X-Statix, a mutant superhero team that’s more like a reality TV show cast than a paramilitary unit, will return to Marvel Comics in July, courtesy of its original creative team.
Giant-Sized X-Statix #1 was announced Thursday from writer Peter Milligan, artist Michael Allred, colorist Laura Allred, and letterer Nate Piekos. Allred officially tipped it himself on social media, noting it “had the longest gestation and longest held secret” of any comics project that he’s done. For days (if not weeks), Allred has been noting on Twitter that he’s about to announce two projects that are years in the making, along with a new creator-owned comic.
No word on the other two as of yet, but Giant-Sized X-Statix #1 is apparently the first of these. Allred also shared work-in-progress from the series, which you can find below:
X-Statix as a team and a concept originally began in the X-Force comic way back in 2001. The book soon changed its name to X-Statix, embarking on a run that spanned 26 issues. Milligan and the Allreds were the creators back then too, taking over X-Force and killing off all existing members of that group, with the exception of U-Go Girl, Anarchist, and Doop. What set the team apart from the rest of the mutant/superhero teams was that it was more of a satire on celebrity and media culture, casting its protagonists as something closer to reality stars than real superheroes.
Marvel Comics has been throwing a lot of comics out there as of late, occasionally earning it criticism from fans and retailers, but hey, every once in a while that approach can yield something truly excellent, like this. I for one can’t wait to see which characters die and comeback and maybe die again in this first issue.