Whenever I sit down to read comics, I tend to start with the one that I think will be the worst, and so I’m going with Peter David’s X-Factor first. There are a couple things about this that I’m intrigued and hopeful about. First, I like that we’re going with a “corporate superhero team”. I think it’s an interesting idea, but one that might fall flat. If David can do something interesting with that concept, I don’t think I’ll even care a bit about which characters are in it and what they’re doing.
I tried reading Peter David’s run on X-Factor before it got rebooted, but I couldn’t get into it because of the dialogue, which is pretty awful. David has “Whedon-Disease” where every single character has to make a snarky comment all the time, none of which are clever. “Garcon, is this your card”? Says Gambit, as though nobody else could have thought of that “joke”.
And speaking of Gambit, is there a reason he’s wearing a jacket over his uniform? Is he cold? I mean, I get that these characters are corporate now and need a uniform, but is Gambit wearing that waist-length jacket just so that we don’t forget that he’s Gambit, and he likes wearing jackets? Somebody needs to let him know that a windbreaker over a spandex skintight uniform just does not look cool.
All-New X-Men #22
Like I said, whenever I read comics, I always start with what I think will be the worst, and if you can tell from what I thought about X-Factor, you can see that I haven’t been too fond of All-New X-Men so far.
One of the main reasons is that I have no idea why this book exists. The in-universe explanation was lame and contrived, and I’m sick of stupid time-traveling plots anyway. The other thing is that the Marvel universe is so chock-full of mutants and mutant students whose stories are not being told, that I feel like we really didn’t need any extra copies of characters we already had. There are literally dozens of mutant students running around that need characterization that we’re not getting. Why not take the characters that you do have and give them some depth, instead of creating a brand-new version of an old character that is equally shallow? It’s a waste.After:
With the young Jean around, it feels the hole that “Dead Jean” left, and also allows a chance for new characterization. I think it’s cool that she’s going nuts. Time spent talking in the cafeteria is a good way to use pages in this book. However, why are these guys involved in so many fights? They get attacked at the base, but there’s no mention of any of the other dozen mutants hanging around there. This doesn’t make any sense to me.