X-Force #23

Marvel Comics

Written by Benjamin Percy

Art by Martin Coccolo

Colors by GURU-eFX

Letters by Joe Caramagna

The Rundown: Beast’s experiment puts himself at risk as Mikhail makes plans for an attack on Krakoa.

Mikhail Rasputin meets in the icy woods of Siberia with the mysterious Man with the Peacock Tattoo and the man shows the mutant the army he has created for him. An army that can take on anything or anyone on Krakoa. On the island, Beast decides to continue his investigation into one of the invaders that he kept on ice. Unfortunately, his actions will put everyone, including himself, at risk.

While Beast rushes to purge the infestation inside him, Mikhail makes ready his plans for an attack on Krakoa. As he looks to the Pale Girl and laments his failure to retrieve an item he needs, he is reminded of the glory of his home and how he is making it stronger. As Beast brings in Black Tom to use some unusual means to remove the parasite inside him, Mikhail goes to a secret source to write the next chapter of his country’s future.

The Story: Percy crafts a good story in this issue. There are some interesting and intriguing moments to be found, but the overall story is a little too slow. I couldn’t find much either in the characters or dialogue that was engaging and Beast’s lamentations about how he’s changed don’t feel particularly compelling. I liked the intrigue in the story, but too much of it feels like an attempt to force the audience to feel something. I didn’t. I didn’t hate the book, but I didn’t feel anything for either the characters or the situation.

The Art: Coccolo does great work with the art in the issue. The characters look great and the action is interesting. I just wished the story was as compelling as the visuals.

X-Force #23

6.6

6.6/10

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