We’ve gotten two issues in two weeks as X-Force #33 wraps up the Kraven story just one week after issue #32‘s release. Benjamin Percy and Robert Gill have set Kraven onto Krakoa in a kind of slasher movie attack, and now it’s up to Wolverine to stop him. Deadpool and Omega Red are also there, but they’re killing each other, so probably aren’t the best choices for stopping the homicidal hunter!
X-Force #33 opens with Kraven riding a T-Rex and chasing Beast down. It’s where we left off in the last issue, and it’s kinda hilarious. He’s in the Savage Land, or at least a digital version of it via the Shadow Room. Given Kraven has cut the throat – nay, the head off a few familiar mutants, it seems Beast’s days are numbered, especially since he’s retired from the fighting of late. Soon we learn, however, that Kraven isn’t hunting Beast at all but using him as bait to lure in Wolverine. The best there is, yadda-yadda, and recently back from being judged by the Celestial. So begins an action-packed issue that’s well-paced and as bonkers as comics can get in the best of ways.
Bonkers isn’t a technical term, but when you see Wolverine slice dinosaurs in half, see what’s inside Deadpool’s shell of a plant body, and note Kraven’s thoughts on death, you’ll see it’s a ton of fun. Ultimately Percy is showing how Kraven has romanticized violence and death while Wolverine enters the story and shows he doesn’t care for it and plays no games.
That’s juxtaposed well with a data page later in the issue that shows Wolverine can be philosophical and deep too. It’s a nice touch since the brunt of the issue suggests romanticizing death is a fool’s errand, and maybe Kraven is the fool.
A fan of dinosaurs should love this issue, as Percy and Gill throw a lot of different dinosaurs at Wolverine. He slices through them in clever ways and shows he’s not afraid to take out a beast. This book features Wolverine so much it’s practically his book, and Gill draws him to perfection, no matter the angle. We even get a behind-the-head shot of him slicing at Kraven that’s a rarity. Deadpool’s odd plant body is also rendered well, and the comedic reveal of what’s underneath the plant body is sold thanks to Gill’s work.
If you were to look for gripes, one could argue the ending is a bit of a head-scratcher, given where we last see Kraven. Deadpool and Omega Red are also sort of running through the issue, which is a bit disappointing since the last issue built up a showdown between them. Both gripes keep the story moving, so it’s hard to complain too much.
X-Force delivers plenty of entertainment at a fast clip, no matter the page you turn to. X-Force #33 not only closes the door on Kraven’s attack on Krakoa, but it features Wolverine fighting a heck of a lot, keeping Wolverine fans fed.
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