WHO'S THAT KNOCKING?
A dark force is manipulating the lives of X-FACTOR just as a striking revelation about one of their deaths comes to light.
X-Factor #7 shows that Leah Williams is playing a long game with her run. In this issue, we see several plots that have been simmering in the background take big steps while others continue to be teased. All the while, the mystery of Siryn continues to be unraveled by the team.
While it would be very easy to focus on the appearance of Prodigy’s guest with benefits – the former Young Avenger Speed – the most unexpected high point came from Daken explaining his pheromone power. While not erasing his problematic history or past actions, Willaims provides a different perspective of his powers that serve to not only humanize him further but allow a deeper connection with Aurora.
The art by David Baldeon and Isreal Silva remains gorgeous even when gruesome. Its brightness and vividness make a sharp contrast when the narrative turns grim and dark. When Williams steers the story into the deep psychological aspects of their team and their mark, it is supported by the art and the portrayal of the characters.
The creative team as a whole continues to thrive in moments. X-Factor is formed from a collection of damaged individuals who thrive and heal from those around them. These moments range from the big, hot tub monologues and Kyle’s explanation on the psychological profile of an abuser, to the small, like a look of concern on Northstar betraying his snark, and is handled with care by the whole creative team.
While it is difficult to delve into the work the issue does without spoiling the ending and the twist, it is worth highlighting. X-Factor #7 weaves moments generated for the fandom with an understanding of trauma too frequently ignored or understated. While it is clear before the ending that there is still plenty more to come, there is also a spot of light as the roster of hurting characters lean on each other to heal.
X-Factor #7: To Conquer Darkness
Writing - 9.5/10
Storyline - 9/10
Art - 9/10
Color - 9/10
Cover Art - 9/10
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