All New X-factor #1 Review

A corporation sponsoring superheroes, what could possibly go wrong?

The Good

Although the idea of a corporation sponsoring their own superhero team is obviously a bad one, the logic behind Serval Industries bringing the new X-Factor together is just strong enough to give you a small doubt that this won't end bad for our heroes. The writing in this book is top notch, but has that typical Peter David style that I know many are do not love as much as I do. Speaking of David's writing, I absolutely love his take on Pietro, AKA Quicksilver, and can't wait to see if we get another Peter David written Quicksilver rant like we did on David's previous run on X-Factor.

The Not So Good

Gambit. As much as I love the suave, devil may care, Errol Flynn playboy archetype it seems Remy is constantly growing as a character past this stage in his life only to be thrust back to it time and time again. If a guy like Wolverine can realize that others matter and he need to become a responsible adult then Remy surely can. After all, Remy has to live wit the guilt of a Morlock massacre, killing an alternate version of himself, and betraying his friends time and time again due to past obligations yet these events never seem to make any impact on his character unless it is a one off issue. The art in this issue is not bad, it just isn't my cup of tea. I am not a fan of such muted colors and bland blank backgrounds. Several variant covers feature characters not in this book, so do not come in expecting anyone other than Polaris, Quicksilver, and Gambit.

The Bottom Line

The story in this book is top notch. Peter David writes these characters as if he truly understands them and it is no surprise as he has written successful runs on X-Factor in the past. The art, while not my favorite style, is not bad and may just appeal to your taste. The grouping of Gambit, Quicksilver, and Polaris is interesting and very appealing as they have a power set combination not often seen in group books. Fans of any of these characters or of Peter David should pick this book up ASAP. Anyone else who is vaguely interested in the idea of Corporate sponsored superheroes will not be disappointed if they grab this title.

3.8 / 5
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All New X-factor #1
Released January 8, 2014
Writer Peter David
Artist Carmine Di Giandomenico
Cover Artist Jared K. Fletcher

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