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74 – X-FORCE

15 Jul

Subject: X-Force
Roster: Cable, Cannonball, Feral, Boom Boom, Warpath, Shatterstar, Siryn
First Appearance: New Mutants #100, April 1991

One thing you can say about Liefeld and X-Force, they desperately demanded your attention, even when in the end, that’s about all they were good for. Hell, I fell for it pretty hard as a kid, though clearly my artistic allegiance lay elsewhere.

Speaking of which, this is a terrible team picture, with a third of the card taken up by a miniature Cable carrying a HUGE gun. The weird proportions and unimaginative composition almost seems like an homage or fuck-you to Liefeld himself. Everyone’s individual cards are expressive masterpieces by comparison.

The card’s back again forgoes a picture of the team’s base, even though it specifically states in the X-Tra Card that they were operating “out of an abandoned Sentinel base in the Adirondack mountains.”

I have two copies of X-Force #1. One is one I’ve had for years (since read and reread), and another still sealed in its polybag with the trading card inside. I got that one in a huge box of comics selling for a dollar each at a Goodwill store (I also picked up two copies of the deluxe X-Men #1 in that same box). Earlier this year I attended a signing with the original Image founders celebrating Spawn #200. I brought my X-Force, but there on the counter the store had another pile of X-Force #1’s, still sealed, selling for a dollar each, and they didn’t seem to be running out.

God knows how many of those they printed (this link claims around 1.75 million, dwarfed by X-Men #1’s 8 million!), and with a 1991 cover price of $1.50, it just goes to show how much of a bubble the 90’s speculator market really was.


30 Mar

Subject: Boom Boom
Real Name: Tabitha Smith
Height: 5’5″ Weight: 105 lbs.
Group Affiliation: X-Force
First Appearance: Secret Wars II #5, November 1985

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 3/7
  • Mental Powers: 2/7
  • Strength: 2/7
  • Fighting Ability: 3/7
  • Intelligence: 2/7

It’s really easy to regard Boom-Boom as Rob Liefeld’s Jubilee: she’s more airheaded, her powers are more destructive, and her clothes are more outrageous. So it’s funny to realize that not only did Boom Boom (you know what, I can’t keep calling her that… let’s dignify her as Tabitha, shall we?) not actually get created by Rob, her first appearance goes all the way back to the mid-80’s.

Is it creepy that there’s something about Tabitha, with her Lady Gaga glasses and bubble gum, that I find oddly attractive? You just know she’s up for a good time, shimmying her legginged butt on that pool table. Even when Lee draws a hyper-mulleted… Rictor (is that who that is?), and even though I think it would’ve been good to depict her with powers (you know, to keep her from looking like a Jubilee-class useless teammate), Tabitha’s just too cool for school.

Her Power Ratings somehow give her generous 2/7 marks for Mental Powers, Strength, and Intelligence, and while I find the 3/7 Fighting Ability to be pretty generous as well, it doesn’t seem as offensive.