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X-Factor (2006 Series) #17

March 19, 2007

Quick Rating: Very Good
Rating: T+

Jamie hunts down another rogue dupe… but someone is hunting his teammates.

Writer: Peter David
Pencils: Khoi Pham
Inks: Sandu Florea
Colors: Brian Reber
Letters: Cory Petit
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Cover Art: Pablo Raimondi
Publisher: Marvel Comics

After a truly phenomenal issue 16, X-Factor #17 is just a tad lackluster. This reads mostly as a prologue to the next story arc, “X-Cell” (beginning next issue), and as such, it’s strong enough. Jamie is still on his quest to hunt down all of his missing dupes, but the one he stumbles across in Detroit is heavily burdened with knowledge he just doesn’t want Jamie to have. Fortunately, he’s got a plan to keep it away and do a little himself in the process.

Rictor and Rahne, meanwhile, have a little heart-to-heart. She isn’t necessarily approving of his current association with Pietro, and she’s not shy about mentioning it. Meanwhile, Layla and Guido are just sorta hanging out, but none of the X-Factor members are aware of just how closely they’re being watched.

Like I said, this issue is mostly set-up. The things Jamie’s dupe says are clearly intended to be seeds for the next story, and the offer laid on the table for him is the same. What’s going on with the rest of the team? More set-up. Still, there are good bits in here. For his purposes, the plan the dupe comes up with is ingenious. The scene with Rictor and Rahne is nice too – as an old-school New Mutants fan, it’s nice to see that David remembers the relationship the two of them shared (or at least almost shared) back in the 90s.

Khoi Pham and Sandu Florea’s artwork fits pretty well into the style this book has enjoyed since the first issue. It’s dark, it’s grim, but it still tells the story without getting messed up or muddy. More importantly, it fits the quasi-noir feeling Peter David has established with the script.

X-Factor is still one of the best – heck, it’s probably the best – book in the X-Men family. This issue was just a little weaker than usual.

Rating: 8/10

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