Comic Book / X-Statix

"We're filthy, ungodly mutants. But we're their filthy, ungodly mutants."
Guy Smith

X-Statix 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:

  • The Alcoholic: Back when she was still alive, Edie was a raging alcoholic. In issue #10, which recounts her early career as a superhero, nearly every panel in which she appears has her holding a whiskey bottle.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: As with Milligan and Allred's X-Force, X-Statix is premised upon the notion that everybody loves mutants.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • In the first arc, poor Ocean has her legs torn off by zombies. Luckily for her, Arnie Lundberg uses his powers to give her new ones.
    • In the "Back from the Dead" arc, El Guapo loses both of his legs in an explosion. He remains legless for the rest of his run.
  • 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, except that his grief and disillusionment with his job make it worse.
  • Brick Joke: The explosion that kills Phat blows off one of his feet. It later comes falling back to Earth and (literally) brains Dead Girl.
  • 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, becomes 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 situations 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.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: El Guapo gets impaled on his own damned skateboard.
  • 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.
  • Incest Subtext: It's strongly hinted that Brad Gutman has an unhealthy interest in his daughter that's only kept in check by his profound necrophilia. After Britney dies, Dead Girl kills Brad to prevent him from sexually abusing her corpse.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Myles develops a crush on El Guapo. Unfortunately for him, El Guapo is straight. His attempts to flirt with Hawkeye fare no better.
  • 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.
  • Karma Houdini: By the end of the "Moons of Venus" arc, the public at large knows that Guy Smith convinced Lacuna to murder Fanboy X, but neither of them ever face any legal consequences for this.
  • Kill 'em All: All of the surviving team members die in the final issue.
  • Lost Lenore: Guy spends the early issues still mourning over Edie.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Phat in his normal state strongly resembles Eminem, a deliberate irony given the oft-homophobic lyrics Em was known for.
    • The second issue features O-Force rescuing Woody Allen and Will Smith from terrorists.
    • Arnie gives a dog the head of Britney Spears.
    • Henrietta Hunter was originally going to be Princess Di. Marvel forced Milligan and Allred to change her to a generic celebrity.
  • 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.
    He was white, but he wanted to be black. And that's what made him blue.
  • Punny Name: Venus Dee Milo. She has nearly-intangible arms.
  • Rape as Backstory: It's implied in the "Moons of Venus" arc that Venus was sexually abused by her cousin.
  • Reality Warper: Arnie Lundberg can completely change people's appearances, read minds, and bring back the dead, among other powers.
  • 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.
  • Straw Fan: Arnie could be seen as representing all the fans who were upset with the re-launch, what with his obsession with Edie Sawyer and his trying to force the X-Statix to become a cohesive team again.
  • Super OCD: Ironically (given his moniker), the Anarchist has obsessive-compulsive disorder, which is probably not helped by the fact that his powers require him to sweat constantly. It gets exacerbated after he's made the leader of the team.
  • Token Minority Couple: Repeatedly averted - Anarchist and Venus never get together, despite both being black, and Phat and Vivisector realize that despite the fact that they're both gay, they are not attracted to each other.
  • The Unfavorite: Nothing that Vivisector does will ever be good enough for his Ivy-League professor dad.
  • Warts and All: One issue, a Breather Episode after the events of "Moons of Venus", has Venus going through Edie's old diaries in order to help Guy get rid of them. The diaries paint a not-so-flattering image of the beloved superhero-slash-celebrity, revealing her alcoholism, her brief flirtations with super-villainy, and her complete disinterest in going home to Virginia to raise her daughter.
  • 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!"
  • You Can't Kill What's Already Dead: Dead Girl is extremely tough to damage or destroy because her body is a walking corpse.