Review by Shady
Writer: Peter David
Artist: Valentine De Landro
Previously, the X-Factor team was targeted for assassination by a former member of the Purifiers with the hired help of Arcade. Although X-Factor survived most parts of Mutant Town did not. Now, Val Cooper has brought her O*N*E counterparts to help with damage control.
With Mutant town in chaos, X-Factor is spread out amongst mutant town doing what they can to help the wounded. Jamie Madrox (the multiple man) tends to an elderly man, Nathan Patrofsky, who he finds out was in the concentration camps and discusses the similarities they share.
Val Cooper arrives, much to the dismay of Jamie, with help and primarily to meet with X-Factor back at there office to discuss their future interests. Annoyed with Val, Jamie discusses with Layla Miller (a figment of his imagination) how she would know what there interests would be since sheâ€™s not a mutant and then heads off.
When they arrived, they found the team exhausted. Val tells them that because of the anti-mutant hostility that they have twenty four hours to choose one of the following options: 1) Split the team up and put them in a witness protection program or 2) Have them work for the O*N*E, with neither option appealing to them.
Jamie goes back to the hospital to check on Nathan Petrofsky who he finds died upon arriving the night before. After stepping outside, â€œLaylaâ€ shows up again to make him realize everything thatâ€™s going on around him is something he knew deep inside him and is the reason why he sympathized with Nathan and that he already knows Theresa (Siryn) is pregnant with his child.
As X-Factor arrives at the hospital, Jamie asks Theresa if they could name their child Nathan much to everybodyâ€™s surprise about him know and that sheâ€™s pregnant. Everybody leaves feeling more like a team and knowing where theyâ€™re heading.
Val Cooper arrives back at X-Factors headquarters to find a recording of Jamie declining any of the offers and to not follow them giving her warning to leave the building before it blows up in 30 seconds.
In Detroit, a very pregnant Theresa opens the door to a young girl looking for help at X-Factorâ€™s new headquarters. Guido is told to call Jamie for their next case. Jamie at a near by restaurant gets word about the new client. As he is about to leave, Val Cooper arrives and informs him that she found out that he owned the building he blew up and even had clearance for demolition in order to make a statement to his team and scare her off which didnâ€™t work. She ends off by whispering in his ear that this will be the start of a beautiful relationship.
This issue was basically re-establishing the team and having them go into hiding after losing 2 members rather quickly and the disbanding of the X-men. It was a quick read and nothing much really goes on except for the obvious decision that X-Factor had to make.
Peter Davidâ€™s dialogue is still strong and witty while the fill in artwork by Valentine De Landro is quite impressive. This title seems lucky when it comes to the art department.
This is a title thatâ€™s been consistent with each issue and I expect it to continue, highly recommended.
Posted originally: 2008-06-20 14:54:10