While he didn’t create the name, X-Factor is pretty much Peter David’s series by now. He wrote around 30 issues for the first volume, and the entirety of the series that started in 2006 and only ended last fall. Each volume had a different feel, and even his recently finished volume had several different genres through its run. Here’s yet another new feel for the franchise.
All-New X-Factor is a corporate superhero team, led by Polaris and sponsored by Serval Industries. Who is Serval Industries? According to this issue, it’s a corporation that specializes in helping people. The comic spends most of its time introducing Gambit, Polaris and the books’ premise. The dynamic between the two characters is fun, making light on both their personalities and their recent history. Quicksilver then shows up, adding to the fun team dynamic.
There isn’t a lot of action in this issue, and most of the action is more fun than it is tense. The comic does end with the beginning of what could be a great action sequence, but this issue is pretty much all setup. The art looks simple at first, but there’s a lot of environmental detail. Each character gets a new, partially matching costume, and they’re not bad at all. While there isn’t much action, the art does a great job at making it feel intense. There’s a lot of debris flying from Gambit’s explosions, and there’s great use of Quicksilver’s motion blur and various lighting effects. But the real highlight is the variety of facial expressions. Well, that and the first panel in the bar scene.
It’s now clear that David’s stroke hasn’t affected his ability to write enjoyable comics. Many writers have struggled to make Gambit interesting, yet David makes it look easy here. Anyone who likes this issue’s three characters, anyone who wants a fun, self-contained superhero comic, or anyone who enjoys Peter David’s writing really should pick this up.