Not content with brutally murdering teenage X-Men like a modern day Dennis Hopeless in the Extermination X-over event, superstar writer Ed Brisson is teaming up with artist Dylan Burnett to relaunch X-Force in December. The new series will star the original X-Force: Domino, Cannonball, Shatterstar, Boom Boom, and Warpath. Cable, of course, won’t be on the team considering he was killed off by Brisson himself in Extermination #1, and though teen Jean Grey expressed a desire to team up with X-Force in Extermination #2, she’s not mentioned in the Marvel.com press release, probably because Brisson plans to kill her off too.
Here’s what the bloodthirsty Canadian had to say about the new series:
Within the Marvel Universe, the X-Men have always been the outsiders, the black sheep. And X-Force are the outsiders within the X-Men. They’re the team willing to do the things that no one else in the Marvel Universe will and that’s something that appeals to my sensibilities a great deal. Right now we have a couple of different things going on with X-Force. Coming out of EXTERMINATION, Domino, Shatterstar, Cannonball, and Warpath are reeling from the loss of their mentor and have unanswered questions. They’re on the hunt for this new Kid Cable to get those answers—some want his head, some just want to talk to him to find out what the hell is going on. Is this really their Cable? Is this an impostor?
We’re going to learn more about Kid Cable and establish what sets him apart for the Cable that people know. We’re going to get into his history and have some really exciting stories cooking with a laundry list of X-Force villains. There are layers to be peeled back, but nothing is what it initially seems.
X-force has always been the one X-team that stood out the most for me. A lot of my favorite mutants have belonged to it over the years (namely Cable and Psylocke) but being able to bring back the original lineup in a new way is a huge honor. They’re just a bunch of badasses. It’s dope. I’m stoked.
And Brisson again:
When X-Force first launched back in the ’90s, I was there, at the comic shop first thing on release day. I’d been reading NEW MUTANTS up until at that point and was a massive fan. X-FORCE was mind-blowing to 16 year-old me. There was something about seeing the New Mutants, students at the time, ‘graduating’ into their own team. It’s something that doesn’t happen often with X-kids. Dylan and I have known each other for a few years and have been talking about working together for a while. We’re actually both originally from the same city—Oshawa, Ontario.
Extermination artist Pepe Larraz drew the cover below. X-Force #1 will hit stores in December.
On December 26, writer Ed Brisson and artist Dylan Burnett team up for a new ongoing series that reunites the squad…for vengeance. The mutants rise from the ashes of EXTERMINATION to hunt down Cable’s killer, but when their target is the time-traveling younger version of their fallen leader, is there a line they absolutely cannot cross? And what does Deathlok have to do with it all?
Get ready for a reckoning in this all-new, high-octane mutant adventure when X-FORCE returns!
Now what about X-Factor? Give us X-Factor so we can party like it’s 1991 once again!