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X-Factor (2006 Series) #18

April 16, 2007

Quick Rating: Very Good
Rating: T+

On the streets of Mutanttown, X-Factor finds themselves encountering old foes and old friends.

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

Not being a particularly religious follower of the X-titles, I’m really not sure if the characters we see this issue have already been established as losing their powers on M-Day. Fortunately, that doesn’t really matter, the story still works just as well. As Quicksilver continues offering new powers to the mutants who lost their gifts in the Decimation, the authorities are picking up X-Factor members to find out what they know about the terrorist group called the X-Cell.

Peter David amps up the funny this issue – Rictor’s interrogation and Layla’s antics in particular are really quite amusing. (If you had told me two years ago that the Layla character could be made even remotely interesting, I’d have laughed in your face.) We also catch up with a lot of X-characters this issue – some interesting, some less so, but David is using them and the whole Decimation concept to great effect in this series. I’ve got enough faith in him that I even think the character who shows up at the end, who I’ve long considered one of the single least interesting X-Men, has the potential to have a good story as the series progresses.

Pham and Florea’s artwork continues to be a perfect match for this story – a little gritty, a little noir, but still recognizable as being part of the Marvel universe.

Quite simply, this is the best title in the X-corner of the Marvel Universe right now, and it doesn’t look like it’s in danger of losing the pole position any time soon.

Rating: 8/10

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