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All-New X-Factor #9 Review

5

Lorna defends her team’s actions, parentage is questioned and Gambit makes a new friend. Meanwhile, everybody hates Cypher. Well one person in particular hates him.

The Good

We get a bit of a time jump to the end of the issue from another perspective to start, but for all intents and purposes, this issue picks up directly after last issue ended with X-Factor “rescuing” a teenaged mutant from her domineering, anti-mutant father. The mission didn’t exactly go off without a hitch, nor was it endorsed by Serval, but before she can be transferred to the Jean Grey School, a shocking revelation regarding her parentage is revealed and OFF they go again. Peter David keeps a lot of balls in the air this issue, I haven’t even gotten to what Gambit’s up to, but he’s gotten himself into some INCREDIBLE mischief in record time. Gambit is definitely the star of this book, even if the “camera’s” not on him for even most of the time and David writes him with equal parts mirth and conflict. We also get some absolutely perfect conversation moments between Polaris and Quicksilver. I absolutely love the dynamic between these two, especially in light of all the revelations that have happened in Lorna’s life. It’s given these characters some amazingly dynamic opportunities.

Carmine di Giandomenico returns on art and, as always, he does an absolutely incredible job from fore to aft on every single character and brings his A-game not just to them, but to the world they inhabit. I never noticed it before, but the tinting that I’ve so often praised for establishing such a great mood and tone also stand in well for backgrounds. Every panel feels like it has an incredible sense of place, and a large part of that is due to colorist Lee Loughridge and those tints. The level of detail, and lack of delays despite the title being twice a month with the SAME creative team (except for a slight change in issue 4) is something to salute. There have occasionally been choices I didn’t agree with, but it never looked like it was because of a corner being cut.

The Bad

There’s very little to dislike about this issue, unless you were looking for the series’ only loosely connected story arc structure to continue. This is definitely the most cohesive it’s felt, for better or worse.

The Verdict

This is still an effective stand-alone issue, even if it does refer back more than previous ones. I wasn’t sure about this being the storyline they decided to go longer on, but by the end I was sold. We get the introduction of a new character with an absolutely amazing name (that I kinda can’t believe no one had used before, at least no one of note in the big publishers), we get an insane amount of storyline seeding and, honestly, I’m still amazed that it’s GAMBIT of all characters I cannot wait to see more of next in two weeks.

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Posted by daredevil21134

Who is he in bed with in that cover?

Edited by kivatt

@daredevil21134 said:

Who is he in bed with in that cover?

Angela, aka his boss's wife

Posted by daredevil21134

@kivatt said:

@daredevil21134 said:

Who is he in bed with in that cover?

Angela, aka his boss's wife

Damn!!!!!

Posted by copete

can't wait to pick this up!

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I want a Gambit ongoing that's a gritty crime noir book that has him back in New Orleans and the Thieves Guild is treated like an organised crime family and I want Jason Aaron to write it.

Edited by Spideysense44

I want a Gambit ongoing that's a gritty crime noir book that has him back in New Orleans and the Thieves Guild is treated like an organised crime family and I want Jason Aaron to write it.

YES!!

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

@jonny_anonymous said:

I want a Gambit ongoing that's a gritty crime noir book that has him back in New Orleans and the Thieves Guild is treated like an organised crime family and I want Jason Aaron to write it.

YES!!

It could be fantastic

Posted by daredevil21134

I want a Gambit ongoing that's a gritty crime noir book that has him back in New Orleans and the Thieves Guild is treated like an organised crime family and I want Jason Aaron to write it.

That would be awesome

Edited by Spideysense44

@spideysense44 said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

I want a Gambit ongoing that's a gritty crime noir book that has him back in New Orleans and the Thieves Guild is treated like an organised crime family and I want Jason Aaron to write it.

YES!!

