X-Force (2019-) #10 by Benjamin Percy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Definitely a dip in quality after the last issue (which it feels like a I read in a different life time…but that’s entirely the fault of the coronavirus and not anyone involved in the production of this comic). This felt overly reliant on technobabble…or should that be bio-technobabble?
What Beast did raises huge ethical issues that, while addressed here, weren’t really addressed in a satisfying way. While I have mixed feelings about the text inserts in the X-books at the moment, they have generally been used to provide additional background information, which might be relevant to the plot but don’t actually take over the job of telling the story. This issue breaks with that by having the story just switch to prose for what should probably have been the most powerful scene of the book. It’s sadly robbed of much of its impact by removing the visuals. And, look, I read plenty of novels, but comics are a unique medium which marry text and visuals to convey things that text alone cannot. Using the text pages to info dump is fine, if sometimes irritating, using them to simply tell the key scene in the book without visuals just didn’t work for me.
I did like the Logan and Jean scene at the end, although Scott really should have joined them in that bath…