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Today, we feature a comic book run that did pretty well on the voting, but not good enough to make the Top 100.
It’s actually quite remarkable to see how well the return of Peter David to the characters he made so popular back in 1991 is going.
A few years back, when it was announced that David was going to write a mini-series starring Jamie Madrox, one of the members of David’s X-Factor team, I thought two things.
1. That should be cool, I liked his first run of X-Factor
2. That won’t sell very well.
It probably says something about comic fans that my second point will often pop into our heads when we hear of a new title. New Iron Man title? That can’t last. Nextwave? Sounds awesome, but will it even last a year?
Anyhow, the Madrox mini-series WAS good, and in it, David introduced a new take on his old characters. There was still humor present, but the series as a whole was much darker. Also, the hook of the book was different – Madrox was now the head of a private investigation firm called X-Factor, and his former teammates Rahne and Guido worked for him.
A pleasant surprise occurred after the mini-series ended, there was enough of a reaction to the series that it was given an ongoing series, this time called X-Factor, spinning out of the events of House of M, where mutants everywhere lost their mutant powers.
In X-Factor, Madrox’s firm grew with the addition of the mutants M and Siryn, plus Layla Miller, a plot device from House of M. The former mutant, Rictor, was also involved. There was also a new hook for this series, each Madrox dupe now had their own personalities!! This was a lot of fun.
So was the title, even though it has been pretty dreary, plot-wise. The characters themselves, however, are a ton of fun. David has crafted some pretty intricate characterizations out of all them, so it’s almost like winding up a toy car and seeing it race. The characters are so well-developed, you can almost sit back and just let them go.
Ryan Sook was the original artist on the book, but he bailed pretty quickly. Dennis Calero filled in for him (and continued Sook’s worst designing idea ever – Wolfsbane’s giant wolf head – ARGH!).
The current artist is the same artist who started the whole shbang (the Madrox mini-series), Pablo Raimondi.
Anyhow, it is a good book. You should give it a shot.
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