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X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #5

Posted: Thursday, June 1, 2006
By: Diana Kingston



Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: Nick Dragotta and Mike Allred

Publisher: Marvel Comics


Some people find Peter Milligan's recent output to be a pain in the neck. I have a much lower opinion, if you know what I mean. It seems like all the man can do these days is show us how very much he doesn't care; this issue - this entire miniseries - is centered around third-grade humor ("Ha ha, Doctor Strange has hemorrhoids! IN HIS ASS!") and absurd diatribes that go nowhere.

I'm honestly shocked by the deep contrast between this miniseries and its cancelled parent, X-Statix; the latter might have been irreverent, with more than a touch of the bizarre, but it still had some kind of point to it, and made an effort to be funny. Here we have a bunch of plot threads that just go on and on, and then they stop. None of the characters - not even Milligan's own creations - act remotely recognizable, or encourage any kind of sympathy. We've gone beyond the realm of satire now, into a mindset
that thinks a Chinese man speaking Engrish is comedy gold.

Milligan's previous enthusiasm is completely absent here, making Dead Girl a tedious read at best. If he doesn't care about his work, why should we?



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