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Mutants have conquered death! By the grace of the Five, the resurrection protocols of the island nation of Krakoa can bring any of the X-Men's fallen comrades back to life. But such a huge enterprise comes with even huger problems and complications! And when a mutant dies, X-Factor is there to investigate how and why - in order to uphold the rules of reincarnation! Writer Mutants have conquered death! By the grace of the Five, the resurrection protocols of the island nation of Krakoa can bring any of the X-Men's fallen comrades back to life. But such a huge enterprise comes with even huger problems and complications! And when a mutant dies, X-Factor is there to investigate how and why - in order to uphold the rules of reincarnation! Writer Leah Williams (AMAZING MARY JANE, X-TREMISTS) and artist David Baldeón (DOMINO, WEB WARRIORS) take Northstar, Polaris, Prodigy, Eye-Boy, Daken and Prestige into a world of murder and missing persons. And their very first case might be their last, as they investigate the disappearance of a mutant dancer at a prestigious ballet academy...in the Mojoverse! COLLECTING: X-FACTOR (2020) 1-3, 5


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Mutants have conquered death! By the grace of the Five, the resurrection protocols of the island nation of Krakoa can bring any of the X-Men's fallen comrades back to life. But such a huge enterprise comes with even huger problems and complications! And when a mutant dies, X-Factor is there to investigate how and why - in order to uphold the rules of reincarnation! Writer Mutants have conquered death! By the grace of the Five, the resurrection protocols of the island nation of Krakoa can bring any of the X-Men's fallen comrades back to life. But such a huge enterprise comes with even huger problems and complications! And when a mutant dies, X-Factor is there to investigate how and why - in order to uphold the rules of reincarnation! Writer Leah Williams (AMAZING MARY JANE, X-TREMISTS) and artist David Baldeón (DOMINO, WEB WARRIORS) take Northstar, Polaris, Prodigy, Eye-Boy, Daken and Prestige into a world of murder and missing persons. And their very first case might be their last, as they investigate the disappearance of a mutant dancer at a prestigious ballet academy...in the Mojoverse! COLLECTING: X-FACTOR (2020) 1-3, 5

30 review for X-Factor by Leah Williams, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    There’s a lot to love in this book. It’s really nice to have a humour book in amongst all the Hickman-darkness that is the current X-corner of the Marvel Universe. There are some genuinely moving moments between all the gags. Also, I am a HUGE Alpha Flight fanboy so it’s great seeing Northstar and Aurora show up. Sadly, it’s also mired in Krakoa-Stink, there are a couple of plot holes/continuity issues and I have a personal dislike of Mojo and all his pop-culture trappings. So, overall, I’m givin There’s a lot to love in this book. It’s really nice to have a humour book in amongst all the Hickman-darkness that is the current X-corner of the Marvel Universe. There are some genuinely moving moments between all the gags. Also, I am a HUGE Alpha Flight fanboy so it’s great seeing Northstar and Aurora show up. Sadly, it’s also mired in Krakoa-Stink, there are a couple of plot holes/continuity issues and I have a personal dislike of Mojo and all his pop-culture trappings. So, overall, I’m giving it 3 stars. A shame because, as I said, there are parts of this book I genuinely loved.

  2. 4 out of 5

    AGamarra

    Esta serie tiene como protagonistas por un lado a "los 5", los mutantes encargados de revivir a los caídos y por otro al equipo que se forma luego que Northstar descubriera que su hermana Aurora está muerta, para ello se le unirán en su búsqueda Daken, Rachel, Prodigy y Polaris. A partir de este hecho se formará "X-Factor" como unidad de investigaciones. La trama es algo sencilla aunque a mi parecer no tan interesante, los gráficos no me gustan casi pues el estilo deforma bastante a los mutantes Esta serie tiene como protagonistas por un lado a "los 5", los mutantes encargados de revivir a los caídos y por otro al equipo que se forma luego que Northstar descubriera que su hermana Aurora está muerta, para ello se le unirán en su búsqueda Daken, Rachel, Prodigy y Polaris. A partir de este hecho se formará "X-Factor" como unidad de investigaciones. La trama es algo sencilla aunque a mi parecer no tan interesante, los gráficos no me gustan casi pues el estilo deforma bastante a los mutantes. Polaris parece una adolescente, Daken está bastante inflado y demás. Este equipo y los personajes se podría decir que es bastante liberal entre los demás títulos.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rylan

