“Three in a Bed”
Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: Mike Allred
Robbie Rodriguez, otherwise known as El Guapo, a mutant with strange skateboard related powers is being courted by X-Statix. Not only did he save Guy in a previous issue, he is “The Handsome One”, who Spike Freeman hopes will inject some sexual tension into the group as well as appeal to the young girlies. But is Robbie ready for the violence, the excitement, and the all-night parties that come with being a member of X-Statix? And what is his mysterious secret relationship with his skateboard? Love is in the air for sure.
“Aye Papi!” is right. Once again Milligan and Allred take what I thought would be a fairly ridiculous idea and make it, well, ridiculous. But at the same time, compelling and interesting. The party scene is very nicely presented, with the team playing up the X-Statix lifestyle and then trying to scare Robbie out of wanting to join. I laughed out loud when everyone’s beeper watches went off. They almost seemed like a traditional superhero team – for a second anyway. Of course the way things work out is much more violent than anyone expects. Oh yeah, and the threesomes are back! I guess mutant libido is more demanding than we could have ever dreamt. I’m not quite sure what to make of the skateboard yet, though. But at least I wasn’t expecting it.
There are a lot of things to love about this book, month in and out. It is perhaps the most consistent title that I purchase. Which makes reviewing it fairly difficult, as I could just change the details of the plot summary and leave everything else as is. Doop again proves to be one of the most interesting characters to hit Marvel’s pages in a decade. He is a brutal little monster sometimes, and dagnabit I love him. There. I’ve said it. I must remember to print out my Doop translator so I can actually read what he’s saying each month. Maybe then my love would fade. We’ll see. I did enjoy the cameo by Kevin Smith at the pool party, although I’m not sure what he was doing? Maybe working on that Black Cat comic he was supposed to finish? And Robbie’s fan response to seeing Wolverine was nicely handled. Who’s that he was talking to anyway? Should I know that name? Heh heh.
The fact that this comic still has a letters page says it all. Even the letters are intelligent – for the most part. If you’ve not been keeping up with the series, this is a good point at which to step in. It has everything I’ve come to expect from X-Statix ever since Milligan and Allred took over the storytelling. Plus, it’s the beginning of a brand new character arc. If you HAVE been keeping up, then tell me please, where can I get some of those sober-up pills?
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