting. I’m good with that. Hopeless also says we’ll be seeing some roster changes early on, including the addition of a former X-Force member – my money’s on Feral. Sure, she’s dead, but again – so is Forge. Art chores are being handled by Salvador Larroca, a man whose art I’ve always loved and yet who has only gotten better over the years. I look forward to seeing this latest turn.

Speaking of art… Ron Garney’s linework on the other X-Force title – Uncanny X-Force – is one of the only things interesting me in the book at all. They’re being described as a group of killers. Okay, sure. But the roster to start will be Psylocke, Storm, Puck, and Spiral. Storm, who was the most vocal opponent to the existence of X-Force when it was revealed. Yes, she’s going through a bad breakup right now, but that doesn’t seem like reason enough for her to go all murder one. Which means someone dies by her hands in AvX leading her to believe this is the only place for her. Puck, for his part, is no saint. Although he is dead, so at least that’s something the two teams have in common. And then there’s Spiral. Yes, Mojo’s right hand (times three) woman. At least the teleporter and Psylocke have some history together to make this decision a little less than bizarre.

Working with Garney is Sam Humphries, another scribe whose work I’m unfamiliar with. He assures us the roster will grow and the team will make sense, but that’s going to have to remain to be seen.

So Cable back with an X-Force on the run. Psylocke back with an X-Force on the hunt. And more than a couple of unanswered questions between the two titles. I really don’t know what to think. Cautious optimism seems like an understatement…

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  1. Jeffro says:

    No Mr. Sensitive or the Anarchist? No Venus Dee Milo or Doop?
    Call me when the REAL X-Force shows up.

  2. Alice says:

    Hm, Cable’s X-Force if full of boring characters from the 90s.

    I think Psylocke’s X-Force sounds more interesting.

    • Jason Kerouac says:

      Alice – while you’re entitled to your opinion on which is going to be the more interesting, I WILL point out that Forge and Colossus pre-date the ’90s. Still, point taken in regards to the others.

  3. Wade says:

    Not exactly thrilled by either team, though at least I know what I’m getting out Cable’s X-Force and I love the characters (though I’m not thrilled by Dr. Nemesis’s new look I can see why they went with the look).

    Psylocke’s X-Force sounds like a bad joke filled with boring characters. Spiral and maybe Puck are the only ones worth anything on this team and they would be better off on a Cable’s team. I honestly think this will be one of the worst books out of all the X-books.

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