    I really did not like this. First I’ll say that the art was very nice, but that’s about it. The dialogue felt clunky and while the concept of the book is cool I didn’t find the story interesting at all. I’ve been keeping up with all the Dawn of X series up to X of swords but I think now that the event is over I probably won’t continue with this.

  4. 4 out of 5

    TJ

    Wow, this is everything I’ve ever wanted— an X-Men team that is fun and extremely diverse! I’ve been a fan of Williams’ over her last few Marvel series, and this seems to be the perfect place for her. This is a series for queer readers and anyone looking for a fun team book. 5/5 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brian Garthoff

    Xfactor volume one ranges from middling to downright bad in quality, and fails to deliver on it’s premise in a stupid, played out, annoying fashion. Leah Williams presents a murder mystery that quickly takes backstage to lazy storytelling and meaningless chatter, opting to sometimes throw in french dialogue for flair. Magnifique! And choosing instead to focus on Daken’s flirtatious behavior, the Mojoverse and it’s livestreamers, near fully redacted pages of text, followed by unredacted paragraph Xfactor volume one ranges from middling to downright bad in quality, and fails to deliver on it’s premise in a stupid, played out, annoying fashion. Leah Williams presents a murder mystery that quickly takes backstage to lazy storytelling and meaningless chatter, opting to sometimes throw in french dialogue for flair. Magnifique! And choosing instead to focus on Daken’s flirtatious behavior, the Mojoverse and it’s livestreamers, near fully redacted pages of text, followed by unredacted paragraphs of filler backstory, and jokes written by someone who isn’t actually funny. And it just doesn’t read well. Je ne sais quoi! They put a bow on it with an X of Swords issue that is completely aside from the rest of the story and that’s a good thing because the story thus far is a complete nonstarter. It’s the lone brightspot in the collection, and it could easily be read separately. Packed with faux youtubers, wannabe cool nonsense like psychic firewalls, and a D list squad of mutants, X-Factor is a floating turd in the Dawn of X Punchbowl.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Scratch

