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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:56 am

A pretty interesting and experimental issue that explores Layla Miller and how her nebulous powers work. I liked it, but I’m not sure if I’m really that much clearer about Layla now than I was before. The use of different coloured panels was a very cool technique, but the fact that we don’t know how which of the multiple timelines actually happened is kind of a weakness. It doesn’t matter for the first one, because the outcome remains the same, but for the other ones, like the man who could either get shot, go home to his depressing apartment or strike rich, or more importantly, for M and Strong Guy, we don’t know what actually happened. I’m sure we’ll find out about M and Guido next issue, but it was a bit of a let-down. I appreciate the experimentation, but PAD didn’t stick the landing. Of course, it wouldn’t be an issue of X-Factor if there weren’t a bunch of mysterious teases, so now we’ve got a mysterious German redhead, and the promise of Madrox contracting some strange disease in the future. I may have to re-read this one actually, it’s a bit of a head-scratcher.
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Chris

Rain Partier

Postby Chris » Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:41 pm

I think this was one of my favorite issues of PAD's entire run.
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Agent Panic

crash test dummy

Postby Agent Panic » Sun Jul 22, 2012 1:55 pm

Holland Oats wrote:I think this was one of my favorite issues of PAD's entire run.


I second that.

I miss young Layla Miller. This brought some of that magic back for me. She still.. y'know.. knows stuff.
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MistaT

penile prisoner

Postby MistaT » Sun Jul 22, 2012 1:59 pm

Agent Panic wrote:
I second that.

I miss young Layla Miller. This brought some of that magic back for me. She still.. y'know.. knows stuff.


I miss the young Layla too (nopedo), she somehow lost a lot of her character and charm when she came back as a grown up.
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LoganRSA

penile prisoner

Postby LoganRSA » Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:06 pm

MistaT wrote:
I miss the young Layla too (nopedo), she somehow lost a lot of her character and charm when she came back as a grown up.


Agreed.
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Chris

Rain Partier

Postby Chris » Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:17 pm

I like her more as an adult.
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avengingtitan

Rain Partier

Postby avengingtitan » Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:10 pm

Holland Oats wrote:I think this was one of my favorite issues of PAD's entire run.

Really? I love PAD and I LOVE LOVE LOVE X-Factor but this issue just didnt work for me. But every great series has to have a stinker or two in it. Honestly though a lot of the issues since Schism just havent been the same.
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Chris

Rain Partier

Postby Chris » Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:01 am

I think the book has been amazing (moreso than usual) ever since the Vegas arc.
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George_Kaplan

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Postby George_Kaplan » Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:46 am

Punchy wrote:Of course, it wouldn’t be an issue of X-Factor if there weren’t a bunch of mysterious teases, so now we’ve got a mysterious German redhead, and the promise of Madrox contracting some strange disease in the future.

The German redhead was a bit of an inside joke. The entire issue was a tribute to the German movie Run Lola Run and the redhead was supposed to be the main character of the film (Lola).

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