First and second line-ups
Most of the original members were killed, especially in a disastrous mission trying to save the 'boy band' pop group Boyz R' Us from kidnappers. This was secretly planned by Coach and Zeitgeist, who felt the body count and changing rosters would add interest. Zeitgeist was regretful though, and ended up being one of the members killed, and only U-Go Girl and the recent recruit Anarchist survived.
Targeted by the Brotherhood
X-Force performed a mission in Japan, against the Tokyo Cell of the mutant terrorist Brotherhood, terminating all members of the group. In response, their leader X gathered the remaining members of the falling-apart Brotherhood to hit X-Force, targeting especially Doop the heart of the team, to both target what X sees as mutant collaborators to the system, and to send a message to mutantkind: Or they were with the Brotherhood, or they were against them. The murder attempted ended in a bloodbath, as the X-Force kill them without questioning and some Brotherhood's members fight each other. As the Orphan wondered what had just happened there, Edith answered that the Revolution was over, leaving the devastated field. Once more, Lacuna was seen with them, on publicities or during the parade. Therefore, she wasn't seen fighting either the Brotherhood Tokyo Cell or their last gathering.
As X-Force had to change name because of the original team pressure and because Spike Freeman had money to pay every month to the original team, Edie finally proposed X-Statix. Spike Freeman refused, as his collaborators had chosen another name, but Edie's name captured the attention of the public and was chosen (thank to Lacuna's emission), and was adopted by Freeman.
Freeman himself was killed after trying to have Lacuna murdered.
When Katie Sawyer, daughter of U-Go Girl, was captured by Zeitgeist and his team, the X-Cellent for her powers. The team was needed to reunite. Dead Girl and Doop grabbed the once-dead Mister Sensitive and Vivisector. They moved on to some of their teammates children. The A, son of Anarchist, and Phatty, daughter of Phat, were both recruited. After the battle, they teleported out. Katie declined at first, but soon accepted to join as their teleporter.
- "Clever Little Pills": Medication who allow the members to sober up in about fifteen second, by an unknown action on the liver. It has possibly side effects. Exist in both vanilla and mochaccino flavor.
Commercial and promotion aspects
This X-Force was focused on the creation of fame and money.
Owned and financed by Spike Freeman, a young and arrogant trimillionaire, they were tasked to perform video-recorded missions (with Doop as their cameraman) proposed by various sources, and all intended to create a spectacular and bloody show, with high kill-rates.
In order to produce more money, in addition to the TV show, a network of X-Force Cafés ran by franchise-holders was created, selling many kind of merchandising, and creating a few minor events or meetings on some occasions.
Every information, such as the death of members or the new recruitments, was treated by marketing counsellors in order to produce suspense and catch the customers' and fans' attention in order to make them buy more products.
Among the various stuff produced by or around the team are also the "X-Statix Mega Lottery".
Additionally, others shows pop out around X-Force/X-Statix. First, Lacuna rejected an asked membership to create Lacuna and the Stars, using her powers to infiltrate and drag intel about useless things about the stars, focussing on X-Statix. Later, the show O-Force was launch by Solomon O'Sullivan as a concurrent team, where the membership was decided by public's vote and no internal selection.
For being a mercantile team with no interest in the social fights for their kind but only for fame and money, this group was blamed by many mutants, including the original X-Force, Wolverine or the Brotherhood. Also, they made induced a confusion in the public's mind, giving a false image of the mutants conditions.
As X-Force had to change name,
- The Orphan proposed X-Division and X-Heroes.
- Vivisector thought about X-Foliates.
- A reporter talked about a rumor about X-Squad.
- U-Go Girl proposed X-Men ("the perfect name for a group of mutants with the X-Gene"). and later X-Statix.
- Spike Freeman was proposed by his collaborators the name of X-Storm.
In order to possess always ready members to be incorporated to the current line-up to replace deceased members, Spike Freeman has set several "farms", with X-Forces in training. Among the potential recruits were referenced Anti-Matter (Arlo Summers), Sycamore, Washout, Mant, Lightning Bug, and Corkscrew.
He had also a band of Eurasian mutants in training, called the Euro-Trash, composed of the Japanese Miz Tree, the German Wall (Günter Gross), the French Surrender Monkey, the Iraqi Blind Ali, and the British Oxford Blue, stereotypical heroes.
- 54 appearance(s) of X-Statix (Earth-616)
- 5 appearance(s) in handbook(s) of X-Statix (Earth-616)
- 3 minor appearance(s) of X-Statix (Earth-616)
- 3 mention(s) of X-Statix (Earth-616)
- 2 mention(s) in handbook(s) of X-Statix (Earth-616)
- 69 image(s) of X-Statix (Earth-616)
- 36 member(s) of X-Statix (Earth-616)
Links and References
- Milligan discusses using Princess Diana in X-Statix
- The X-Titles revamp as discussed in The Comics Journal #262
- X-Statix article at Wikipedia