- We take one of these *$%&# alive. The rest? Open season.
Appearing in "Before The Devil Knows We're Dead (Chapter Two)"
- Daniel Chilton (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only) (Corpse)
Synopsis for "Before The Devil Knows We're Dead (Chapter Two)"
At Cavern-X, Fantomex shows X-Force the video of the body of Daniel Chilton, the young superhero who was shot by Jonathan Standish, being carted away. Along with him, nearly 3,000 people killed themselves after watching Standish's live broadcast, not including the people who watched it in other countries.
Archangel returns to where they are holding Benedict Ryan, who initially believes he is a real angel, and forces him to tell him what he knows about Standish. He starts by telling him that he's a surgeon.
In his lab, Standish is operating on the brain of a man with advanced technology attached to his body when he suddenly goes into cardiac arrest. The other doctors want to save him by using the defibrillator paddles but Standish stops him and gets angry at them. Mad that he was unable to save as many souls as he had hoped Standish has decided to take it upon himself to save them just as Garrity, the man who blew himself up at the airport, did.
Within E.V.A., X-Force is hovering in Earth's orbit in anticipation for Standish's next move. While the team debates if Standish's message has any truth in it, E.V.A. picks up multiple emergency signals in small towns. Armed with heavy technology attached to their bodies, Purifier soldiers are killing as many people as they can. Though they can't get to every location, Psylocke only needs one so that she can retrieve Standish's location. As they head to the nearest location, Wolverine dispatchees Archangel to Texas, Deadpool to Oklahoma, and Psylocke and Fantomex to Missouri. However, the Purifiers have bombs strapped to their chests, killing them before anyone can take them alive. Psylocke attempts to rewire one Purifier's bomb, but she fails and both she and Fantomex are caught in the explosion
Meanwhile, back in his lab, Standish has made a bomb out of multiple Purifier soldiers.
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With the events of FEAR ITSELF causing worldwide panic, Jonathan Standish and his cell of rogue Purifiers look to take their murderous mission to the next level. Believing superheroes have brought about the end of the world, just how many innocents can these Purifiers kill? How many 'souls' can they save from the devil? And where will they strike next? If ever there was a group worthy of X-Force's lethal talents, this is it. But is there a grain of truth hidden in Standish's askew thinking?
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Good issue, but could have been a litttle better. Still X-Force hasn't even met the mastermind behind all the Purifiers attacks, which I find hard to believe even though I'm reading it. It's similar to how the X-Men haven't found Kade Kilgore yet in Schism. Hell, they don't even know who he is over there. Anyways, pretty good issue here.
I felt like too much time was wasted showing about Jonathan Standish's past, and X-Force sitting on their asses. Not too much fighting until the end, however. This entire story of X-Force seems a little unbelievable to be honest. Where the heck are the X-Men? They don't watch the news? It's not exactly hidden that Purifiers were suicide bombers and raising hell (pardon the pun) all over the place. And here comes X-Force instead in broad daylight, no biggie. All other X-Force stories before now made sense considering their status quo: fighting Apocalypse in space, fighting Apocalypse in another reality, fighting the Reavers on a different continent, hunting down and killing someone for Magneto under covert ops, etc. It all adds up as to why the X-Men wouldn't have heard about them yet (besides Mags clearly).
Still, I guess that's what makes this a bit more interesting. One would think, knowing X-Force, if something like this happened, that they would shy away because they didn't want to be seen, but nope. So that sure is interesting..
I enjoyed Deadpool's (basically) fourth wall breaking, Justin Bieber hate reference, and the rest of his humor. It was cool to see just how awesome E.V.A. really can be. I admire Psylocke even more now for being on the team. Before it was just "I'm saving Warren's mind", now its "I wanna kill this bastard" or whatever. Nice change, and all with no healing factor (as Fantomex pointed out) to keep her alive the entire time.
The art as ever is great. The Simone's have done a wonderful job. And Rob Williams writing may not be considered as good as Rick Remender's, but it's up there for sure. I only had one or two problems in the art, one being where one or two scenes Psylocke seriously had a bad hair day. Other than that, superb. I have to say, the color choices for each individual scenes were incredible. A lot of time must have been spent to get it just right.
Overall, the issue was good, not great. So 4 out of 5 stars from me. It ended a little early, and with the preview of some other book in the back, I was genuinely surprised that it was ending so abruptly. I mean, I doubt Psylocke is dead. Clearly. Anyways, there you have it. Agree? Disagree? Let me know what you think.Johnnybravo44 (talk) 03:09, August 11, 2011 (UTC)