Cover art for X-Force (vol 3) #1.
Art by Clayton Crain. Clayton Crain is an American Comic book artist, who primarily uses Digital painting techniques in his art
|First appearance||New Mutants (vol. Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc In Comic books and other stories with a long history first appearance refers to the first occurrence to feature a Fictional character. The New Mutants is the name of two defunct Marvel Comics Superhero teams as well as the title of two series featuring those teams 1) #100 (April, 1991)|
|Created by||Fabian Nicieza|
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|See:List of X-Force teams|
X-Force is a fictional Marvel Comics superhero team, one of many spin-offs of the popular X-Men franchise. Events January February March April X-Force debuts in New Mutants vol Fabian Nicieza (born Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 31, 1961) is an American Comic book Writer and Rob Liefeld, (born October 3 1967) is an American Comic book writer illustrator and publisher James Proudstar, previously known as the second Thunderbird but also known as Warpath is a Fictional character, a Marvel Comics Superhero For information on the experimental aircraft see X-23 PRIME. X-23 ( Laura Kinney) is a Fictional character Fiction is the telling of stories which are not real More specifically fiction is an imaginative form of Narrative, one of the four basic Rhetorical modes. Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc A superhero (sometimes rendered super-hero or super hero) is a Fictional character "of unprecedented physical prowess dedicated to acts of derring-do A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new Organization or Entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a Television series based on a pre-existing The X-Men is a team of fictional Superhero characters in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. Conceived by writer/illustrator Rob Liefeld, it formed in The New Mutants #100 (April 1991) and was shortly after featured in its own eponymous series. Rob Liefeld, (born October 3 1967) is an American Comic book writer illustrator and publisher The New Mutants is the name of two defunct Marvel Comics Superhero teams as well as the title of two series featuring those teams Events January February March April X-Force debuts in New Mutants vol
The group was a more militarized incarnation of the 1980s New Mutants. The New Mutants is the name of two defunct Marvel Comics Superhero teams as well as the title of two series featuring those teams Disassociated from their parent group and led by the gun-toting mutant Cable, X-Force was generally more militant and aggressive than the X-Men. A mutant within the Marvel Comic books particularly those of the X-Men mythos is an individual who possesses a genetic trait called an Cable is a Fictional character that appears in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. For the British newspaper and Marxist organization see Militant tendency.
Although sometimes accused of emphasizing flashy art and big muscles and guns over character development, X-Force was tremendously successful in the early 1990s. Its popularity cooled after Liefeld left. Marvel implemented several reforms from 1995 until 2001, with varying success. Events January After Xavier The Age of Apocalypse is launched US publications --> Events and publications Year overall February March Eventually low sales prompted Marvel to relaunch the title with a new cast: for a group of self-interested young mutants gathered together by a corporation to become media stars. That team shared only a name with the original and was eventually renamed X-Statix in 2002, a name by which it is better known to fans. X-Statix was the name of a Fictional team of mutant Superheroes in Marvel Comics, specifically designed to be media superstars
After X-Statix was cancelled, Marvel reunited X-Force for a six-issue 2004 miniseries plotted and drawn by Liefeld. A limited series is a term originated by Marvel Comics referring to a Comic book series with a set number of issues
In 2007-2008, during the Messiah Complex crossover, a new version of X-Force was formed that had Wolverine leading a more militaristic black ops branch of the X-Men, forming the basis for a new X-Force series starting February 2008 by writers Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost, plus Clayton Crain as the artist. Events January January 10: Superman & Batman vs Aliens & Predator released Events January January 9: Teen Titans The Lost Annual, delayed since 2003, is published Craig Kyle is an American writer for Marvel Comics. He has also produced several of Marvel's Direct to DVD animated films Christopher Yost is a Comic book and Animation writer best known as the co-writer (with his frequent collaborator Craig Kyle) of the comic book Clayton Crain is an American Comic book artist, who primarily uses Digital painting techniques in his art
X-Force was concocted by illustrator Rob Liefeld, who started penciling The New Mutants in 1989. The (at the time) immense popularity of Liefeld’s visuals allowed him to take over creative control of the book, introducing Cable and several other hard-edged characters in 1990 and 1991. With help from writer Fabian Nicieza, who provided the dialogue for Liefeld’s plots, Liefeld transformed The New Mutants into X-Force in 1991. Fabian Nicieza (born Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 31, 1961) is an American Comic book Writer and The line-up of the early team included:
Following a battle with her uncle Black Tom Cassidy and the Juggernaut in issue #3, X-Force would be joined by:
Later, in issue #15, two former New Mutants who'd left before the teams evolution into X-Force returned:
The main opponents of X-Force during its first year were the terrorist Mutant Liberation Front, led by Stryfe, a masked mutant with a mysterious link to Cable. Terrorism is the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion The Mutant Liberation Front or MLF was a Marvel Comics Supervillain group primarily enemies of X-Force. Stryfe is a Supervillain that appears in the fictional Marvel universe. Early issues also featured the wise-cracking mercenary Deadpool, the immortal Externals, and a new version of The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the X-Men’s oldest enemy group. Deadpool is a fictional Comic book character sometimes depicted as a Mercenary or Antihero; he appears in books published by Marvel The Externals were a Fictional group of X-Men Antagonists and subspecies of mutants. The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (邪悪な変異体の同胞団 jaaku na hen'i karada no douhou dan also known as " The Brotherhood " and Brotherhood of Mutants
Propelled by the wildly popular and bombastic art of Liefeld, X-Force became one of Marvel’s best-selling comic books immediately after its debut. The series rivaled The Amazing Spider-Man and Uncanny X-Men in popularity, particularly with the adolescent demographic. The Amazing Spider-Man is the name of several media Presentations which feature the Marvel Comics Superhero Spider-Man, Toy Biz responded by introducing an X-Force action figure line, along with its X-Men line, a rarity for a comic book property not adapted into a television program or film. Marvel Toys (formerly Toy Biz) is the Toy division of Marvel Entertainment.
