Wednesday, 21 August 2013

X-Men Re-read: X-Factor v4: Heart of Ice

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The Great X-Men Re-read

X-Factor v4: Heart of Ice

Collects: X-Factor #18-24
Writer(s): Peter David
Penciller(s): Pablo Raimondi and Khoi Pham

Threads come together in the last volume before Messiah CompleX.

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

The villain of the piece is called the Isolationist, who has been living in the ice caps as he has been cursed with the power of every mutant alive, obviously after M-Day this number is a lot less, and he has put into motion plans to reduce it even further.

Theresa and M arrive back from Paris with a girl, Nicole, they had rescued. Quicksilver shows his true colours and joins with a terrorist cell, called X-Cell. Using Rictor and the promise of bring their powers back thanks to the powers he gained in the Son of M miniseries. This all goes wrong and those he repowers die and Rictor is left depowered.

Then we're into the main Isolationist arc, where M and Theresa are tasked with rescuing two children from a cult by the grandparents. Ric struggles with nearly having his powers back in the Quicksilver arc, and Jamie hooks up with a chap called Huber, who is the Isolationist.

Layla is taken out by Nicole, who has been a mole all along, M and Theresa are hoodwinked and dumped in the middle of nowhere as that was all a set up. Ric and Rahne nearly get together, but as he's gay that doesn't work out.

Essentially, Guido, Rahne and Jamie are tricked by Huber and end up in the ice, to be rescued by M and Theresa and Ric who manage to defeat Huber.

Best Bit
The story with Layla and Nicole in #22.

Final Words
Everything is coming up goodness.

9 / 10

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