was a Marvel Comics
series spinning off from Peter Milligan
and Mike Allred
's popular run on X-Force
. Beginning several weeks after the death of Edie Sawyer, the series follows the team's attempt to rebuild itself. Later arcs dealt with Guy Smith's increasing disillusionment with being a super-celebrity, Myles' ill-advised efforts to bring his feral powers under control, and Venus Dee Milo's search for her long-lost family, among other stories.
This series contains examples of:
- Anyone Can Die: A major selling point for this series.
- Artist Disillusionment: A frequent theme of this series in-universe .
- In "Moons of Venus", Guy's superhuman sensitivity grows at the same time that he's dealing with the fallout from Lacuna publically revealing that he had her kill off Fanboy X. He doesn't handle it well, and it doesn't help that a lunatic called "Bad Guy" starts appearing.
- Tike's stand-alone issue has him becoming the leader and utterly hating it, and becoming uncomfortable with the fact that the team is frequently sent out to kill dark-skinned terrorists.
- Dead Girl's stand-alone issue has her coming to grips with the fact that being in the spotlight means she might actually be held responsible for the behavior of her more deranged fans. It's further complicated by the fact that her powers give her responsibilities to her fellow deceased that sometimes conflict with her responsibilities to the team.
- A two-part arc had Myles become disillusioned with being known as the gay wolfman with the hair-trigger temper, and his extreme attempts to remedy that situation.
- Badass Gay: Phat and Vivisector.
- Blessed with Suck: Mr. Sensitive's powers still cause him constant agony.
- Brought Down to Normal: In one two-part arc, Vivisector tries to have his powers removed. Unfortunately, the scientist he hires to remove them takes those powers for himself and became convinced that he is Vivisector, and goes after Myles' father.
- The Chains Of Command: Guy Smith was originally made the leader of the team to head off a leadership contest between Anarchist and U-Go Girl. He certainly never asked for it or wanted it, and in the "Moons of Venus" arc, the stress gets so bad that he willingly hands over leadership to the Anarchist.
- Character Shilling: Parodied with Venus Dee Milo. Everyone praises Venus when she first shows up, but Guy is extremely wary of adding such a seemingly "perfect" member to the team. It isn't until she reveals just how screwed up and neurotic she is that he warms up to her. Played straight with Henrietta Hunter; she was supposed to be Princess Di, but Marvel refused to let Milligan and Allred do that, so they were forced to try and sell a generic fictional celebrity as someone that the rest of the team would actually work with.
- Creepy Child: Arnie Lundberg, a disfigured teenage boy with frightening reality-warping powers.
- Dark and Troubled Past: For a long time, Venus believed that she'd accidentally vaporized her whole family.
- Death Is Cheap: Utterly subverted in this series.
- Diabolus Ex Machina: In the final issue the entire team is inexplicably killed by regular gunmen, even though they had survived worse situtations before. The bad guys even manage to kill Dead Girl, even though her superpower is that she's already dead and can't die for the second time.
- The Fellowship Has Ended: Subverted. At the end of the second-to-last issue, the team decides to split up, but Guy convinces them to pull one last mission. They're all brutally killed, even Dead Girl.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Throughout the series, Dead Girl takes damage that would have killed someone else.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Phat dies in order to protect the rest of the team from a bomb.
- Inspirationally Disadvantaged: El Guapo is forced into this role after getting his legs blown off during a mission. He's not exactly thrilled about it.
- Kill 'em All: All of the surviving team members die in the final issue.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Phat in his normal state strongly resembles Eminem, a deliberate irony given the oft homophobic lyrics Em was known for.
- Parody Sue: Henrietta Hunter, world-renowned singer, philanthropist, charity worker, and all-around saint.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Phat is a white boy who acts and talks like a black dude.
- Punny Name: Venus Dee Milo.
- Rape as Backstory: It's implied in the "Moons of Venus" arc that Venus was sexually abused by her cousin.
- Reality Warper: Arnie Lundberg.
- Red Right Hand: Arnie Lundberg is missing half of his face. He also has a warped sense of right and wrong, and used his powers to take over his hometown.
- Super OCD: Ironically (given his moniker), the Anarchist has obsessive-compulsive disorder. It gets exacerbated after he's made the leader of the team.
- The Unfavorite: Nothing that Vivisector does will ever be good enough for his Ivy-League professor dad.
- White Knighting: During the "Back from the Dead" arc, Phat redirects a rocket from hitting Henrietta Hunter. This earns him the ire of his teammates when they discover that the rocket ended up hitting El Guapo and blowing his legs off.
- Worst News Judgement Ever: "We interrupt this special famine-relief bulletin to bring you a breaking story. Yes, it's official. Venus Dee Milo is a VIRGIN!"