The title for this issue is “Run Layla Run”. It’s a race against time for Layla to save a young woman’s life. Why is this woman she’s never met so important? You’ll have to read the issue to find out. Why should we care? This issue is simply brilliant, that’s why.
Layla Miller has been a member of X-Factor since the beginning of this current volume (save for a temporary absence after Messiah Complex), but never before has she been explored this deeply. This issue offers insight into how her mind works, and exactly how she “knows stuff”. It would take way too long to explain how that works, but you don’t need to know to enjoy this issue anyway.
Along the way, Layla encounters several people, and we see how slightly different action on her part can have vastly different consequences for those involved. The potential consequences for her choices are shown side-by-side and it’s simply brilliant. This is the true highlight of the issue – it’s much deeper than you’d expect from a 20-page comic. It also explores the consequences of Layla using her powers to resurrect Guido a while back (haven’t yet read that issue – still trying to catch up on X-Factor), and the potential consequences for his date with Monet in the last issue.
This issue should be checked out by anyone who likes comics or is interested in trying them out. The artwork is great and the story is deep yet entertaining. The comic is self-explanatory, making this the perfect jumping-on point for the series. It even has a simple, yet brilliant cameo from Lola of the movie “Run, Lola Run”, which is perfect considering the similarities between this comic and the movie.