I know it’s not exactly new, but it’s sort of new to me. I was wondering how many other people picked up the recent omnibus edition of X-Statix… I’m about halfway through this behemoth and it’s well worth the money and the time.
This is the perfect X-book for people who are bored of X-Men. It’s plucked straight from my favorite era of X-Men comics, back when Morrison was blazing a trail with his fresh science-fiction-heavy run on New X-Men and editorial were trying hard to push books in innovative directions. Things were glorious for a brief, bright time – then that milk suddenly soured. Originality waved a white flag and it was back to basics.
X-Statix (for those of you who don’t know) was less about mutants as outcasts and more about mutants as celebrities and media-darlings. That may sound sort of unspeakable, but consider this; they are a team of people who aren’t fighting crime for good, or for evil, they’re fighting for fame. They’re a bunch of self-centered narcissistic, backstabbing assholes who will do anything to get their faces on television, or their names in the gossip columns. It’s like a glorious car crash you can’t look away from, being filmed by a small, amorphous green blob with eyes. How can you resist?
I hear Jonathan Ross has an upcoming book exploring the idea of reality show contestants as superheroes, but that’s already happened.