Uncanny X-Force (2013) #8 Review


The Fantomex Love Pentagram explodes!

With the truth about their sordid past fully revealed, can Fantomex, Psylocke, and Cluster look each other in the eye?

Every psychic ninja needs a vicious animal with no impulse control and a short temper to back her up…right?

Puck! Man, does that guy love jerky. Especially buffalo and bison jerky, dipped in Canadian whiskey.

Plus: a terrifying surprise villain from the X-past is definitely playing chess, not checkers, across Los Angeles.

The Good

Cover- Psylocke and Cluster set to kill each other in a hue of pink light looks better than everything found on the interior pages.

Complicated Masturbation– Ok brace for it as I tell you what I got from the whole Cluster and Fantomex sleeping together debacle. So it’s like I tell my students in sex-ed sex does not always = enjoyment or an orgasm with someone else but Masturbation does. Now! Fantomex and Cluster were once parts of the same person…..so they know what the other wants and needs instinctively. At first I was grossed out by the thought of them doing the nasty now it just seems like a really creepy case of self love. Let’s think about this in real life terms. Psychologists say we each have a male and female psyche inside ourselves now let’s say your male and female sides became two different people. You already know each other’s wants and needs…..does your other become the perfect sexual partner? Perhaps your soul mate? This existential pondering is really the best aspect of this issue.

Thief- So psylocke became a thief while living with Cluster and Fantomex and she really enjoyed it. This was a nice touch and added to her already established thrill seeking personality.

Action- The robbery scene and the ensuing escape were a nice change of pace to the slower scenes.

The Bad

Fantomex * 3– I’m sorry but I’m not finding this Fantomex storyline even 1/10th as entertaining as everyone else. I’m over it honestly, I’m f***ing bored! Since this series began the three of these things have been running around doing thing I don’t care about and now they have taken over the damn book while the team of Puck, Storm, Bishop and even Spiral have been neglected. Each of the missing characters is more entertaining than the three Fantomexes yet I’m f****** stuck with this mind melting drivel!

Art- The inconsistent art really did not help this issue at all, everything felt dull and lifeless. UNCANNYXFORCE2013#8 1

Bi Sexuality- Ok let me get this off my chest because I’ve been attempting to write this review since it was just released. So the elephant in the room…..Psylocke has sex with Cluster. Now last issues review I said the kiss was predictable. But on the matter of full on sex I’m not sold it would be as easy as the writer would have us believe. The setting and scenes just have not sold me that Psylocke would have eaten kitty this easily. I mean lets think about heterosexuality  with all its traditions and taboos and someone who has been strictly heterosexual all their life. It would be weird to share a same sex kiss much less full on sex? I mean if my wife was suddenly a man I don’t know If we would kiss much less shag…..I mean she now has a pop up and say hello” like myself….swords would be crossing…..weirdness would ensue….it just isn’t happening! Big fault of this issue is not convincing me that Psylocke would sleep with this woman….Joss handled Willow and Tara very well but this Cluster/Psylocke pairing looses its oomph once you shine a microscope on it or look at it from a traditionally heterosexual perspective. I mean I’ve been a psylocke fan since childhood and I can see her sleeping with pretty much all her male teammates but a woman? NO! I’m not convinced!

Scattered expectations- So the writers claimed this was going to be a book surrounding Psylocke and Storm yet what we have it Storm nowhere to be found in the second story arc and relegated to token black member in the opening arc……We had Storm and Black Panther’s marriage dissolved so she could return to the X-men in a prominent role and all she’s done in every X-men book is be the token black member. Thank You Marvel Now for pretending Storm is the only black mutant in existence! (Shakes head)

 The Ugly

There was a great bit I disliked about this issue but the existential questions based on Cluster and Fantomex manages to pull this issue from the stay away category to the average. 2.5/5

stars- 2.5


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8 thoughts on “Uncanny X-Force (2013) #8 Review

  • July 29, 2013 at 1:55 am

    I’ve been over Fantomex since about halfway into the last Uncanny X-Force. That’s what you get for trying to hard to get people to like a character. It’s like the whole of Uncanny X-Force, THEN and NOW is trying to show me why I should care about Fantomex and failing miserably.

      • July 29, 2013 at 3:12 am

        On the other hand, at least the cover isn’t deceptive this time. They should change this book from Uncanny X-Force to Fantomex & Psylocke.

  • July 30, 2013 at 10:49 am



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