X-Force # 24 Keeps Percy’s Promise “Bad Things Happen In This Book”


Back at NYCC 2019, the X team showcased and dived into their various new titles. After the panel, Benjamin Percy’s X-Force. So what made audiences so excited about the next volume of X-Force? Percy made a promise: “Bad things happen in this book”. Indeed, he quickly kept his promise. In the first issue of X-ForcePercy not only indicated that a new villain is using Domino’s skin, but the problem ends with an assassin shooting Xavier – and Cerebro – in the head. Throughout the series, we’ve seen a lot of “bad stuff”. At one point, Colossus, having just escaped from a Russian prison thanks to Kate Pryde and her Marauders, and Domino discussed community suicide. But instead, they went on a suicide mission. However, despite all the tragedy Percy went through before,X-Force # 24 is one of the most tragic since the start of the series.

Spoilers ahead!

X-Force # 24 proves Colossus is Krakoa’s punch bag

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First, the Russians almost killed him. Then it borders on suicide. Following this, Beast – trying to eliminate a Russian spy on Krakoa – publicly arrested and humiliated Piotr. Despite all of this, Colossus remained patient and calm. All he wanted was to work on the Savage Land Flower Farm with his new and beautiful lavender-skinned wife, Kayla. At first it seemed like there was something wrong with Kayla. She was too kind, too caring. Obviously, for the X-Men, that meant imminent danger. But the truth was, she cared for Pyotr and wanted to help him heal from his years of battle and grief.

And, so, for the past two years, Colossus has resided with Kayla in the Wilderness. He harvests the plants for Krakoa’s medicine, reads and becomes intimate with Kayla. But more than anything, he comforts himself with a brush and a canvas. Piotr Rasputin is known as a phenomenal artist and even sells his work. It’s the purest thing in his life.

X-Force # 24 takes that – and more – from him in a devastating way. In the end, Beast might have been right to stop Colossus since he was, in fact, the traitor. But it is not that simple and much worse than that.

Piotr’s evil brother Mikhail destroys his soul

X-Force # 24, Benjamin Percy, Krakoa, Colossus, Piotr Rasputin, Kayla Rasputin, Mikhail Rasputin, X-Men, Marvel Comics (Marvel Comics)

Mikhail Rasputin is not only one of the X-Men’s most formidable enemies, but he is one of the most powerful mutants in the world. His mutant gifts include transmuting physical objects as well as the ability to move between dimensions. If he accepted Krakoa’s amnesty policy, as many villains have done, he would likely be part of the Silent Council. But, instead, he further pledged his allegiance to Russia and his own goals.

To achieve these goals, destroying Krakoa for reasons not yet entirely clear, he uses Colossus. But before we think that Benjamin Percy turned the nicest X-Men character into evil, let’s take a step back. As far as X-Force # 7, we started to see the name “Chronicler” popping up, but it wasn’t until issue # 24 that we would find out what this character is capable of. He is a writer. They are the most dangerous people in the world. Oh, and he can also control someone’s actions and environment through his writing.

Locking him into a dimensional rift, Mikhail forces Chronicler to manipulate his brother into unspeakable acts.

Horrible actions of Colossus in X-Force # 24

X-Force # 24, Benjamin Percy, Krakoa, Colossus, Piotr Rasputin, Kayla Rasputin, Mikhail Rasputin, X-Men, Marvel Comics (Marvel Comics)

Remember when we said Mikhail would take the Colossus art from him? This is how. He used Chronicler to manipulate Piotr and get him to paint secret and essential parts of Krakoa, then sell those paintings around the world. However, we can assume that they all ended up in Russia. It’s a perversion of one of the only happy areas of Colossus’ life, and Mikhail has made it a weapon against him. When Kayla discovers the paintings (well, Colossus left them out), she is mortified and begins to tear them apart. That alone would end their relationship, but Mikhail takes it one step further. He ends Kayla:

X-Force # 24, Benjamin Percy, Krakoa, Colossus, Piotr Rasputin, Kayla Rasputin, Mikhail Rasputin, X-Men, Marvel Comics (Marvel Comics)

But this is only the beginning of Colossus’ anguish. At present, still under the Chronicler’s control, he cannot see the gravity of his actions. But he will soon. Xavier arrives at his cabin at the end, wanting to talk. Now, assuming Xavier unleashes Colossus of Chronicler and Mikhail, how will he react not only betraying his new nation, but murdering his new wife? And then, discover that his brother orchestrated everything.

But also, what is Pyotr going to do to Mikhail once he puts his steel-covered hands on him? Mikhail just hopes their little sister Ilyana doesn’t find out. She is very protective of her big brother, but also like all the demons of Limbo at her command.

X-Force # 24 is a heartbreaking chapter, but also the start of what could be one of Colossus’ best character arcs. Percy has been building this story for two years. It’s time we saw it take off.

X-Force # 24 is available from your favorite comic book dealer this month.

What do you think? Let us know your thoughts, theories, and things we might have missed about this issue in the comments. Will Colossus forgive himself for what he did while under control? Are you OK? (We do not agree.)

(Featured Image: Marvel Comics)

Roman Colombo completed his MFA in 2010 and now teaches graphic novel writing and literature at various colleges in Philadelphia. His first novel, Trading Saints for Sinners, was published in 2014. He is currently working on his next novel and hopes to find an agent soon.


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