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.
With a cast of twelve characters listed on the title page, it’s no surprise that some of them get glossed over. But even in those cases, Leah Williams is able to add humor or personality to them that leaves a promise of more to come. It seems clear which characters have the most life breathed into them, providing depth to some of the members of the roster with more complicated histories.
The pacing of the story seems to fluctuate at times. Slow at points to showcase dynamics or attempt to reorient the readers’ view of a character. While other times it feels like it may have jumped a few steps to get to the conclusion. The finished product, however, provides a coherent story with several enjoyable moments that allow for characters to shine.
David Baldeon and Israel Silva are a perfect match for the story being told. This isn’t an issue focused on punching bad guys. Instead, they needed to show a group of mutants using their less flashy powers. They shine when portraying Eyeboy’s senses, Daken’s pheromones, and Prodigy’s analytics. All take their form on the page in easily distinguished ways. However, in some of the more dramatic moments, I found the shading to be on the extreme side, most noticeable in several severe cases of cheekbones.
X-Factor #1 (Williams, Baldeon, & Silva) reads like a television pilot. The format of the plot functions the same. We have our hero introduced, the problem he must face, and then the assembly of the team. Each character gets their moment to showcase what skills they bring to the table. Then we end the issue with hints of what is to come. Like a TV pilot, there is boundless potential with some rough edges left behind, providing a perfect mirror to the internal chaos of this incarnation of X-Factor.
X-Factor #1: The Resurrection of X-Factor Investigations (Spoiler Free)
Writing - 8.5/108.5/10
Storyline - 9/109/10
Art - 8.5/108.5/10
Color - 8.5/108.5/10
Cover Art - 8.5/108.5/10
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