Deadpool got jealous that everyone else on Krakoa got to live through a thousand years of horrible future, so he engineered one of his own. Actually, that's not what happens at all, but time travel is involved.
The opening pages of X-Force #40′s story are pure, unbridled hilarity — especially if your secret dream is watching Deadpool verbally meta-sparring with a senile version of Quentin Quire. The tone of this comic teeters between humor and horror, without ever fully committing to either, leading to a romp that is the best kind of bonkers as our favorite squad of mutant murder machines is hurtled through a timey-wimey portal and into a future in which Beast is reluctantly worshiped as a god.
In this desolate wasteland, brimming with furry, tentacled horrors, we meet the severed head of Wolverine (who leads the resistance while only being able to say, ‘Snikt Snikt’), a rag-tag group of future warriors, and a version of Colossus who is finally free of The Chronicler’s malevolent influence.
Old Man Quire and Deadpool are the uncontested stars of this show. Still, every actor gets at least one good scene or spread, and the promise of more mayhem in future issues propels the story as X-Force works its way backward through time, slaughtering Beast in every incarnation.
Guru-efx’s colors are layered and gorgeous, highlighting every power blast or suppurating pustule. Paul Davidson and Robert Gill work together well, allowing for a smooth transition between different continuums. Davidson, in particular, slathers on the gore.
If horrific futures and hilarious dialogue are your entertainment weapon of choice, this is the story for you.
X-Force #40: Apocalypses For All!
- Writing - 9.5/109.5/10
- Storyline - 9.5/109.5/10
- Art - 9/109/10
- Color - 9.5/109.5/10
- Cover Art - 9/109/10
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