X-Force / Cable: Messiah War Hardcover – Sep 9 2009
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This crossover (i.e., a story developing across issues of different series) brings to a climax the struggle over the purposed mutant messiah, the first mutant baby to be born in years, Hope. The plan was to send her into the future with Cable, a time-travelling mutant soldier, to let her grow safe away from those who'd seek to kill her or manipulate her. However, another time-displaced mutant, Bishop, is convinced she'll usher the horrible future he was born into and is hell bent on killing Hope before that can come to pass, no matter what the cost. His pursuit is now coming to an end, since he's wrecked enough havoc throughout Time to corner Cable and Hope into a single place in a bleak timeline. He's also enlisted the help of Cable's nemesis. In our present though, the X-Men have finally located Hour and managed to send their black-opsstrike team, X-Force, to retrieve her at all costs. The Messiah War is this set to blow up soon...
First off, the artwork is stellar here and mostly very modern, i.e. if you don't like computer-enhanced art, look another way... In any case, the main artists here are among the best in their field (above all, I'm my humble opinion, Clayton Crain) and can also tell a comic story, so I liked the art and I'd recommend anybody to give it a try. There's even some more traditional artwork by returning artist Larry Stroman, who's only gotten better and who has been sorely missed.Read more ›
Absolutely everything you need to know about anybody in this story is supplied between its covers. There's a bonus feature that explains who's who and what's what. There's a 3-part story of the life of Bishop, from birth 'til the "Messiah War" story. The opening chapter of the main story does a great job of recapping what went on before.
"Messiah War" itself has all the ingredients for success: time-travel, evil clones, double-crossings, and a healthy dose of violence (par for the course for X-Force!). The dialogue is crisp and clever; Deadpool can be hilarious, though by the end of the book I found my patience had run out and he was just annoying. Now let's talk about the art: Ariel Olivetti's is gorgeous and Mike Choi's is just awesome. Clayton Crain's art is an acquired taste; at times, it seems a bit rushed and comes out muddled (especially in the last chapter). Had Olivetti & Choi handled all the art chores, this book would've been so much more enjoyable to read... There are also parts in the story that seem decompressed, as if they had to stretch out some bits to fill six chapters.
Because of this last point and occasional art issues, I have to give this book 3 stars. Still worth picking up, though!
NOTE: This book is part 2 in a trilogy. It follows "X-Men: Messiah Complex" and precedes "X-Men: Second Coming."