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Preview: Empyre: X-Men #2 (of 4)

Empyre: X-Men #2 (of 4)

(W) Gerry Duggan, Ben Percy, Leah Williams (A) Lucas Werneck (CA) Stephen Segovia
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 05, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Plant people from outer space have come to Earth and, wouldn’t you know it, they just happen to be here when millions of mutants rise as undead creatures hungry for human flesh. The X-Men return to Genosha in a tale so crazy, it’s taking the entire writing crew of the X-Men line to tackle it!

Empyre: X-Men #2 (of 4)

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.

Review: The Amazing Mary Jane #6

Mary Jane has wrapped up filming her film and is back on the East Coast… but a promotional interview goes sideways in this brand new arc.

Story: Leah Williams
Art: Carlos Gómez, Zé Carlos, Annapaola Martello
Color: Carlos Lopez
Letterer: Joe Caramagna

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Preview: The Amazing Mary Jane #6

The Amazing Mary Jane #6

(W) Leah Williams (A) Carlos E. Gomez (CA) Paulo Siqueira
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 18, 2020
SRP: $3.99

WELCOME TO NY, MJ!

• After the CAN’T-MISS events of AMAZING MARY JANE #5, your favorite redhead is back home!
• First stop: Spider-Man! But has her relationship with Mysterio changed things with the love of her life?
• Next stop: a press tour! Complete with iconic New York guest-starring gigs, and OH NO WHAT’S THAT?!?

The Amazing Mary Jane #6

The X-Men Return to Genosha this May in Empyre: X-Men

It’s going to be a battle so monumental that it’ll take the entire writing crew of the X-Men to depict it! The intergalactic visitors coming to Earth in Marvel’s 2020 event will be arriving just in time to face off against an army of mutant undead this May in Empyre: X-Men.

Don’t miss the X-Men’s strange return to Genosha in this unpredictable series written by all your favorite current X-Men writers.

It all begins in Empyre: X-Men #1 written by Head of X Jonathan Hickman and writer of Excalibur, Tini Howard, with art by Matteo Buffagni and cover by Mike McKone, and continues in Empyre: X-Men #2 written by Gerry Duggan, Benjamin Percy, and Leah Williams, writer of the highly anticipated series, X-Factor and art by Lucas Werneck.

 Empyre: X-Men #1

Preview: The Amazing Mary Jane #5

The Amazing Mary Jane #5

(W) Leah Williams (A) Carlos E. Gomez (CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 19, 2020
SRP: $3.99

CUT?!

• All that stands between MJ and Mysterio’s ragtag crew and filming their climactic battle scene is…well, VULTURE, STEGRON, TARANTULA, KING COBRA, RHINO, and SCORPION!
• If this is Mary Jane’s last chance to realize her dreams, you can bet she’s going to fight like a tiger–or a spider!
• Will filming ever wrap? Will Mary Jane ever go home to the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN? And can Peter forgive her for her Hollywood team up?

The Amazing Mary Jane #5

Preview: Doctor Strange: The End #1

Doctor Strange: The End #1

(W) Leah Williams (A) Filipe Andrade (CA) Rahzzah
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 29, 2020
SRP: $4.99

THE FINAL DOCTOR STRANGE STORY!

The Sorcerer Supreme makes his final journey through a cyberpunk sprawl that forgot about magic! Reteaming the critically-acclaimed creative team of LEAH WILLIAMS (GWENPOOL STRIKES BACK) and FILIPE ANDRADE (ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: IMMORTAL HULK)!

Doctor Strange: The End #1

Preview: The Amazing Mary Jane #4

The Amazing Mary Jane #4

(W) Leah Williams (A) Carlos E. Gomez (CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T
In Shops: Jan 08, 2020
SRP: $3.99

What happened to “Spider-Man”?

• Despite the SAVAGE SIX’S ongoing assaults, the show goes on! With a little help from some amazing friends.
• MARY JANE and MYSTERIO are bonding under battlefield filming conditions, but their Spider-Man can’t take it!
• Where did he go? And WHO could POSSIBLY replace him?! And how will THEY feel about Team MJ-STERIO?

The Amazing Mary Jane #4
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