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Eric Canete: The End League #7 Cover (2009) Comic Book Art | Comic Books 16 SEP 2012

2008 saw Dark Horse and writer Rick Remender team up with penciller Mat Broome and inker Sean Parsons to deliver stellar The End League superhero saga. Issue 7 shipped with the following synopsis:

Trapped, tortured, and left for dead, Arachnakid and the Blue Gauntlet must set aside their differences to escape the insanity of the City of Lore. In Germany, Soldier American and Prairie Ghost face off against an army of cloned former allies in hopes of stopping Wolfsangel from creating a Frankenstein’s monster capable of wielding the hammer of Thor! Who is the mysterious Mook? What are Divinity’s true motives, and will the Greek Gods be humanity’s saviors or final executioners?

After Mat left for Marvel, art chores on The End League fell to Eric Canete, who came up with this rather disturbing and menacing piece for issue seven’s cover, featuring a quite scary looking Arachnakid!

Mat Broome: The End League #2 Cover (2008) Comic Book Art | Comic Books 26 MAY 2012

2008 saw Dark Horse and writer Rick Remender team up with penciller Mat Broome and inker Sean Parsons to deliver stellar The End League superhero saga. Issue 2 shipped with the following synopsis:

Lobotomized and insane with rage, Thor returns from the dead with one goal-the annihilation of his former teammates. The fate of the world once again rests on the shoulders of The Miraculous Astonishman, the only man living with the power to stop a God of Thunder gone mad. Meanwhile, the mysterious man known only as Black uncovers the truth behind mastermind Dead Lexington’s renewed interest in the demise of the last remaining heroes on Earth.

For the cover, Mat whipped up this stunning piece of art, depicting a furious Thunder God out to cause all sorts of havoc – and with only a single hero to block his path!

Review: Uncanny X-Force #22 (Feb. 2012) Comic Books | My Reviews 30 MAR 2012

Some evil won’t stop. Some evil no prisons can old, no force can contain, no plea can soften. Sometimes to truly save lives the only option is to take them. The burden of that truth falls on a covert team of mutants assigned to those jobs too dirty, too dangerous for the X-Men. That team is the… Uncanny X-Force.

Right. So Fantomex took the decision to put a bullet into the boy who would be Apocalypse, leaving Captain Britain and the Captain Britain Corps no alternative other than to whisk Fantomex to Otherworld where he is sentenced to death. For reasons unknown, even to herself, Psylocke dives in as Lady Britain to save Fantomex, whilst Wolverine, Deadpool and Nightcrawler follow suit in order to save their team-mates.

But there is conflict in Otherworld, pitting Captain Britain and the Corps against overwhelming odds, Wolverine, Deadpool and Nightcrawler against something particularly wicked, and the escaping Psylocke and Fantomex against someone particularly twisted (and malleable).

Issue 22 of Uncanny X-Force delivers part 3 of the Otherworld tale from writer Rick Remender and to be honest, this issue acts very much as a setup title, basically crafting the battle scenarios which will surely fill the pages of issue 23 from start to finish. Basically a lot of dialogue split between the three main groups of characters mentioned above, brief action as the initial encounters play out, and not all that much else.

It reads okay, if a bit slow, and to be honest, I’m not so sure the witty dialogue between Deadpool and Wolverine feels all that natural, taking into account the gruff character that is Wolverine and the situation they find themselves in. Nevertheless, it does an admirable job as a springboard towards the epilogue of the Otherworld storyline, so worth picking up if you are actually following the rest of the series.

The art front is a bit of a mixed bag to be honest. Artist Greg Tocchini has a very rough, rushed style, and while it certainly is artistic, it does look rushed in a lot of places, and there are a lot of faulty body proportions and disappearing details that should have been picked up in the cleanup process. His style will certainly feel at home on a horror title, and I guess Uncanny X-Force is meant to carry a gritty feel, but to be honest I find his style misplaced here.

Oh well.

It wasn’t a badly written episode, but unfortunately I didn’t really enjoy Uncanny X-Force issue 22. I do however get that it is the “setup” issue so I can’t really complain all that much if I insist on ignoring the bigger picture. That said, it did make me look forward to the next issue, meaning it did it’s intended job, so there’s no faulting that! :)