By Steve Morris
In an interview with CBR, writer Rick Remender has confirmed that his ‘Final Execution’ arc of Uncanny X-Force will be his last on the title. Whether this leads to the book being cancelled and relaunched is anybody’s guess, although the most interesting news comes via Remender’s choice of words in the interview.
Rather than saying there’s a replacement creative team, Remender states that there are incoming teams taking over the stories. Which, although an extraordinarily specific assumption, does suggest that the book could be splitting into two titles once Remender leaves. One would remain Uncanny X-Force, while the other would be a spin-off. There have been some suggestions that Wolverine will keep one X-Force team while either Cyclops or Magneto handle another one, which would obviously all hinge upon how AvX finishes. ‘X-Force’ as a title has real selling power for Marvel right now, so it’s not totally out of the realm of possibility.
Marvel seem to be cancelling like for like in their NOW restructure, with books being cancelled in order to relaunch them. With the release of four new teasers last week, that suggests four titles will end in December in order to be replaced in December/January with either relaunches or new titles. This also means therefore that the new creative team for Uncanny X-Force would be either Dennis Hopeless/Salvador Larroca, Sam Humphries/Ron Garney, Daniel Way/Steve Dillon, or Dennis Hopeless/Kev Walker.
However, there is one final suggestion: all of these writers will be working on Uncanny X-Force, as rotating creative teams.