- Series: X-Force (Book 1)
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (November 20, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780785108191
- ISBN-13: 978-0785108191
- ASIN: 078510819X
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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X-Force - Volume 1: New Beginnings Paperback – November 20, 2002
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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.
This book is about people that have sold their souls to become rich and famous. They're heading toward rock bottom, but as long as they're still in the spotlight, who cares, right? Right?
When these characters start to question where they've been and where they're going, you'll see that this isn't a comic book, it's a novel. In full color. With lots of nice pictures.
Read it, and share it with your friends.
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)