is a fictional Marvel Comics superhero
team, one of several spin-offs
of the popular X-Men
franchise. Conceived by writer/illustrator Rob Liefeld
, the team was formed in New Mutants,
vol. 1 #100 (April 1991
) and soon afterwards was featured in its own series.
The group was a new incarnation of the 1980s team, the New Mutants
. Led by the mutant Cable
, X-Force was more militant
and aggressive than the X-Men. X-Force
was successful in the early 1990s. The series' popularity waned after Liefeld left, causing Marvel to implement several reforms in the title from 1995
with varying degrees of success.
Low sales on the series prompted Marvel to revamp the title in 2001 with a new cast in the form of a group of self-interested young mutants who were gathered together by a corporation to become media stars and used the name X-Force. X-Force,
vol. 1 was canceled with #129 and relaunched as X-Statix,
which featured the later incarnation of the team. After X-Statix
was canceled with #26, Marvel reunited the original X-Force team for a six-issue 2004 miniseries
plotted and drawn by Liefeld.
, 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. The series came to a conclusion in September 2010
as part of the Second Coming
storyline that ran through various X-titles. The title was then relaunched in October 2010 as Uncanny X-Force
with Rick Remender
and Jerome Opena as the creative team and Wolverine
, and E.V.A.
as the initial roster.