By Steve Morris
Another teaser has been de-teased! Sam Humphries and Ron Garney have been announced as the writers for a relaunched Uncanny X-Force series, which starts this December. Perhaps wisely, Marvel are drawing a line at the end of Rick Remender’s tremendously successful run with the book, in order for the new creative team to start things fresh and shake things up. And how will they do this? Well, Spiral’s going to be in it.
Not as the main character, alas. The biggest name in the cast is Storm, a character who has grown from strength to strength over the last year, thanks in large part to Brian Wood. The character has re-emerged as a leader in his recent adjectiveless X-Men, and stood alongside Cyclops when the Schism hit. However, she wisely decided to gently push herself away from him just before the giant flaming bird re-entered the picture, meaning she’s gotten out of the event clean. Not many can say that!
Psylocke will also be appearing in the title, alongside Puck and Spiral. So c’mon — let’s get into this. They’re the big hook here, so we may as well get into this.
Spiral, if you aren’t aware, is one of Marvel’s best villains. Typically working alongside Mojo, Spiral is a six-armed sword-wielding sorceress who likes doing mean things to Longshot. She was also responsible for putting Psylocke in the Asian body in the first place, but don’t hold that against her – she’s actually really good fun, especially when in a full-on Chris Claremont monologue. She wears a helmet. Her powers are activated through hand gestures, jive, and dance. She does mean things to Longshot. She is a crazy, bizarre choice for this team, and we should all salute Sam Humphries for using her. Gaze upon her:
Puck, on the other hand, is the Canadian Bull. Despite his small stature, he’s a pugilist of the highest order, with a sensational moustache and proud, dignified bald head. Formerly a member of Alpha Flight, Puck has also spent a fair amount of time as a villain/anti-hero, mainly in various recent Jason Aaron storylines. Again — he is bizarre, and there is absolutely no way to tell how he’s going to interact with Storm. Or Spiral. This is the most eclectic X-Men team in years. The two X-Force books look to be going in a completely different direction to anything else, and it’s really kinda fascinating.
However, given the lack of promotional art, it’s damned likely that Marvel are hiding somebody from us. And likely, that somebody won’t be revealed until the end of AvX. Namor seems likely, given his total absence from any other preview material for Marvel NOW! We don’t yet know what the mission of the team will be, although Humphries does say that this will take place 6 months (in universe) after Remender’s run concludes. And Spiral will be in it, with Puck.
Issue #1 is out in December, as part of Marvel’s newfound appreciation for the “X-Force” branding.