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All-New X-Factor #1 - We Specialize In Helping People Review

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You guys...it’s X-Factor...it’s all-new...it’s roster is...well not ALL-New, but SOME-New!

The Good

Let me tell you about Gambit. Like most kids growing up on a diet of cartoons in the 90s, I loved Gambit in the episodes of the X-Men cartoon that I caught. He was cool, stylish, suave, had an awesome accent and a unique, interesting new power. He was also, in retrospect, as deep as a mud puddle. It feels like a great many writers have struggled with how to make the character work without losing that inherent funness that makes him HIM. Peter David had threaded the needle and made it look easy. This inaugural issue focuses on the ragin’ Cajun as he’s trying to steal a mystical artifact of unknowable power only to be caught by Wolverine. It seems the events of his solo title have come home to roost, and he soon finds himself drowning his sorrows when he’s approached by an old friend. Seems someone’s getting A band, if not THE bad back together. David balances Gambit’s playfulness with the idea that the world, as it is in the current Marvel U, doesn’t really have a place for someone like him. He’s not hard-edged enough for something like X-Force but too cavalier and non-committal for either of the mutant schools, but too much trouble to keep his head down and blend with non-powered society and the book plays up these notions like few others have. What if…Gambit just isn’t that relevant as he once was? And what if he’s aware of it? In that case an offer from Polaris to join a brand-new incarnation of X-Factor, headed by the enigmatic, but seemingly altruistic, Serval Industries seems just about perfect.

Carmine Di Giandomenico has been described as the Man of a Thousand Expressions, and he definitely earns that totally-real moniker this issue. The faces this man draws are fantastic, expressing everything from grave sadness to incredible intensity is rendered with loving detail and jagged, beautiful linework. Di Giandomenico is one of the kings of lines that look chaotic at first, but all come together and add to the overall feel of the piece upon closer inspection. Lee Loughridge’s colors are also stand-outs, bringing the brilliant linework and expressions to glorious, colorful life and establishing a bright color palette for what will hopefully be an ultimately light-hearted title. For this issue, at least, that is definitely the case.

The Bad

Gambit is awfully talky in the first portion of this book. It’s a scene of him Mission Impossibling through a roof, through laser trip alarms to his target, and he narrates every. Single. Action. The art is great and easily communicates what’s going on, but we still get Gambit talking us through what he’s doing. A few of them are useful (how he disarms the magical locks), but in general the whole thing feels like it could have been done with little to know dialog to keep the reader’s eye moving fast across the page.

The Verdict

It’s not exactly a secret that X-Factor was one of my favorite books of the last ten years, and that I wasn’t PRECISELY sad to see it go because it seemed to get such a loving, perfect send-off. Normally such an ideal afrewell would have me seething at a revival this soon afterward, but two things must be considered. The most important is that, as mentioned previously by yours truly, these seeds were sown in the pages of the final X-Factor issues AND we have the series’ original writer back at the helm. The second is that no one in their right mind would put the words “X-Factor” and “shameless cash-grab” in the same thought process, so this issue is far more a return of old friends, and I cannot wait to see more from this book.

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Edited by Dark_Guyver

I read this comic online and it was really good! Although I was expecting a bigger reveal at the end than who we got.

Posted by jstndmnd

Can't wait to pick this up at my comic book store! I hope it goes for another 10 years.

Posted by mikep12

This comic looks awesome but my morals prevent me from doing so

Posted by Al_capOWN

is this like x factor vol 2 or something?

Posted by TheAcidSkull

Oh Man I'm so excited for this!

Posted by hyenascar

this would be xfactor vol. 4. First it was original 5 xmen. 2nd volume was government mutant team, First written by one Peter David. (Polair, Havok, Quicksilver, Strong Guy, wolfsbane, multiple man and at different times forge, mystique, etc) Vol 3 Madrox's detective agency. Now we start the 4th vol. under Peter David who wrote all of vol.3 and the better parts of vol. 2

Posted by TheAcidSkull

I wonder if PAD still have that awesome sense of humor. I can still remember laughing during his Peter David run.

