A PANEL FROM EVERY ISSUE OF X-STATIX

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Introducing a new feature today, focusing on Peter Milligan and Mike Allred’s irreverent, off-beat X-title. My blog has been doing this kind of feature for years now—on titles as huge and expansive as The Avengers and Spider-Man, to narrower looks at books like The Sinister Six. We’ve also looked just at specific runs (like Denny O’Neil and Luke McDonnel’s Iron Man work), or elements of a character’s development (like Hulk). But I’ve never focused on an X-title because…I’m just not that big an X-fan.

So why this one? And why now?

Well, it’s such a unique comic, for one thing. And for another, I just finished the All-New Doop miniseries and it made me curious about this book. I’ve read about it for years, but I’ve only ever read a few issues here and there—I’ve never read it all the way through. So, I’ll be discovering it as I blog about it.

The X-Statix team started out in the pages of X-Force Volume 1, in 2001. Joe Quesada hired Peter Millian, who had been working on off-beat titles for DC’s Vertigo imprint, and Mike Allred, the creator of the critically praised indie book “Madman,” and let them loose.
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In the first issue, they simply dropped us into the world of this X-Force, as if we the readers were supposed to have known about them all along. It meshed with the fact that it started not with issue #1 but with #116, and the first issue focusing on the new team didn’t even mention the X-Force team that had appeared in the first 115 issues of that title. Rather than a black-ops team working in the shadows, this X-Force was created for the sole purpose of generating ad revenue and starring in a reality TV show (filmed by Doop). And living a great lifestyle while they were at it.

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By their second appearance, in issue #117, they were taking on the “real” X-Force team, and they’d already lost several members. And this wasn’t a “they killed Kenny” moment—the deaths were real, vivid, and nasty.
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The creativity oozes from every page. Like this one, which introduced a gay character named Bloke…

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Wow. All that in just two issues! I hope you’ll enjoy reading about this feature as much I expect to enjoy reading the comics.

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