The only reason I decided to pick up this book was because I’m a huge fan of Psylocke and was interested in seeing where Sam Humphries would take the character and the X-Force as a team. I respect that Humphries decided to take this story in a different direction than Remender did in his Uncanny X-Force though some similarities still remain.
The story starts six months after the end of X-Force as Elizabeth Braddock (Psylocke) has become alot more on edge, her whereabouts during the previous six months and what she was doing are in question. Wolverine (Headmaster of the Jean Grey School) had to dismiss Betsy for her behavior but does give her a mission off the record in an email. Storm decides to accompany Psylocke on her mission to watch over her but maybe to also find herself because her character is at a bit of a crossroads.
Psylocke and Storm meet up with Puck as they invade a bar that is selling a new drug. While investigating Psylocke finds Spiral is the one pushing the new drug and attacks her with all her might, Storm and Puck open a vault and find a young girl who mentally orders the rest of the club to attack Psylocke. While this is all going on, Bishop (former X-Men, time traveling baddie) finds his way back to the 616 and Fantomex and Cluster are performing a heist and stealing a kiss as the first issue comes to an end.
This has quite of bit of story going on for a first issue and that is definitely a positive. Psylocke’s character is in a very dark and violent place right now as she is clearly still affected from the fallout of X-Force. Humphries assembles an oddball team of mutants to be the new X-Force that doesn’t seem like a good fit at first. However, I also felt the same way about Remender’s X-Force but after spending time with those characters I realized he was making the right choice. Humphries may be using the same tactic of utilizing lesser known or underappreciated characters to tell his story. The book is a bit on the thin side in terms of combat and action save for the finale but I feel Humphries wants to us to understand that this is Psylocke’s book and in that he succeeds.
3.5 out of 5!
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Posted on March 14th, 2013
Category: REVIEWS, THE BURRITO BANDITO
Tags: Alpha Flight, Burrito Bandito, Comic Reviews, marvel comics, Psylocke, Puck, Ruben Mendoza, Sam Humphries, Spiral, Uncanny X-Force Vol. 2 #1 Review, Wolverine