Many comic book fans were critical of the series initially, though, complaining that it relied on big guns, big muscles and big explosions rather than plot, a criticism that would be made of later Liefeld comic books as well. Writer Mark Waid and painter Alex Ross parodied X-Force and other anti-hero groups from the early 1990s in the 1996 DC Comics miniseries Kingdom Come, which portrayed a future where a generation of violent anti-heroes had replaced the familiar DC characters. Mark Waid (born March 21 1962 in Hueytown Alabama) is an American Comic book Writer. Nelson Alexander "Alex" Ross (born January 22, 1970) is an American Comic book painter, Illustrator and DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company Their leader Magog bore an intentional resemblance to Shatterstar and Cable. Magog is a fictional Antihero published by DC Comics. He first appeared in Kingdom Come #1 (May 1996 and was created by
Liefeld’s tenure on X-Force did not last long; he illustrated the series only through issue #9 and stopped providing its plot after #12. Liefeld became increasingly frustrated that he did not own the characters he created and that his art was being used on a variety of merchandise while he received little royalties. In Marketing, a product is anything that can be offered to a Market that might satisfy a want or need Royalties (sometimes running royalties) are usage-based payments made by one party (the "licensee" to another (the "licensor" for ongoing use of an Along with six other popular Marvel artists, Liefeld left the company to form Image Comics in 1992. Image Comics is an American Comic book publisher It was founded in 1992 by seven high-profile illustrators as a venue where creators could publish their Incidentally, fan and critical reaction was much more favorable to the series during the tenures of the creators who followed Liefeld.
X-Force continued with Nicieza taking full writing control and Greg Capullo illustrating. Gregory “Greg” Capullo is an American Comic book Artist and Penciller born in 1962 best known for his work on Quasar Nicieza, who also wrote X-Men, helped plot the X-Cutioner's Song storyline that overlapped into most X-Books in the fall of 1992. X-Cutioner's Song is a crossover storyline published by Marvel Comics ' in twelve parts from the November 1992 to early 1993 In that story, Stryfe frames Cable for an assassination attempt on the X-Men’s founder Professor X, leading to a clash between the X-Men and X-Force. Charles Francis Xavier, also known as Professor X, is a Fictional character, a Marvel Comics Superhero known as the leader and founder of The plot significance granted to Cable by X-Cutioner’s Song brought the character new popularity (despite apparently dying at the story's end, in X-Force #18) and his own solo series was launched in 1993.
