Zilla and the Comics Junkies

Sunday, March 05, 2006

X-Factor #4

4 issues in and still good, X-Factor is another one of those titles renewing my faith in Marvel.

I've read next to zero X-Factor before this reboot, but thankfully PAD has kept it nice and accessible so far (i've yet to feel i'm missing anything). The cast may seem like a lousy B-level role call at first, but David has found a way to make each interesting in his/her own way - even annoying HoM star Layla Miller (a challenge i once thought impossible!). Hell she's actually kind of cool all of a sudden (bite my tongue i know).

The current arc wraps in this issue, and even though the storyline at the core was nothing in particular to write home about, all the shiny bits surrounding it (character development, stage setting, artwork etc.) lift it into goodness. I love the gritty feel of the title so far (how's that for an ass-beating Siryn takes at the end of this one?) and the artwork is a well perfect fit.

I did however read a rumor somewhere that Ryan Sook is leaving the book here soon and well... that sucks. Can we get a friggin' creative team to stick it out together for a while once they've got something rolling? Ah well... for now X-Factor gets a big phat A from Zill.

It was all over when...


05 March, 2006 11:41, Anonymous cmoney said...

From what I hear, Sook left of his own accord.

05 March, 2006 12:50, Blogger Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

Sook couldn't handle the monthly grind and stepped down to avoid lateness and regular "fill-in" artists. Normally I'd say kudos to him for realizing his limitations...but considering Dennis Calero has been "helping out" more and more since the second issue, it's kind of lame.

Nevertheless, X-Factor is one of my faves, too. David proves it's the quality of the characterization and not simply the popularity of the character that makes a comic good.

05 March, 2006 14:00, Blogger zilla said...

so do we know who the new reg artist will be? is his style similar at least? sook's just seems to be so perfect for this title IMO... i don't want to rock the boat too much w/ something radically different (but what do i know?).

06 March, 2006 01:00, Anonymous cmoney said...

Replacement artist is Dennis Callero for issues 5 and 6, Ariel Olivetti for issue 7, not sure if they've announced anything beyond that.

06 March, 2006 01:08, Anonymous cmoney said...

Well, found this in Newsarama's NYCC coverage:

"According to Schmidt, Dennis Callero will be the artist on X-Factor through issue #12. This will keep the series on schedule."


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I'm from Tejas living in VA. I'm married w/ 2 dogs. I'm an IT security consultant cranking the wheel for a big consulting firm in "real" life.

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