I decided my mission this year at C2E2 was to find and wrap up some of the smaller series that I have that only need a few issues to complete. Agent X, one of my favorites due to the art and writing, fell into that list because I only needed two issues to complete the run. I must have dug through dozens of boxes and looked at hundreds of issues, with the help of my amazing wife, and at the last booth I finally found the only two Agent X issues that I needed. Come to think of it, it was the only two they had in the box as well. Very strange. I didn’t find any of the variant Lady Pendragons, Magdalenas, or 1602 issues that I was searching for though. Just these two. It’s also interesting to note that the writer, Gail Simone, and one of the principal artists, Alvin Lee, were at the convention as well. Like fate or something.
So, about this series. Agent X is a spin-off of Deadpool that was released to counteract falling numbers on the Deadpool run. It follows the adventure of Nijo Minamiyori, aka Alex Hayden, who is trying to piece together who he is and what happened to him just prior to the series starting. As I said above, it was written by the talented Gail Simone, with principle art by Alvin Lee along with several others. It has all of the comic greatness you expect from a book related to Deadpool, which says alot about the writer. I tend to be wary when it comes to picking up Deadpool or a series with him in it. He has to be written a certain way, with a skill that many writers just don’t have. If they don’t have it, to me, the book fails right off the bat. This book certainly did not fail due to bad writing.
It did suffer, however, and was cut short of it’s planned run. Marvel did bring Gail back to wrap up the character’s story in issues 13-15, but unfortunately due to internal issues there was a gap after issue 7 which were filled in by various writers and story-lines. It was still a decent book, but it wasn’t quite the same. Overall it’s a great series, and certainly deserves a read.