    I almost gave this 4 stars, but I'm conflicted. While there is a lot of good here, I feel like the writer was the victim of her own success. I am thrilled for Rachel to be a main character again. I am pleased that there is a (proportionally) huge cast of queer men. We've got Northstar, Prodigy, Daken (blegh), with minor appearances by Shatterstar and Northstar's powerless husband. And the reasoning for how this iteration of X-Factor came about seemed organic and logical; mutants could die under I almost gave this 4 stars, but I'm conflicted. While there is a lot of good here, I feel like the writer was the victim of her own success. I am thrilled for Rachel to be a main character again. I am pleased that there is a (proportionally) huge cast of queer men. We've got Northstar, Prodigy, Daken (blegh), with minor appearances by Shatterstar and Northstar's powerless husband. And the reasoning for how this iteration of X-Factor came about seemed organic and logical; mutants could die under suspicious circumstances, and someone needs to investigate to verify the death, so that Krakoa's resurrection protocols can be implemented. Realistic bureaucracy. I liked that the team visited Mojo-verse and there were winks and nudges to the past of X-Men comics. We saw a team of Rockettes styled in Rachel's original hound costume, we heard Rachel acknowledge that she had been to the Mojo-verse years earlier, etc. However, the overall tone of this book is... Juvenile? I not only don't care for Eyeboy; I honestly just keep forgetting about his existence. The team is based out of a building that is called "The Boneyard" as a dick joke. Daken's role on the team is basically comic relief, but I don't find him funny. Also, Daken literally chopped up his boyfriend into little tiny pieces shortly after he was created. Daken didn't kill his boyfriend because he was fighting crime, or defending himself, or any other respectable reason; it was just like any other real-world serial killer, killing senselessly. And one of my bi friends tries to insist he likes Daken as a role model. *Facepalm* While the team was in the Mojo-verse, the reader was inundated with all this hipster-y, Generation Z terminology about streaming video content. Honestly, I enjoyed this book way more until I read other people's reviews. Other people review it and cheer about how young the team is, or something. But some of these characters were introduced decades ago. Like, Rachel was introduced in 1986. Polaris was the second female X-Man ever, after Jean. These are not young characters. But, the writer wants us to think of them as young? For some insane reason? Let's just say this book has some potential.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    I absolutely adore the Jamie Madrox run of X-Factor, so I was skeptical when I saw that Marvel were bringing the concept back without any of the characters that made it work so well last time (not counting Polaris, but she was only in it at the end). That said, this actually works pretty well. It has the heart of the old X-Factor if not the characters, as they work to discover if deceased X-Men are actually deceased so that they can be resurrected. Their first trip takes them to Mojoworld, which I absolutely adore the Jamie Madrox run of X-Factor, so I was skeptical when I saw that Marvel were bringing the concept back without any of the characters that made it work so well last time (not counting Polaris, but she was only in it at the end). That said, this actually works pretty well. It has the heart of the old X-Factor if not the characters, as they work to discover if deceased X-Men are actually deceased so that they can be resurrected. Their first trip takes them to Mojoworld, which is of course as mad as it always is, while some sibling drama between Northstar and Aurora drives the character plots along too. Plus Daken flirts with anything on legs, which is always fun. It's an eclectic collection of characters, but they all play a role in the story and have something to add, so even if they're a weird bunch, they do make a twisted kind of sense. David Baldeon's just-slightly-off-kilter artwork lends itself well to this team. His visuals are a little weird too, sometimes a little over-expressive or slightly deformed, but again it works more than you'd think it would. Plus I don't want to see Mojoworld drawn by anyone else ever again now. This ain't your parents' X-Factor (which makes me feel old), but it has the spirit, and I'm happy to see it succeed on its own merits as a result.

  8. 4 out of 5

    André Habet

    I just keep chasing the high of Peter David’s 2000’s run. This mutant comic continues the investigation angle but the character dynamics don’t feel nearly as kinetic and evolving. It’s the first volume so I hope the plot slows down enough for these fools to just wreck each other with classic x-men melodrama but the new status quo just feels like it keeps getting in the way of that. Shuttle off the team to their own thing. Not every x-men book needs to belabor krakoa’s splendor. They just making I just keep chasing the high of Peter David’s 2000’s run. This mutant comic continues the investigation angle but the character dynamics don’t feel nearly as kinetic and evolving. It’s the first volume so I hope the plot slows down enough for these fools to just wreck each other with classic x-men melodrama but the new status quo just feels like it keeps getting in the way of that. Shuttle off the team to their own thing. Not every x-men book needs to belabor krakoa’s splendor. They just making us humans jealous at this point.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rob Marney

