X-Force : Hate, Murder, and Longshot's Demonseed
Hello Boys and Girl. I came across some old X-force issues and asked myself "am i the only one that enjoyed these books?"
The answer is usually YES. In capitals just like that. Maybe it was because I had a soft spot for Shatterstar" the boringest superhero ever"? Probably so.
Every writer that touched him(not the way Rictor touched him) tried to give him their own spin on his origin. Is he a clone from longshot's man juice? Is he Benjamin Russell? Is he a giant tool being used in a horrible way!? yes! I think im the only person outside of a looney bin that thinks Shatterstar would've worked if they stayed far away from Longshot's mullet and totally denying Shatty a personality. If i had wrote for Shatty Shats first Ii'd give him a better power. Besides the whole agile bit, i'd play off that Bio-Energy schtick to the point where he can punch you in the head at a speed that would resonate sound waves inside of your skull causing it to explode. Sorta like the fist of the north star. He wouldn't be manwich man either. Even if he was he wouldn't have brokebacked it with Rictor, i mean really, no one liked Rictor. Shats wouldn't be longshot's clone/son. He'd be Longshot's older brother, the Noogey giving Wayne to his narrating pansy Arnold.
Another reason i thought X-force was cool is because no one liked each other. Everyone dissed Feral and she had no problem gutting fools up. Her character was actually really interesting once they revealed she was a cold blooded murderer. BTW thats sammy gunthrie getting slit down there.
Warpath was native-american so he hated everyone except Sunspot and Feral. Boom Boom was a cunt who was drawn like a 30 year old yet written for like a 15 year old. Cable was a hard ass. Siryn was a raging alcy. Everyone else fell into the "you're not important" cubby hole. Cannonball, Domino, Rictor, and whoever else they added on afterwards.
Maybe if Nicienza wasn't Marvel's man-whore in the early to mid-90's and had time to focus on one book(x-force!) it would've worked out and not have become the slutty-time-traveling-no-one-cares-what-happens-next obscure "X-Book".....
i'll leave you with this disturbing image of Rictor staring at Shatty from behind a fence while shirtless.