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, Miles' 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.
- 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. Unfotunately, the scientist he hired to remove them took those powers for himself and became convinced that he was Vivisector, and went after Miles' 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- The Chains Of Command: Guy Smith was originally made the leader of the team to head off a leadership contest between Anarchist and U-Go Girl.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.
- Executive Meddling: Marvel shot down "Di Another Day", a storyline that would have featured Princess Di coming back from the dead and joining the team, because of outrage from the United Kingdom. Instead, readers got "Back from the Dead", a convoluted, messy storyline in which a generic celebrity comes back from the dead and joins the team.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 heavily implied in the "Moons of Venus" arc that Venus was sexually abused by her cousin.
- Reality Warper: Arnie Lundberg.
- Super OCD: Ironically (given his moniker), the Anarchist has obsessive-compulsive disorder. It gets exacerbated after he's temporarily made the leader of the team.
- The Unfavorite: Nothing that Vivisector does will ever be good enough for his Ivy-League professor dad.
- 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!"