Relapse: Gay Heroes, Humbled Villains, and a Paraplegic

xfactor46X-Factor #45-46

If you’re only reading one X-Title, this should NOT be it. This book is crap, man.  Seriously, it’s a bit steaming. The characters are a flat and uninteresting motley crew of F-list characters.  You stick Aron Head in this book with no powers, and it’s more interesting.  Luke Meyer would have too much notoriety for Peter David to use in this book.

In my Exiles review, I suggested putting Blink on this team. It would help. The only good character, Multiple-Man (better to be the best on the worst team than worst on the best team, I guess) is stuck in an alternate future nobody cares about! Say it ain’t so, Pete. Why should the only interesting point in this book be the rambling of an old, delusional Doctor Doom?

Overall: If your dream, your one desire, was to see Rictor make out with Shatterstar, while Strong Guy looks on longingly…welcome to heaven.

fantastic_four566Fantastic Four #566

When I find a crappy team like FF4 more interesting than an X-Book, something is wrong with the world (Peter David). This issue looks absolutely …um… fantastic after that last review.

This book introduces Doctor Doom’s Master. The Emperor to his Vader. It’s hard to say more without spoiling the book, so all I’ll say if that this book hooked me quick and the last 9 pages are worth more than the two issues of X-Factor I’ve read combined.

Overall: If, like me, you never understood the popularity of a group lead by a stretchy guy, pick this up and enjoy.

XMEN225X-Men Legacy #225

I guess this what Jim Lee’s X-Men became since last I read it. This was my kind of book, mostly because Mike Carey (writer) makes reference to people and events I’d read about in the pre-Grant Morrison days. It’s nice to know, not everything in X-Men history was lost to the introduction of Beak and Magneto turning to drugs. I’ll be picking more of this book up. Unfortunately, this book was not a new release when I bought it, so the cliff-hanger did nothing for me. I already knew, through other comics, what happened to Xavier from here.

Overall: If you want to see Professer X beat the Acolytes’ asses, this is for you. Old X-Men readers who’ve been out of the loop should pick this up, as well (I’m looking at you, Aron and Paul).

5 comments on “Relapse: Gay Heroes, Humbled Villains, and a ParaplegicAdd yours →

  1. The point I was making with that copy/ edit of your comment is that every opinion you have of X-Factor CAN be turned back on you. That’s the thing about opinions. Without any facts to go on, any argument against someone else’s opinion falls a bit flat. My article wasn’t trying to prove anything, merely comment on how I felt about the book while reading it.

    I had a feeling that to criticize the work of the “great man” that is Peter David would pain the jibblies of some people, so let me seriously respond to your comment:

    1) While X-Factor is the best writing you’ve seen month to month in a book, I’ve seen better. I’ll point out J. Michael Straczynski’s Thor, which made me care about a character I couldn’t have thought less of during my last visit to Marvel comics. He did, through writing, in one issue what Peter David has failed to do in two. Look for my review of that issue on Thursday.

    2) You’re correct, it is not to my taste. While many may regard X-Factor as a great book, many also regard Hip-Hop as great music. I don’t put much stock in how a collective group regards an artistic work. I check it out for myself, as was the case for X-Factor and Hip-Hop, and then make a decision as to the value of it. Those who listen to KitD know that I’m an avid listener of the Uncanny X-Cast, who have repeatedly bashed David’s run on this book. That didn’t cause me to avoid this book or jump to any conclusions before I read it, because those guys have also bashed books I’ve enjoyed. I bought the book, two issues even, and my honest impressions are before you.

    3) I agree with your next two points that X-Factor is outside the norm and I’m enjoying the other X-Titles.

    4) I wasn’t sure how to take your last sentence. What’s to “get” really? I understood the story, it just wasn’t all that interesting to me. Perhaps, you meant I don’t “get” how a team of obscure characters, who formed a private detective agency, but the most interesting one is in the future with some other characters I don’t care about, and the ones that are left are just dull, coalesces together to form this shining work of fiction. You’re right. I don’t get it. To me, it sounds like a recipe for cancellation, and I have a suspicion that if Peter David’s name was not attached to this book, it would have never made it this far, let alone generated the amount of fanfare it has. It would follow Exiles (which I had many of the same complaints with, but no one seemed to care) into oblivion. Down the road, it would be restarted by someone else who thought up a way why a group of mutants that can’t make the X-Men big leagues formed a group.

    And for the record, if I was putting together an X-Factor Team:

    Multiple Man
    Blink
    Sabretooth
    Psylocke
    Polaris
    Iceman
    Jubilee
    And a couple original creations.

  2. I should have known better than to expect you to make a intelligent and compelling argument to support your point. You said nothing original, instead choosing to copy, paste and edit my comment to suit your purpose. This may seem witty and funny to you, but it just proves that when presented with an opposing viewpoint, your opinion withers and rots on the vine.

  3. Chris, I have to disagree with you about X-Factor. Peter David’s latest run on this book has been some of the worst writing I’ve seen month to month in a book. While it may be to your taste, it has been widely regarded by many as some of the worst writing in an X-book right now. If people are looking for something outside of the “normal” X-books, this is it. That being said, I do like what is being done in the mainline X-books right now (X-Men, Astonishing, Legacy, New Mutants, X-Force, & Cable) and enjoy those.

    The fact that you “get” this book, explains much about your taste in comics.

  4. Jonathan, I have to disagree with you about X-Factor. Peter David’s latest run on this book has been some of the best writing I’ve seen month to month in a book. While it may not be to your taste, it has been widely regarded by many as some of the best writing in an X-book right now. If people are looking for something outside of the “normal” X-books, this is it. That being said, I do like what is being done in the mainline X-books right now (X-Men, Astonishing, Legacy, New Mutants, X-Force, & Cable) and enjoy those as well.

    The fact that you don’t “get” this book, explains much about your taste in comics.

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