That’s Doop. That guy. The one that looks like Slimer from Ghostbusters. Doop was created by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred, and debuted in X-Force (1991) #116 as the cameraman for a reality show about a team of mutants. Doop has a mysterious origin and speaks in a language only he can understand (and any reader with access to a DoopSpeak Translator). Doop recently appeared as a behind the scenes force in Jason Aaron’s Wolverine and the X-Men (2011). But now, Doop is front and center in his very own title, written by his creator, Milligan, and drawn by David Lafuente. This is All-New Doop. Doop.
I’m fully aware that not two days ago I mentioned just how difficult it is to try to keep up with all of the X-Men-based comics that Marvel puts out, but what can I say? I’m a sucker. The X-Men (and their – in hindsight – terrible ’90s cartoon) are what brought me into comics as a kid. One of the first comics bought for me was an early issue of the original X-Force series – the one with Cable and Stryfe and Domino, with art by artistic pariah Rob Liefeld (that comic still resides somewhere in my childhood home, now sans a cover). X-Force was famous for being the source for gritty X-Men action, although that adjective described pretty much every comic that came out after Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Marvel Comics hasn’t let the title take a significant rest since those early days, so it is not at all surprising to find a brand new X-Force #1 on stands.