It could be fantastic

I'm ready to see a Gambit solo comic done right, and that^^^very well could be the answer

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@jonny_anonymous said:

@spideysense44 said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

I want a Gambit ongoing that's a gritty crime noir book that has him back in New Orleans and the Thieves Guild is treated like an organised crime family and I want Jason Aaron to write it.

YES!!

It could be fantastic

I'm ready to see a Gambit solo comic done right, and that^^^very well could be the answer

I've been thinking about it a lot. Gambit would be leading Thieves Guild out of the Creole Club in New Orleans and the police would treat it like an organized crime family with the LeBeaus at the head. They would not only do cat burglary but also everything from pickpockets, to bank robbery, to black markets to identity theft. They would keep the police and other gangs inline by blackmail since they they could hack and steal any information they want and become powerful information brokers. The style of the book would be like The Sopranos mixed with Heat. The crux of the story could be Gambit trying to keep his family together as well as trying to keep the thieves honor in an increasingly violent underworld.

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous
Posted by daredevil21134

@spideysense44 said:
@jonny_anonymous said:

@spideysense44 said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

I want a Gambit ongoing that's a gritty crime noir book that has him back in New Orleans and the Thieves Guild is treated like an organised crime family and I want Jason Aaron to write it.

YES!!

It could be fantastic

I'm ready to see a Gambit solo comic done right, and that^^^very well could be the answer

I've been thinking about it a lot. Gambit would be leading Thieves Guild out of the Creole Club in New Orleans and the police would treat it like an organized crime family with the LeBeaus at the head. They would not only do cat burglary but also everything from pickpockets, to bank robbery, to black markets to identity theft. They would keep the police and other gangs inline by blackmail since they they could hack and steal any information they want and become powerful information brokers. The style of the book would be like The Sopranos mixed with Heat. The crux of the story could be Gambit trying to keep his family together as well as trying to keep the thieves honor in an increasingly violent underworld.

I have no idea why writers have a hard time writing a Gambit series

Posted by Spideysense44

@jonny_anonymous said:

@spideysense44 said:
@jonny_anonymous said:

@spideysense44 said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

I want a Gambit ongoing that's a gritty crime noir book that has him back in New Orleans and the Thieves Guild is treated like an organised crime family and I want Jason Aaron to write it.

YES!!

It could be fantastic

I'm ready to see a Gambit solo comic done right, and that^^^very well could be the answer

I've been thinking about it a lot. Gambit would be leading Thieves Guild out of the Creole Club in New Orleans and the police would treat it like an organized crime family with the LeBeaus at the head. They would not only do cat burglary but also everything from pickpockets, to bank robbery, to black markets to identity theft. They would keep the police and other gangs inline by blackmail since they they could hack and steal any information they want and become powerful information brokers. The style of the book would be like The Sopranos mixed with Heat. The crux of the story could be Gambit trying to keep his family together as well as trying to keep the thieves honor in an increasingly violent underworld.

I have no idea why writers have a hard time writing a Gambit series

Ikr doesn't seem that hard to me

Posted by daredevil21134

@spideysense44: The last series was just boring to me but it had it's moments

Posted by Spideysense44

@daredevil21134:

agreed, but I feel like a Gambit series could easily be an all around hit. I mean cmon its frickn GAMBIT

Posted by Maddpanda531

Man, I just cannot get enough of this series. Everything about it is just perfect to me.

Not to mention that up until now, I've been pretty indifferent to Gambit, but under Peter David's pen, I've learned to love him.

Posted by Fallschirmjager

lol Gambit

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Posted by Wolverine08

Always nice to get a well written Gambit. I hope he gets another solo soon.

Posted by HisLolita

This issue I really did not enjoy. At all. Too much, too fast, and that goes for Gambit, this new young girl and even how Cypher is being depicted.

I can't believe it, but I might be dropping this book. The bad outweighed what little good was in this issue by a large margin. And the art looked way too rushed.

Edited by TheAcidSkull

Loved this issue. Could barely keep myself from laughing.

I especially like Harrison Snow, I'd even say he's one of the highlights of the series.