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X-Factor #262 - The End of X-Factor, Part 6 of 6 Review

5

Just one more loose end to tie up. Just one more story to resolve. Just 22 pages until the end.

The Good

The Jamie Madrox/Layla Miller relationship was always one of my favorites in comics if, for no other reason, than because it was unexpected but incredibly tasteful in both its inception and its progress. I've also always loved both characters, so seeing them get together seemingly for the long run was heart-warming and comforting. So when Madrox wound up with a mask slowly transforming him into a demon, it seemed that tragedy might win out as it was still unresolved at the beginning of this, the final issue of Peter David's supremely epic X-Factor run. The issue opens with Layla facing a titanic revelation, conversing with an old enemy and, finally, reuniting with an old friend, all against the backdrop of trying to keep her head down on the abandoned Madrox farm whilst caring for her feral, demonic husband. The dialog in this issue is part of what makes it a great one, you can definitely tell that David has finished his X-Factor story, and all it took was a decade. There's a little bitterness, a lot of sweetness and a great, big deus-ex machina that would have been absolutely infuriating if it hadn't been completely earned and foreshadowed issues ago.

Neil Edwards along with Jay Leisten and Matt Milla have have been handling this last arc (the latter two actually going back even further) with just the right amount of emotional resonance and verve, so it's only appropriate that they be here to see the series off. They do an absolutely incredible job, this is definitely an issue where the character's faces needed to be as expressive and emotive as possible, and they certainly are. There's a certain combination of melancholy and absolute joy that permeates most of the issue, even the end, and the subtle looks and glances that occupy some of the panels are, rightfully, overshadowed by the large, expressive emotional moments, but that's definitely what's called for.

The Bad

There's a conflict that feels a bit like it's only there because a superhero book needs an action scene or two, regardless of central themes. It's a problem I've had with a few of these issues, actually, I think most of them didn't need to have any kind of physical fight and they would've been just as good, if not better. A few of the panels are awkwardly blocked and spatial awareness suffers as a result.

The Verdict

This is the send-off that I was really hoping X-Factor would get: some very minor threads are introduced for other creative teams to pick up if they so choose, but nothing is left unresolved with the central characters. This is an absolutely amazing conclusion to what has been a spectacular arc in what has been one of the most legendary runs in comics. To not only be writing the same book for ten years, but to keep a level of consistent quality that Peter David has is nothing short of incredible and it has been an absolute joy to keep up on some of Marvel's most interesting, overlooked B-listers. I have no idea what the future holds for the characters nor the title itself, but whoever it is had better have tremendous feet for the size of the shoes they have to fill.

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Edited by Merc20

Such an amazing series from start to finish, I can't wait to see what it is they have planned next (especially with the the way issue #260 ended)

Posted by Trevel8182

One of my favorite runs of all time I'll miss you X-Factor.

Posted by flazam

How did it end?

Posted by Trevel8182

@flazam: Jamie's human again, him and Layla are retiring so they can raise there child on the farm were Jamie was raised.

Posted by cmaprice

Loved this series, but stopped reading after #202. It just seemed to be 'waiting to happen' in between event titles for a bit there. Didn't really care for Longshot or Darwin.

I love Hela, and saw she became a part of the book. Maybe I'll go back and pick up the trades I missed.

Posted by TheManInTheShoe

I keep wonder what Marvel will do with X-factor in the future...

Maybe a Marvel NOW! relaunch.

I hope so, because if I knew about this series sooner I definitely would have checked it out.

But still I don't hope so because it might become bad.

Posted by thebristolboard

thanks for a great review, loved working on this with peter, jay and matt.

Best regards neil edwards

http://thebristolboard.blogspot.co.uk

Posted by danhimself

I keep wonder what Marvel will do with X-factor in the future...

Maybe a Marvel NOW! relaunch.

I hope so, because if I knew about this series sooner I definitely would have checked it out.

But still I don't hope so because it might become bad.

I have a feeling that Peter David's next book will be another X-Factor series

Posted by NathanXplosion

So is this a good jumping on point?

Posted by MatKrenz

Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;

And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Edited by RaggedScarecrow

R.I.P. X-F (Or at least until Marvel decides to revive you)

Posted by Undeadpool

thanks for a great review, loved working on this with peter, jay and matt.

Best regards neil edwards

http://thebristolboard.blogspot.co.uk

Series artist Neil Edwards?! Give 'im a hand, ladies and gentlemen, he has EARNED it!

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Posted by sparty-dbq

Farewell to my favorite little underdog title of the entire Marvel lineup (Even though PAD pretty much confirmed a new #1 is coming). Here are just a few thoughts I want to share about this title but really have no way of connecting them into a single paragraph, so screw it:

I liked how despite starring a team of mutants and brandishing the X- prefix, you really couldn't call this an X-book. It was the jack-of-all-trades book of the Marvel U. One day they're facing off with Baron Mordo, the next they're dipping their toes into Asgardian waters with Hela.

Even without the legacy number, this book lasted 113 issues on it's own, which nowadays is a goddamn miracle.

I don't know how he did it, but somehow PAD turned the image of a very underage girl telling an adult male they were going to get married into one of the more endearing comic book couplings in recent memory. Kudos, sir.

It's a shame that the other writers seemed to completely disregard Guido becoming the new Mephisto. Maybe he might've gone and refunded Peter Parker his marriage. Wait, but if he did that now... Nevermind, that'd just make things worse than they already are.

Whatever happened to Pip?

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

This issue was good kinda felt sad about this.

Posted by mickeymayhew

it said on the back page that Peter David would be making an announcement about the new project in the next month, which is sort of now...