"Uncanny X-Force" #28 is yet another whirlwind action issue blending humor, exposition and emotion that cements the series' place as one of the best superhero comic runs in modern history. The consistent nature of the book is one of its strongest attributes and every new artist stands proudly in the long shadow thrown by Jerome OpeÃ±a. This issue thrusts X-Force into the future and gives Rick Remender a chance to play outside the box and build an uninhibited tale.
Remender seemingly crafts his own take on the classic "Days of Future Past" storyline for this issue -- no surprise considering his last epic storyline riffed on "The Dark Phoenix Saga." Yet it would be a grave disservice to peg this comic as mere homage. As much as "The Dark Angel Saga" became its own modern beast, "Uncanny X-Force" #28 offers new themes and excitement, creating its own masterpiece. Remender shows his chops here, borrowing elements from classic X-Men lore with completely new emotion and character development.
Psylocke is the star of this book even when she's not on the page. This title is her story and the other players -- many better known and more marketable -- are merely players on her stage. Remender whisks the team from one battle, and then sends them into the future and straight into a new battle. Amidst this chaos, the writer still finds time for Deadpool to be amazingly funny and almost poignantly heartfelt. The way this future is built around our existing "Uncanny X-Force" team is well mapped out and delightfully told.
Julian Totino Todesco has an easy flow to the action pages that lets readers see the violence but also feel the impact behind the blows. Pain registers and moments linger. The four-page Psylocke sequence at the end of the book, which is mostly her running through a futuristic city, are gorgeous due to Todesco's composition, style and confidence to let quieter moments rest. Todesco doesn't overdo a single thing. Justin Ponsor brings an amazing palette of dark and bright to this sequence, which slowed me down and made me appreciate each panel as it followed on from the previous moment. The art is stunning; timed and deployed with elegant purpose.
"Uncanny X-Force" is Marvel's best title. In fact, it's miles ahead of the competition. This issue reinforces Remender and his stable of artistic geniuses' ability to deliver a perfectly balanced superhero comics without fail every month. The narratives are so expertly layered and there is truly something included for everyone -- even more so for the intelligent and eagle-eyed reader.