I recently started a subscription to Marvel Unlimited. For those of you who don’t know, Marvel Unlimited lets you read pretty much every Marvel comic ever printed, except for those published in the last 6 to 8 months or so. Now, you’d think that since I’ve been out of the comic loop for a while, I would use this opportunity to catch up on some things. So far, though, I’ve been using it to reread comics that were once part of my collection.
I have decided to talk about a couple of them as part of this NaBloPoMo. Up first is Agent X.
Agent X is actually a spinoff of Deadpool. The basic story is that a mysterious figure shows up on the doorstep of one of Deadpool’s aassociates a few days after the merc with a mouth goes missing and is presumed dead. This mysterious figure has Deadpool’s personality and healing factor, so , even though he looks slightly different ( he has scars on his face shaped like x’s instead of the normal all over scarring ) , friends and foes alike assume he is Deadpool .
Agent X , also now going by the name Alex Hayden , can’t remember anything about his past, and he doesn’t care. All he cares about is starting the biggest and best mercenary business in the world. The rest of the series is the stories of the jobs he gets.
This series only lasted 15 issues. The first six were good. The last three were good. The six in the middle? Not so much. What did the good ones have in common? They were all written by the same person: Gail Simone. She was so much better than the other people they had write. The main difference is that when she wrote it , the jokes (you know there’s going to be jokes. It’s a Deadpool type book) flowed freely and were usually funny. The other writers made the jokes seem forced and they were usually not funny.
Anyways, the series ends with everyone learning (surprise, surprise ) that Agent X is not Deadpool. They team up to defeat the bad guy and then go their separate ways.
As for what happened to Agent X after the series was cancelled, I’m not sure. He probably popped up again somewhere down the line in Deadpool’s adventures. Hopefully, the got along better during their second meeting than they did in their first .
All in all, they are worth the read. Just don’t give up on it when it starts to get worse towards the middle.