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X-Statix Omnibus

(X-Force/X-Statix #1-7)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  486 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Peter Milligan and Mike Allred's subversive, media-loving mutants - the world-famous X-Statix - star in a series of bizarre, hilarious and deadly adventures with the most shocking ending ever! See all your favorites - including the Orphan, the Anarchist, Dead Girl, Doop, Venus Dee Milo and U-Go Girl - in action against and alongside Wolverine, the Avengers, Dr. Strange and ...more
Hardcover, Omnibus, 1200 pages
Published December 21st 2011 by Marvel Comics (first published November 16th 2011)
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Feb 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Disappointing book. It's such a strange Marvel story completely unique. I just don't get the whole killing thing. Since when has it become the norm for good guys to kill the bad guys in marvel comics?

Edit: The artwork is terrible.
Nicholas Doyle
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read most of these comics back when they were originally published in the early 2000's, and lost interest around the time of the ill-fated "Princess Diana comes back from the dead" storyline (where the powers-that-be at the time got nervous and made Milligan change his story at the last minute). That being said, when this gigantic book collecting the entire series (plus all of the associated specials/short stories) was solicited, I knew I would have to get it. It had been years since I even re ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Overall, X-Statix is a beautiful, innovative, funny comic. It was ahead of its time and it looked at superheroes from weirdly slanted views. The 40-issue run had its ups and down, and it definitely overstayed its welcome by the end, but it's still a terrific run, and I'm happy it's finally been collected as a whole.This run was also when I fell in love with Allred's work. It's very clean and iconic and is a strong element of the comic as a whole.

New Beginnings (116-120). The idea of turning supe
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Pop Art For Now People" reads the backcover blurb for this tome-of-all-tomes, this freakishly long epic of mutant epicness, and seriously kids -- this is, I mean, holy crap? The longest comic that exists. That will ever exist. Forever. FOR-FUCKING-EVER.

It's also, with the groovy go-go aesthetic of Michael Allred's pencils and the loopy cynicism of Peter Milligan's scripts, quite serviceable as highbrow coffeetable book of sequential art -- a book that can be flipped through for random doses of
X-Statix is still the best modern X comic this side of Whedon's Astonishing run and Morrison's New X-Men run. ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Took a few days to chisel through this behemoth. Very interesting premise of super heroes that act for fame instead of some altruistic act. The art was fantastic with lots of awesome guest artist, but it seemed a bit scattered as far as the direction to the story. I feel Mr. Milligan can produce these really interesting set-ups but the follow-ups just seem to be lacking.
Emily Matview
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Marvel briefly embraced their inner indie comics kid on “X-Statix” and the result in one of the best series to ever come from the House of Ideas.

X-Statix began life in the pages of X-Force 116, though outside of the name and the fact that it stars a team of mutants, it has nothing to do with the guns and pouches team that preceded it.

This team, made up of new characters like Orphan, the Anarchist, Dead Girl and Doop, are reality TV stars as well as superheroes, and their success means they aren
Apr 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
At the beginning, this is an incredibly interesting, beguiling tale: Milligan and Allred manage to set a modern American satire firmly in the X-Men universe in a way that leaves you thinking: this can't possibly be canonical. It's constantly surprising and inventive, well-written and dangerous, and Allred's art is gorgeous.

BUT, over >40 issues, a lot of the magic certainly wanes. By the halfway point, the whole series gets a lot more standard--the trappings of satire are still there, but there's
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended
Recommended for the art. Now that I have read the whole thing, I'm not sure if I really admire Milligan's writing style. His characters had too much of a tendency to flip-flop personalities to accommodate for the plot. The stories are fun, for the most part. But what really makes this stand out is Allred's art. You can actually watch it evolve through the course of this collection, he just keeps getting better. The art isn't for everyone though. I was talking about this series with a friend and ...more
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the X-force run by Milligan and Allred, which I thought had ended, continued under the name of X-Statix. I was ecstatic that my interlibrary loan request actually sent in a copy of this omnibus. So I go to the library to pick it up.

Did you realize it carries more weight, in actual actual kilograms and the more abstract wisdom of the shallow variety, than the world's favorite holy book? Hell, it gives the dictionary a run for its money. By the time I ca
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think my favorite aspect of this was the way it would create real flesh and blood characters, with pain and insight and humanity. For all of its pop art, satire, tongue in cheek jokes, and slightly above it all aloofness and for all of the standard Peter Milligan weird shit (which I love so so much), it mostly never forgets that we are supposed to care about these people. It addresses a lot of very interesting things and motivations.

There were times, though, were the quppiness and satire overw
J Rase
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This series was honest. It sounds ridiculous in a world of mutation and limitless power, but it's true. These characters felt real. It was genuine diversity in true X-Men style. The art was beautiful and the characters complex. ...more
Russell Grant
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Good lord, I knew I'd been passively reading this for a while, but over a year?

Anyway's, it's great stuff. I'm not an X-Men guy, I'm an Allred guy, so I can't tell you how this fits into the larger cannon. All I can tell you is the writer/artist on this is a perfect match. It's an incredibly cynical look at celebrity culture with superheroing taking a distant second place to fame management. It's brutally violent in parts, and just a blast. When Allred needs a break, the fill in artists are a m
Will Cooper
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is probably my favorite thing Peter Milligan has written. With Allred's art, it has a psychedelic flair and seems to be just within the realm of reality. But with the powers the characters have, it's not insane. It's the most straight forward, non-weird thing he's done and it is just great writing!

