C2E2 2010

C2E2 2010: New X-Force

Rick Remender and Jerome Opeña join forces to give Marvel's deadliest team an apocalyptic new direction!

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By TJ Dietsch

Where there's light, there's also darkness, it's one of those inevitable facts of life. So, as the new Heroic Age spreads across the Marvel Universe, expect plenty of characters to still keep to the shadows, specifically the stars of Rick Remender and Jerome Opeña's NEW X-FORCE.

"They have no business operating," Remender says of the new Wolverine-lead team. "They should be defunct. They're breaking some rules by reforming, breaking some trust. They also have a different outlook on how they proceed with the missions and who knows about the missions. There is a co-captain system set up at first to ensure no one person has control over such a lethal force. There are members of the team who want to do the right thing but have a difficult time with the current modus operandi. However, the deliberation is cut short as the threat they are facing is revealed to be the return of Apocalypse."

The new X-Force team has a network of people looking out for Apocalypse's rise and could be faced with the moral quandary of being able to execute the immortal villain as an infant.

"One of the members of the team has had operatives hunting for signs of the return of En Sabah Nur for years," Remender shares. "We open as the operative discovers what he's been seeking. Turns out when the rest of the world is celebrating the defeat of a tyrant, humanity entering a new 'Heroic Age' is the first big signpost of the Age of Apocalypse. X-Force is

 
reformed with one objective: kill Apocalypse. Their existence must be kept a total secret as no one knows who the new Four Horsemen are, or if the X-Men have been infiltrated already. No one can be trusted. The tension is high and the threat level couldn't be greater."

Speaking of Apocalypse, Remender studied the character's long history dating back to his first appearance in 1986's X-FACTOR #5 in preparation for this story.

"I take what I like and focus in, building on the better ideas with my own take on the character's natural next step, natural motivation in response to the current world stage," he explains. "I think the character has been handled well throughout the years, but I'm personally a big fan of the Louise and Walt Simonson version [from the original X-FACTOR series]. But I've read all of his appearances and have a list of the points that seem the strongest, the things I'll be focusing on. We've also developed a lot of new stuff around past continuity, fleshing out concepts that were hinted at or mentioned, [like] a certain society [returning] in a new form. It's important to be mindful of [whom] the character is and what he has done but not allow it to hinder creativity. With these new pages and designs Jerome Opeña is sending in I feel confident we've done that."

With such a dark and secretive missions, Remender promises that his new group will still sport the black-themed duds fans might be familiar with from the current X-FORCE.

"It defines their purpose a bit, reminds them of the business at hand," says the writer of the darker outfits. "These are heroes, people who want to see their actions make the world a better place. However, they're also stained. A band that has been forced to make hard choices in the past, choices that called for hard resolutions. They're like Johnny Cash; the men in black wear it as an external representation of the stains they've absorbed for the good of the common man, and so that other heroes can keep a squeaky clean conscience."

 

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Nightwing1992
Nightwing1992

Wolvy archangeldeadpool (chris yost said hed be joining the team)nightcrawlerfantomex

colossalpikachu
colossalpikachu

I read on CBR that Wolverine will be the only orignial member of X-Force to return. I suspect that Fantomex will be in it judging by the shadow on the left but it's pretty obvious that Nightcrawler will die in Second Coming so I don't think that's him crouching to the right of Wolverine. Reading between the lines I think it's likely that it'll be a selection of former Horsemen such as Sunfire and Gambit but it could equally be a selection of assassin/ninja characters like Psylocke and Deadpool.My theory (L-R):Deadpool/ElektraGambit/PsylockeMagneto/Storm/Banshee or SunfireFantomex

HugoOne
HugoOne

I'm surprised no one has ventured Gambit as a prediction. They say X-Force will have ties to him...and with "Death" coming out of Gambit recently, it seems like he's the one in the middle, with his staff being silhouetted.That puts my guess at Wolverine, Archangel, Fantomex, Deadpool, and Gambit. Psylocke would be good, too, and I'd enjoy Domino and Vanisher sticking around.

silentprocess
silentprocess

I'm definitely on board for this.. I hope my budget can afford all the new titles I'll be picking up.

KING_OF_MARVEL__NAMOR
KING_OF_MARVEL__NAMOR

I JUST WANT TO SEE APOCALYPSE COME BACK IN TIME TO KILL BASTION. APOCALYPSE, THE FIRST MUTANT AND WHO HOLDS THE KEY TO MAKING MORE MUTANTS, IE. THE HORSEMAN VS BASTION, THE ULTIMATE MUTANT HATER THAT WOULD BE THE SHIZZNITE. IF I WAS BASTION,"NIMROD" I WOULD HAVE GONE BACK IN TIME TO KILL APOCALYPSE. JUST SAYIN MONO EMONO. SOMEHOW, ID HOPE TO SEE A CONNECTION WITH THE TOCHNO ORGANIC VIRUS, CABLE, APOCALYPSE, THE CELESTRIALS, AND NOMROD/BASTION. APOCALYPSE VS BASTION AND THE TECHNO VIRUS

madman89
madman89

the current x-force is ending because the reason they were formed will end after 2nd coming. Since it is a popular title this would be good to do to save themselves from complaints. On the subject of the line up:right of wolvie: domino or fantomex (forgot he was with the Xmen now)left of wolvie: deadpoolfarleft: nightcrawler (a longshot since he wouldn't like killing) or X-23top: this ones hard, let me think for a min, ummm, angel/archangel maybe

The_Greatest_Username
The_Greatest_Username

new X-Force?what was wrong with the old one? anyways...my guesses:top=Archangelleft=Nightcrawlercenter=Shatterstarright=Psylocke

diamondtelepath
diamondtelepath

interesting premise for the book! and i love arcs with apocalypse =Pnaturally, however, my first question is: what's happening to the current x-force book, tho? lol

joshtylen
joshtylen

Magneto on topDeadpool on the leftPsylocke in the middleFantomex on the right

bevedale
bevedale

My guesses:PsylockeAngelFantomexDeadpool (or Shatterstar)

X-gambit006
X-gambit006

As for the roster Im gunna guess Angel, Nightcrawler(twin swords and a tail), Chamber and psylocke

Rykor
Rykor

Does this mean the return of Chamber? Granted, I wasn't a huge fan of making him a relative of Apocalypse, and the subsequent make-over, but since New Warriors is over, this is a chance to bring him back into the XFold.