X-Factor is one of my new must-read series out of the All-New Marvel NOW! reboots. I love how this ragtag team is shaping up, along with the introduction of some other shady mutants who are new to me. I’m impressed by how genuine Polaris, Quicksilver, and Gambit are. They know who they are and they aren’t ashamed to be themselves. Just like in the last issue where Gambit has to pickpocket people so he doesn’t get rusty. This is a welcome change from all the million concurrent Wolverine series where he’s always struggling with his current role as a teacher and his past as a killer. With X-Factor, they don’t stray far from who they are.
In the last issue, Gambit, Polaris, and Quicksilver had just invaded an A.I.M. laboratory to save mutants that were being experimented on. In this issue, we continue the fight against Dr. Hoffman. Gambit and Quicksilver fight their way through the lab, while Polaris saves the injured Fatale from torture. We find out that Fatale, along with Reaper and Abyss, had been transported to another dimension after Quicksilver had turned them into walking time bombs. This new dimension froze time and prevented the three of them from detonating.
Dr. Hoffman transported them out to his lab in order to siphon off their explosive energy. Fatale can’t imagine why he would want to do that, but on their way out she and Polaris run into the newly formed Dr. Hoffman. He’s used the power to turn himself into a giant full of energy. He questions the mutants on why they didn’t think of the transformations for themselves. Gambit and Quicksilver team up to take him down with just a simple playing card. In the end, Dr. Hoffman isn’t really good at maintaining all that energy, especially while unconscious. Even though Quicksilver saved their lives, Abyss, Reaver, and Fatale are sill not ready to forgive him for what happened in the past.
I enjoyed this issue just as much as the last one, so I give it an A. We got to see more action in this issue and everyone’s individual fighting style. I got a taste of how they will work together in future issues. I’m still waiting to see why Serval Industries hired them in the first place and why they think Mutants’ lives are worth protecting. I’m completely excited about the next issue, since the cover has Gambit covered in kittens.
I’m going to be honest here. I’ve never read an X-Factor comic in my life. I thought I would try All-New X-Factor issue one since it’s one of the first week releases for the All-New Marvel NOW! reboot. I have to say, I really liked this issue. I was afraid I would have no idea what was going on, but if you have a basic understanding of the X-Men, then you’re good to go with reading this comic.
This issue focuses on Gambit, and in the beginning he gets what I call a “stern talking-to” from Wolverine, as Wolverine catches Gambit breaking into a house. Wolverine tells him if he wants to keep his teaching position at the Jean Grey school, then he needs to put his thieving life behind and focus on the students.
Gambit gets bummed out and visits a bar, where he meets his old friend Polaris. She brings him to the company she works for, Serval Industries, and introduces him to the CEO, Harrison Snow. He offers Gambit a position with the X-Force, Serval Industries private mutant task force. Snow brings in Quicksilver to coerce him into joining.
In the end, Snow sends the X-Force on their first mission – to save a mutant from being experimented on by Dr. Hoffman. There are still a few questions that remain, though. Why does Snow even care about mutantkind? What does he get out of saving mutants?
I’m really excited about this new series and I give issue one an A. With the release of All-New X-Force and Black Widow this past week, I would say that the All-New Marvel NOW! reboot had a very strong first week.
This article was originally posted on my blog, R2D2Cupcake, on January 14, 2014.