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X-Force Volume 1: New Beginning TPB [Paperback]

Mike Allred , Peter Milligan
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1 April 2002 X-Force (Book 1)
Adored by humans, reviled by their fellow mutants, X-Force does the dirty jobs that others can't, or won't. All they want in return is fame, money, sex, power and lucrative endorsement deals.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (1 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078510819X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785108191
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 17 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,287,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately different! 11 Feb 2002
By A Customer
The new X-Force are a very different superhero team; not for them ideals of heroism or duty, they don't believe that their great power brings great responsibility. They're in it for the fame, the fortune, the girls; yes, they're celebrities. They're also the most popular mutants in America.
Actually, this tale of celebrity superheroes isn't about the X-Force team as such; I didn't come out of it feeling I knew Phat, Vivisector or even the Anarchist all that well. Our real stars are the depressed, suicidal team-leader the Orphan and the self-seeking, selfish U-Go Girl, and it's their relationship that increasingly takes centre-stage as the book progresses.
This book probably won't be for everyone - it's cynical and adult, not normal superhero fare at all - and all illustrated in a strangely retro style. But it's an interesting read, and probably a more realistic image of how superheroes would behave in the real world.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Your old-brand "Product-X" not performing? 7 Jan 2002
Then get ready for the comic book with shampoo AND conditioner, as the creative team behind X-Force re-launch the brand as the thinking fan's cross-media-reality-gameshow with a body count. Milligan and Allred have remixed the traditional concept of the super hero team, and New Beginnings is their first Mutant-Tekno crossover novelty hit record!
Hero-Mission as Marketing Tool:
At a time when popularity ratings, tie-in merchandise and guest appearances are "all part of the job", you can forget about secret identities - this is a branding war! And with a line-up of freaky teens with chemical dependence issues, suicidal tendencies and troublesome blocked pores, you know that saving the planet is just one more publicity stunt before that big break into spandex catalogue modelling!
Medium as message:
Utilising both ultra-retro 2-D block-colour and high definition digital photo-realism, and with a plot saturated in sound-bite and satire, New Beginnings resembles nothing less than the mediablitz of a CNN World War III Special - crossed with an MTV award ceremony and a "trailer park clear-out" episode of Jerry Springer. Now that's value!
This all-new, tangle-free, kissable X-Force explores the concept of buying up and selling out in the Super Hero market, where the consumer is king and reality lies in the eye of a floating mutant gherkin called Doop.
Just buy it.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is aweful, I dont like the art, its poor retro styleis not good. it is ugly. The characters are either flat or are walking cliches. Peter Miligan wouldn't know a story if it hit him in the face. This is mildly worse than his run on X-men. Avoid.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbed & disturbing mutants 10 Jan 2002
By John Dennett - Published on Amazon.com
X-Force: New Beginnings collects the first five issues of Peter Milligan and Mike Allred's disturbing recreation of one of Marvel's X-Men spin-off titles.
X-Force originally began as just another way for Marvel to cash in on the late 80's X-Men craze, and about the seventh or eighth spin-off title at that. Through a long and unremarkable run, the book has been, well...unremarkable. About a year ago, as a part of Marvel's larger editorial gamble to revive interest in their characters, Milligan and Allred were given a title on life support and free reign to do as they pleased.
What the two have come up with simply never been done before. Taking Milligan's predisposition for disturbing, cynical and often downright psychedelic storytelling and adding Allred's almost childlike yet stylish pop culture sensibilities has created something that's hard to believe Marvel didn't reject on principle: A team of mutants calling themselves 'X-Force' (Prof. X and company never trademarked the name) is assembled by a rich young software magnate as a product marketing vehicle. They are media superstars constantly holding press conferences and chased by paparazzi, all the while battling for endorsement deals and air time. The missions they undertake are dangerous enough that team members die almost every time out but fame-hungry young mutants are easy to come by, and more importantly the ratings are good.
Enter Mister Sensitive, a.k.a. The Orphan. Given the leadership of the team by their coach and the board shortly after joining, he's clearly the only member with a conscience and seemingly the only well-grounded one to boot. How does he do it? Every morning before he leaves his house he polishes his handgun and loads a single bullet in the chamber. Every night when he returns home, he points it at his head and pulls the trigger.
