Cable recruits a multiversal X-Force for Killshot Anniversary Special preview

X-Force: Killshot Anniversary Special #1 excerpt
X-Force: Killshot Anniversary Special #1 excerpt (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

30 years after the debut of Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza's X-Force at Marvel Comics, Liefeld is back with X-Force: Killshot Anniversary Special #1 that the iconic creator says will be their "biggest, wildest, most consequential adventure to date."

Liefeld's X-Force storylines have always centered around the struggle between Cable and his damaged clone Stryfe, and after 30 years of fighting (longer really, considering they're both time-travelers) Cable is recruiting five different X-Force teams for a multi-pronged assault against his evil twin - and if the book's title is any indication, he's aiming to kill him.

Check out this five-page unlettered preview of X-Force: Killshot Anniversary Special #1:

"After 30 years (give or take a thousand), Stryfe will finally get what he deserves," co-writer Chad Bowers tweets about X-Force: Killshot Anniversary Special #1.

As you can tell, Liefeld (and his proxy, Cable) has recruited some of his greatest Marvel creations for this tale including Deadpool, Domino, Shatterstar, and even the more recent Major X and the Venom/Deadpool mashup Venompool.

"X-Force was a huge gamble that paid off big for Marvel, paid off big for retailers and it changed my life forever," Liefeld continues in the announcement. "I'm thrilled and honored to share Killshot with everyone. 30 years in the making, I intend to make every page a huge kick for fans new and old."

In addition to drawing the primary cover for X-Force: Killshot Anniversary Special #1, Liefeld has drawn eight variant covers - and there will be a ninth Liefeld variant, remastering a classic bit of '90s X-Force art. In addition, J. Scott Campbell, Ron Lim, Leinil Francis Yu, and Jay Anacleto (two versions) also contribute variant covers. Check out all of the X-Force: Killshot Anniversary Special #1 variant covers here:

X-Force: Killshot Anniversary Special #1 goes on sale on November 24.

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Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)