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Review: X-Factor #1

X-Factor #1

X-Factor is a title that has a lot of nostalgia. The series has evolved over the years from its original team and with each iteration, it’s filled a niche left wide open. With “Dawn of X” roaring, this latest X-Factor team fills a gap in the system making it a brilliant addition to the revamped X-Men line but also a breath of fresh air in some ways. X-Factor #1 knocks it out of the park in concept, characters, and its purpose.

Written by Leah Williams, this latest team consists of Northstar, Polaris, Daken, Prodigy, Prestige, and Eye-Boy. It’s focus remains the detective route taken by the team years ago but it’s investigations that are needed for Krakoa to function. With the ability to resurrect Mutants, issues and flaws have arisen in the process. Currently, there’s no way to ensure a Mutant is really dead. There’s also the question as to how they died. That has created a backlog of requests and slowed down the process. Enter X-Factor, whose role is to answer exactly that.

With “Dawn of X” and the new X-status, each team introduced has had a utility to them. They serve as a function and need of society. This X-Factor is no exception and is brought together after Northstar is convinced his sister is dead.

What stands out about the issue is how clearly every detail has been thought out by Williams. The end of the issue lays out the processes of how X-Factor will find out what to investigate, it’s something on paper that might sound boring but in practice is quite fascinating. It’s an element that you don’t see often and adds to the worldbuilding.

Williams also allows this rather eclectic mix of characters be themselves. This is an interesting mix of personalities and Williams recognizes that. Northstar is a cold, blunt, ass. Daken is an asshole in other ways. Polaris questions her abilities. Rachel feels a bit underutilized. Prodigy is a know it all and wants you to know that. Eye-Boy… he likes sticking things on Crocs. This is a team that wears their queerness on their sleeves and let themselves be themselves. There’s no fronts here and they do what they think is necessary and right to achieve what they need to. The assholes, like Daken, are allowed to be assholes. Each quirky personality shines. It’s a team where every member has moments and every member feels like they’re as much of a star as the next person. This is a series that could potentially make every one of its characters a star.

The art helps deliver the fun tone of Williams’ dialogue and story. David Baldeon‘s style of Israel Silva‘s colors creates a comic whose visuals bleed a positive fun energy. The combination of the two just nails down every scene with a look that has you lingering and feeling more sucked into the story. A bridge and a river with rushing water feels cold while a new headquarters delivers a re-vitalization and rebirth. Joe Caramagna‘s lettering too stands out packing in a hell of a lot of dialogue in panels without hurting the visuals at all. It’s an impressive balance.

X-Factor #1 is a fantastic read. The series plants a flag as to how it fits into the X-Universe and what it’s about. This is a series that has no problem wearing everything on its sleeve for folks to enjoy. It also feels like a truly team book where everyone has their moments and stands out. The creative team has done a fantastic job in every way. The comic is both tragic, humorous, hopeful, and relatable. It’s a damn near perfect start.

Story: Leah Williams Art: David Baldeon
Color: Israel Silva Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: X-Factor #1

X-Factor #1

(W) Leah Williams (A) David Baldeon (CA) Ivan Shavrin
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 29, 2020
SRP: $4.99

MUTANTS HAVE CONQUERED DEATH!
By the grace of The Five, the resurrection protocols can bring back any fallen mutant. But such a huge enterprise isn’t without its problems and complications… When a mutant dies, X-Factor is there to investigate how and why to keep the rules of reincarnation. Writer Leah Williams (AMAZING MARY JANE, X-TREMISTS) and artist David Baldeon (DOMINO, WEB WARRIORS) take Northstar, Polaris, Prodigy, Eye-boy, Daken and Prestige into the world of murder and missing persons…

X-Factor #1

An Investigation Begins in X-Factor #1. Check out the Trailer!

Mutants have conquered death, but who investigates when they don’t come back? All all-new team of detectives comes together to solve mutant murders across the globe in the X-Factor #1 trailer, featuring writer Leah Williams, Senior Editor Jordan D. White, and Assistant Editor Annalise Bissa!

Death may no longer be permanent for mutantkind, but that doesn’t mean their killers go unpunished. X-Factor is reformed to look into mutant fatalities of all sorts to determine the cause of death, if anyone is responsible, or if a life was truly lost at all. A brand new line-up has assembled for this task, including Northstar, Daken, Eye-Boy, Prestige, Prodigy, and the returning Polaris.

X-Factor #1 is by Leah Williams and David Baldeón.