    This is a well-drawn, well-written book with a cool premise that actually matters, which is a big achievement these days, but I still didn't really enjoy it. The X-Factor mission is always to turn boring or unlikable B-list characters into the best versions of themselves, while tying into the main X-Men plots. Instead of doing that, Leah Williams leans into the most grating aspects of everyone's personality and lampshades it with some meta jokes. Daken is even sketchier than Gambit but gets way m This is a well-drawn, well-written book with a cool premise that actually matters, which is a big achievement these days, but I still didn't really enjoy it. The X-Factor mission is always to turn boring or unlikable B-list characters into the best versions of themselves, while tying into the main X-Men plots. Instead of doing that, Leah Williams leans into the most grating aspects of everyone's personality and lampshades it with some meta jokes. Daken is even sketchier than Gambit but gets way more screen time, Polaris is a cipher, Northstar is entitled, Prodigy delivers exposition, etc. Even Rachel is sassy in a mean way, presumably because the team already has 3 too many brooding loners. When the most sympathetic characters are Eye-Boy and a guest appearance by Shatterstar, you know you're in trouble. The plot doesn't help either. The first arc plays it super safe with a trip to Mojoworld where everyone knows they are in zero danger, which rather undercuts the premise of the book to save mutants who are really dead and not on Krakoa. The art and colors are a great fit for the reality TV aesthetic, and there are some genuinely heartwarming moments, but this team needs to develop some drama, stat.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    X-factor continues to be my constant favorite X-men series whenever it’s around :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Shaffer

    Eyeball Boy? There’s a character covered in eyeballs called EYEBALL BOY.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kaylie

    Deeply middling. I like her writing, choice of characters, and the trip to Mojoverse—I think it will get easier to follow with time and less interference from the overarching X-plot. Daken especially is a delight.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    Leah Williams has managed to make a big event tie-in issue feel interesting to someone who isn't reading the rest of the event and I think that says all you need to know about how well she's doing on this book. Hell yeah, X-Factor is back. Leah Williams has managed to make a big event tie-in issue feel interesting to someone who isn't reading the rest of the event and I think that says all you need to know about how well she's doing on this book. Hell yeah, X-Factor is back.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Ingle

    Great start to the series. Love the artwork. The eclectic cast of characters seem to mesh well together. Can't wait for the next issue. Great start to the series. Love the artwork. The eclectic cast of characters seem to mesh well together. Can't wait for the next issue.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    This story starts with Northstar feeling that his twin sister Aurora has been killed, and when he tries to get her resurrected via the new Krakoan process, he encounters some annoying red tape he has to get through around proving that her death actually happened. This leads to a rather motley and random assemblage of mutants who come together to help in his personal investigation into his sister's death. As they investigate this particular death, they realize the need for a new investigation tea This story starts with Northstar feeling that his twin sister Aurora has been killed, and when he tries to get her resurrected via the new Krakoan process, he encounters some annoying red tape he has to get through around proving that her death actually happened. This leads to a rather motley and random assemblage of mutants who come together to help in his personal investigation into his sister's death. As they investigate this particular death, they realize the need for a new investigation team to look into mutants that have died or gone missing. This will prevent their resurrections getting hung up in uncertainty, as they can't resurrect someone they don't know for sure is dead. And thus, the new X-Factor is born. As soon as I opened this up and saw David Baldeón's beautiful art (and with such vibrant color!), I really wanted to love this. Unfortunately I found the whole thing to be a bit of a let down. Everything about this volume feels rushed, with the whole Aurora death being more or less dealt with in a single issue, two issues involving an investigation that takes the team to the Mojoverse, and then an issue where the team hangs out at their home base, The Boneyard, dealing with the events of the previous issues and the X of Swords crossover event (which I have not yet read). Normally I really like those kinds of issues that give the opportunity for a breather and some great character moments, but nothing about this felt like a breather. Rather, everything seemed disjointed and rushed, the way the scenes bounced around from panel to panel rather than page to page. It was a bit too frenetic and disorienting for me. Perhaps another reason this series didn't really grab me is because aside from Polaris, I'm not terribly familiar with many of these characters, so it's not a team line-up that excited or interested me, and the book failed to really give me much of a sense of who these characters really are. My experience with Northstar and Daken from other books is generally that they're unlikeable assholes, and nothing here changed my mind about that. Two unlikeable assholes on a team is a bit much for me. I have enjoyed some of Williams's other writing, so I'll give her the benefit of the doubt given that this first story arc was rudely interrupted by a crossover event. I'll give it one more arc, and if that doesn't really grab me I'll probably drop this one. 2.5 STARS

