X-Force Omnibus - Volume 1 (英語) ハードカバー – 2013/2/19
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Beset from all sides by a growing roster of vicious foes, the New Mutants and their mysterious mentor Cable have no choice but to transform into a proactive, butt-kicking, take-no-prisoners mutant strike team! But can the new X-Force survive head-on clashes with Deadpool, the Morlocks, Proteus, Stryfe and his Mutant Liberation Front, the Juggernaut, the new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and...S.H.I.E.L.D.? COLLECTING: New Mutants (1983) 98-100, Annual 7; X-Men Annual (1970) 15; X-Factor Annual 6; X-Force (1991) 1-15; Spider -Man (1990) 16; Cable: Blood & Metal 1-2; material from New War - riors Annual 1, X-Force Annual (1992) 1
You should only buy this book for one (or more) of the following reasons:
- Pop Culture study.
This is NOT a well-written book. This is NOT a well-illustrated book either. It's a trainwreck, it's a son of its tumultuous times. Times full of gigantic guns, ridiculously complex uniform designs, gritting teeth, badly exaggerated anatomy and awkard positions. It's Rob Liefeld in all of his infamous power and glory.
If all you want is to read a good bunch of comics I urge you to stay the hell AWAY of this Omnibus: go buy other titles of the line like New X-Men, X-Statix or even The Age Of Apocalypse. Or get Vertigo books like Y: The Last Man, Fables or Preacher. Believe me, X-Force is not what you are looking for.
However, if you've read this comics when you were a kid or a teen and you treasure them as nostalgia artifacts, by all means buy this book, this is probably the best presentation this comics will ever be available in. Let this be a homage to your childhood or adolescence, embrace it!
Or if you are an X-Men completist, also get this book. This Omnibus fills the gap between the X-Tinction Agenda and the X-Cutioner's Song hardcovers. This book includes the first appearances of Deadpool, as well as Shatterstar. It heavily deals with the Cable/Stryfe storyline, serving as prelude to X-Cutioner's Song. The contents of this Omnibus read in parallel with the X-Men by Claremont & Lee Omnibus Vol. 2 and the X-Men: Bishop's Crossing hardcovers. If you want to go even further, you can get the X-Force: Cable & The New Mutants HC, it collects the previous New Mutants issues by Liefeld that introduced Cable for the very first time.
And finally, if you are a comics-books and pop-culture aficionado you should get this, as it is an undeniable testimony of the times in which these comics were produced: post punk heavy metal and glam, non stop action summer blockbusters, radical political changes of global scale. All of it clumsily condensed by a newcomer artist named Rob Liefeld (with some guiding hand from writer Fabian Nicieza) that didn't know what he was doing half of the time but would forever change the landscape of the American comic-book industry along with a group of his artist peers at Marvel. These pages are the seed of the Image Comics generation, the nineties scarred in ink by a man that was able to accidentally channel all the ugliness of the zeitgeist of his time on paper. Sure, it's a goddamn trainwreck, a plane crash, a multiple car accident, it's as awful as it gets, but you can't help staring at it.
* * * CONTENTS * * * * * * * * * *
This book includes:
- New Mutants #98 to 100
- X-Force #1 to 15
- Cable: Blood & Metal #1 and 2
- New Mutans Annual #7, New Warriors Annual #1, X-Men Annual #15 and X-Factor Annual #7 (the 4-part "Kings Of Pain" storyline)
- Spider-Man #16 (crosses-over with X-Force #4)
- X-Force Annual #1 (only a short story)
The extras include 40 pages worth of material:
- "Cable Guide" from X-Force #1, profile pages of the main characters.
- Selected articles from Marvel Age magazine.
- Traiding cards reproductions from X-Force #1 and other card series.
- Rob Liefeld illustrations and pin-ups (including Marvel Swimsuit).
- Variant covers and TPB/HCs re-colored covers.
- Promotional material and ads.
* * * ABOUT THE EDITION * * * * * * * * * *
Like all Marvels Omnibuses, this is a very high quality book. It features sewn-binding, nice glossy paper stock and excellent quality printing with sharp art reproduction. The sewn-binding allows to read the book confortably with no gutter-loss at all, so you can fully appreciate the art (there are a lot of spread-pages, so you'll be glad of it).
There are a couple of changes worth noticing from previous Omnibus editions: Marvel is using a lighter-weight paper stock, but it's still a high quality stock. And more noticeable, unlike previous Omnibuses this book does NOT include metal engravings printed on the front and spine of the book that you can see when you remove the dustjacket. Instead, it features a nice matte black printing with the X-Force logo in the center of the front cover and the Marvel Omnibus logo (plus title and artists) on the spine. I miss the previous style but this new looks suits fine the line, so I'm okay with it in the end.
I've uploaded some photos depicting this "new look" of the Omnibus line so you can check it out.
* * * CONCLUSION * * * * * * * * * *
So why a 4 star review for such an dreadful bunch of collected comics? Because I loved this book the moment I opened it, no matter how bad it is, the same way you can't help loving your problem child, your deceiving girlfriend (or boyfriend) or your annoying pet. But no matter how much I love this book, I just couldn't bring myself to give it a 5 star rating, there's at least a bit of common sense left in me. Yet I couldn't bring myself to give it 3 stars or less either... At some point X-Force falls under the category of "SO BAD IT'S GOOD".
And as I said, it's a really beautiful edition, for such an awful, yet relevant and (for some) nostalgic piece of work.