It's about time that Peter Milligan is getting some serious attention. Milligan should be considered as one of the best writers of the past decade or so. His original, captivating work on Human Target, Enigma, Shade, Skreemer, Extremist, Minx, etc. is some of the best out there. Since only some of it is available in collected TPB's, I'm very happy to see that X-Force and X-Statix are all getting released as multiple books.
And whoever thought of teaming Milligan with Allred is a genius! Allred's work, especially with his own Madman title, is fun, quirky, and bright. Teamed with Milligan, Allred appears to add some lightness to Milligan's darker style of storytelling.
This is not your typical Marvel superhero stuff. Some readers, expecting a standard good vs. evil, heroes and villains duking it out tale, may be disappointed, or even disturbed by the behavior of X-Force and the world in which they live.
The characters are raw and edgy. As the story develops, X-Force's reluctant leader, The Orphan, endears himself to the reader with his ability to steer through the surrounding chaos, keeping his idealistic sense of good intact. The Orphan is a character, and leader, worth cheering for. As his relationship with Edie develops, as well as his relationship with the rest of the team, the basis for the good vs. evil conflict becomes better defined, in a very refreshing way. Congrats to Milligan and Allred for creating a fresh exciting look at the traditional superhero universe.