  16. 5 out of 5

    Clint

    3.5 stars This series has me torn. I really enjoy its premise around an investigative unit for missing or dead mutants, and I love that its plotting takes it to Mojoworld’s all-consuming hypermedia dystopia (a Marvel setting I was aware of but hadn’t actually read anything that went there). The cast is also fun with a mix of powers that mesh well for their PD work, and there’s neat Dawn of X references like Prestige’s warwolf puppy from an earlier issue of Excalibur. It’s unfortunate then (for me) 3.5 stars This series has me torn. I really enjoy its premise around an investigative unit for missing or dead mutants, and I love that its plotting takes it to Mojoworld’s all-consuming hypermedia dystopia (a Marvel setting I was aware of but hadn’t actually read anything that went there). The cast is also fun with a mix of powers that mesh well for their PD work, and there’s neat Dawn of X references like Prestige’s warwolf puppy from an earlier issue of Excalibur. It’s unfortunate then (for me) that so much of its overall aesthetic isn’t to my taste. The art is the webcomic-y style where several main characters might all have the same face on a single page, all making the same dramatically contorted expression. The coloring reminds me of the early digital style that I don’t like, especially its weird gradient skin tones. It’s more hit-or-miss than bad, but still one of the weaker Dawn of X books visually. Beyond just the art though, the dialogue has such a specific mid-2010s tumblr vibe that I’m just not a fan of. It’s very fashion-y and dramatic and filled with passive-aggressive flirting; that neutered kind of faux-horniness that never actually threatens that anyone might genuinely hook-up. There are several panels here begging to be re-shared online with “this look is a whole mood” and at one point a character literally says someone has “big bisexual energy.” I think I’m just exhausted with how artificial so much of that sort of online language is by now, and I’m not a fan of seeing it reproduced in an otherwise interesting story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Lawson

    And now I have read every Dawn of X book available in trade. Sweet, sweet inevitability. I guess when I get my hands on X of Swords I’ll decide how enhanced or not my experience is from “being in the know.” That said I still don’t feel “in the know.” This book was solid and I enjoyed the cast, though the Canadian twins are still just two giant question marks for me. It’s not necessarily not helpful to have a page with the cast’s faces and names on it, but you can tell me “this is Kyle” until you’ And now I have read every Dawn of X book available in trade. Sweet, sweet inevitability. I guess when I get my hands on X of Swords I’ll decide how enhanced or not my experience is from “being in the know.” That said I still don’t feel “in the know.” This book was solid and I enjoyed the cast, though the Canadian twins are still just two giant question marks for me. It’s not necessarily not helpful to have a page with the cast’s faces and names on it, but you can tell me “this is Kyle” until you’re blue in the face and I still have no idea who Kyle is. That said I never had any issues understanding the what or why of the story. I really hate the Mojoverse primarily because Mojo is the embodiment of my distaste for gross villains, but this book made it a really unsettling place and that effective sense of dread made what would otherwise feel like an obligatory trip to another, less-interesting dimension pretty interesting.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adan

    I liked this book a lot! It’s funny and poignant, it has an interesting cast of characters, and some really cool concepts, like Mojoworld becoming an entirely streaming platform (why didn’t anybody do that earlier?!) and the Five requiring proof of death before they could begin resurrection (this may have been introduced elsewhere, but I honestly can’t remember). And there’s a really, really good scene with Emma Frost and Dani Moonstar in the last chapter. Made me fall in love with Emma all over I liked this book a lot! It’s funny and poignant, it has an interesting cast of characters, and some really cool concepts, like Mojoworld becoming an entirely streaming platform (why didn’t anybody do that earlier?!) and the Five requiring proof of death before they could begin resurrection (this may have been introduced elsewhere, but I honestly can’t remember). And there’s a really, really good scene with Emma Frost and Dani Moonstar in the last chapter. Made me fall in love with Emma all over again. Sad to see what’s become of Shatterstar after his awesome mini-series, though. Quick question: why is Kyle, a human, allowed on Krakoa? I know he’s Jean-Paul’s husband, but he’s still a human and I thought humans were expressly not allowed on Krakoa? Maybe I missed something somewhere?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Garrett

