Genre: Fiction; Author: Peter Milligan

. Superheroes as squabbling egomaniacs playing for publicity, money, and groupies: Writer Peter Milligan has taken a ragtag bunch of ”mutants” formerly known as X-Force and turned their tale into a razor-sharp media critique with hyperbolic dialogue (”We should be the team that dilemmas forgot, Vivisector. Dead Girls’s right”). The art by Mike Allred is equally original: intentionally flat, stiff figures in static panels that can look like small paintings. Pop art for now people

Originally posted February 21 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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