“Uncanny X-Force” has been the little series that could, with Rick Remender turning out dynamite scripts and a wide variety of artists bringing them to life. With “Uncanny X-Force” #35, Remender wraps up the series with artist Phil Noto, as some dangling threads are tied off and for one character an unexpected happy ending.
Considering the amount of damage that Remender likes to inflict on his characters in “Uncanny X-Force,” it’s a minor miracle anyone is left standing for the inevitable wrap-up. As it is, several characters were killed throughout “The Final Execution Saga,” and several more are placed back in their proverbial box for the time being. But with the big conflicts already wrapped up, this is a quiet, loving farewell to most of these characters for Remender.
And you know what? It works. There isn’t a lot of flash, but you can see Remender getting his last words for the time being with the cast. Many of them will be showing up elsewhere, and it’s especially notable that Remender’s own creation of Genesis has been showing up with great frequency in “Wolverine & the X-Men.” So while the book hops all over the place (Japan, France, New York City, Otherworld) it feels satisfying.
The best part of the book is not the surprise happy ending, though, as surprising as that may sound. (And it is a nice ending for that character.) It’s actually a small conversation between Genesis and Deadpool. It’s a good way to wrap up Genesis’s “is he going to be Apocalypse?” story, and it’s handled in a way that justifies Deadpool’s presence throughout all 35 issues of this series in one fell swoop. It’s hard to serve up being both touching and crass in just a few panels, but I like that Remender manages to do just that. I’d expect nothing less, honestly.
Noto’s art is good, and while he came to “Uncanny X-Force” late it makes me wish that he’d been a more frequent contributor to this series with more artists than I can remember off the top of my head. Just like his work on “Ghost,” Noto’s pencils here are clean and do a good job of bringing each character to life. The vistas of places like Japan and Otherworld are handsome, and even something as simple as a series of wooden window frames ends up looking nice. It’s a very pleasant art style with which to help wrap up the series.
“Uncanny X-Force” #35 isn’t a big, pulse-pounding, seat-of-your-pants issue of the series. It is, however, a nice epilogue to the series as a whole. It’s nice to see a book not just end but actually come to a conclusion, and that’s exactly what we got here.