Babies are many things. They can be cute, gooey, smelly, and the apple of their parents’ eyes. They also tend to be fragile. Babies are the things that we may want to protect the most in any given situation.
So, what if the baby in question actually somehow becomes a superhero? To answer that question, we come to Baby Wildebeest.
There was a time when Marvel’s X-Force was one of its hottest properties. As drawn by Rob Liefeld, the book chronicled a group of hard-hitting mutants who believed in preemptive strikes against the bad mutants of the world, and likewise for not being so gentle and leaving them to walk away. The original line-up has gotten a lot of mileage at Marvel, with many of the characters appearing in various X-books since the team first premiered in 1991.
So, what did I get for my first box? Well, four graphic novels, all tied to the theme of the past. I’ll be reviewing them in the order the card in the box had them listed in…which is about the only way I’d ever read a Youngblood volume first…or at all.
Some superhero characters often give off the feeling that the rules are being made up as the creators go along. There’s a longstanding tradition for such things. After all, Superman in his earliest appearances could only jump long distances rather than fly, and special vision powers were out of the question. Batman was more inclined to use lethal force, or at least not fret too much if an opponent did something that got himself killed. But longstanding tradition is one thing. More recent attempts to do so often look haphazard and may or may not work out. Supposedly, all Rob Liefeld originally had in mind for Cable was a cyborg with a big gun. Making him Cyclops’ son was nowhere near the front of his mind.
I don’t know how much of Maggot was planned out before he joined the X-Men, but there did seem to be a very much making-it-up as they went along feel for the guy.