Much to my shame, and to the detriment of my ‘comics hipster’ status, I haven’t read Peter Milligan and Mike Allred’s seminal X-Force/X-Statix run (although I do have one eye on the omnibus), so I’m not familiar with Doop, apart from that he’s a big green blob. Thankfully, it looks like that’s all I needed to know to enjoy this insane and hilarious instalment of W&XM. Aaron has always imbued this title with a sense of humour, but this was an all-out comedy and I loved it. The conceit is that Doop has been hired by Wolverine to protect the school, and despite looking like a useless blob, he’s actually incredibly powerful and the greatest hero of all. We seem him take the pre-emptive action that even X-Force can’t, and it is awesome. My favourite bit was his team-up with Howard The Duck, but pretty much every page had something funny and clever on it, this review could basically turn into one big list, like ‘Wolverine dressing up as Cyclops and stabbing himself in the face’ or ‘Doop seducing each member of the Westchester School Board’ and ‘The League Of Nazi Bowlers’. Aaron’s imagination was in overdrive with this issue, and it was just fantastic. I’m sure some people who like their superheroes to take themselves a bit more seriously, or who just don’t get the joke of Doop won’t like this, but I personally loved it. Mike Allred’s artwork was of course brilliant, he nailed all the humour, and as Doop’s co-creator, was the perfect choice for this issue. Normal service resumes next month, but this was the perfect palate cleanser in between heavy AvX stuff.