X-Force #3 (1991)


X-Force #3 (October, 1991)
"Battlecry"
Plot/Art - Rob Liefeld
Writer - Fabian Nicieza
Letters - Chris Eliopoulos
Colors - Joe Rosas
Editor - Bob Harras
Chief - Tom DeFalco
Cover Price: $1.00



It's now Day Three of the standoff at the World Trade Center, and we open with Siryn, in probably one of the more iconic Liefeldian poses we're going to see here.  Oh, who are we kidding... they all are.  Here, she's got a very wide gap betwixt her legs... and it looks like, rather than having a full head of hair, she instead has a mane.  And... maybe we spoke too soon, in just turning the page Siryn somehow looks even more Liefeldian.  Her hair... almost appears sentient... it's almost as though Rob messed up on her face a few times, and rather than erasing his mistake, he just drew hair over it.



Anyhoo, Siryn gets pummeled by Juggernaut... yet keeps coming back for more punishment.  Finally, she's shot in the gut by her Uncle, Black Tom Cassidy.  The sound effect here is, well... unique: SHEECHAKT.



Terry recovers, but has second thoughts about hopping back in the fray.  Lucky for her, the cavalry is just about to arrive!  An X-Force air-craft floats overhead... inside, we see Cable and Domino... the former is wearing some insanely strange armor.  Like, this armor looks like it's been equipped with insect-mandibles or something, it's very strange... and, thankfully, not something we see Cable wearing very often... if ever again!



Meanwhile, inside one of the Twin Towers, Sunspot and friggin' Gideon are looking on at everything that's going on... with Bobby getting a bit frustrated that they haven't been able to make their move just yet.  Black Tom and Juggernaut enter the scene looking... uh, quite a bit off-register.  Cain is at least two-times as wide as he is tall.  Worth noting, he refers to Gideon as "pansy-boy"!  I wanna say, Gideon might have some awful taste in hairstyles... but his fashion game ain't half bad!  I could see this untucked red vest over a button up shirt actually looking pretty good in the real world!



Back outside, Siryn enters the X-Force Scout Ship... and she is greeted by Cable and the Florets!  Cable suggests they work together if she's in the mood to "kick the crud" out of something.



They hover for a bit more to devise a gameplan... which amounts to sending their biggest guy hurtling toward the biggest other guy in the book.  And so, Warpath hops out the Scout... and plummets into Juggernaut.  It's awesome that they get the opportunity to exchange pleasantries amid the freefall!  James konks into Cain... sending them both tumbling off the top of the tower!



Then, X-Force leaps from the Scout Ship headed for Black Tom's guards!  This definitely feels like overkill... and we soon find out that it is.  The human guards are absolutely no match for the muties.



Back inside, Black Tom... uh, stretches?  It looks like he's really getting refreshed here, it's like he'd just gotten out of bed.  Actually, though, he's just flourishing amid some pontification.  Finally, Gideon's had enough of whatever Tom has to say... and he and Bobby rush 'im!



Gideon winds up getting blasted by Black Tom's boom-stick, and Bobby just winds up getting his butt handed to him!  Black Tom isn't the fella to mess with!  We almost wonder why he even bothers calling in the Juggernaut... ol' Cain is nothing more than a liability!



Anyhoo, Tom doesn't get long to celebrate his victory... as, Cable barges in and shoots Tom in the side!  Almost seems unsportsmanly, dunnit?  Should we mention again just how pants-on-head ridiculous Cable's armor looks?!



Back outside, Proudstar and Juggernaut continue punching one another.  We can see that Cain is holding a detonator... we might assume he's been holding it the entire time, which... if so, I gotta say, he's got some awesome muscle and impulse control.  He just took a header off the World Trade Center, and didn't crush the thing!



The big guys continue to beat one another about the head and shoulders, when who should appear but... the Amazing Spider-Man!  Yes, Spidey swings through the scene, and rather than get between a proverbial "rock and a hard place", decides to head topside in order to check in on the hostage situation.



But then... BOOM!  There's an explosion in the Twin Towers!  To be continued... in the pages of Spider-Man #16?!



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