Uncanny X-Force #12
Note: the cover date hints at a regular monthly release but this issue was actually published a full eight weeks after issue #11.
The Dark Angel Saga, which began in Uncanny X-Force #11 re-introduced readers to the Age of Apocalypse (AoA) world where bad mutants hunt good mutants and humans, and everyone who you thought was good turned bad and everyone you thought was bad turned even worse. Chapter Two of the Saga brings the Uncanny X-Force Team together with the AoA X-Men to obtain a “Life Seed” in the hope Angel can be turned to good. AoA Wild Child appears in a few panels as a member of the AoA X-Men.
We saw him in various issues of the original series just the same way we see him in this one – as Sabretooth’s silent pet, so this appearance, though minor, should feel very familiar and proper. In a meeting of the combined teams, he can be seen sitting casually on the back of Sabretooth’s chair. Mark Brooks continues to round off Wild Child’s ears, a minor criticism of what is otherwise one of the most impressive and intricately detailed comic books in Alpha Flight Collector’s collection. Congratulations to the art team on this one – they really put together a beautiful book. But for the record, Wild Child has pointy ears. He can be seen from behind in reverse angle to the same scene in another panel.
It should be noted that the character of Kirika, one of the AoA X-Men, is formally introduced to the readers as Mariko Yashida’s and (presumably) AoA Wolverine’s daughter. But just as the touching little scene where 616 Wolverine meets her and he realizes she’s the daughter he never had, and she meets who is essentially her father again, and he’s a decent guy, and the whole thing just starts to tug on your heartstrings – well, remember that this is the same little girl who chopped off AoA Aurora’s hand at the wrist in a bloody mid-air battle before running Jeanne-Marie through with her claws in X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #2 (May 2005), ultimately killing both her and AoA Northstar with Weapon X’s assistance. Don’t start getting all choked up, please.
The team of AoA X-Men and Uncanny X-Force commandeer a Sentinel to pick up Gateway from a prison known as “The Sky”, and Wild Child can be seen in a few more panels on the way inside the prison, all very tiny appearances. They come across the Black Legion, a villainous team too silly to take seriously. The Blob, leader of the Black Legion, jumps down to attack and knocks Wild Child off-balance, sending everyone running away. He can be seen again scampering on all fours, very tiny. The teams then meet up with Weapon X, who we all thought was dead but is actually now the new Apocalypse. Fortunately, he blasts the hell out of his quondam partner Kirika, killing her, and I say good riddance!
Note: Wild Child had gained the power of speech as of last issue, but has no lines in this issue.
Note: this issue has a variant cover by Adam Kubert (shown with apologies for the nearly X-Rated costume he drew on Jean Grey) and an “I am Captain America” variant by Chris Stevens, part of a series of variants released in the summer of 2011 to coincide with the Captain America: The First Avenger movie released 7/22/11, just a few days before this issue was published. Also, there’s a Second Printing variant in the same style as the Second Printing variant to issue #11, featuring interior art by Mark Brooks and once again, Wild Child made it onto the cover, not having appeared on any of the other covers!
|Uncanny X-Force #12 – Kubert Variant|
|Uncanny X-Force #12 – I am Captain America variant|
|Uncanny X-Force #12 – Second Printing variant|