Tuesday, 20 August 2013

X-Men Re-read: X-Factor v2: Life and Death Matters

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The Great X-Men Re-read

X-Factor v2: Life and Death Matters

Collects: X-Factor #7-12
Writer(s): Peter David
Penciller(s): Various

The Singularity Inc story line wraps up and we tie in to Civil War.

Quick Synopsis
Core Cast:  Layla Miller, Monet St Croix (M), Jamie Madrox, Julio "Ric" Richter (Rictor), Theresa Cassidy (Siryn), Guido (Strong Guy),  Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane), Quicksilver

We have more conflicts between X-Factor and the Tryps from Singularity. It turns out that Tryp jr, and Tryp snr are the same person from differing points on his time lines. 

There's also a tie-in to Civil War (the superhero battle that went through the Marvel Universe where Iron Man tried to get all heroes to register with the Government and others led my Captain America oppose the idea). Quicksilver comes to mutant town looking for refuge, and it turns out that most of X-Factor are registered anyway, back when they were a Government sponsored agency back in the Peter David days of the first X-Factor volume. Jamie makes a stand against them and says that anyone in mutant town will be protected by X-Factor. It's a nice moment, but doesn't really lead to anything. Unfortunately we get Quicksilver hanging around for a bit after this. Great.

The agent of S.H.I.E.L.D that comes to do the registering is one of Jamie's dupes that he sent out a few years ago to learn espionage, which leads to the next main arc. Plus, I've always had a soft spot for Peter Parker's Iron-Spider costume, so it was nice to see that.

Jamie ends up sleeping with both M and Theresa, but is unsure which one he slept with and which one a dupe slept with.

Best Bit
"X-Factor to Government - Drop Dead!"

Final Words
Some good moments.

7 / 10

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