Marvel Celebrates 45 Years of Giant-Size X-Men #1

In 1975, writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum changed the comics landscape forever with Giant-Size X-Men #1. This special issue marked a new genesis for the team, introduced iconic Marvel characters like Storm and Nightcrawler, and set the X-Men on the path to becoming the cultural powerhouses they are today. Now, 45 years later, Marvel Comics is honoring this landmark issue in an extraordinary way with the help of 37 of the industry’s top artists. Each pulse-pounding page of this unforgettable issue will be re-envisioned by artists such as Alex Ross, Carmen Carnero, and Mark Brooks. This diverse group of talent have joined together to pay homage to this comic book masterpiece by redrawing Cockrum’s original art in their own unique styles.

Giant-Size X-Men: Tribute to Wein & Cockrum #1 is written by Wein and features art by Alex Ross, Kevin Nowlan, Chris Samnee, Marcus To, Siya Oum, Stephen Segovia, Marguerite Sauvage, Carmen Carnero, Bernard Chang, Aaron Kuder, Takeshi Miyazawa, Juann Cabal, Gurihiru, Mark Brooks, Kris Anka, Phil Noto, Valerio Schiti, Leinil Francis Yu, Matteo Lolli, Ema Lupacchino, Carlos Gómez, Iban Coello, R.B. Silva, Ramon Rosanas, Joshua Cassara, David Baldeón, Marcelo Ferreira, Javier Garrón, Rod Reis, Javier Rodríguez, Marco Checchetto, Jen Bartel, Mike Del Mundo, Rahzzah, Pepe Larraz, and Mike Hawthorne, It features a cover by Adi Granov.

Giant-Size X-Men: Tribute to Wein & Cockrum #1 #1 goes on sale May 27th but you can get your first look at this milestone issue in this special announcement trailer featuring Editor Jordan D. White and Assistant Editor Annalise Bissa!

Review: Weapon Plus: World War IV #1

Weapon Plus: World War IV is… something. We’re just not sure what.

Story: Benjamin Percy, Ryan Cady
Art: Georges Jeanty, David Baldeón
Ink: Wayne Faucher, Marc Deering
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg, Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: Joe Sabino

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Preview: Gwenpool Strikes Back #5 (of 5)

Gwenpool Strikes Back #5 (of 5)

(W) Leah Williams (A) David Baldeon (CA) Judith Stephens, Elena Strikes
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
SRP: $3.99

GWENPOOL GOES HOME?!

As Gwen’s mad rampage comes to a close we learn the real truth about her origins! Is this Gwen’s greatest retcon yet? Will she go big or will she go home? Find out… once and for all!

Gwenpool Strikes Back #5 (of 5)

Preview: Gwenpool Strikes Back #4 (of 5)

Gwenpool Strikes Back #4 (of 5)

(W) Leah Williams (A) David Baldeon (CA) Terry Dodson
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 20, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Whosoever holds this hammer, if she be awesome, shall possess the power of GWENPOOL! That’s right-Gwen’s got her mitts on Mjolnir and she’s got a list of heads that need hammering! Her mission to make herself known in the Marvel Universe at all costs gallops past all reason!

Gwenpool Strikes Back #4 (of 5)

See You Soon on Monster Island with Deadpool #1

DEADPOOL #1

Written by KELLY THOMPSON
Art by CHRIS BACHALO
Teaser Variant by DAVID BALDEÓN with Colors by BRIAN REBER

Deadpool’s newest mercenary job has him going after the King of Monsters, who has claimed a new kingdom for his monstrous subjects…on Staten Island! But you know what they say, when you come at the king, you better not miss! The Merc with a Mouth finds himself neck deep in political intrigue, monster law, and a monster hunter out for blood! It’s like The Crown but with even more swords and monsters! Can Deadpool’s smooth charisma and deft diplomacy allow him to keep his head, or will he be royally screwed?

Deadpool #1 teaser

Preview: Gwenpool Strikes Back #3 (of 5)

Gwenpool Strikes Back #3 (of 5)

(W) Leah Williams (A) David Baldeon (CA) Terry Dodson
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 09, 2019
SRP: $3.99

When you’re setting out to piss off the most powerful heroes around, you might want to consider if you want to cross one who’s IMMORTAL. It’s ok—this issue: GWENPOOL DEFEATS THE HULK! Solicit text would not lie!

Gwenpool Strikes Back #3 (of 5)

Preview: Gwenpool Strikes Back #2 (of 5)

Gwenpool Strikes Back #2 (of 5)

(W) Leah Williams (A) David Baldeon (CA) Terry Dodson
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 11, 2019
SRP: $3.99

BREAKING UP THE FIRST FAMILY OF MARVEL!

Gwen’s mission to make sure she matters to Marvel leads her to a new occupation: homewrecker? She’s gonna use her newly discovered powers to mess with the FF so they can never forget her… or she’ll die trying!

Gwenpool Strikes Back #2
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