After X-Cutioner’s Song, X-Force continued under Nicieza and Capullo (eventually followed by penciller Tony Daniel). Tony Daniel is an American Comic book penciller and artist Biography After working with Image Comics and Marvel Comics, he gained status Having temporarily lost their leader, the teenage mutants attempted to recover the remaining pieces of Cable's life while attempting to develop an identity of their own. Cable's reappearance in issue #25 complicated matters, since Cannonball had settled into the leadership role, but the team gradually developed into a dysfunctional family, and the title regularly combined soap opera plot threads (such as romance and Siryn's alcoholism) with violent action. As with Cable in 1992, 1993 and 1994 saw Nicieza flesh out previously unknown elements of each character's history, including Siryn's family in Ireland (#31), Rictor's in Mexico (#34), and Cannonball's in Kentucky (#37), as well as the mysterious origins of Shatterstar (#29-30). This period also saw Nicieza reintroduce characters from the group's New Mutants days, such as Rusty and Skids (#24), Dani Moonstar (#27, 43, 1994 Annual), and Cypher and Wolfsbane (#38). Russell "Rusty" Collins, formerly known as Firefist, is a Fictional character, a Superhero from Marvel Comics. Skids ( Sally Blevins) is a Marvel Comics mutant. Created by writer Louise Simonson and artist Jackson Guice, she first appeared Danielle Moonstar originally codenamed Psyche and later Mirage is a fictional Marvel Comics superheroine associated with the X-Men Cypher ( Douglas "Doug" Ramsey) is a fictional mutant character a Superhero from Marvel Comics. A long-simmering plot about Reignfire and the disappearance of Sunspot came to a climax just as the book went on hiatus for the Age of Apocalypse crossover event in 1995. Reignfire is a Fictional character and Villain created by Marvel Comics for their series X-Force. The "Age of Apocalypse" is a popular X-Men Story arc.
Due to falling sales, X-Force emerged from Age of Apocalypse with a new creative team of writer Jeph Loeb and illustrator Adam Pollina, who significantly revised the team (issue #43). Joseph "Jeph" Loeb III is an Emmy and WGA nominated American Film and Television Writer, producer and award-winning Adam Pollina is an American Comic book Artist and Penciller. He is best known for his work on Marvel Comics ' X-Force Loeb brought back elements from The New Mutants, including new team uniforms, moving in with the X-Men at the X-Mansion, and an emphasis on character-driven stories with fewer fight scenes. In the fictional Marvel Comics universe, the X-Mansion, the common name for the Xavier Mansion, is the base of operations and training site of the Rictor quit the team and Cannonball "graduated" into the X-Men. Caliban, a super-strong albino mutant who possessed the mind of a child, joined the team. Caliban is a mutant character in the Marvel Comics universe. The character's first appearance was in Uncanny X-Men #148 Albinism (from Latin albus, "white" see extended etymology) is a form of hypopigmentary Congenital disorder, Loeb's stories included revelations about Shatterstar’s origin and the transformation of Boomer (formerly Boom Boom) into the more aggressive Meltdown. Fans' responses were generally positive.
In 1997, under writer John Francis Moore, X-Force broke away from Cable and the X-Men. Events January Avengers ( 1996 series #3 - Marvel Comics Captain America ( John Francis Moore is comic book writer known for stints as writer on such Marvel comics series as X-Force, X-Factor, Doom 2099 and X-Men Moore portrayed X-Force as carefree walkers exploring the open road. The roster of that incarnation was Meltdown, Siryn, Sunspot, Warpath, and Danielle Moonstar, a former New Mutant who could create apparitions of her opponent’s deepest fears. Danielle Moonstar originally codenamed Psyche and later Mirage is a fictional Marvel Comics superheroine associated with the X-Men This was one of most acclaimed eras of the series, with warm reaction from fans and critics alike.
In late 1998, Moore and new artist Jim Cheung established X-Force’s headquarters in San Francisco, returned Cannonball and later Domino to the team, and added Bedlam, a mutant who could disrupt electronic equipment, but towards the end of this run, sales began to fall drastically. Events January February March April May June July August September Jim Cheung (born 1972 is a British Comic book artist. He is currently exclusive with Marvel Comics, and his best known work has been on the ongoing series The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city For the member of the Exemplars see Bedlam (Exemplar. Bedlam ( Jesse Aaronson) is a Fictional character, a mutant
In 2000, writer Warren Ellis, who was known for his dark, cynical style, was hired to revamp three X-Books, including X-Force, in what was known as Counter-X. US publications --> Events and publications Year overall ===February=== Strange Warren Ellis (born February 16, 1968) is a British author of Comics Novels and Television, well known for sociocultural His stint on X-Force, co-written by Ian Edginton and illustrated by Whilce Portacio saw Bedlam, Cannonball, Meltdown, and Warpath under the leadership of Pete Wisdom, a British mutant, former intelligence operative and member of Excalibur, who could shoot burning blades of energy from his fingers. Ian Edginton is a British Comic book Writer. He is one of the few British comic talents to follow the reverse trajectory to the one usually taken Whilce Portacio (born July 8, 1963) is a Filipino-American Comic book artist. Pete Wisdom (Peter Paul Winston Wisdom is a fictional secret agent published by Marvel Comics. Excalibur is a Marvel Comics Superhero group an offshoot of the X-Men, usually based in the United Kingdom. Sales remained about the same despite the changes in creators. 
