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X-Statix #21

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2004
By: Shawn Hill



“The Good and the Famous Part One”

Writer: Peter Milligan
Artists: Mike Allred (p), Nick Craine (i)

Publisher: Marvel

Plot:
Doop has been kidnapped by (czarist?) Russian terrorists, and it turns out he’s a deadly weapon in the wrong hands. Our anti-heroes call on the Avengers for aid, but not everybody wants to play nice.

What’s Interesting:
With even Guy morally compromised (by his murder of Spike Freeman, however justified), we’ve got quite a contrast here between our reckless mutants and the government sanctioned Assemblers. Of course, this being Milligan, government sanction doesn’t equate with moral superiority either, and he finds quite a few angles to play involving the Avengers’ own clandestine agenda and manipulative ways. Doop, as ever, is the ultimate in self-conscious multi-faceted plot devices.

What’s Less Interesting:
Even the ridiculous parts (the convenient Russians, Clint’s goofiness, Cap’s darker side) don’t grate, as this issue looks like the start of a fun arc. For once the super-famous have met the super-competent, and Milligan promises much more than just the walk-on treatment Spiderman got. I look forward to his shadings on mainstream icons.

And I love Allred’s old-school cover, reminiscent of so many old conflicts of the Avengers, the X-men, et al. The narrative explicitly references the Defenders, too (nice tie-in to the recent TPB?), but this old-school conflict goes to the core of both teams.



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