Hopefully this gives you the tiniest glimpse into how twisted this book really is. And while there's no way I would recommend it to everyone, it's also as magnetic as car wreck on the side of the road that you find yourself slowing down for even as you curse the others that did the same before you. Although there are huge differences between the two series, Milligan and Allred's X-Force shares a similar tone with Ellis and Dillon's Preacher. Hard to believe Marvel publishes this near total indictment of the Marvel superhero universe. I'll keep buying, though.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rating will likely fluctuate a lot due to differing opinions 16 Nov 2001
By Johnny Unusual - Published on Amazon.com
When X-Force first started it was a bland spin-off comic that seemed to be created for the express purpose to help cash in on the X-Men's popularity. But when issue #116 hit everything changed. With new writer Peter Milligan and artist Mike Allred (best known for his groovy independent comic Madman) had created possibly one of the most controversial comic in Marvel's history, with self-centered characters and mature themes. The book focuses on a team of mutant celebrities/mercenaries.
Using their position on the X-Force for personal and financial gain, these mutants go on missions so dangerous; usually at least one of them doesn't come back alive (so don?t get to attached to any one character). When the team is almost all killed off (there are lots of replacements set up), a new leader named the Orphan takes over. Different from other members, he actually seems to care about people, but suffers from severe depression and plays Russian roulette with himself once a day, miraculously surviving each time. Also on the team is U-Go Girl, who wanted to be team leader and is even willing to kill the Orphan to get that position and the Anarchist, the most uncooperative member of all.
The Orphan changes the team in many ways. His superiors want him dead, but can't reveal their intentions to the public and must be secretive about it. The team itself, while not always agreeing with the Orphan's philosophy, respects him and defends him from his superiors. And U-Go Girl, the most selfish of them all, also seems effected by his appearance. When he cries after a team member is killed, she mocks him for it, then realizes that she can't remember the last time she cried.
The series is both original and unconventional, with a sharp biting satire. The members get away with anything, make it to the tabloids and lie about themselves and their past in order to stay popular. There are also lots of mysteries and conspiracies that make the series intriguing and involving. The rich creep who owns the team is making money on X-Force through both hiring the team out for suicide missions and making X-Force merchandise.
X-Force has been one of the most talked about comic series over the year and with its engaging characters and unique stories may stay that way for quite a while. And Mike Allred's unusual retro-art style adds to the bizarre look and feel to the series. Check this Trade out and you might not be disappointed (popular opinion is 50/50)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stop Watching Me!!! : Marvel Mutant Celebrities?!? 4 April 2002
By Philip C. Crawford - Published on Amazon.com
"X-Force: New Beginnings" is one of the most unexpected re-launches in the history of comics! Not since Wonder Woman's non-costumed adventures of the late 1960's and Grant Morrison's surreal version of the Doom Patrol in the late 1980's has such a memorable and dramatic change affected a monthly comic book. Instead of the standard, clichéd depiction of Marvel mutants as vilified, hunted and persecuted, Milligan presents a team of celebrities whose adventures (and private lives) are the subject of constant scrutiny by the media. These stories are presented as satire; Milligan pokes fun at super-hero clichés and our societal infatuation with celebrities. His narrative is complimented by Allred's retro-1960s art style which pays homage to Silver Age comic books. This graphic novel will not appeal to the average Marvel fan-boy, but should have wide-appeal for fans of alternative comix, Vertigo comics and Allred's own "Madman Comics." Finally, a Marvel comic that is cool, hip, multicultural and polyamorous! And, of course, don't forget Doop!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Milligan + Allred = Genius! 16 Jan 2003
By D. Sippel - Published on Amazon.com
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Live The New Flesh 18 Jun 2002
By andy7 - Published on Amazon.com
They're rich. They're surrounded by groupies. They're hounded by the paparazzi. They have their own franchise souvenir store. Rockstars? No. Movie Stars? No. Superheroes? Absolutely. Like rockstars they're bought and sold by a multi-million dollar conglomerate. Like movie stars they're pampered and spoiled. That's why the X-Force have to be put away and replaced by a new batch of heroes.
Peter Milligan's brilliant story starts out with a bang and never lets up even to the last page. His impressions on the cult of celebrity and how it manages to corrupt even the most noble hero is sheer genius. Mike Allred's art has improved ten-fold since Madman and Red Rocket, and that's saying a helluva lot.
The new X-Force seem to be teetering between the forces of sheer greed and vanity against the old school principles of valiant herodom. The age old dilemma: to stay true to your ideals or sell out. The suicidal leader of the team is The Orphan, who bears an intentional resemblance to Kurt Cobain. Standing between her selfish desires for fame and fortune and her need to do the right thing is U-Go Girl, who reluctantly develops a crush on The Orphan. Will she be seduced by the sacred or by the profane? Read on. You won't be sorry.
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