In early 2001, Marvel's new editor-in-chief Joe Quesada canceled many X-Books, arguing that so many titles featuring closely-related groups of mutant superheroes was redundant. Joseph "Joe" Quesada (born December 1 1962) is an American Comic book editor writer and artist X-Force was not canceled, but completely re-imagined with an entirely different group of mutants using the X-Force name. In X-Force #115, Bedlam, Cannonball, Meltdown, and Warpath all appeared to die in an explosion, though all have subsequently returned. The next issue, #116, saw the introduction of writer Peter Milligan and artist Mike Allred's new, sardonically-toned X-Force, starring a group of colorfully dressed and emotionally immature young mutants put together and marketed to be media superstars. Peter Milligan is an British writer best known for his Comic book, film and television work Michael Dalton "Mike" Allred is an American comic book artist and writer. This team, and the series along with it, was retitled X-Statix in late 2002, following X-Force #129, the series' final issue. X-Statix was the name of a Fictional team of mutant Superheroes in Marvel Comics, specifically designed to be media superstars At this time, Cable was changed to Soldier X and Deadpool was changed to Agent X, along with X-Force being renamed to X-Statix. Cable is a Fictional character that appears in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. Deadpool is a fictional Comic book character sometimes depicted as a Mercenary or Antihero; he appears in books published by Marvel
For more details on this version of X-Force, see X-Statix. X-Statix was the name of a Fictional team of mutant Superheroes in Marvel Comics, specifically designed to be media superstars
Although all members of the final version of the first X-Force were apparently killed in an explosion, it was later revealed that they survived but disbanded.
In 2001, New X-Men writer Grant Morrison introduced X-Corporation, a global mutant rescue mission. X-Men Legacy is a Marvel Comics series featuring the eponymous group of mutant Superheroes The title began its publication Grant Morrison (born January 31 1960 is a Scottish Comic book writer and artist The X-Corporation ( X-Corp) is a fictional institution from the X-Men Comic book series by Marvel Comics. Since then, many former members of X-Force have been seen in various X-Books as X-Corp operatives: Sunspot in Los Angeles, Domino and Risque in Hong Kong, Cannonball, Rictor and Siryn in Paris, and Feral and Warpath in Mumbai. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West Risque ( Gloria Dolores Muñoz) is a Fictional character, a mutant in the Marvel Universe. Hong Kong ( officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is a territory located on China 's south coast on the Pearl River Delta, and borders Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city Mumbai ( Marathi:,, IPA: formerly Bombay, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the financial More recently, Cannonball has been an X-Men member and Domino joined the new Six Pack in Cable & Deadpool. The X-Men is a team of fictional Superhero characters in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. The Six Pack is a team of Fictional characters in the Marvel Comics Universe. Cable & Deadpool was a Comic book series published by Marvel Comics beginning in 2004.
In 2004, Marvel released a new six-issue X-Force mini-series, once again plotted and illustrated by Liefeld, with dialogue by Nicieza, that gathered many of the characters featured in the first X-Force, to critical panning yet decent sales. Some controversy arose from Liefeld's insertion of over ten pages from previous unpublished comic books (Wolverine and Cable: First Contact) with word balloons edited to make them fit the X-Force storyline . It was subsequently prequelled with a 4-issue X-Force: Shatterstar miniseries.
