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X-Statix #8

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2003
By: Jason Cornwell

Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: Michael Allred

Publisher: Marvel Comics

When Bad Guy is revealed to be a dark, forgotten memory from Venus De Milo's childhood given physical form, we see the creature's defeat lies in Venus confronting this memory, thus robbing it of its ability to terrify her.

This is probably the weakest issue Peter Milligan has offered up since he took over this book, as frankly the big revelation about why Venus was terrified of her cousin Jamal was almost anticlimactic, and one almost suspects Peter Milligan is in on this joke, and that he purposely offered up this revelation only to thumb his nose at the readers like myself who had gone in expecting something more substantial. Now the way the story is set up, there's also a possibility that we have been left out of the loop, and Venus' explanation in the aftermath could be yet another lie to conceal the real truth of the matter. However, the simple fact of the matter is that this issue is downright conventional in its delivery, and one is left with very little to mull over, as everything is resolved in a tidy, almost
uncharacteristic fashion for this title. Even the big ending of this issue is a bit disappointing, as it essentially removes the tragic element that Venus had going for her.

As for the art, Michael Allred continues to be an ideal fit for these pages, as his clean, but busy style manages to convey a nice sense of innocence, which nicely contrasts with the unsettling tone of the material, with a strong example of this quality being the scene where Doop is lurking outside the bedroom door.

Final Word:
A rather uninspired outing this month, as having a character confronted by a villain who embodies this character's worst fears is hardly an innovative plot, and the big revelation about why Venus is so terrified of this childhood trauma is quite unimpressive. However, I think my biggest problem with this issue is that everything is resolved a little too cleanly, as conflict & questionable behavior are this book's lifeblood, and this issue is almost too ordinary in how it resolves its conflicts. I mean take the scene where Tike challenges Guy for leadership of the team, or way that the tension between Dead Girl & Venus is done away with. I mean this book has the cast acting too friendly, and here's hoping this is a passing fad, as I prefer the back-stabbing, self-serving behavior that was this book's trademark. In fact the only really seedy behavior we get in this issue is Doop's peeping tom sequence.

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