    As the various columns of the X-world get retasked and re-named, this one has a serious mission, but manages to do it without taking itself too bloody seriously. When mutants die, they can now be resurrected, but the Krakoan state doesn't know who is dead and when, and so the new X-Factor (Polaris, Northstar, Daken, Rachel Summers, Prodigy and Eye-Guy) have taken it upon themselves to form an investigative body to do exactly this job. This first adventure establishes them, takes them to the Mojo As the various columns of the X-world get retasked and re-named, this one has a serious mission, but manages to do it without taking itself too bloody seriously. When mutants die, they can now be resurrected, but the Krakoan state doesn't know who is dead and when, and so the new X-Factor (Polaris, Northstar, Daken, Rachel Summers, Prodigy and Eye-Guy) have taken it upon themselves to form an investigative body to do exactly this job. This first adventure establishes them, takes them to the Mojoverse, and sets them up with an HQ, motivation, and a several nostalgic good characters and panels. Enjoyable, but ends on a cliffhanger.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kara Nevle

    Leah Williams is giving me the explicitly queer X-Men content I need with North Star, Prodigy, and Akihiro. I hope to see more of Kyle in the next TPB. Also, very excited at the call out on Polaris’ strange characterization over the years. I hope that means Williams will finally nail her down. I hope that Shatterstar comes back. The art, by David Baldéon, is very expressive with some extreme proportions (Akihiro’s body and North Star’s cheekbones), but it’s utilized in fun way. I absolutely adore S Leah Williams is giving me the explicitly queer X-Men content I need with North Star, Prodigy, and Akihiro. I hope to see more of Kyle in the next TPB. Also, very excited at the call out on Polaris’ strange characterization over the years. I hope that means Williams will finally nail her down. I hope that Shatterstar comes back. The art, by David Baldéon, is very expressive with some extreme proportions (Akihiro’s body and North Star’s cheekbones), but it’s utilized in fun way. I absolutely adore Silva’s coloring in this. The bright colors are very appreciated and match the more light-hearted atmosphere in spite of the content I can’t wait to read more of what this team brings us.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julia Benassi

    Most people would never put themselves in a position to be hurt the same way. But not you. You suffered loss, and instead of hardening, you keep caring. You choose to love again, over and over. So you just get hurt again, over an over. Because you care. Well, ¿de qué hablo primero? ¿De la sobredosis de serotonina o de que soy una regadera de lágrimas? En realidad solo voy a decir que gracias Leah Williams por devolverme la vida y a los X-Babies. Estaré eternamente agradecida *keeps crying*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    A really good reboot. I've never, ever liked a Mojoverse story so even though I was glad to see the title back I was hesitant about this because of the plotline. My mistake. Leah Williams tells a story steeped in sadness rather than the usual Mojoverse absurdity and delivers strong commentary on reality tv and Instagram culture. X-Factor had wallowed for a long time and this seems like a big step in the right direction. A really good reboot. I've never, ever liked a Mojoverse story so even though I was glad to see the title back I was hesitant about this because of the plotline. My mistake. Leah Williams tells a story steeped in sadness rather than the usual Mojoverse absurdity and delivers strong commentary on reality tv and Instagram culture. X-Factor had wallowed for a long time and this seems like a big step in the right direction.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emanuel Lopes

    A premissa é interessante, mas achei o ritmo do gibi bem lento e chato. Sinto que falta mais ação, ou talvez uma investigação mais interessante. O potencial que isso aqui tem de ser uma bela série de mistério é alto, então ainda espero grandes coisas dela. A melhor parte são as cenas focadas nos Cinco, dando melhores detalhes ao famigerado sistema de ressurreições. É legal ver como tudo funciona.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mr Alexander

