Saturday, September 17, 2011

Uncanny X-Force: The Astonishing Jerome Opeña!

Uncanny X-Force 15 art by Jerome Opena and Dean White

My last post was all about gloom and doom on the comics industry.  Most modern comics aren’t my cup of team nowadays, but I have been enjoying Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force.  Remender has lots of cool sci-fi concepts that he throws into these stories about a band of rogue mutants (Archangel, Psylocke, Deadpool, Fantomex, and Wolverine).  The first arc, The Apocalypse Solution, was drawn by Remender’s Fear Agent collaborator, Jerome Opeña.  The artwork in that short 4 issue tale was very impressive and Opeña’s style reminded me of Michael Kaluta in some panels.  Opeña returned to the series in issue #14 and has drawn the last two issues of The Dark Angel Saga.  Again his artwork is just staggering to me, as if Kaluta and Craig Russell blended their styles together.  Dean White’s color work cannot be underestimated here, the panels look like they were painted!  Throw in the fact that my favorite cyborg assassin Deathlok is now part of the team, the book could not be any more awesome.  Remender created an awesome sequence in issue #15 where an artificial world undergoes evolution in mere hours, which gave Opeña ample room to create a set of amphibious creatures.  The plot, which features Warren Worthington’s Death persona finally taking over his mind, threatens to bring about a new Age of Apocalypse on Earth.

I think if I was at Marvel, I would put Remender and Opeña on a Killraven mini-series.  Nuff Said!

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