A group of super powered characters fight bad guys but also have to figure out how badly they want to be popular and rich. Really nice characters and a blast to read. Recommend!
Casey Taylor
Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2020
Hard to give the three star rating. The stories are mostly ironic and humorous. I'm really just here for the brilliant artistic team of Michael and Laura Allred. This ain't Madman but their work still pops. ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this comicis absolutely fantastic.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simon Belfast
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Fine metanarrative comedy with rare but emotional chapters. - 6/10
Apr 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Piece of shit, maybe sjw's will like this. Marvel is full of sjw shit anyways ...more
Ekenedilichukwu Ikegwuani
weird, but oddly enjoyable. it takes a lot to get in to, and i was a little sad at the ending, but this is definitely a very niche comic
Jan 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
"So if you're up for a bit of post-modern deconstruction of our celebrity-mad world shot through the skewed lens of a comic masquerading as a mainstream X-book, you might just be glad that you bought and read this book."

That's the writer's, Peter Milligan, closing statement in his introduction to the first collection contained in this omnibus. I'm not sure I can do it much better as a summary of this mammoth book containing the entire run of X-Force and X-Statix by Milligan and Michael Allred.

Matthew Sargent
May 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I didn't really know what I was getting into with this book. I just knew it was a giant book filled with Mike Allred artwork and a bunch of weird mutant characters I had heard of but knew nothing about. Fortunately, the story ended up being pretty good, and although it kind of lost its purpose partway through (and it became obvious how it would have to end), I remained interested enough to see it through.

Allred's art was what brought me to the book, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. There are some o
Aaron Williams
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was very excited to read this book and to top it all off I found it at a bargain price of 30 dollars! So, when I opened up the book I had a faint clue as to what I was going to get and didn't think I would get much else than a comedy that takes a stab at reality television. For the most part I was right, but what makes X-Statix so great (besides the art, I'm sure a majority of comic book readers would agree that Mike Allred's style is absolutely stunning) is the fact that it goes deeper than ...more
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: x-men
Back in the day when X-Force 116 had debuted in the comic world I was dead against the all new team and direction the book was taking. I was just getting used to the mammoth changes that Grant Morrison was introducing to my favorite title which was X-Men. I refused to pick up a single issue of X-Force and then X-Statix and was pretty overjoyed when the last issue came out. Phew! Now I waited for things to get back to normal. Flash forward, It's 2012 now and X-Statix has been collected into a gia ...more
Michael Larson
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
All right, so I read some of these in trades and some in single issues, but it's all contained in this omnibus, so I'll write about it here.

I think Peter Milligan's writing provides an interesting counter-point to Mike Allred's pop art style. In 'Madman', with Allred also writing, the art goes along with the off-the-wall trippy tone, but here, with Milligan's more cynical characters and plot lines, it is almost jarring. This isn't necessarily bad, it just took me some getting used to, as some of
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic
I am so torn about this book. I really like the art all the way throughout it. Mike Allred has a unique style that I absolutely adore, but Peter Milligan's writing is back and forth. I like the premise. I like a few of the characters and some of the plots are tightly crafted, but I don't know how I feel about the execution. It probably isn't fair that I am brushing over such a large number of comics with a broad brush, but there isn't really a better way to break this down, either. I felt the fi ...more
Kyle Booth
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This impressive and innovative book is not your typical Marvel fare. Clearly ahead of its time, it’s a subversive, biting satire of super-heroism, vanity, and celebrity culture steeped in absurdism without getting too hammy about it. The combination of Peter Milligan’s writing and Mike Allred’s artwork, the book has the feel of an adult swim series written by Bret Easton Ellis. The characters are simultaneously vapid and complex, ridiculous and serious. The book is quite progressive as well, pre ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, marvel
I bought this solely because I'm a fan of Mike Allred's work and because it had a fairly attractive price tag considering the amount of content in the book, and finished it very satisfied. Milligan took X-Force and turned it to a wildly different direction (and then gave it a different name shortly after), giving what is probably one of the most original Marvel concepts in the past few decades. While the book has a very high body count, it still gave us great characters. The main drawbacks are t ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Started really strong and unique, then weakened a bit as the characters all started having the same voice and attitude -- around the time they jump from X-force to the X-statix title. Some issues were just plain bad. The finish of the main series was sorta predictable and a bit of a let-down.

The Dead Girl limited series was great, though -- it restored Mr. Sensitive's original characterization, which was unique is this type of comics, and it was genuinely funny throughout, even if the plot never
Dean Olson
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-comics, comics
I blind bought this because I have never read it and heard good things. It's certain a high concept idea. Mutants who use their powers to become celebrities instead of superheroes. They still perform heroic acts when it suits the need for publicity. Its a dangerous thing as members die and are easily replaced. This is commentary on the hollywood scene in general. How celebrities can go from relevant to forgotten almost overnight. The ultra comic strip art style took a minute to get into. None of ...more
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Peter Milligan is a British writer, best known for his work on X-Force / X-Statix, the X-Men, & the Vertigo series Human Target. He is also a scriptwriter.

He has been writing comics for some time and he has somewhat of a reputation for writing material that is highly outlandish, bizarre and/or absurd.

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Other books in the series

X-Force/X-Statix (8 books)
  • X-Force, Volume 1: New Beginnings
  • X-Force, Volume 2: Final Chapter
  • X-Statix, Volume 1: Good Omens
  • X-Statix, Volume 2: Good Guys and Bad Guys
  • X-Statix, Volume 3: Back from the Dead
  • X-Statix, Volume 4: X-Statix vs. the Avengers
  • X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl
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