As of late 2007, Cannonball, Caliban and Warpath are members of separate teams of X-Men; Caliban recently sacrificed himself to save Warpath. James Proudstar, previously known as the second Thunderbird but also known as Warpath is a Fictional character, a Marvel Comics Superhero Rictor and Siryn have joined X-Factor Investigations, and Boom-Boom/Meltdown is in the superhero comedy series Nextwave. X-Factor Investigations is a fictional detective agency created by writer Peter David for the Marvel Comics Comic book series ''X-Factor'' (volume Nextwave was a farcical Superhero Comic book series by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen, published by Marvel Not all members have moved on to other teams; Feral and Moonstar are no longer mutants, having lost their powers due to the events of "M-Day". Feral is seen later repowered in Wolverine #54 and apparently killed by a Weapon X-influenced Sabretooth. Moonstar is now an instructor for The Initiative at Camp Hammond. Avengers The Initiative is a Comic book series from Marvel Comics. Camp Hammond is a Training camp in the fictional Marvel Comics universe Marvel Universe to train a superhero team for every state of the United States Shatterstar and Domino recently appeared in Civil War: X-Men when they attempted to free The 198, operating as X-Force. Civil War X-Men is a four-issue Comic book mini-series, published in 2006 by Marvel Comics. X-Men The 198 is a Comic book Limited series that was published by Marvel Comics and set in the Marvel Universe shortly after
Currently in the Messiah Complex storyline, specifically Uncanny X-Men #493, Cyclops orders Wolverine to form X-Force and hunt down Cable. Uncanny X-Men, first published as simply The X-Men, is the flagship Marvel Comics Comic book series for the X-Men franchise In Greek mythology and later Roman mythology, a cyclops (ˈsaɪklɒps or kyklops ( Greek) is a member of a primordial race of Cable is a Fictional character that appears in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. Wolverine selects the X-Men's best trackers, Warpath, Caliban, Hepzibah, Wolfsbane, Wolverine, and X-23. The X-Men is a team of fictional Superhero characters in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. James Proudstar, previously known as the second Thunderbird but also known as Warpath is a Fictional character, a Marvel Comics Superhero Caliban is a mutant character in the Marvel Comics universe. The character's first appearance was in Uncanny X-Men #148 Hepzibah is a Fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe For information on the experimental aircraft see X-23 PRIME. X-23 ( Laura Kinney) is a Fictional character
They locate Cable and defend him from an attack from Lady Deathstrike and the Reavers, a battle in which X-23 all but kills Lady Deathstrike and Caliban is shot dead by a Reaver. Lady Deathstrike ( Yuriko Oyama) occasionally spelled "Deathstryke" is a Marvel Comics Supervillain, a foe of the X-Men, especially Caliban is a mutant character in the Marvel Comics universe. The character's first appearance was in Uncanny X-Men #148
Marvel Comics revealed at the Baltimore Comic-Con on September 10, 2007 that a new X-Force ongoing series will be launched in the aftermath of the Messiah Complex crossover in February 2008, written by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost and drawn by Clayton Crain. Events 506 - The Bishops of Visigothic Gaul meet in the Council of Agde. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Craig Kyle is an American writer for Marvel Comics. He has also produced several of Marvel's Direct to DVD animated films Christopher Yost is a Comic book and Animation writer best known as the co-writer (with his frequent collaborator Craig Kyle) of the comic book Clayton Crain is an American Comic book artist, who primarily uses Digital painting techniques in his art Concept art for the book indicates that the lineup will include Warpath, Wolfsbane, Wolverine, and X-23. James Proudstar, previously known as the second Thunderbird but also known as Warpath is a Fictional character, a Marvel Comics Superhero For information on the experimental aircraft see X-23 PRIME. X-23 ( Laura Kinney) is a Fictional character  The Marvel. com comic store describes the first issue as "There are lines that the X-Men have sworn never to cross. But after the shocking events of “Messiah Complex,” Cyclops realizes that some enemies need to be dealt with permanently… and the X-Men can never know about it".  The enemies in question are the Purifiers, their leader, Matthew Risman, the reassembled Bastion, as well as a team of prominent antimutants composed by Donald Pierce, the Leper Queen and the resurrected Graydon Creed, Bolivar Trask, Stephen Lang and Cameron Hodge. The Purifiers, also known as the Stryker Crusade, are a fictional paramilitary/ terrorist organization in the Marvel Comics universe and enemies Matthew Risman is a Fictional character, in the Marvel Universe and a deadly enemy of mutants including the X-Men. Bastion is a Supervillain that appears in the Fictional Marvel Universe. Donald Pierce is a Comic book Supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe The Leper Queen is a fictional villain of the Marvel Universe. Graydon Creed is a Fictional character created by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Brandon Peterson. Bolivar Trask is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. Steven Lang (sometimes spelled Stephen Lang) is a Fictional character, a Supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. Cameron Hodge is a Fictional Comic book Supervillain and opponent of the X-Men, as seen in Marvel Comics. It was also suggested in an issue of Wizard that Tony Stark aka Iron Man might become a target by forcing mutants to register with the Initiative.
Issues #57 and #58 of the first series were part of the Onslaught storyline which was a top vote-getter for the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award for Favorite Comic-Book Story for 1997. Onslaught is a Fictional character that appears in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. Comics Buyer's Guide ( (CBG is the second longest-running Periodical reporting on the Comic book industry
Before the team best known as X-Force debuted, Marvel introduced an unrelated, little-known group also called X-Force. It was a short-lived group that was designed to replace Freedom Force. For other uses see Freedom Force Freedom Force is the name of two team within Marvel Comics ' universe. The members were not mutants, but received their powers artificially and were named after the X-Men. This group was organized by a government agency known as M Branch and only appeared in the pages of Cloak and Dagger #9-10 (1990). Cloak and Dagger ( Tyrone "Ty" Johnson & Tandy Bowen) are a fictional Comic book Superhero duo in the Marvel Comics