My coworker Chris and I were discussing new comic books the other day, and the subject of X-Factor came up. His assessment: “It’s better than a book starring Quicksilver, Gambit and Polaris should be.” Seems like enough of a testimonial for me… Your Major Spoilers review of All-New X-Factor #9 awaits!
For those of us who lived through the comics boom of the 1990s, it can seem like those years were nothing more than an endless parade of stupid, sexist and ill-advised characters powered by little more than speed lines and avarice. In truth, there are a great many gems to be had in those years, even in the ranks of the much-maligned ranks of the X-titles. What manner of tale could break out of the cookie-cutter fighty-fighty and mutant angst? Your Major Spoilers (retro) review awaits!
Or – “There Are Old Pilots And Bold Pilots, But Few Old, Bold Pilots…” I saw recently that a clinical study proved that January 25th is the most depressing day of the entire year, scientifically and unequivocally. While I don’t disagree with that sentiment (especially as it regards the attendance of employees in Midwestern United States call centers) I find it fascinating that somebody actually got paid to try and figure out something that silly and (let’s be honest, here) banal. Still and all, it’s the kind of story that you read and go, “Yeah, I can see that.” Thus,
It canâ€™t have been that long ago that I praised X-Factor as being one of my favorite comic books. It must have been even less time than that that I announced, even though the artwork by Larry Stroman was giving me heart palpitations, I would continue to buy the book for Peter Davidâ€™s writing. Yeahâ€¦ what was I thinking?
Iâ€™m writing this review, moments after closing down the window for the review for X-Factor #34, and in doing so I am swapping from a bad book to a book that I have to give full marks too. Granted, any story that focuses solely on Layla Miller is definitely going to be awesome in my books, but Peter David and Valentine De Landro pulled off a miracle, and made it even better.
Following up on last weekâ€™s review of two linked comics, this week I get to sit down and review both X-Factor #34 and X-Factor Layla Miller #1. And for all those of you who get sick of seeing me review 5 out of 5 comics, your wish has come at last. In this installment; the in-continuity/issued X-Factor #34, part 3 of the Darwin Awards storyline that was last seen in She Hulk #31.
My first introduction to witnessing an event as it took place was the Civil War/Infinite Crisis year. Back then, I was a little bit younger, and apparently I didnâ€™t mind the mass of books that you had to buy to keep up with what was happening. I was blissfully unaware of the sheer greed that went with such an event and the need to tie-in as much as humanly possible to make as much money. So when I saw the Secret Invasion banner on top of my X-Factor this past week, I was crestfallen. Not entirely surprised, just disappointed.