Before I talk about the issue itself, I should probably address Peter David’s condition. After xmenxpert told me that he was doing well after his holiday stroke, I visited his twitter page and blog. Apparently he’s already walking without the help of others – that’s great news. Also, you should visit this page to learn how you can help him with his health-related expenses. As for X-Factor’s anniversary issue – it’s a great read.
X-Factor 250 kicks off the Hell on Earth War, a storyline Peter David has been teasing for years. There are a lot of references to his various X-Factor plot threads, yet at the same time this is an easy jumping on point that explains everything new readers need to know. It explains who Tier is, it explains who the demonic Jezebel is (which I didn’t previously know) and it explains several recent developments in the X-Factor cast. The ease for new readers to understand this comic screams of Peter David’s writing talents.
Even ignoring that, this is a very entertaining comic. It’s very chaotic, yet it’s never hard to follow. The action flows smoothly, and there’s plenty of humour to lighten the mood. Despite the severity of the situation, X-Factor 250 still keeps the lighthearted mood that the series does best. The art is also good; it’s simple, yet effective. No further comments on the art.
As good as Batman 16 is, this is my favourite comic of the week. It’s chaotic, fun and surprisingly easy for new readers to understand. Not to mention that buy buying X-Factor, you’re supporting an industry veteran who is currently recovering from a stroke. If you like the X-Men franchise or you want a big yet self-contained story that’s very entertaining, you should give this comic and this series a chance.