    I like the idea of this more than the execution. The first issue was great. The subsequent visit to Mojo world was less to my taste. It's a hard tone to carry off and I'm not sure this team carried it off. Things have picked up a bit since then, but I worry that this title is more about fan service than good storytelling, but it's entertaining enough for me to keep reading. I like the idea of this more than the execution. The first issue was great. The subsequent visit to Mojo world was less to my taste. It's a hard tone to carry off and I'm not sure this team carried it off. Things have picked up a bit since then, but I worry that this title is more about fan service than good storytelling, but it's entertaining enough for me to keep reading.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    There are some characters who are perfectly rendered, ie the twins and Polaris, and too many characters that seem irrelevant. Strong start, but weak finish thanks to a crossover with some strange editorial choices.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andres Pasten

    Nunca había leído x-factor antes. Interesante lo de CSI para mutantes. Si bien quedó algo trunco con x of Swords, me interesa ver cómo avanza este equipo.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deon Yeager

    This book is basically just a bunch of X-Men being horny on main. And I LOVE IT!!. I have been a fan of Leah Williams' snarky writing for some time now. And even though her last book, Gwenpool Strikes Back, was a bit underwhelming, I'm just gonna assume that that was just a character that still needs a foundation to build upon for different since that character is still new (as in not having enough stories that can give more varieties to work upon and built off of.) That same could be said for a This book is basically just a bunch of X-Men being horny on main. And I LOVE IT!!. I have been a fan of Leah Williams' snarky writing for some time now. And even though her last book, Gwenpool Strikes Back, was a bit underwhelming, I'm just gonna assume that that was just a character that still needs a foundation to build upon for different since that character is still new (as in not having enough stories that can give more varieties to work upon and built off of.) That same could be said for a lot of the characters that are this book, especially if they have been brought back from the dead for as long as their usefulness to the overarching plots of many X-Men stories. And sometimes, it requires major changes to characters that haven't been around for years. I can't completely prove that what I say hold major significance to any of what I'm reading in the book. All I can say is that this doesn't read like another X-Men comic. It reads like an indie comic, or a well written, highly produced web-comic. The book's first view issues move fast and slow at the same time. And what I mean by that is in its pacing. Once you get to the groove of what the book is about, by the third issue or so, it starts to find itself. It also helps that the book often treats its issues like an episode of a tv show. That also makes it frustrating because I love the characters so much that I want the issues themselves to be published bi-weekly instead of monthly. Daken is easily one of my favorite characters. One, because of his pheromone ability. Two, because whenever he speaks, he reminds me of a guy named Frank from that game, House Party. So I used that voice for Daken's speaking dialogue and its a match made in heaven. I don't know. He just looks like he would have a soft spoken Brooklyn accent. There's a lot more I want to say about this book, like that the concept behind the formation of X-Factor is retrieval dead mutants, and the further examination of the mutant race's newly established re-spawn ability (in the new X-Men comics (2020), mutants can die and come back to life, but they have to be proven that they were dead so they don't have the most bonkers clone saga of all time.) All in all, a comic like this should scream 3 stars, but I'm giving this a five because this is the type of stories I want more of from Marvel. A lot of indie comic book publishers are having an better advantage than the big two in trade sells because they let don't have any established history, neither does most of the characters in this book. Is anyone begging for a Polaris movie, or a Daken spin-off, of a Northstar TV show? In Marvel or DC, the lesser known the character, the more you can do with them. I hope I get to see where these characters, and I hope they don't get cancelled, cause that's a huge thing that happens in Marvel of DC comics. Well, that's it. That's the review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Armando Wyoming

    Terrible art, terrible characters and terrible plot.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dalton Ardillo

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Wiles

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