X-Force Volume 1: New Beginning TPB Paperback – 1 Apr 2002
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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.
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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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.
These books were written at a time when Marvel was first trying to capture the `late teen to adult' comic book buyer market, and stumbling around with how to do it properly. These books are published without the comics code, which was a big deal for Marvel at the time, but there is really no reason they shouldn't have the code other than a bit of bloodshed, which is less than you'd see on TV. The characters are cattier, and less likeable than normal, but that doesn't make this stand out too much.
Still, Millgan's writing has a certain `flow' and the plot gives enough hints at what might be to come to make you want to pick up the next compilation. Allred's art is unique and pleasing as always, so the book is easy on the eyes (with the possible exception of the aforementioned blood and gore).
If you're looking for truly `edgy' comics, these might not be your cup of tea. In that case try Preacher, or Black Hole. If you're looking for a fun spin away from the `normal' Marvel Mutant book, then this would be a good bed.
Recommended for Allred fans and readers looking for something different.
After years of being burned by X-Books revamps that turned out to be more of the same-old-shizznit, I vowed to never be suckered in again. So I resisted all of the hype and rave reviews. Until the release of X-Factor: The Final Chapter made the temptation too great. I snapped up Final Chapter and it's predecessor New Beginnings. Now I'm haunting E-Bay looking for any other issues I'm missing. As bad as it is getting burned by a dud retread book, it's totally cool to discover a new take on an old theme....
Writer Peter Milligan and artist Mike Allred deliver a brand-new X-Force, a kind of corporate Super-Hero group owned by a petulant young millionaire. Milligan sets up a status-quo, rips it apart, sets it up again, rips it apart.....By the end of the book, the team is totally different from the one we met a mere five chapters ago. I can't say I developed an affinity for any of the characters, but I sure did want to see what happened next. It's like a bad car accident. You don't want to look, but you can't help it. Artist Mike Allred's clean, cartoony style adds to the books overall grotesque effect. The aftermath of the distastrous "Boys 'R' Us" rescue would not have been half as stomach-churning if it had been rendered in a realistic art style. The new characters run the gamut from the bizarre to the ridiculous, with the pinnacle of weirdness being the silent Doop, who looks like a flying turd; Doop floats around the team's battles filming them. (S)he (?) also has some kind of weird friendship with X-Man Wolverine.
Marvel's new Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada has another winner on his hands. Give X-Factor a try, and you'll be hooked.
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