Edited by judasnixon

Greatest F-ing Panel ever............

Posted by Noteworthington

Great start, love the costumes.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

really liked this and Wolverine is a total hypocrite

Posted by Al_capOWN

Greatest F-ing Panel ever............

Yea right, nothing cool about this.

Posted by judasnixon

@judasnixon said:

Greatest F-ing Panel ever............

Yea right, nothing cool about this.

As a person who went threw Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and all the $#!% I heard why New Orleans had it coming..... This my day.

Posted by skyscraper48

Loved the issue and was looking forward for this for a long time. In celebration, I created my own homage to 91's team!

Posted by copete

That fan art above my post is epic!

And this all new X-Factor surpassed my expectations! such a fun read! :) GO GAMBIT!

Edited by fodigg

Loved the issue and was looking forward for this for a long time. In celebration, I created my own homage to 91's team!

@copete said:

That fan art above my post is epic!

And this all new X-Factor surpassed my expectations! such a fun read! :) GO GAMBIT!

Agreed. I liked that roster a lot.

Also, COYS.

Posted by Lady_Grimm

I thought it was a pretty good start. I normally hate the 1st comic because of the way they have to introduce everyone/everything/plot etc etc. This was done relatively well in the sense that it wasn't too repetitive.

Posted by mickeymayhew

I really enjoyed this as well, and I've become very cynical and weary about comics lately. Love the uniforms and the art...well it just has something. Had to struggle to remember who the last page reveal was tho' Fatale!

Posted by k4tzm4n

Definitely sticking around for the second issue.

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Posted by asjmooney

This is was my first time reading Xfactor and I loved it. Can anyone guide me to the previous trades of the series that just finished?

Posted by danhimself

This is was my first time reading Xfactor and I loved it. Can anyone guide me to the previous trades of the series that just finished?

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Edited by TheFizz

What we need now is a series dedicated to Mr. & Mrs. Madrox about them learning how to be farmers. HUH!? This idea grabbing anyone? I miss Layla and Jamie :(

This book is off to a good start though.

Posted by VoodooPenguin

@thefizz: I'm sure Harrison was lying about the farm :P

@mikep12 said:

This comic looks awesome but my morals prevent me from doing so

How so?

Posted by mikep12

@voodoopenguin: I have this thing where I refuse to by Marvel cause I'm strictly a DC fan and I don't have a lot of knowledge about the characters as marvel has never really reconnected tho this would be a great learning experience. One thing I mainly like to look at is the art and that cover looks amazing and I was thinking about even picking up the ultimate's but I know if I pick up a marvel comic it will feel like a punch in the gut but I want to do so so bad but those morals

Posted by VoodooPenguin

@mikep12: Why can't you just be a fan of both?

Posted by mikep12

@voodoopenguin: I am I just don't have the money with the current DC titles I own and I know if I by this title I'm going to get invested and I won't have the money to get the next issue

Posted by danhimself
Posted by VoodooPenguin

@danhimself: I was already thinking that there's going to be a conspiracy with the whole X-Factor thing, and then Harrison quickly wrote off their disappearance as them going to a "farm." Just a hunch though.

@mikep12:

Makes sense.

Edited by mikep12

@voodoopenguin: Yeah but maybe just maybe I might drop JL 3000 if it doesn't interest but the first issue was great but you never know I might start making more money cause that cover art is awesome

Posted by danhimself
Posted by VoodooPenguin

@danhimself: Did it say that in another book? I didn't know, sorry.

Posted by danhimself
Posted by VoodooPenguin

@danhimself: I've shamed myself and my family. I must repent for my sins.

Edited by danhimself

@danhimself: I've shamed myself and my family. I must repent for my sins.

it's ok...you should really read that volume though...really great book

Edited by VoodooPenguin