So, that was definitely the X-Force in the Deadpool 2 trailer, right?

The new Deadpool 2 trailer has given fans plenty to talk about. There’s the unveiling of Josh Brolin as the metal-armed, gun-toting Cable, Deadpool’s not-so-subtle jab at Henry Cavill’s poorly edited mustache, and 16-year-old Julian Dennison flipping a double birdie. But the real centerpiece is the shot above, which…

15 years ago, the prescient X-Force used mutants to explore the dangers of fame

Back Issues discusses a major comic of the past, reevaluating its strengths and weaknesses while exploring the cultural context of its creation and how it has impacted the future of the comic-book medium and industry. This week: Peter Milligan and Michael Allred’s X-Force, a series published from 2001 to 2002 that…

Loser superheroes are a study of the wretched id of the comics world

In order to fully understand just how useless the Golden Age Atom was, simply encounter him in the context of his adventures with the Justice Society Of America. The original Atom (created by Ben Flinton and Bill O’Connor) was Al Pratt, a costumed adventurer with no superpowers save for the fact that he worked out a…

Master Keaton, Shaft, an X-Force finale, and a haunting graphic memoir

The earliest of Naoki Urasawa’s works to be translated to English (pre-Monster, 20th Century Boys, and Pluto), Master Keaton (Viz) is a 12-volume series co-written by Hokusei Katsushika and Takashi Nagasaki, originally published between 1988 and 1994. It follows the “adventures” of Taichi Hiraga-Keaton, a…