So we’re finally done reading every single issue and sharing a panel from nearly every one. But one of the markedly different things about X-Statix was all the death. So much. And so much of it permanent!
This post recaps every single one.
In the very first issue, we got two deaths.
Okay, maybe this one doesn’t count because she dies and returns on the same page…
This was a sad one–the death of “Spike,” who was a terrific blacktivist foil for The Anarchist, the team’s other black character. The two were always fighting for the spotlight.
But even in death, Spike couldn’t get the limelight as in the very same issue Edie dies in a sad, sad death…
The first story arc in the group’s title book features the death of “Alan,” who is basically a kid mutant with horrific powers who terrifies a town, a la The Twilight Zone.
Mr. Sensitive kicks a dude to death.
X-Statix #18: Two deaths in one!
Also, my favorite death: Being impaled on a skateboard!
So last issue, Impossible Man told Norrin Radd to learn to laugh a little–that if he was humorless, he’d never be able to defeat Darkseid. In this issue, Drax shows up and is a complete pain in the ass. Plus, Starfox is a jerk. So Surfer remembers Impy’s lesson, and parks Drax in front of the TV. And during a comedy…
…Surfer is able to slip away. How great is this comic?
Thanos Quest was the first time Thanos went after the six soul gems. It was written by Jim Starlin and illustrated by Ron Lim, the team who had been kicking all kinds of major ass on the Silver Surfer comic (see prior posts under this same tag).
In many ways, it was a “scavenger hunt” storyline: Thanos goes after the six elders of the universe who have gems. Champion (who boxed The Thing in Marvel Two In One Annual #7, one of the greatest comics of all time, The Collector, The Gardner, and others.
We get to see Thanos using guile, trickery, and smarts–he’s not some powerful thug, he’s actually a conniving Machiavelli. In the first issue, he gets three of six gems. And we get this absolutely terrific panel, which is probably Ron Lim’s best…
Listening to Dive Index’s Lost in the Pressure is a spiritual experience for me. On the surface, it’s a sleepy and slow ambient record. But when you hear the lyrics…Holy crap, does this thing have depth. Which is ironic, because they hail from the City of Surface, Los Angeles.
This is a record that questions everything….You’ll be getting lost in it, and then suddenly you’ll hear a line like “open your arms wide and cross your fingers” and you’ll start to wonder about the quality of faith and the meaning of life and …. I loved this record.